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Red, Hot,  Healthy goes  to Hollywood

Red, Hot, Healthy goes to Hollywood

Get ready as the 10th annual Red Hot and Healthy Luncheon and Fashion Show at Rockdale Medical Center brings heart health awareness to the forefront on Friday, Feb. 6, noon -  2 p.m.

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Rockdale sees 20 percent drop in crime

Rockdale sees 20 percent drop in crime

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officials proudly reported that the county saw a significant decrease in crime - especially in burglaries - this year, the second year in a row that crime has dropped.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 6:10 p.m.
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CMS aerospace program shows promise

CMS aerospace program shows promise

A new aerospace engineering program in the Rockdale County Public Schools system could be the launching pad to many future careers in the aviation industry. 

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 5:19 p.m.
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Red, Hot,  Healthy goes  to Hollywood

Red, Hot, Healthy goes to Hollywood

Get ready as the 10th annual Red Hot and Healthy Luncheon and Fashion Show at Rockdale Medical Center brings heart health awareness to the forefront on Friday, Feb. 6, noon -  2 p.m.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 5:14 p.m.
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Hospital Authority grant cycle open Feb. 23-27

The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County's grant-giving arm, the Health Trust Rockdale, is accepting grant applications February 23-27 in the first of two grant cycles this year. Nonprofit or government agencies working to improve the physical and mental health of Rockdale residents are encouraged to consider applying.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 12:33 p.m.
Business incubator plans revived

Business incubator plans revived

The idea of a building hub that will cultivate startup businesses was discussed in a little more detail at the City Council's annual Winter Retreat at Lake Lanier Friday afternoon.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:32 p.m.
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Veteran's Story: The Fighting Cavanaugh Clan

Veteran's Story: The Fighting Cavanaugh Clan

This journalist is long overdue in expressing my appreciation to the staff and our two editors, Michelle Kim and Bryan Fazio, for their unwavering support of "A Veteran's Story." Likewise, the staunchest of unfaltering supporters is our publisher, Pat Cavanaugh. Pat has always been there for me, to encourage, to offer constructive criticism, to educate, to be a confidante, and occasionally suggest that perhaps I should be measured for a straight jacket along with recommendations for a padded cell.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 6:12 p.m.
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Gastroenteritis at Honey Creek Elementary keeps kids home

Honey Creek Elementary is undergoing a thorough cleaning this weekend after an outbreak of gastroenteritis, along with other flu-like sicknesses, kept students and teachers home this week.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 3:16 p.m.

Siblings arrested for $600 cellphone theft

A brother and sister duo was arrested for allegedly stealing a Conyers man cellphone Tuesday, Jan 13.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 1:13 p.m.
Friends of Library celebrates 30th anniversary

Friends of Library celebrates 30th anniversary

The Friends of the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library celebrates its 30th anniversary this year nuturing and growing the vital community asset that is today's library. In the words of 19th century author Mark Twain, where he assured his mother that he was spending time in good company at the library: “If books are not good company, where will I find it?” 

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 3:04 p.m.
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Zoning question tabled at city council

The owner of a well-regarded local company begged the Conyers City Council on Jan. 21 not to enforce zoning codes that, he said, will put him out of business with "doomsday restrictions."

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 1:52 p.m.

Child porn videos lead GBI to arrest Conyers man

A Conyers man was arrested for allegedly having child pornography in his possession which depicted young boys performing sexual acts alone and with each other.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 1:58 p.m.
GPTC President appointed to Ga. Chamber board

GPTC President appointed to Ga. Chamber board

Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama, President was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 6:51 p.m.
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New SUV for Oden questioned by Williams

Post 2 County Commissioner Doreen Williams had some questions about a vehicle requisition by Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:08 a.m.
The end of Eastminster School?

The end of Eastminster School?

Last week, parents officially heard the bad news.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:39 a.m.
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Challenge to reach youth put to MLK Breakfast attendees

Challenge to reach youth put to MLK Breakfast attendees

Pastor Billie Cox of Macedonia Baptist Church, the keynote speaker at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Branch of the NAACP breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, at Longhorn, threw down a challenge to attendees to get beyond their comfort zones and reach out and mentor the young and at risk.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 2:35 p.m.
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Gay porn star, Newton resident arrested after assaulting girlfriend

Gay porn star, Newton resident arrested after assaulting girlfriend

A Newton County man and male porn star whose company recently offered Justin Bieber $2 million to star in a porn movie with him was arrested in December for allegedly choking and assaulting his girlfriend in Rockdale County.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 9:51 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 9:54 p.m.
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Teen ties up mother in burglary, attempt to steal guns

A Conyers teen is back behind bars after he allegedly tied up his mother, attempted to break into a gun safe and led deputies on a manhunt Friday afternoon.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 9:19 p.m. | Updated: jan. 17, 2015 9:23 p.m.
Service and events celebrating MLK Jr. weekend

Service and events celebrating MLK Jr. weekend

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Branch of the NAACP co-host a breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, 7:45 a.m. Proceeds from the 11th annual event will be donated to United Way in Rockdale to benefit programs in Rockdale County.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 1:03 p.m.
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Rockdale man named GRTA director

Rockdale man named GRTA director

Rockdale resident Chris Tomlinson was sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal as the new Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.  

