Dunwoody will host Atlanta Chili Cook Off in October

The competitors will vie for several cash prizes and bragging rights. The event, which acts as a fundraiser for the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation, has $5,000 in prizes for winning chili concoctions. In past years, the chili cook-off was hosted in Brookhaven, but it didn’t take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses that want to participate have until Sept. 15 to sign up. To compete, a team must cook seven to 10 gallons of chili, so there will easily be hundreds of gallons of chili at the event.

***NEW HIRE***nnThe Clarkston Police Department would like to introduce our newest four legged officer. She was sworn in...

Posted by Clarkston Police Department, Georgia on Monday, August 2, 2021

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MILAM PARK TONIGHT! nnTonight is the night come out and meet your Clarkston Police Officers and staff. Food and fun is...

Posted by Clarkston Police Department, Georgia on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Reynolds also told the AJC that the city has not made any deals with developers or corporations for the vast tracts of new city land that hinge on the annexation passing.","_id":"UWEQW3DJLVAAREBIDGDBFVQAGQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627670071071,"type":"text","content":"According to city calculations, the residents in the proposed annexation area would see their property taxes increase roughly 5.9%, but Sands said that estimate is likely high, since the city recently lowered its property tax rate.","_id":"VGPXZZFB5RG6XHIXBLVWDW5OKY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627670071072,"type":"text","content":"Lithonia’s local elections will remain fairly unaffected by the annexation, since all elected officials hold at-large seats. 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