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Cross Keys' Success Has Been No Accident

ATLANTA -- Prior to this season, the last time Cross Keys had beaten a team on the football field was September 8, 2006. Four months later, people got their first glimpse of Apple's iPhone.

In other words, Cross Keys had not experienced victory in a long time.

So when the Indians beat North Cobb Christian 54-18 and followed it up with a 37-19 win over River Ridge, the players were happy, to say the least. "After winning those two games, some of those kids, you'd think they'd won the Super Bowl," Cross Keys head coach David Radford said.

There is just one problem. "Instead of having one week to celebrate, they've been celebrating for three weeks," Radford said.

“Vote DeKalb” aims for 100,000 early voters. Today is the Last Day for Early Voting

Atlanta, GA--  In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and Board of Commissioners Presiding Officer Larry Johnson announced that the Elections Office will be open for Early Voting at their main office, 4380 Memorial Dr., in Decatur.  The poll is currently open for early voting Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5p.m.

During Advance Voting week only, Oct. 25-29, four additional sites with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dekalb County, touted as the Greenest County in America Discusses its Park Progress

Atlanta, GA--  The regular meeting of the DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. at Mary Scott Nature Park, 4150 Briarcliff Rd. in Atlanta.

The DeKalb County Parks Bond and Greenspace Program utilizes a multi-million dollar fund established for the preservation of Greenspace. DeKalb County citizens dedicated more than $248 million for Greenspace acquisitions and park developments when they passed a bond referendum in 2001 and again in 2006.

At the meeting on October 13th there will be an update on greenspace acquisitions and current Parks and Recreation projects, and a brief park tour.  For more information, contact the Natural Resource Management Office at 404-371-2082.

DeKalb Code Enforcement Task Force to Meet Oct. 7. Open to the Public

Atlanta, GA-- DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Lynwood Recreation Center located at 3360 Osborne Rd. in Atlanta.  The task force will identify and assist in the implementation of solution-driven recommendations to address code enforcement issues affecting communities throughout DeKalb.  

The task force, which includes community leaders, county officials, and other key individuals, will hold one more meeting in October that will be open to the public.

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."

Thousands Across Georgia Celebrate Walk To School Day

Atlanta, GA--  Thousands of Georgia elementary and middle school students from nearly 100 schools marked the 13th annual International Walk To School Day with various activities this morning aimed at promoting healthy and safe walking and bicycling to and from school. 

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr., joined students, parents, faculty and staff of Atlanta’s Mary Lin Elementary School in arrival festivities.  “This is a wonderful event and it serves a great purpose,” Smith said.  “So many children will enjoy walking or biking to school if we’ll just continue to make it convenient and safe for them to do so.  They’ll be healthier and roads and streets around schools will be that less crowded.”

Less than 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or biking.

Construction Begins on I-85 HOT Lanes

Construction has begun on the controversial high occupancy toll lanes along Interstate 85. The variable toll lanes will replace the HOV lanes on the 15-mile stretch between Chamblee Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road. GDOT estimates tolls could range from ten cents to $1 per mile depending on congestion and time of day.