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DeKalb County will host a Code Compliance and Covenants workshop

DeKalb County will host a Code Compliance and Covenants workshop

DECATURDeKalb County will host a Code Compliance and Covenants workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m. – noon at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

The workshop will provide residents information on how to include and enforce codes and covenant issues in covenant bylaws.  The workshop will also discuss the obstacles non-covenant communities face in addressing codes and covenant issues. In addition, the workshop will help residents to identify the covenants and codes for a neighborhood, understand legal policies and practices, and understand their role as citizens.   

The workshop is being sponsored by the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment (OneDeKalb) in conjunction with the Community Development department to empower residents with the necessary training, tools and resources for effective civic management.

Space is limited.

Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and Comcast take steps to bridge the digital divide in Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed, Gov. Nathan Deal and Comcast take steps to bridge the digital divide in Atlanta

East Atlanta --  While America has increasingly become a digital nation, many low-income families are left at a great disadvantage because they don’t have Internet service at home. Internet Essentials has been designed to address this problem and help make broadband adoption a reality for more families. It addresses all three of the main barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified: 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer, and 3) the cost of Internet service.

Mayor Reed will host a press conference to kick off the Internet Essentials Program in Atlanta, a new initiative that helps provide internet connection to low-income families who have children receiving free school lunch as part of their enrollment in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Dekalb Parks and Rec committees to meet and discuss greenspace acquisitions

DECATUR – The DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road in Lithonia.

There will be an update on greenspace acquisitions and current Parks and Recreation projects.

For information regarding the meeting, please call 404-371-2082.

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

WASHINGTON -- A House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan is expected Thursday, but not all Republicans are on board.

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Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) says Congress needs to get the job done, but it needs to be done the right way.  

Making the Tough Call

Making the Tough Call

Making the Tough Call

By Commissioner Jeff Rader

Atlanta mayor, French officials to sign agreement

Atlanta mayor, French officials to sign agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and French officials plan to sign a memorandum of understanding aimed at creating a favorable environment for international companies around the airports in Atlanta and Paris.

Jean-Claude Detilleux from the Paris region's development office and Elisabeth Le Masson from Paris' airports plan to join the mayor Monday at Atlanta City Hall for the signing.

The memorandum has three main objectives: to promote the areas around the airports for companies looking to locate in the two countries; to jointly seek companies in emerging countries that want to expand internationally; to initiate and ultimately create an international network of airport areas.

Pascal Le Deunff, consul general of France in Atlanta, says the new agreement aims to boost international business exchanges and foreign investments.

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has more than $208,000 in the bank for a possible re-election bid in 2014.

A report Cagle filed with state officials Friday showed the Gainesville Republican has raised a little more than $18,000 in the first six months of 2011, a non-election year when fundraising is typically sluggish.

He already had $344,262 left over from last year's successful bid for a second term as the state's No. 2.

Finance reports detailing campaign contributions and expenditures were due with the state ethics commission by Friday night.

Cagle trailed at least one other top Republican in the Senate, where he presides. House Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville raked in $137,000 for the first six months of the year. He has more than $174,000 in the bank.

(The Associated Press)