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New Birth Bishop Eddie Long dies at 63

Bishop Eddie Long who built a mega church in South Dekalb, has died. He was 63 years old. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church said today that Long died early Jan. 15. He had been ailing for sometime. In a statement from the church, Elder Vanessa Long, his wife of 27 years, said she was confident through her belief in God that her husband is now resting in a better place.

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Residents will help shape new Stonecrest city

Residents in the freshly formed city of Stonecrest have the opportunity to help shape their new community from the beginning. Every Thursday at 6.30 p.m. the Governor’s Commission on the City of Stonecrest will hold public meetings for discussion about how the municipality should operate. Meetings will be held in the oncology center auditorium at DeKalb Medical Hillandale, 2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway, Stonecrest. Nothing the commission does is binding, but its five members will work over the next three months to form recommendations for the city’s first elected officials.

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Lithonia wind symphony heading to Carnegie Hall

A Lithonia school concert band is preparing for its biggest performance, on the prestigious Carnegie Hall stage in New York City. The Miller Grove High School Wind Symphony will present three pieces of music in the Manhattan showcase on April 10. That’s if members can raise enough money to attend.

ML King Historic Site hosting special MLK Day programs

Families celebrating civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will find a host of public events this year at the National Park Service’s ML King Historic Site that “ deeply honors and serves his life and legacy.”

Volunteers needed to repair and spruce up senior citizens homes and yards in Oakhurst community

More than 1,000 volunteers will repair, weatherize and do maintenance on the homes of dozens of elderly Oakhurst community residents over the three-day 2017 King Weekend.

DeKalb launches new treatment court for veterans

Veterans having a hard time with substance abuse, mental disorders and criminal activity in DeKalb are getting a helping hand from the judicial system. On Friday Jan. 13 the first DeKalb County Veterans Treatment Court (DCVTC) opened with five clients. Those veterans are now part of a two-year program aimed at giving them a second chance in leading healthy, productive lives.

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Hundreds expected at MedShare

More than 300 volunteers will be sorting and packing medical supplies at the non-profit MedShare International in Decatur that will be shipped to underserved countries around the world. The men and women from a range of businesses, corporations, community groups, organizations and institutions will be donating the time on Jan. 14, and 15, and on Jan. 16 ¬– the federal King Holiday that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth home reopening Jan. 16

The birth home of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which closed in August 2016 for repairs will reopen to visitors on Jan. 16 – but only partially. The National Park Service says the first floor of the historic home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta will reopen on the MLK, Jr. National holiday and stay open until further notice.

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Stonecrest commission planning own CID

The newly-formed city of Stonecrest is pursuing the establishment of its own Community Improvement District. Joel Thibodeaux, chairman of the Governor’s Commission on the City of Stonecrest, said the CID will initially cover the Lithonia industrial park. “We are hoping it will also include the mall and other industrial areas,” he said. Thibodeaux, speaking at the commission’s first public meeting on Jan. 5, said boosting Stonecrest’s commercial sector is a top priority.

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Applications open for study tour to Tanzania

Teachers, college faculty and students can apply for a five-week study seminar in Tanzania through the nonprofit American Institute for Resource and Human Development. Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Activist minister to address King Crown Forum

The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, pastor of Saint John’s Church (the Beloved Community) in St. Louis, will address the Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum on Jan. 19 at Morehouse College.

Interfaith candlelight vigil for beloved world community

A Communitywide Interfaith Candlelight Vigil will take place Jan. 15 at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse College campus.

Gardeners share seeds, knowledge at annual swap

Gardeners and farmers can share seeds, cuttings and knowledge at the Annual Seed and Scion Swap on Jan. 22 at the Decatur Library.

Homeowners urged to test for cancer-causing radon

Exposure to radon in indoor air is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and public health agencies are urging all residents to test their homes during National Radon Action Month.

Panelists to discuss ‘State of Black Men in America’

Panelists will discuss “The State of Black Men in America” on Jan. 17 at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Civil rights movement told through the arts at the Lou Walker Center

Orator, civil rights activist and athlete Rashiid Shareef will be featured at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 25 at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.

Teen artists revisit civil rights issues in Alliance performance

Teen artists of the Palefsky Collision Project have come back together to create a special performance of “A Celebration in Search of an Assumption: The Artist’s Role in Wartime” on Jan. 15-16 for King Day at the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Morehouse students fanning out for Day of Service projects

Morehouse College students will fan out in metro Atlanta to participate in the Bonner Day of Service on Jan. 16 for King Day.

High Museum photo display depicts King's remarkable life

To commemorate the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the High Museum of Art will display a small selection of photographs that document his remarkable life outside the Greene Family Learning Gallery and offer family programming on Jan. 15.

Drum line to keep beat at King Day 5K

Runners in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 5K Drum Run! Atlanta in Piedmont Park on Jan. 16 can register their school PTA, church or other organization to receive proceeds from the event.