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A Gala for Rockdale's Schools: RCPS Foundation hosts fundraising evening gala Oct. 25

A Gala for Rockdale's Schools: RCPS Foundation hosts fundraising evening gala Oct. 25

Looking for a lovely night out and a way to help Rockdale schools? The Rockdale County Public Schools Foundation and the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening gala on Oct. 25 to celebrate and recognize community's Champions of Education.

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Updated: oct. 20, 2014 6:06 a.m.

RWR claims millions of dollars lost due to faulty large water meters

The Rockdale Water Resources alleged it is losing at least a million dollars annually from its commercial and industrial water lines. 

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Posted: oct. 20, 2014 12:06 p.m.
A Gala for Rockdale's Schools: RCPS Foundation hosts fundraising evening gala Oct. 25

A Gala for Rockdale's Schools: RCPS Foundation hosts fundraising evening gala Oct. 25

Looking for a lovely night out and a way to help Rockdale schools? The Rockdale County Public Schools Foundation and the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening gala on Oct. 25 to celebrate and recognize community's Champions of Education.

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Posted: oct. 19, 2014 11:03 p.m. | Updated: oct. 20, 2014 6:06 a.m.
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Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at GPTC's Covington campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

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Posted: oct. 19, 2014 10:19 p.m.

UPDATED: Probate judge faces lawsuits over unpaid services

Rockdale Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. faces multiple lawsuits for lack of payment on services and one threatened lawsuit for almost $20,000 of unpaid work and expenses on behalf of the court.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 4:39 a.m. | Updated: oct. 19, 2014 8:46 p.m.

Baxter Educational Summit outlines skills, education needed in upcoming jobs

Education leaders, stakeholders and officials from Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties got an exciting peek at upcoming jobs in lucrative medical and science fields from medical manufacturing giant Baxter International, Inc. at an Education Summit hosted this past week at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Dual enrollment meetings Oct. 18, 29

Parents and high school juniors and seniors interested in signing up for dual enrollment with local two-year colleges will want to attend upcoming meetings Oct. 29, starting 6 p.m. at the Rockdale Career Academ, and Oct. 18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 5:55 a.m.
Heritage's Homecoming Royalty

Heritage's Homecoming Royalty

Heritage High celebrated Spirit Week leading up to Friday's Homecoming game against Lanier High with Pajama Day Monday, Character Day Tuesday, Twin Day Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Patriotic Friday.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 9:56 p.m.
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Over 3,000 citizens cast ballots after first week of early voting

After the first week of early voting on Oct. 17, 2,541 people have cast their ballots in-person.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 5:39 p.m.

I-20 construction continues in Rockdale, Newton this weekend

Construction work continues on I-20 eastbound in Rockdale and westbound in Newton County this weekend, along with other projects on I-285 and elsewhere.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 8:23 a.m.

Fleeing suspect runs into power pole

Deputies had to pull a suspect out of his car at gun point after he tried to flee from High Point MHP Tuesday.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Vacant property registry to be required in city

Owners of vacant properties will now have to register the buildings with the City of Conyers or face stiff fines and even jail time.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 7:34 a.m.

UPDATE: Pistol-whipping turns into chase and shooting

UPDATE: Four more females involved in the incident were arrested and charged with Affray:

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 6:43 p.m. | Updated: oct. 17, 2014 12:22 a.m.
Green Thumb: New Extension Agent comes to town

Green Thumb: New Extension Agent comes to town

It all started in high school for Steve Pettis.

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Posted: oct. 16, 2014 5:57 p.m.
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Crash with injury on 138

IN BRIEF: A crash with two reported injuries occured on Ga. Highway 138 and Dogwood Drive. The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the crash were transported to the hospital. Drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 5:21 p.m.

Shooting fugitive caught in Conyers

A fugitive wanted for a shooting in DeKalb County was found at a Conyers residence and arrested by Conyers Police Tuesday.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 10:41 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Oct. 15, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Oct. 15, 2014

INSIDE: A local scholarship guide with thousands of dollars just for Rockdale students to help pay for college

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 4:08 a.m.
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Rockdale awarded millions in grants for courts, jail programs, Salem Road neighborhood stabilization

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved four grants that are all aimed at helping to reduce the crime rate in the county.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 12:00 a.m.

