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Posted: 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

County by County news for Wednesday


Fatal shooting being investigated

Atlanta police are investigating the shooting death of a man Monday night in southeast Atlanta.

Officers initially responded to 9 p.m. reports of shots fired at an apartment complex on Jonesboro Road, but found no victim, Channel 2 Action News reported.

A short time later, a man with gunshot wounds was found outside a home about a quarter-mile away on Springside Drive. The man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. Mike Morris

Man stable after being shot by Atlanta officer

Atlanta police were investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday night that left one man in stable condition.

The shooting happened on University Avenue, near the intersection with Pryor Road, according to Officer John Chafee.

Around 8:30 p.m., shots were fired by police during a traffic stop when the driver fled the scene. The passenger was wounded, he said.

The man is in stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center. The alleged driver was later caught. The investigation is continuing. Ben Gray and Alexis Stevens

Sickness prevention clinics scheduled

Fulton County’s SPARC Atlanta clinics (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) for older adults will offer various tests and vaccines including breast exams, mammography, pap test referrals, STD/HIV testing, blood glucose, healthy mind, BMI, colorectal pre-screens and more today at Simpson Street Church of Christ, 800 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. N.W.

Information: 404-613-6000. Mea Watkins

Pre-K activities planned at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is hosting Pre-K Week from Oct. 21-25. Admission is a discounted rate of $9 per person (one chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free). The giant panda mascot Zhu Zhu will be there. Activities include storybook readings and a private Wildlife Theater bird show. Nancy Badertscher


Marietta approves trails linking two universities

Marietta has approved a $63,500 contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation to construct a paved pedestrian and bike trail from Aviation Road behind the Aviation Sports Complex to the Southern Polytechnic State University campus. The .07-mile trail should be completed by the end of 2014. The city is working on plans to continue the trail, linking the Southern Polytechnic State University campus to Life University and eventually to the Kennesaw Mountain to Chattahoochee River trail system. Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Woodstock plans town hall meeting Thursday

Woodstock city officials will hold a town hall meeting Thursday 7- 9 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St. Mayor Donnie Henriques, council members, department heads and school officials will attend. Topics will include the economic impact of the new outlet mall, the city’s debt, and project development updates. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Regional band contest set for Saturday

A Bands of America regional competition will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Walter Cantrell Stadium, McEachern High School, 2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs.

Costs: $22 for a day pass for both preliminaries and finals, $14 for preliminaries or finals ticket, free for children 10 and under.

Information: musicforall.org/images/13_Reg_Ticket_Order_Form_FINAL.pdf. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Acworth to build new police headquarters

Acworth broke ground Monday on a $4.75 million police station on Acworth Industrial Drive. Construction should start within two weeks with completion expected next summer. The new headquarters, adjacent to the current facility, will be four times larger at 23,000 square feet. The facility will have more office and storage space, a meeting space for community outreach programs and kennels for the city’s three police dogs. The project will be funded by 2011 SPLOST money. Tucker McQueen

Austell plans special called meeting

Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins and the City Council will have a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 2716 Broad St. S.W.

They are expected to vote on a new resolution for the Douglas County Local Option Sales Tax. Information: facebook.com/cityofaustell. Carolyn Cunningham

Camp McDonald hosts Civil War tours, lecture

A day of tours and a lecture on the Civil War history will take place Saturday 9 a.m.-noon at Camp McDonald in historic downtown Kennesaw. This free admission event is open to the public.

Members of the Friends of Camp McDonald will lead tours and Michael Shaffer, the assistant director of Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, will discuss ‘The Civil War History of Camp McDonald,’ at 10 a.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of Kennesaw City Hall.

Information: info@campmcdonaldpark.org. Staff


Decatur begins redrawing school lines

City Schools Decatur’s K-3 Attendance Zones Committee held the first of five meetings Monday as it begins redrawing boundaries for the city’s five elementary schools, counting Westchester which re-opens next year.

In setting guidelines for the committee, Thomas Sayre of the Sizemore Group explained that each of the five zones should have a walking route, and that each school’s enrollment will be determined by facility capacity, and by an equitable distribution of race, socio-economic levels and students who speak English as a second language. Bill Banks for the AJC

Community meeting in Lakeside Wednesday

The Lakeside Community Alliance, organizers behind a cityhood effort in north-central DeKalb County, will hold a community meeting Wednesday.

