County by county news for Sunday


YWCA may cut services

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia is looking at cuts in services if the agency can’t raise $115,000.

The organization has raised $40,000 so far towards a budget shortfall of $155,000. The program that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding counties has an annual budget of $1.7 million.

Information: Tucker McQueen for the AJC


Church to host kids consignment sale

McKendree United Methodist Church will host Kids Clothes Closet fall consignment sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville. Available items include children’s clothing and shoes, baby equipment, toys and books.

Information: 770-339-9801 or Fields Johnson


Cherokee chamber seeks nominees

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominees for the Leadership Cherokee class through Oct. 1.

Nominees will fill out a written application and be interviewed for possible placement in the nine-month leadership training program that begins in January.

Information: 770-345-0400. Mark Woolsey for the AJC


African unity festival set; volunteers needed

The Shrine of the Black Madonna Social Action Committee will host the West End African Unity & Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 944 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd.

Activities will include live entertainment, vendors, an African gala, farmers market, health fair and workshops on alternative education and health and wellness.

Sponsors, co-host and volunteers are needed.

Information: 404-444-6696 or

Veronica Fields Johnson


Clayton to provide CPR classes

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services, located at 7810 Highway 85, Riverdale, will offer CPR Certification Classes for the general public on the fourth Friday of every month.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and are approximately four hours long. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Fee is $25 per student and $6 per student for seniors 65 and older. Only money orders or cash will be accepted via mail or in person.

Information: or 770-473-7833.Veronica Fields Johnson


Free spay/neuter available to pit owners

A new program at DeKalb County Animal Services will provide free spay and neuter procedures to pit bulls and pit bull mixes owned by DeKalb County residents. The Free Pit Fix program, funded by a private grant, aims to combat pit bull overpopulation and reduce the number of pit bulls euthanized.

The free spay/neuter service will be provided by LifeLine Animal Project in Avondale Estates, and will include vaccinations.

Information: or DeKalb County Animal Services, 845 Camp Road. Mea Watkins