Dear named to panel of Judicial Council

DeKalb Recorders Court Judge LaTisha G. Dear has been appointed to the Access, Fairness and Public Trust and Confidence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia.

Yates tapped for deputy attorney general

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates is headed to Washington to be the deputy U.S. attorney general.

Alexander named to Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

DeKalb COO for Public Safety Dr. Cedric Alexander is one of 11 officals from across the country appointed to President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Thurmond to serve on statewide Governor’s Education Advisory Board

DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond will serve on a statewide board on education that advises Gov. Nathan Deal.

Glanton takes helm at SWD

Dr. Thomas W. Glanton Jr. is Southwest DeKalb High’s new principal.

New pastor fills old friend’s shoes

The Rev. Richard Allen Farmer, who will be formally installed as the new pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain on Sept. 27, is a self-described “vibrant lover of Jesus.”

Church hosts international Sunday

Overcomers Christian Fellowship in Lithonia will celebrate its multicultural membership at its annual international service on Sept. 28.

Wills lectures on government, arts

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and historian Garry Wills will present a public lecture on “Government and the Arts” on Sept. 18 at Emory University.

Writer to discuss ‘Belle City’

Author, playwright and journalist Penny Mickelbury will discuss the Southern interracial saga “Belle City: A Novel” on Sept. 17 at the Decatur Library.

Smith joins voter project

The Rev. LaSalle Smith has been named DeKalb County coordinator of the Voter Empowerment Collaborative.

Boyer facing up to 40 years on fraud charges

Former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty on Sept. 3 to federal charges of mail and wire fraud and is facing more than 40 years in jail.

July unemployment up, positive news behind

The state’s unemployment rate crept up to 7.8 percent in July.

Vin Martin, retired Jamaican consul general, remembered

Family, friends and the Jamaican community will celebrate the life of Vin Martin, the retired Jamaican consul general to Atlanta, at a homegoing service on Aug. 1 at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers.

‘The Grove’ marks 100 years

Members of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church will march into their new sanctuary on Aug. 2.

Author unveils ATL’s steamy past

Author Laurel-Ann Dooley will share steamy stories about Atlanta from “In Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History” on July 28 at the Decatur Library in downtown Decatur.