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'Students Without Mothers' Charity Poker Tournament

Atlanta, GA--  In November, Students Without Mothers will host two events to raise funds supporting the organization's mission to provide college scholarships to high school students who have lost their mothers.  The First Annual Students Without Mothers "Beat the Odds" Poker Tournament will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. at Smoke Rise Country Club in Stone Mountain.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and cards fly at 7 p.m. If you're a beginner who wants to learn, be sure to get to the club in time for the lesson, which start at 6:30 p.m.

The Students Without Mothers "Beat the Odds" Poker Tournament is hosted by Reginald and Lynne Prime. Reginald Prime is the Board Chair for Students Without Mothers and Director of Environmental Affairs for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. The press release for this event is attached for your reference.

New Decatur Beer Company Delivers on Taste and Sells Out in Bars all across Atlanta

Atlanta, GA--  Wild Heaven Craft Beers is the latest new brewery/beer company in the Atlanta area and has already begun to Sell Out at most bars. Of course,this is one of those good problems to have... Customer demand has been through the roof and bars have been happy to carry the new Decatur brand.

Wild Heaven is a Georgia company created by lifelong Georgians – founder Nick Purdy and consulting brewmaster Eric Johnson.

DeKalb Code Enforcement Task Force to Meet Oct. 7. Open to the Public

Atlanta, GA-- DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Lynwood Recreation Center located at 3360 Osborne Rd. in Atlanta.  The task force will identify and assist in the implementation of solution-driven recommendations to address code enforcement issues affecting communities throughout DeKalb.  

The task force, which includes community leaders, county officials, and other key individuals, will hold one more meeting in October that will be open to the public.

2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $424,852 by the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for the 2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program.

The 2nd Chance Act Prisoner Re-entry Initiative aids in the funding of local and state governments for projects that help with the transition from incarceration to dealing with other individuals in the workplace and other capacities once released from jail.

The funds from the grant will provide pre-release and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with two non-profit organizations to help implement this program. They are STAND, Inc.

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.

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.

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.