DCSD celebrates music scholarship signing day
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will recognize 150 senior high school band and orchestra students for their musical and academic accomplishments at the second annual Senior Music Scholarship Signing Day.
The event will be held today, April 19, in the DCSD Administrative and Industrial Complex Auditorium, located at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. in Stone Mountain, at 7 p.m.
Last year, DeKalb band and orchestra seniors received more than $21.5 million in music and academic scholarship offers.
DCSD won’t change calendar next year
The DeKalb County School District Calendar Committee has recommended to Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson that DeKalb Schools adopt a new balanced calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.
However, the district will not change the calendar for next year, which was proposed earlier this month. The committee recommended the district not make changes to the 2012-2013 school year calendar which the DeKalb County Board of Education approved in 2010.
An online survey seeking community and employee input on the district calendar recorded more than 36,000 responses, which were incorporated into the committee’s recommendations.
One in critical condition after shooting at motel
One person is in critical condition and a suspect in custody following a shooting April 18 at the Gulf American Inn off Flat Shoals Parkway.
DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said police received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. from a location in the 3700 block of Flat Shoals Parkway.
“What my detectives believe transpired was that there was a sergeant doing routine work who heard some gunshots and then responded to the Gulf American Inn where he found the victim lying in the parking lot in critical condition,” Parish said.
Parish said a second officer arrived shortly thereafter and found a suspect trying to flee the scene. The officer pursued the suspect and at some point during the chase the suspect opened fire on the officer and struck his gun belt. The officer returned fire but the suspect wasn’t hit. The suspect was then taken into custody. No serious injuries were reported to either the suspect or the pursuing officer.
According to police, the suspect Joe West, 28, faces charges of one count of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of aggravated assault on the victim. West also faces charges for possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and providing a false name.
Parish said the victim is in stable, but critical, condition.
DeKalb Earth Day events postponed due to inclement weather
Due to expected inclement weather and safety concerns, the Keep DeKalb Beautiful South River Cleanup, Gardens in the Park and Mason Mill Day at the Park events set for April 21 have been postponed.
Gardens in the Park will be held May 5, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Exchange Intergenerational Park, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur.
Mason Mill Day at the Park has also been rescheduled for May 5, 1–4 p.m. at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur.
A date will be announced later for Keep DeKalb Beautiful’s South River Cleanup.
AIDS group offers free condoms and HIV testing
The AIDS Health Care Foundation will be giving away condoms and offering free HIV testing to promote safe sex and AIDS awareness.
Officials from the group will be at 2640 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur April 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at 4622 Memorial Drive, 3 - 6 p.m.
The event is part of AHF’s Condom Nation tour, a 25-state, six-month nationwide tour to select cities, towns and states to hand out 10 million free condoms and provide safer sex information, in conjunction with local partners who are offering free HIV testing at many of the stops along the tour.