Hwy 138 underpass project moves forward

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of a contractor for the Old Covington Highway widening project at its Tuesday voting session.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:55 p.m.
Horror film 'The Ring 3' base in Rockdale

Horror film 'The Ring 3' base in Rockdale

A major horror movie-"The Ring 3"-will start production in Conyers just in time for Halloween and remain based here for at least six months, the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council learned on Oct. 14.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 7:32 p.m. | Updated: oct. 14, 2014 8:04 p.m.
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Tornado watch lifted

The tornado watch for areas including Rockdale and Newton has been lifted. It is still in place for east central counties, such as Baldwin, Putnam, Taliaferro and more until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Updated: oct. 14, 2014 6:33 p.m.
Strong storms to hit Tuesday morning

Strong storms to hit Tuesday morning

A line of severe thunderstorms with severe winds and possible hail or tornadoes are expected to come our way starting early Tuesday and continue to move through until evening.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 10:54 p.m.
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Driver kills one in attempt to flee deputies

A Decatur woman is in the custody of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office after leading a deputy on a fatal car chase Thursday night.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 4:59 p.m.

Black Shoals Retreat House complete, ribbon cutting next week

The Rockdale County Department of Recreation & Maintenance will host a ribbon cutting next week to introduce the public to its newly completed Black Shoals Retreat House and Nature Trail project.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 1:05 p.m.
Digital Edition issued Wednesday mornings

Digital Edition issued Wednesday mornings

Now you can catch up on the week's news and enjoy Wednesday's feature videos while you have your morning coffee. The News' Wednesday Digital Edition will go out to subscribers and readers at 6 a.m. starting Oct. 15.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 1:02 p.m.
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Intergovernmental fire mutual aid agreement

IN BRIEF: Four intergovernmental mutual aid agreements for the Newton County Fire Services department were officially renewed Tuesday.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 2:18 p.m.

Charles Hill Morris elected president of SNPA

Perhaps it is to be expected in an industry noted for its legacy businesses, but whether their companies consist of a single publication or dozens of media enterprises, families are dominant forces in newspapers.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 12:59 p.m.

Rockdale gains nearly 300 new voters in September

The Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration got an update on county voter statistics at its Friday afternoon meeting. 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 9:39 p.m.

Police offering $5,000 reward for information about burglaries

Conyers Police and Crime Stoppers are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment of burglars who have targeted Conyers businesses.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 2:43 p.m.
Clash headed to litigation over inert landfill in watershed

Clash headed to litigation over inert landfill in watershed

The dispute over a decades-old inert landfill in the north Rockdale reservoir watershed may be heading to court as Rockdale County and the private landfill's owners, Jonny and Lynn Brown, remain at loggerheads.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:31 p.m.
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Veteran's Story: Flying with Laughter

Veteran's Story: Flying with Laughter

Arranging an interview quickly turns into something even more exciting when the veteran suggests, “Let’s just fire up the old Stearman and fly down to Peach State Aerodrome for lunch at Barnstormer’s Grill. Then we can fly back for an interview at my house.” Needless to say, nobody had to twist my arm.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 11:51 p.m.
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Race Against Violence, Oct. 25

Rockdale County runners have until the end of the week to register for the Fifth Annual Race Against Violence 1-mile/5K fundraiser on Oct. 25.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 11:27 p.m.

Probate court 'Ask The Attorney' kicks off Oct. 14

The office of Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles K. Mays will is hosting Ask The Attorney sessions. These sessions will offer Rockdale County residents the opportunity to sit down with an attorney to get their probate court-related questions answered. 

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 3:57 p.m.

Construction on I-20 this weekend

Construction traffic on Interstate 20 will most likely be present this weekend, as road work on I-20 continues.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 3:45 p.m.

