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Dekalb Parks and Rec committees to meet and discuss greenspace acquisitions

DECATUR – The DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road in Lithonia.

There will be an update on greenspace acquisitions and current Parks and Recreation projects.

For information regarding the meeting, please call 404-371-2082.

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

WASHINGTON -- A House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan is expected Thursday, but not all Republicans are on board.

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Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) says Congress needs to get the job done, but it needs to be done the right way.  

Mayor-elect to be sworn in tonight

Mayor-elect to be sworn in tonight

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Donna Pittman, the first female mayor of Doraville, will be sworn in Monday night.

The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue).

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Making the Tough Call

Making the Tough Call

Making the Tough Call

By Commissioner Jeff Rader

Doraville elects first female mayor

Doraville elects first female mayor

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Donna Pittman, a former councilwoman and interim mayor, has officially been named mayor of Doraville.

Pittman received 52.8 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election, defeating businesswoman Carol Gilman.

"I am both humbled and honored that my friends and neighbors in Doraville gave me their vote of confidence. I look forward to serving as your mayor," Pittman said.

A native of DeKalb County, Pittman has lived in Doraville for 30 years. She was a community relations police officer before being elected to city council in 2005. Last February, she rose to mayor pro tem after the death of longtime mayor Ray Jenkins.

Pittman and her husband, a former Marine, have four children.

"I promised I would run a positive campaign for mayor based on what you have told me you want," she said after her win.

Reminder: Runoff election tomorrow

Reminder: Runoff election tomorrow

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The runoff election for the new mayor of Doraville is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19.

Local businesswoman Carol Gilman will go head to head with interim mayor Donna Pitman to complete the term left vacant by longtime mayor Ray Jenkins, who died of complications from pneumonia in February.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue).

MORE: Reminders for Doraville Election Day

For more information, visit the City of Doraville website.

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has more than $208,000 in the bank for a possible re-election bid in 2014.

A report Cagle filed with state officials Friday showed the Gainesville Republican has raised a little more than $18,000 in the first six months of 2011, a non-election year when fundraising is typically sluggish.

He already had $344,262 left over from last year's successful bid for a second term as the state's No. 2.

Finance reports detailing campaign contributions and expenditures were due with the state ethics commission by Friday night.

Cagle trailed at least one other top Republican in the Senate, where he presides. House Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville raked in $137,000 for the first six months of the year. He has more than $174,000 in the bank.

(The Associated Press)