The group is waiting on a feasibility study of the city, which would run between Druid Hills Road and the Plesasantdale/Embry Hills area just outside the Perimeter and have an estimated 63,000 residents.

The informational meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4105 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta.

Information: www.lakesidealliance.org. April Hunt

Seniors can receive free health screenings

Senior Connections and the Atlanta Regional Commission are teaming up to provide clinics offering free health screenings and other services for DeKalb seniors.

The first clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the North DeKalb Senior Center, 5238 Peachtree Road, Chamblee.

The second will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Christian Towers, 1438 Church St., Decatur.

Two additional clinics will be held in DeKalb later in the month. April Hunt

Animal welfare group holds fundraiser

PAWS Atlanta, a DeKalb County animal welfare group, hosts its annual Walk for the Paws fundraiser Nov. 2 in Avondale Estates.

Proceeds will benefit homeless animals and help provide veterinary service at its no-kill shelter in central DeKalb.

Register/information: www.pawsatlanta.org. April Hunt

Domestic violence prevention fair Oct. 24

DeKalb County Solicitor Sherry Boston hosts a resource fair and symposium on domestic violence prevention Oct. 24 in downtown Decatur.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Maloof Auditorium and will include a free breakfast. Attendees are asked to bring used cell phones to donate if possible. April Hunt

DeKalb offers mental health training

A daylong course in mental health first aid will be offered Oct. 24 at the Richardson Health Center in Decatur.

The DeKalb Community Service Board is offering the program, designed to identify and help connect people in crisis with available resources.

Registration/information: 404-508-7875 or www.dekcsb.org. April Hunt


Triple homicide suspect could be in New Orleans

The man accused of a triple homicide last month in Gwinnett County could be in New Orleans, police said Monday.

Robert E. Bell, 33, has been on the run since Sept. 15 when he allegedly killed three people and injured a fourth in a quadruple shooting at a home near Snellville, according to Gwinnett police.

After the shooting, Bell allegedly left the home on foot, police said. From there, police believe Bell stole a pickup truck about a half-mile away. The truck’s owner reported it stolen Sept. 17.

On Oct. 2, the stolen truck was found in New Orleans, Gwinnett police said Monday. Alexis Stevens

Lawrenceville council candidate forum set

Lawrenceville will hold a City Council candidate forum for the public at 7 p.m. Thursday at Old City Hall, 18 S. Clayton St. Residents should come prepared with questions. Event sponsored by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance.

Information: www.lawrencevillena.org. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Poll workers sought for November election

Gwinnett needs an additional 100 detail-oriented individuals to join the approximately 3,000 Gwinnett residents to work as poll officials during the upcoming Nov. 5 special election.

Requirements for poll officials include completing an online training program and remaining at your assigned poll location from 6 a.m. until election-related duties are completed on Election Day.

Information: www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Employment for a list of qualifications, job descriptions and salaries for each position. Karen Huppertz

College waiving application fee

Georgia Gwinnett College will waive its $20 application fee through Oct. 20 to encourage students to submit early applications. Complete applications online at www.GAcollege411.org. Deadline for the fall 2014 semester is May 1. GGC will hold an Open House Saturday; registration is required. Information: visit www.ggc.edu. Karen Huppertz

Food trucks in Duluth Fridays through Oct. 25

Duluth will sponsor Food Truck/Block Party Fridays on Main Street through Oct. 25. From 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday, there will be entertainment, food trucks and other activities. Information: www.duluthga.net/foodtruckfridays   Veronica Fields Johnson

Essay contest about Sugar Hill life now, then

The City of Sugar Hill 75th Anniversary Committee is seeking submissions of original essays about “Life in Sugar Hill Today (2014)” and “What I Think Life in Sugar Hill Will Be in 2089.”

The contest is open to all K-12 students in the north Gwinnett and Lanier Cluster schools and to any Sugar Hill resident that is a student in a K-12 private or home school program.

