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Underage drinking sting cites eight businesses

Conyers Police, along with agents from the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducted an underage alcohol operation on Friday, Aug. 29.

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Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 12:08 p.m.
Breast cancer survivors sought for Wall of Hope

Breast cancer survivors sought for Wall of Hope

Do you know a breast cancer survivor who is an inspiration to you and all those around her? The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation is seeking nominations for the Wall of Hope at Rockdale Medical Center. The deadline to nominate a survivor is Friday, Sept. 19.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 11:04 a.m.
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Job fair 'Ready to Work Talent Search' Sept. 2 at library

Are you looking for a job in the clerical or dispatch fields, or know someone who is?

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 2:54 a.m.

Possible drowining reported on Lake Lanier

A possible drowning Monday night was the second incident of the day to mar the end of the holiday weekend on Lake Lanier.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 2:06 a.m.

RMC cardiovascular services expand

Rockdale Medical Center recently received state approval to expand its cardiovacular services, allowing patients to have cardiac treatments closer to home.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 2:02 a.m.

Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Interstate 20 is missing some metal.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 1:42 a.m.

Newton deputy terminated after 'inappropriate pictures' sent to minor

A Newton County Sheriff’s Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 7:26 p.m.

Gas leak reported on I-20 Sigman Road exit ramp

UPDATE: The exit was cleared and reopened by 9:30 p.m.

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 6:50 p.m.

Lorraine Elementary lockdown ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 12:42 p.m.
Advisor of the Year: RCA Broadcast Video instructor James Dinsmoor honored by SkillsUSA

Advisor of the Year: RCA Broadcast Video instructor James Dinsmoor honored by SkillsUSA

Rockdale Career Academy’s Broadcast Video instructor and maestro James  Dinsmoor  was honored for the second year in a row with the prestigious SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year award for the Georgia region. The award honors dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors.  

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Posted: aug. 29, 2014 12:30 a.m.
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GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its “Be ACTive” initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a “Healthy Choices Fair” in the Conference Center on the college’s DeKalb Campus.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:46 p.m.

No I-20 construction over holiday weekend

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 6:45 p.m.
RCSO traffic stop drug bust uncovers $23K cash, drugs

RCSO traffic stop drug bust uncovers $23K cash, drugs

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy uncovered more than $23,000 in cash and 4.6 pounds of marijuana stuffed into a car and underwear during a routine traffic stop Tuesday night on Interstate 20.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 2:45 p.m.
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Crime rates drop significantly in Conyers

Reported crimes in Conyers have dropped dramatically for 2014 so far.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2014 6:58 p.m.
'The Originals' to shoot Friday night in Olde Town

'The Originals' to shoot Friday night in Olde Town

Olde Town transforms once again into New Orleans as The CW's "The Originals" begins filming in Olde Town Conyers Friday night.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2014 6:33 p.m.
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Labor Day traffic congestion and DUI crackdown

Labor Day is one of the heaviest traveled holiday periods of the year. With a plethora of big events around the metro area, drivers should make plans for increased traffic and should also note law enforcement will be out in force with traffic checkpoints during this time.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Newton commissioner given paycheck advance

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2014 4:40 p.m.

King goes home: Missing man's dog adopted

Hopefully, King’s days of needing saving are in the past.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m.
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City outlines priorities for strategic plan

Conyers city officials began outlining ideas on a strategic plan for Conyers during the city's semi-annual city council retreat Friday held at Lake Lanier.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 3:04 p.m.
Sen. Isakson visits Newton career academy

Sen. Isakson visits Newton career academy

United States Senator Johnny Isakson visited with Newton County Career Academy and Georgia Perimeter College on a tour of the area Monday.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 11:56 a.m.
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Health Care Reform seminar Sept. 16

Business-owners and HR managers take note - are you ready for health care reform requirements in 2015?

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 3:46 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club director let go

Boys and Girls Club director let go

IN BRIEF: Terrence Artis, executive director of the Barksdale Boys and Girls Club in Conyers, was reportedly let go from the organization as of Friday.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 5:15 p.m.
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Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 6:14 p.m.
New $7.5M city hall plans unveiled

New $7.5M city hall plans unveiled

Conyers City Council and city officials got a look at plans for a new $7.5 million Conyers City Hall building on Oakland Avenue at the City Council's annual Summer Retreat at Lake Lanier Friday afternoon.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 9:27 a.m.
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Rockdale jail to start new drug treatment program

Rockdale County and the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office will receive $85,924 in grant money from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to develop a new program that will assist inmates with substance abuse issues being held in the Rockdale County Jail.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2014 2:56 p.m.
Sheriff's Office gains new SWAT armored vehicle

Sheriff's Office gains new SWAT armored vehicle

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office's new armored BearCat SWAT vehicle is ready for operation and even hit the Rockdale streets Thursday afternoon. But this new vehicle doesn't mean the RCSO is becoming militarized, says Sheriff Eric Levett

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Posted: aug. 22, 2014 12:26 a.m.
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New City Hall complex tops retreat agenda

The unveiling of draft plans for a new City Hall complex on Oakland Avenue tops the agenda for Conyers City Council's annual Summer Retreat on Friday in Buford.

