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Dekalb Foreclosure Registry Begins on October 27th

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County will launch its Foreclosure Registry, Wednesday, Oct. 27.  The DeKalb County Foreclosure Registry was established as a means to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted as a result of the lack of adequate maintenance and security caused by the foreclosure crisis.

Creditors or mortgagees who foreclose on a property after Oct. 27 will have up to 30 days following the foreclosure sale to register the property with DeKalb County and pay a fee of $175.  Creditors or mortgagees located outside the geographical boundaries of Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale Counties are required to designate a local property agent located within these geographical boundaries to ensure security and maintenance of the property.

New Chief of Police for DeKalb County

Recently, DeKalb County has announced the appointment of William D. O’Brien as DeKalb County Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

O’Brien is a 25-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department and DeKalb County native; O'Brien graduated from Redan High School in 1981, then attended West Georgia College and DeKalb Community College.

He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from DeKalb Technical College and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He graduated from the 23rd DeKalb County Police Academy in 1985 and has since been a Police Officer Standards and Training certified law enforcement officer.

Book Sale, Health Fair, 5K This Weekend

DORAVILLE, GA -- There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy in Doraville this Saturday, Oct. 16.

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friends of Doraville Library (FODL) will hold a book sale at the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, Doraville, 30340). Paperbacks, hardcovers and even some movies appealing to both kids and adults will be available for purchase. The Doraville Business Association will be selling hot dogs, drinks and other refreshments.

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit FODL. For more information, call the Doraville Library at 770-936-3852.

Northwoods United Methodist Church (2635 Fairlane Drive, Doraville, 30340) has planned a community health fair and children's festival from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will provide a free health program, including blood pressure and diabetes screenings, health materials from DeKalb Health Department and a chiropractor.

Animated Race: Cartoon Replaces Debate in 4th Congressional District

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Democrat Hank Johnson has had no close calls, election-wise, since he was first elected to Congress four years ago. His Republican opponent Liz Carter is an underdog who would like to find a way to end Johnson's streak.

Carter complains that Johnson won't face her in a forum or debate. "Anybody running for office should be open and honest and candid with the voters," Carter said.

Johnson says Carter hasn't earned a debate. "My opponent has been engaged in a campaign of personal destruction," Johnson said.

Among other things, Johnson is referring to a series of crude animated videos Carter has made. Several depict her and Johnson in a fictional debate.

"Hank, you voted for the $800 billion stimulus using borrowed money," a Lego-style character dressed in a leopard dress says in a robotic voice. 

Doraville Police Offer Internet Safety Presentation

DORAVILLE, GA -- On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the Doraville Police Department (3750 Park Avenue, Doraville, 30340), in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's High Technology Investigations Unit, will host an Internet Safety Presentation for Parents.

The seminar will cover topics such as:

* Facebook/MySpace
* Cyberbullying
* Cell phones
* Online gaming

Presenters will offer suggestions and resources for parents who wants to protect their children online. There will also be a cyber predator simulation that will reveal how easy it is to locate an individual on the Internet.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Doraville Police Department Training Division at 770-451-6817.

Doraville 5K/1K Road Race is Coming

DORAVILLE, GA -- There's still time to pre-register for the 2010 Doraville 5K/1K Road Race, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The 5K will begin at 8:00 a.m., while the one-mile fun run starts at 8:45 a.m. The Tot Trot 100-yard race will be at 9:00 a.m.

The Doraville 5K Road Race will start at the Doraville MARTA Station (6000 New Peachtree Road, Doraville, 30340) and finish in front of Doraville City Hall (3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, 30340). Check-in will be at City Hall; parking is available at the MARTA station, First Baptist Church of Doraville (5925 New Peachtree Road) and the Doraville Civic Center (3770 Central Avenue).

Pre-registration for the 5K and 1K is $15; it goes up to $20 on the day of the race. The Tot Trot registration fee is $5.

Early Voting in Two Counties Bodes Ill for Democrats

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Business has been brisk at this early voter precinct in Cherokee County, a reliably Republican Atlanta suburb. The director of elections says the governor's race between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes seems to have captured the imagination of the early-voting electorate.

The votes won't be counted until November of course, but the favorite here is no secret.

"Cherokee County is predominantly a Republican county," said Elections Director Janet Munda. She says early voters in Cherokee County are turning out at about two-thirds the level of early voting in 2008 -- a record year with a presidential election. It will be, she says, a strong turnout.

"We're looking at, I think, pretty much a 50 percent turnout," Munda said. "It's going to be an impressive turnout."