RMC expands services for stroke patients with 24/7 neurologist access

Rockdale Medical Center is expanding telemedicine technology to provide emergency neurology services anytime for stroke patients.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 2:34 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition, Oct. 8, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition, Oct. 8, 2014

Teens and dating/relationship abuse, Ebola preparation, an inspiring breast cancer survivor and extreme pumpkin carving - all in this Wednesday's Digital Edition of The Rockdale News, October 8, 2014.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 1:54 a.m.
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Bomb threat clears Eastside High in Newton County

Early Wednesday morning Eastside High School in Newton County received a bomb threat against the school.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 11:36 a.m.

Walmart employee brings drugs to work

An employee of Walmart on Salem Road left his back pack in the back room, where it was found by the store’s manager.

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Posted: oct. 08, 2014 8:03 a.m.

Rockdale SAT scores follow state, national dip

After increasing for two years, Rockdale SAT scores followed the state-wide and national trends in high schools' SAT scores with a significant dip for last year's graduating class.

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Posted: oct. 07, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Breaking out of the 'Man Box': Advocates seek men to step up on domestic violence issues

In a domestic violence situation, the male is generally perceived as being the aggressor or offender.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 8:18 p.m. | Updated: oct. 05, 2014 8:55 p.m.

Battered: A look at domestic violence

He held a weight bar behind his back as he walked out the back door, in no rush but staring hard. Approaching the car, he veered the bar behind his head and swung as hard as he could. The blow shattered the windshield but just missed its mark as it failed to connect with human flesh or bone.

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Posted: oct. 05, 2014 5:11 p.m. | Updated: oct. 05, 2014 8:50 p.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Sept. 24, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Sept. 24, 2014

Welcome to the first official issue of The Rockdale News' Wednesday Digital Edition - where news comes to life!

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 5:50 p.m.
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Traffic backed up, crashes on I-20 EB in Rockdale

Traffic backed up, crashes on I-20 EB in Rockdale

IN BRIEF: A crash between a tractor trailer and a minivan briefly shut down Interstate 20 eastbound in Rockdale Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m. Minor injuries were reported in that crash, which occured near Ga. Hwy 138.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 12:03 p.m.
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Preparing for Ebola: Local medical facilities prepare protocols for handling potential cases

Preparing for Ebola: Local medical facilities prepare protocols for handling potential cases

Although the United States' single confirmed case of Ebola is hundreds of miles away, the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control is calling on all U.S. health care facilities to be prepared for managing patients with an infectious disease such as Ebola, and Rockdale's local health care facilities are taking heed.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 7:32 p.m.
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Teen attacks police again, facing multiple charges

A 14-year-old boy is facing five felony charges for allegedly assaulting three Conyers Police officers Wednesday night. 

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 3:35 p.m.
'Vacation' movie reboot films in Covington

'Vacation' movie reboot films in Covington

Twelve Oaks has been the backdrop to many film and TV scenes, but the iconic historic building that most associate with "Gone with the Wind" transformed into something completely different for three days this week: a sorority house in Tennessee, littered with red cups, partying college students and a few A-list movie stars.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 1:51 p.m.
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Backup on I-20 westbound

IN BRIEF: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 20 westbound, before the West Avenue exit in Rockdale County. The backup extends at least to the Parker Road bridge. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back for more later.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 11:10 a.m.
Strong storms moving through Rockdale, Newton

Strong storms moving through Rockdale, Newton

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties until 10:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 10:05 a.m.
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'Vacation' movie reboot films in Covington, 'Constantine' shoots in north Rockdale

Twelve Oaks has been the backdrop to many film and TV scenes, but the iconic historic building that most associate with "Gone with the Wind" transformed into something completely different for three days this week: a sorority house in Tennessee, littered with red cups, partying college students and a few A-list movie stars.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 8:44 p.m.
Ullo named Teacher of the Year for Rockdale public schools

Ullo named Teacher of the Year for Rockdale public schools

IN BRIEF: Cherie Ullo, English teacher at the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, was named the 2014 Rockdale County Teacher of the Year in a ceremony Thursday night at Rockdale Career Academy.

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Posted: oct. 02, 2014 6:20 p.m.
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