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Stone Mountain Golfer wins $5M Lottery Prize

Atlanta, GA-- Winning is par for the course for a Stone Mountain man. Lee McDaniel, 67, won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery’s World Class Millions $5 Million Grand Prize Event.

“I’m just excited,” said McDaniel, who works at Mystery Valley Golf Club in Lithonia. “Before I came, I got up and went over to the golf course, and one guy guaranteed me that I would win.”

McDaniel was one of 72 contestants randomly selected in weekly second-chance drawings for the instant game World Class Millions. Each weekly winner won $5,000 and a chance at the $5 million grand prize.

Contestants gathered at viewing parties at Georgia Lottery district offices in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Duluth, Macon and Savannah.

Stone Mountain Quarterback Prevents Theft

Atlanta, GA--  Doing the right thing can be tough for a high school student these days, but Stone Mountain senior quarterback Jhyree Harris did just that by helping a fellow student in need.

Harris saw a theft in progress at school and stepped in to help a freshman he had never met before that day.

“I had never seen anything like that happening here at school before and I just reacted to help the kid out,” said Harris. “I am not usually in that part of the building and did not even know the other student.”

His coach and principal describe the senior as quite good academically, laid back and quiet.

“I told him and the team you have to be leaders on the field and in the classroom,” said Dante’ Ferguson, head football coach at Stone Mountain.

“I tell them you have to win the battle in the building to be successful in all things.

Georgia Gwinnett College's Annual Convocation

Yesterday, Georgia Gwinnett College officially welcomed more than 2,300 first-time students into its academic community through a convocation ceremony.  

Convocation traditions are centuries old, their significance and purpose have not changed. GGC’s convocation ceremony is based on its commitment to student engagement and success.

A grand processional of students passed through the Arch of Knowledge into the ceremony area. They then took their seats on the quad, the first students to be honored in the college’s new ceremonial venue.  The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, director of the Global Perspectives Program at Emory University. Rosensweig encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities, college presented them.

GGC’s convocation ceremony was attended by the college’s faculty, and hundreds of friends, family members and other guests.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.

Stogner Confirmed as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to confirm Richard Stogner as Executive Assistant and Chief Operating Officer.  Stogner was nominated by Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

Mr. Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office.

“Mr. Stogner has had a long and distinguished career in public service and is well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.  He has served in top posts in the administrations of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and Andy Young as well as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games,” said CEO Ellis.  “In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

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.