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Snellville plantation gives glimpse into Gwinnett's history

SNELLVILLE -- Once a nearly 1,000-acre farmstead, the Thomas Maguire Plantation now sits in aged silence on a minimized plot of land.


Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

Town hall meeting to address 2012 legislative session

CONYERS, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Legislative Delegation will hold a town hall meeting in early January to discuss the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Attendees include:

* Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia)
* Rep. Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers)
* Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove)
* Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia)
* Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur)
* Rep. Pam Stephenson (D-Decatur)

All Rockdale County residents are encouraged to attend this important meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5.

It will be at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive in Conyers.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Stephenson High football star to play in All-American Bowl

Stephenson High football star to play in All-American Bowl

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A standout athlete at Stone Mountain's Stephenson High School has been selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month.

Mike Davis will join the annual East v. West football match-up, which will be televised live on NBC from San Antonio, Texas at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

RELATED: Two Fayette Co. High students selected for U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

"Mike is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Stephenson High School," said John Myers, director of communications for the U.S. Army Accessions Command.

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has been named to this year's distinguished "40 Under 40" list by the National Law Journal.

Every year, this list honors 40 minority lawyers who are younger than 40 years old and enjoy thriving careers.

"I am honored to be recognized with this distinguished group of young professionals selected by the National Law Journal," said James, 39. "I am inspired every day I wake up to continue to make a difference for the people I serve in DeKalb County. I made a pledge when I took office in 2007 to ensure that justice is served in our community, and I look forward to upholding that promise as DeKalb's DA."

James has also been recognized as an accomplished leader in a number of leading publications, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Daily Report.

12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life

12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life


DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and the Board of Commissioners commended 12-year-old Justice D. Pate for his bravery in rescuing a young child from drowning while on vacation with his family this past summer.

“Justice is a true hero in our county. He is a prime example that one person can make an extraordinary difference. Because of his quick actions on Aug. 6, a young man now has a bright future,” said CEO Ellis.