Our network

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. 

DeKalb Gets Federal Funds to Fight Fat

ATLANTA -- DeKalb County is getting $2.35 million in federal cash to help residents slim down.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving the grant to the DeKalb Board of Health and says it must be used for obesity prevention.

Initiatives can include promoting healthy eating, exercise and discouraging tobacco use.

The DeKalb grant is part of $31 million in federal funds awarded
to communities across the nation.

Other communities to receive funding include Mobile, Ala. and North Little Rock, Ark., along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Parking in Little Five Points: "They Spank Us"

Throughout Atlanta, the city has had to adjust to a new system of parking meter collection.

It's rooted in automated kiosks that collect cash and print receipts and slake the city's thirst for parking revenue.

But confusion seems to reign in Little Five Points, a community cluttered with posters, graffiti and colorful storefronts, with parking kiosks sometimes cloaked in thick urban camouflage.

"I really didn't even see a box," said Summer Smith after narrowly escaping a parking ticket.  "I mean honestly. Anywhere. Like all the way down the street? That's crazy."

"They're definitely confused. And I think Park Atlanta takes advantage of that writing as many tickets as possible," said Don Hinamon, owner of the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, a L5P bar.

Register Early for Hands On Atlanta Day and Win a Chance to Work with Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta, GA--  Registration for 20th Annual Hands On Atlanta Day, one of the largest single-day volunteer efforts in the country, is now open to individuals, families and groups. As many as 10,000 volunteers will participate in service projects throughout metro-Atlanta, renovating public schools, taking part in environmental projects, making much needed repairs to seniors’ homes, and much more. This year’s Hands On Atlanta Day is presented by GE.

Registration is $5 for adults and is free for youths under 18 years of age.  Event proceeds support Hands On Atlanta’s volunteer programs.

Registrants who sign up by September 17 and are at least 18 years old will be entered in a drawing from which 25 lucky participants will be randomly selected to participate in an additional service day with the Atlanta Falcons this spring.

In addition, two of the winning 25 will each receive two round-trip, coach tickets to anywhere AirTran flies.

Volunteers Needed for PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club

Atlanta, GA-- Dream Makers Youth Foundation (DMYF) needs volunteers to help work the concession stands during the PGA Tour Championship held at The East Lake Country Club from September 22nd – 26th. Proceeds will help fund their S.T.A.R.S. Adaptive Sports Program for children with special needs; this program has two basketball seasons each year, and year-round tennis lessons. Thus far, these programs have been offered free of charge!

In order for DMYF to be successful, and for them to be able to continue to offer free programming to children with special needs, your support is essential! 

For every DMYF volunteer who completes a full shift, a percentage of the concession stand earnings made throughout the entire tournament, will be contributed to Dream Makers Youth Foundation. Volunteers must wear dress pants, a white shirt, and comfortable shoes.

Game Fans Expected To Line Up For New Halo

ATLANTA -- More than 400 Best Buy stores around the nation, including two in Metro Atlanta, are set to open their doors at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to begin selling Halo: Reach, the new title in Microsoft's Xbox 360 series.

The higly-promoted video game is a prequel to the science fiction action series with the story of a team of Spartans facing what promotional materials call "impossible odds" to save lives through their "great sacrifice and courage."

The game is rated "M" (Mature) and Best Buy says their associates will be checking IDs and will not sell the title to people under the age of 17.

Fans are expected to line up at the Alpharetta (975 North Point Drive, near North Point Mall) and Midtown (1201 Caroline Street, in the Edgewood Shopping District) stores beginning at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website: