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Under Armour Athlete of the Week Nominees: Week 4

KENNESAW, GA -- The voting for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week is heating up. The poll closes Sunday, September 19, so make sure you vote for your favorite player. Who are this week's nominees?

Harrison running back Ryan Godhigh is nominated for his performance in his team's 31-13 win over Milton. The senior back carried the ball 20 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Hoyas to their first win of the season. Harrison had previously lost to West Forsyth and Woodstock. With the win, Harrison dropped Milton to 1-2 on the season.

M.L. King quarterback Jonquel Dawson is nominated for throwing four touchdown passes in his team's huge win over Collins Hill. The Lions, who had lost to South Gwinnett in their season opener, beat the Eagles at Collins Hill, bringing them to a 1-1 record.

Collins Hill is now 1-2.

Stogner Confirmed as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to confirm Richard Stogner as Executive Assistant and Chief Operating Officer.  Stogner was nominated by Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

Mr. Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office.

“Mr. Stogner has had a long and distinguished career in public service and is well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.  He has served in top posts in the administrations of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and Andy Young as well as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games,” said CEO Ellis.  “In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr.

Charity Thrift Store Holds Clearance Event

CHAMBLEE, GA -- Attic Treasures is a thrift store in Chamblee that sells  gently used clothing, home décor,  books and more all year round. It's always a popular destination for bargain hunters, but the real treasures can be found this week, when the store needs to clear out its warm weather merchandise and replace it with a warehouse full of fall and winter goods.

Everything in the store is 50 percent off, even a few designer items. "This beautiful Vera Wang dress would retail for $2000. It's $80 here and with fifty percent off it's $40," said Attic Treasures spokeswoman Sharen Roberts as she showed off a gray satin gown.

The deals get even better on Saturday. "After our half price sale, then we will go to dollar days on Saturday the 18th, and on Tuesday the 21st you can fill a brown bag for $4.00," said Roberts.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

Vote DeKalb, Encourages Early Voting

In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, county officials are launching an early voting campaign—Vote DeKalb—to encourage voters to cast ballots prior to the Nov. 2 General Election. 

DeKalb Gets Federal Funds to Fight Fat

ATLANTA -- DeKalb County is getting $2.35 million in federal cash to help residents slim down.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving the grant to the DeKalb Board of Health and says it must be used for obesity prevention.

Initiatives can include promoting healthy eating, exercise and discouraging tobacco use.

The DeKalb grant is part of $31 million in federal funds awarded
to communities across the nation.

Other communities to receive funding include Mobile, Ala. and North Little Rock, Ark., along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Owners of Blighted, Foreclosed Homes in DeKalb County Face $1000 a Day Fines

DECATUR, Ga. -- The hammer's about to come down, hard, in DeKalb County on owners of foreclosed homes who let their properties deteriorate.

DeKalb is the first local government in Georgia to crack down like this; beginning October 25, owners of any blighted, foreclosed homes in DeKalb County will have to pay a fine of $1,000 a day until they fix them up and clean them up.

"Somebody's coming after them now," said Homeowner Brenda Pace Tuesday evening.

Her neighborhood's story is an old, sad one -- with, maybe, a new, happy ending.

Pace is President of the East Lake Terrace Neighborhood Association, off of Glenwood Ave. in DeKalb County.