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DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

DeKalb County Commission to Vote on Recreation Center Closures

In an effort to balance the county’s budget, the DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Department has proposed that the Board of Commission close five of the counties recreation centers. The centers proposed for closure are:

  • The Tobie Grant Recreation Center located at 644 Parkdale Drive in Scottdale.
  • The Briarwood Recreation Center located at 2235 Briarwood Way in East Atlanta.
  • The NH Scott Recreation Center located at 2230 Tilson Road in Decatur.
  • The Mason Mill Recreation Center located at 1340 Mcconnell Drive in Decatur.
  • The Lucious Sanders Recreation Center located at 2484 Bruce Street in Lithonia.

However, until the commission actually votes on these proposed closures, the centers will continue to operate, as usual. These closings were proposed along with a tax increase of $2.32 million.

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

An Outrageous Raise or a Well Deserved Supplement?

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- "I think it's more of the same, a slap in the face." That's how Kim Ault and other parents reacted Friday to a $73,000 pay hike for Interim DeKalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson.

Some are outraged that a school system that's $50 million in the red and racked by a recent scandal would even think of such a move.

But with a 7 to 1 vote, the DeKalb County School Board increased Tyson's salary by 44 percent.

"Given what she's taken us through, it's disingenuous if we were going to continue to pay her 50 cents on the dollar," said School Board Chairman Tom Bowen.

He points out that Tyson has been working at her old Deputy Superintendent's salary of $165,000 since taking over the top job last February.

She took over when previous Superintendent Crawford Lewis was suspended and then fired after being charged with corruption.

Lewis' salary was $255,000 when he got the boot.

Atlanta Children's Shelter holds annual "Holiday House"

Atlanta Children's Shelter holds annual "Holiday House"

In 1986, the Junior League of Atlanta created the Atlanta Children’s Shelter to serve homeless families.

Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park, this weekend

Come out to the Candler Park Fall Fest at Candler Park (1500 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta) beginning Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon-9 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 24 from noon until 8 p.m.

This year, Halloween festivities will be a part of the main event. Festival goers are welcomed to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest and also to go trick-or-treating during the festivities.

For young people and music lovers, pre-teen band, My Homework Ate My Dog, will perform selections and Mr. Eric, the bestselling author of “Pete the Cat” will highlight his work at in The Kids’ Village which will feature many free activities.

For adults, this festival boasts events like: a convoy of the finest food trucks in town; Francine Reed, Atlanta’s most renowned jazz vocalist headlines 16 acts as part of a stellar music lineup and the annual Fall Fest 5k Road Race starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

CEO Ellis hosts Family Dinner for Residents

In commemoration of Family Day, A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and other county officials served dinner and ate with community families yesterday at Redan Recreation Center, 1839 Phillips Rd. in Lithonia.  

The event gave parents the opportunity to spend quality time with young children and teens at the county’s newest family-centered facility.

Girl Scouts to install Browns Mill Community Garden

As a part of the Weight Watchers, Lose For Good national campaign; Weight Watchers, Share Our Strength, and Action against Hunger, in conjunction with DeKalb County Parks and Recreation will partner to install a community garden at Browns Mill Recreation Center (5101 Browns Mill Rd.) on Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m.  

Vote DeKalb, Encourages Early Voting

In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, county officials are launching an early voting campaign—Vote DeKalb—to encourage voters to cast ballots prior to the Nov. 2 General Election.