County by county news for Monday


International school’s founder dies of cancer

The founding headmaster of Atlanta International School, M. Alexander Horsley, has died, according to the school.

Mr. Horsley, 67, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, the school said.

He started the school in 1985, with 51 students. The native of Britain had taught in several countries. After running AIS for a decade, he moved to China to run the International School of Beijing.

AIS has grown to more than 1,000 students from more than 70 countries. A new addition to the building is being named for him, and a memorial service will be held at the school at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14. Information: 404-841-3895. Ty Tagami


Donations needed for senior citizens

Cobb Senior Services is gearing up for its sixth annual Senior Santa celebration for homebound seniors on Dec. 9.

To make the celebration a success, Secret Santa donations of new personal care items, pajamas and blankets are needed. Donors also can adopt a senior for $30. In addition to the gifts, seniors will enjoy a holiday meal and fellowship.

To donate, contact LaTronda Perry at 770-528-5368. JANEL DAVIS


Leaders to give update on compliance efforts

DeKalb County Chief Executive Burrell Ellis and County Commissioner Kathie Gannon will host a meeting 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday to give an update on code compliance efforts in the county. The Clean Sweep meeting also will discuss how residents can get involved with addressing code violations and other quality of life issues.

The meeting will be at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. April HunT

Decatur hires Jackman as its tourism manager

The Decatur Tourism Bureau has hired a city resident with two decades of tourism experience as the manager of a new Visitors Center set to open early next year. Sherry Jackman will earn $30,000 a year in the part-time role. Jackman co-founded Conyers Travel in 1995 and grew the business to handling accounts for the American Basketball League, American Heart Association and others. Jackman will set up the center and organize volunteers.

Information about volunteering or the center: 678-615-0915 or April Hunt


County recognized for recycling efforts

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful has been honored as one of the nation’s top recyclers.

Keep America Beautiful and Nestle Pure Life awarded the organization a 2011 Recycling Award for its efforts to encourage plastic bottle recycling. Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful recycled more than 4 million bottles during this year’s Great American Cleanup.

Visit or call 770-822-5187 for more information about the Great American Cleanup and recycling in Gwinnett. David Wickert


Thornton will attend breakfast with students

USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton will join students for breakfast at 7:15 a.m. today at Lake Forest Elementary School in Sandy Springs to highlight key reforms enacted through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The legislation upgrades the nutritional quality of school meals this year. Patrick Fox