Hundreds to celebrate CrossRoadsNews and community honorees

More than 450 supporters, readers, advertisers, community leaders and elected officials will help CrossRoadsNews founders Jennifer and Curtis Parker celebrate the newspaper’s 20th year of publishing on April 25 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.

Toastmasters novice’s ‘I Still Got It Going On’ wins title

Sharron Saleem Martin of Decatur is Georgia’s Toastmasters Humorous Speech Champion.

Church activist Elzora Baker dies at age 104

Elzora S. Baker, one of DeKalb County’s oldest residents, died March 22 at age 104.

S.C. State honors Sonya Summers

Longtime Stone Mountain resident Sonya Summers has been inducted into the South Carolina State University 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame.

Former deputy celebrates a decade as a survivor

Former Fulton Sheriff’s Deputy Cynthia Hall, who was injured in the 2005 rampage in the Fulton County Courthouse, was serenaded by more than 500 basketball fans who packed Decatur High School’s auditorium on March 7.

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.