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Thursday is DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day

September is Workforce Development month and In continuing the celebration of Workforce Development Month; DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, Board of Commissioners, and various county departments, in collaboration with DeKalb Workforce Development, will host the first ever DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

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Cooks bring their best chili recipes to Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta, GA--  Cooks from across metro Atlanta competed in the Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off 2010. The event, which featured hundreds of booths offering chili samples, was held at Stone Mountain Park. Howard Crew Chili & Stew placed first in the 31st annual competition. Click below to see all the pictures.

http://atlanta.metromix.com/events/essay_photo_gallery/the-great-miller-lite/2211268/content

Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.

Midtown and Decatur Residents Reflect on Blogged Travels of Water-Life-Hope in Haiti

Atlanta residents Edward Buckley and John Beasley traveled to Haiti, Sept. 13-15, with the nonprofit Food For The Poor to visit remote communities in desperate need of clean, safe drinking water. During the trip, daily blog entries and photos were posted online at http://www.waterlifehope.blogspot.com/ in an effort to bring Haiti’s reality to the comfort of Atlanta residents’ homes.

“The image from our trip to Haiti that I can vividly picture happened while driving through a relatively upscale community,” said Buckley. “A man, completely naked, suddenly leaped out of a storm sewer dripping wet – and ran to hide in the bush. To our horror, he had been bathing in the sewer. Imagine the indignity of having to bathe in front of the world. Millions of people in Haiti literally have nothing.

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Your Local, Dekalb County State Farm Agent.

Senior Transportation for Gwinnett County

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners accepted an $84,745 grant, from the Atlanta Regional Commission and MARTA, during their September 21 meeting, to create a new transportation system will help Gwinnett seniors and residents with disabilities get around. The County will provide $39,731 in matching funds from money previously allocated to its transportation contract with the state.

Currently, limited transportation assistance is offered to Gwinnett seniors to attend medical appointments; however, there is a current waiting list of 80 seniors and arrangements must be made in advance to participate. Gwinnett Senior Services expect to be able to offer transportation vouchers to seniors within six months.

Gwinnett County Senior Services operates three active senior centers in Lawrenceville, Norcross and Buford.

Lani Wong to Replace William Flippin

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announced his appointment of Lani Wong to a two-year term on the board of the Development Authority of DeKalb County following confirmation by the Board of Commissioners.  Ms. Wong will finish William Flippin’s term. Flippin resigned earlier this year.

Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer, Keep DeKalb Beautiful program and board members recently acknowledged community volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

This year’s theme, Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time, celebrated the volunteers’ true commitment and dedication to the development of the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Program.  

This year, more than 4,000 Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers spent more than 14,500 hours cleaning and maintaining 207 miles of DeKalb County.  A total of 53,040 pounds of litter and 356 tires were collected by KDB volunteers and dedicated adoption groups.  Every volunteer group was honored with a certificate for their achievements.

This year’s first place award winners were: Adopt A Road, Individual Volunteer Service, Adopt A MARTA Bus Stop, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, The Parkview Civic Club, The Kiwanis Club of Northlake, Mrs.