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Posted: aug. 22, 2014 12:10 a.m.
Mays named interim RCA assistant principal

Mays named interim RCA assistant principal

IN BRIEF: Rockdale Career Academy English/AP teacher Chris Mays was unanimously approved as the interim assistant principal at RCA by the Rockdale County school board Thursday.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 8:28 p.m.
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A 100-mile run for Taylor

A 100-mile run for Taylor

Joe Urban’s goal was to run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for cancer research, and because he’d told his young friend, Austin Taylor, that he would.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 6:35 p.m.
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Woman arrested after calling 911

A Conyers woman seeking help from law enforcement was subsequently arrested Saturday evening.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 3:48 p.m.

Closer to home: Deputy incentives to live in county discussed

Commissioners took another look at a program to lure current and future county employees in to live in Rockdale County at the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners work session Tuesday morning.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 2:07 p.m.
'Creating Change' at United Way kickoff with Rotary

'Creating Change' at United Way kickoff with Rotary

The United Way of Greater Atlanta officially started its 2014 annual fundraising campaign Thursday with a joint meeting of the Rockdale and Conyers Rotary clubs, hosted at Rockdale Medical Center.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 1:55 p.m.
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Tweaks to downtown zoning, prostitution charges discussed at City Council

Tweaks to downtown zoning, prostitution charges discussed at City Council

Plans to rezone central Conyers are still being tweaked to allow more flexible commercial/office uses and bigger, denser buildings, City Council learned at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2014 10:27 a.m.
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School-level Teachers of the Year announced

School-level Teachers of the Year announced

Rockdale County Public Schools announced 22 school-level Teachers of the Year who will compete for the title of Rockdale County 2014 Teacher of the Year. One teacher at each school was selected by their peers for the honor of being named his/her school's Teacher of the Year. All 22 Teachers of the Year are educators to whom others look for inspiration and direction.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 6:22 p.m.
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'Gold Standard': GPTC celebrates CALEA accreditation

'Gold Standard': GPTC celebrates CALEA accreditation

Georgia Piedmont Technical College celebrated the GPTC Law Enforcement Academy's achievement of becoming the first training academy in Georgia to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), considered the gold standard of law enforcement voluntary accreditation.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 6:03 p.m.
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RCA's Walker to head Newton College and Career Academy

Rockdale Career Academy's Assistant Principal, Chad Walker, has been named as the next head of the Newton College and Career Academy.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 2:17 p.m.

Veteran's Story: The Dustoff

Their aphorism, ‘Dedicated Unhesitating Service To Our Fighting Forces' was better known in Vietnam by its acronym ‘Dustoff'. These were the medevac choppers. Unarmed and unwavering, the courageous crews of ‘Dustoff' missions flew their Hueys into combat zones to bring out the wounded, the dying, and young soldiers covered with rain ponchos.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 1:10 p.m.
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138 underpass construction moves forward

Traffic congestion on Ga. Highway 138 could see some major relief in the near future.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2014 8:32 a.m.
The ayes have it: Trash collection town hall sees overwhelming opposition

The ayes have it: Trash collection town hall sees overwhelming opposition

The Trash Collection Town Hall hosted by Post 1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt was almost over before it began Tuesday evening.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 9:59 p.m.
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Working Together: Collaborative group gets green light

Rockdale's highest officials have decided that it's best if they move forward with forming a collective that'll work together to benefit the community.

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Posted: aug. 18, 2014 9:24 a.m.
Fighting to live

Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015’s session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they’ve tried everything.

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Posted: aug. 17, 2014 11:38 p.m.
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Deputies nab suspect after manhunt

A Rockdale County man is in the custody of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office after a short lived attempt to escape custody.  

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Posted: aug. 16, 2014 11:19 a.m.
SPECIAL SECTION: The Gridiron

SPECIAL SECTION: The Gridiron

ON STANDS NOW: Prep football season starts Friday,  Aug. 22! Grab your copy of "The Gridiron: High School Football" guide for the inside scoop on the 2014 season for Salem, Rockdale and Heritage high schools.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.
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United Way 'Creating Change' with new season Aug. 21

United Way 'Creating Change' with new season Aug. 21

The United Way of Greater Atlanta is all set to kick off its annual fundraising campaign next week in Rockdale.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 3:24 p.m.
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Walking Tall: Woman who was told she’d never walk again runs after therapy

Walking Tall: Woman who was told she’d never walk again runs after therapy

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2014 1:44 p.m.
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Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday, Aug. 17, until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 in Newton County will be closed.

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 9:45 p.m.
Leadership Rockdale announces Class of 2015

Leadership Rockdale announces Class of 2015

Leadership Rockdale recently announced the participants selected for the Class of 2015.

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 5:39 p.m.
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Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

Wouldn't change a thing: Life with Tourette's

There’s a summer camp at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder that, at a glance, is just like any other.

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 3:35 p.m.
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A Conversation With Vincent Sneed

A Conversation With Vincent Sneed

Heritage High School's new band director Vincent Sneed's passion for music is matched only by his passion for educating and exploring new cultures, places and languages. The Georgia native speaks 10 languages and has visited 20 countries. Sneed hails from Lee County in southwest Georgia, where he was drum major, trombone player and piano player at Lee County High School. He earned a bachelor's in music education at Columbus State University and taught at Albany High, Kendrick High and Hardaway High where he was named Teacher of the Year for 2012 in Muscogee County and a STAR ...

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Posted: aug. 14, 2014 3:03 p.m.
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