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Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Republican Party nominated former Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council member Mary Norwood to the Fulton County Elections Board.

She would replace William F. Riley, who resigned.

"With the resignation of our County Party stalwart and former judge, William Riley, from the Board of Elections and the ongoing investigation by the Secretary of State's office, we had to act quickly to find someone with the high caliber of intellect and ability to effect change," Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds said in a statement.

"Mary Norwood is just that kind of person," Bonds added. "Her background as a small business owner, community activist and former elected official gives her the political savvy and professionalism that makes her the ideal person to continue the clean-up work Riley started."

The vote on Norwood's nomination is Jan. 23.

Get involved with the Atlanta Junior Chamber International

Get involved with the Atlanta Junior Chamber International

ATLANTA -- With the beginning of a new year and New Year’s resolutions on the rise, many people may be asking what next? The Junior Chamber International of Atlanta is answering just that. JCI-Atlanta offers a wide range of opportunities and events such as community service, networking, personal development, happy hours, trips, international relations, and more.

The next event, the General Membership Meeting, will take place on Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00-8:30pm at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. The public is invited to join the Jaycees for an hour of networking, followed by announcements and keynote speaker, Phil Minnes.

Atlanta teacher wins national award

Atlanta teacher wins national award

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta teacher was recently recognized for his dedication by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Darnell Fine is one of only five teachers nationwide to win the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching.

He will receive the honor Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.

Fine teaches 6th and 7th grade humanities and is a K-8 multicultural coordinator at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School in Grant Park. He makes a point of building relationships with his students' families and acknowledges the value of home cultures in academic performance.

"In my classroom, inclusion isn't limited to celebrating cultural differences," Fine said, adding that he creates space for students to "express their multiple perspectives."

Fine earned a bachelor's degree in African studies from Brown University and also holds teaching certification in history and social studies.

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

ATLANTA -- Dignitaries, friends and family are joining Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in saying a final farewell to his late wife.

Lillian Lewis died last Monday at age 73.

Her funeral is being held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the couple married 44 years ago.

President Obama called Rep. Lewis to offer his condolences.

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On Sunday, members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority remembered Lillian Lewis with a private ceremony.

Atlanta author to hold book signing

Atlanta author to hold book signing

ATLANTA -- A local author will hold a book signing at the Georgia-Hill Branch Library later this month.

Atlanta resident Maria Zuckerman will sign copies of her novel, Painting a Purpose, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Tate Publishing, Zuckerman's publisher, provided a synopsis of Painting a Purpose:

When the young Enrique Valverde De La Roca defies his father's aim for him to become the next in a line of prominent architects, he must face the consequences. The first born of his family, Enrique realizes he can no longer live on the same island as his family. Facing this life-changing decision, Enrique leaves the island and plans to pursue his own dream of being an artist. While struggling with his feelings of alienation from society, he achieves fame as a painter and writer.

Former Falcons cheerleader, bestselling financial author join Nicholas House family

Former Falcons cheerleader, bestselling financial author join Nicholas House family

ATLANTA -- Recently, at Nicholas House’s monthly Open Door Tour, former Falcons cheerleader Shay Latte and bestselling financial author Ornella Grosz were so impressed and taken with the programs and families that they whole-heartedly joined the family of Nicholas House volunteers.

APS Board postpones decision on Davis

ATLANTA -- On Monday night, the Atlanta Public Schools Board met to discuss whether interim superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis should take over the position permanently. 

Some North Atlanta High parents gathered at the meeting as an act of protest due to the recent removal of the principal of their school. 

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At the culmination of the meeting, the board decided not to decide on whether Davis would be retained. The board decided to make a decision regarding Dr. Davis in November or December.

If Davis is permanently placed, he will be the superintendent of the Atlanta Public School system for two years.