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Forum no-shows called a disservice

Voters showing up at candidate forums for the May 24 primary and nonpartisan election season have been hard pressed to hear from all candidates in some of the high-profile seats up for grabs.

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Brannon Hill residents to clean up to avert county takeover

Brannon Hill Condominiums residents will begin cleaning up their trash-strewn complex in Clarkston on May 7 to stave off a government takeover.

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Make memories with mom in Georgia’s parks, historic sites

If your mom loves spending time with family in the great outdoors, consider a visit to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites on her special day.

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Four win scholarships in Congressional Arts Contest

Arabia Mountain High senior Toni Hodges earned a $3,500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta in the 2016 Congressional Arts Competition.

Aggrieved homeowners turn to Deal

More than a dozen homeowners who say they have suffered damage to their homes from blasting at the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant have turned to Gov. Nathan Deal for help.

Candlelight vigil for mental health

Residents with a mental health condition and their caregivers will be honored at NAMI DeKalb’s Candlelight Vigil on May 6 at the Decatur Square Bandstand.

Libraries help kids celebrate mom

Preschoolers and grade-school kids can celebrate their mothers with activities at DeKalb Public Library branches beginning May 4.

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Gresham Library patrons will discuss biography of Obama’s mother

Book club members will discuss “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” by Janny Scott on May 2 at the Gresham Library.

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Park needs vendors, volunteers

Volunteers and vendors are needed for the Friends of Chapel Hill Park Community Yard Sale fundraiser on May 13-14.

College planning seminar in Lithonia

Students and their parents can attend a college planning workshop on May 5 at Lithonia City Hall.

Chess tournament for k-12 players

Young chess players can compete in the 21st annual Beau Hardeman Memorial Open K-12 Scholastic Chess Tournament on May 14 at the Gresham Park Recreation Center in Atlanta.

Chess Fair attracts all skill level

Novice, intermediate and expert players will take part in the DeKalb School District’s fourth annual Chess Club Fair on May 7 at Stone Mountain Middle School.

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Lou Walker Center lands ‘Green Machine’ to grow veggies

The Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia is the first senior center in the United States to receive the Acopia Harvest Hydroponic “Green Machine,” which will serve its nutrition and gardening program.

MBK Summit at Miller Grove

Families can access special workshops to help their students succeed at the second annual My Brother’s Keeper Summit DeKalb on May 7 at Miller Grove High in Lithonia.

Green fills final two senior leadership posts

DeKalb Superintendent R. Stephen Green has completed his senior staff with the appointment of Dr. Lisa Lynne Martin as chief academic and accountability officer and Chezia A. Calloway as executive director for exceptional education.

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Civil rights pioneer Horace Ward dies at 88

Retired Judge Horace Ward, a civil rights trailblazer who became the first African-American to serve as a judge on a United States District Court in Georgia, died on April 23 at his home in Atlanta.

Parents learn to instill reading habits in children

Parents can learn how to build strong connections for language in their babies’ brains on April 28 at the launch of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library.

Financial planning help April 25

Learn how to get your financial house in order at Budgeting for Success on April 25 at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia.

Expo for job seekers April 28

Job seekers and other residents can attend the Resource Partners Expo on April 28 at DeKalb Workforce Development in Decatur.

Food aid available in Decatur, Lithonia

Residents in need of a free hot meal can get one every second and fourth Tuesday beginning April 26 at Decatur Bible Chapel’s Soup Kitchen in Lithonia.