Deadline is Nov. 29 to city hall, attention Don Kelemen. Information: 770-945-6716 dkelemen@cityofsugarhill.com at www.cityofsugarhill.com. Nancy Badertscher


Cherokee school official, two others, indicted

Local school board member Kelly Marlow, Republican political consultant Robert Trim, and county GOP secretary Barbara Knowles were indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury Tuesday on a total of 12 counts of making false statements to local police.

The trio is charged with falsely accusing Frank Petruzielo, the Cherokee school superintendent, of attempting to run them down with his car. The false statements were allegedly given to one corporal and two detectives with the Canton Police Department. Jim Galloway

Cherokee schools score medals in fitness

Nineteen Cherokee County School District schools have been named to the Governor’s Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) honor roll in recognition of their commitment to students’ health and nutrition.

Out of 2,300 schools statewide, CCSD schools got seven gold and 12 silver medals. The Cherokee schools will be recognized at the Oct. 17 school board meeting. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Forsyth school flu shots offered this week

The Forsyth County Health Department is conducting two school-based flu shot clinics this week.

The first is today from 2 to 5 p.m. at North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain Road, Cumming, and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.

The no-cost clinics are for pre-K, home-schooled and school system students ages 4-18, and both oral and injectable vaccines will be available. More info: forsyth.k12.ga.us  Mark Woolsey

Electronics recycling in Cumming Oct. 26

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful will hold an electronics recycling event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot 3 off Castleberry Road. Laptops, CD players, cellphones and microwaves are among the items that will be accepted with a minimum donation of $5 per carload.

Information: forsythco.com. Mark Woolsey

Bus tour looks at Cherokee schools

The Cherokee County School District plans its first-ever bus tour for business and community leaders Oct. 29.

Get On Board with CCSD Schools! is set to give 40 leaders an inside look at three high-performing schools, showcasing the district’s educational record and inviting the community to increase involvement with the schools, including establishing more partnerships. Mark Woolsey

Kids golf tourney registration open

Registration is open for the All Kids Count Classic golf tournament, scheduled for Oct. 22 at Ansley Golf Club, 5500 Settingdown Drive, Roswell.

The tournament benefits the Foster Care Support Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of Georgia’s foster care children.

Information: www.fostercares.org, 770-641-9591. Mea Watkins


Henry school district maps up for review

Three maps showing possible changes in attendance lines are now on display for a 60-day period of public review and comment after action by the Henry County Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

The board is expected to vote on whether to approve the maps at its December meeting.

Information: www.henry.k12.ga.us. Monroe Roark for the AJC

Fayette commission posts SPLOST answers

After asking residents to submit written questions about the proposed Core Infrastructure SPLOST, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners has posted the answers online.

After last week’s commission meeting, county staff replied to 56 funding- and project-related questions, plus other previous inquiries. The responses are posted at www.fayettecountyga.gov under the Oct. 14 press release link. Jill Howard Church For the AJC

Early voting begins in Fayetteville

Early and absentee voting is now open for municipal elections within Fayette County, as well as for the countywide referendum on Sunday alcohol sales and the Core Infrastructure SPLOST.

Voters may visit the Fayette County Elections Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 1 in Fayetteville.

Advance voting at the Peachtree City Library will run Oct. 21-Nov. 1. Jill Howard Church

Henry school system honors employees

The Henry County School System will honor employees in various categories at Thursday night’s annual Harvest of Heroes event. Honorees include Carolyn Gay, custodian, Locust Grove Elementary; Judith Haynes, school nutrition manager, Fairview Elementary; Pat Will, bus driver, Smith-Barnes Elementary; Amy Tinsley, administrative assistant, Student Support Services Department; and Juli Gilbert, media specialist, McDonough Elementary.

The Teacher of the Year will also be announced at the event.

Information: www.henry.k12.ga.us. Monroe Roark

Job fair in McDonough scheduled for Friday

The city of McDonough sponsors a job fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at McDonough Presbyterian Church, 427 McGarity Road.

Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. The Atlanta Regional Commission’s Mobile Career Resource Center also will be on site, with 13 stations that allow visitors to perform activities such as online job searches, resume and cover letter development, and individual assessments. Information: www.mcdonoughga.org. Monroe Roark

T-shirt sales benefit cancer coalition

The Union City Fire Department is selling T-shirts to support the Canton-based Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition. Price: $13 or $15. Information: demoore@unioncityga.org. Mark Woolsey

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