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DeKalb Rape Crisis Center Marks 20 Years

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center is marking 20 years of healing and helping victims of a devastating crime.

DRCC was founded in 1989 after the Junior League of DeKalb County raised the funds to hire a small staff and recruited a massive reserve of volunteers.

At the time, the only rape crisis center in the area was at Grady Memorial Hospital, which covered both DeKalb and Fulton counties.

"Grady often had more volume than they really needed to be handling," said former DeKalb County District Attorney Bob Wilson, now a founding partner of Wilson, Morton & Downs law firm. He served on DRCC's first Board of Directors. "Grady was stressed a lot of the time to meet the demand."

Today, DRCC meets a growing demand and provides a vital service to the community.

Homeless For A Month -- To Try To End Homelessness

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Darkness and shadows -- the refuge of the homeless -- protect him and hide him, for now.

Elijah Montgomery, a corporate chef in his working life, is homeless in the city, by choice.

For one month.

It's his way of shining light -- to show young people, who are trapped in homelessness, a way out.

"A lot of these people do not want to be out here begging for money," Montgomery said, "they want to be earning your money and earning your respect."

So his unconventional project involves doing what the homeless do -- asking for money during this month that he's on the streets. Specifically, he's selling T-Shirts and mugs, conducting aluminum can drives, as well as soliciting donations on his blog, The Waiverly Project. The blog, and the project, are named for his teenaged daughter who challenged him to to change the world.

Dream Scholarship Essay Contest Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders.

The writing contest focuses on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and challenges youth to reflect on his ideals.

The essay contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in public schools in Atlanta and DeKalb County. Students must be U.S. citizens to be eligible to participate.

For the 2011 contest, students who participate will be asked to write on one of the following topics:

Option A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked toward nonviolent social change during his leadership of the civil rights movement. If he were alive today, what social issue would you recommend that he address, and why?

Kiwanis Club Celebrates Veterans Day

DORAVILLE, GA -- The Kiwanis Club of Doraville presents "Celebrating our Veterans," a Veterans Day program that will take place on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Doraville Civic Center (3770 Central Avenue, Doraville, 30340) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This special celebration will include a presentation from Joshua Batchelder, Vietnam veteran and retired United States Air Force Colonel. During his 30-year military career, Batchelder logged over 5,000 hours of flying. He used his experiences to write a book, The Black Watch Diary.

A memory table will be available for veterans to display their pictures and other mementos. Light refreshments will be served.

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Doraville Library Honors Veterans

DORAVILLE, GA -- Veterans Day is right around the corner, and the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, Doraville, 30340) will be honoring World War II veterans on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Everyone who is interested in World War II stories and events is invited to come and join veterans and citizens alike as they share their memories of the tumultuous time in history.

Dessert will be served during the event. There will also be a special recognition of the veterans in attendance.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 10 Winner

WOODSTOCK, GA -- Georgia high school football fans flooded last week's voting for 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week. All three candidates were deserving, but the fans decided that last week's award most belonged to a defensive player.

Etowah linebacker Christian Harris came away with the Athlete of the Week award for his performance against Woodstock on Oct. 22. The middle linebacker returned an interception for a touchdown in his team's 17-14 overtime win.

Harris was also instrumental in helping the Etowah defense on a key goal line stand. He is committed to play for the University of Tennessee.

Disney and Steve Harvey are Looking for 100 High School Students...4Days left to Apply!!!

Atlanta, GA--  Steve Harvey is looking for 100 high school students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open their minds, change their lives and help them shine their brightest. There is only 4 more days to Apply!!! (Oct.31st Deadline) Atlanta is known for always being represented in the group of 100, so let's do it again and get our applications in!

This year Essence magazine joins forces with Steve Harvey to make Disney’s Dreamers Academy the biggest, brightest and most mind-blowing event yet! The selected attendees will be encouraged to pursue their dreams by highly successful Disney mentors, celebrities, innovators and creators. They will work side-by-side and hand-in-hand with entertainers, culinary artists, financial wizards and magic makers – all have stories to tell and learning experiences to share.