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 12:50 p.m.
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Covington SWAT arrests man on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 1:04 p.m.
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Crashes, ice back up I-20 WB and EB

Crashes, ice back up I-20 WB and EB

UPDATE: I-20 is reopoen and most of Newton County is safe for travel after black ice hit many roadways in North Georgia Friday morning.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 8:54 a.m. | Updated: jan. 16, 2015 8:58 a.m.
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NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

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Posted: jan. 15, 2015 5:09 p.m.

LifePoint Hospitals, Duke Health System enter quality agreement

LifePoint Hospitals, which owns Rockdale Medical Center, and Duke University Health System have expanded their collaborative effort by entering into a national quality agreement to enhance patient safety.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 7:41 p.m. | Updated: jan. 15, 2015 7:30 a.m.
Employment Jump Start: GA Bio-Science training center prepare students for bio-technology jobs

Employment Jump Start: GA Bio-Science training center prepare students for bio-technology jobs

It is part of the incentive package the state offered to attract one of the leading healthcare manufacturers to Georgia: Georgia Quick Start would build a training facility near the new Baxter campus and offer customized training to its employees.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 7:59 p.m.
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Attempt to murder charge dropped for woman who ran over boyfriend with car

The Covington woman accused of hitting her boyfriend with a car received a little relief Wednesday afternoon.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 6:20 p.m.
Rockdale Sheriff's Office Employees of the Year honored

Rockdale Sheriff's Office Employees of the Year honored

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office recently named the 2014 employees of the year - Meredith Allen as the Civilian Employee of the Year, Maria Villanueva as Detention Deputy of the Year and Darius Warren as Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 6:42 p.m.
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Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 5:33 a.m. | Updated: jan. 14, 2015 5:37 a.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: Jan. 14, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: Jan. 14, 2015

This week - Selma in Conyers – See where the movie was shot, hear about Rockdale’s connections to Civil Rights icons;  Rockdale’s most dangerous roads – find out where accidents happen; Wiley’s General Store closes after 95 years, to reopen under new ownership. Salem's Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2015.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 5:50 a.m.
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County Chief of Staff appointed to Development Authority in split vote

The first disagreement of 2015 among the Rockdale Board of Commissioners was about who should be the next person to sit on the Rockdale County Development Authority.

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 12:31 a.m.
Wiley’s General Store closes after 95 years, reopens under new ownership

Wiley’s General Store closes after 95 years, reopens under new ownership

For 95 years, the Wiley family's General Store has sold Social Circle and the surrounding communities the items of daily life.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:32 p.m.
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NAACP-Chamber MLK Jr. breakfast Jan. 19

NAACP-Chamber MLK Jr. breakfast Jan. 19

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Branch of the NAACP co-host a breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, 7:45 a.m. Proceeds from the 11th annual event will be donated to United Way in Rockdale to benefit programs in Rockdale County.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 10:15 a.m.
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Woman who ran over boyfriend arrested

A Covington woman allegedly ran over her boyfriend with his vehicle after the two had a verbal altercation.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 3:22 p.m.
Community Emergency Response class open for enrollment

Community Emergency Response class open for enrollment

If you're interested in helping your community and neighborhood during emergencies, take note of this free upcoming class. The Rockdale County Fire-Rescue (RCFR) and the Conyers-Rockdale Emergency Management Agency (EMA) are seeking interested citizens to serve in its next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 11:45 a.m.
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Rally for law enforcement Jan. 17, at Conyers First Baptist

Rally for law enforcement Jan. 17, at Conyers First Baptist

A rally in support of law enforcement personnel will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m., at Conyers First Baptist Church, 2100 Hwy 138.

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Posted: jan. 11, 2015 8:35 p.m.
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RCSO awarded grant for new breathalyzer

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office as one of 10 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive an Intoxilyzer 9000 grant worth $8,400. 

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 3:54 p.m.
August start for 2015-16 school calendar proposed

August start for 2015-16 school calendar proposed

Rockdale County Board of Education will vote on a 2015-2016 calendar that starts the school year for students on August 3 and ends May 27, 2016.

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 10:51 a.m.
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McBrayer renewed as school board chair

McBrayer renewed as school board chair

After a tense and brief discussion at the school board worksession Thursday night, current school board chairman Jim McBrayer was chosen again for the position in a 5-0 vote; members Katrina Young and Sharon Pharr abstained from voting. Members McBrayer, Wales Barksdale, Mandy North and Tony Dowdy voted for McBrayer.

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Posted: jan. 08, 2015 11:06 p.m.
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Parenting Empowerment Workshop

In an effort to empower parents and help keep children out of trouble and out of the prison pipeline, the Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. wil host a community discussion designed to bring parents and or guardians together with a host of experts on Saturday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m., at Antioch AME Church.

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Posted: jan. 08, 2015 2:54 p.m. | Updated: jan. 08, 2015 3:19 p.m.
KRCB closes out 'green year' on high note

KRCB closes out 'green year' on high note

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful closed a very "green year" on a high note as the winner of a Keep Georgia Beautiful Governors Circle Award. KCRB's efforts in 2014 included several environmental stewardship events with the goal of educating the public about the importance of litter prevention, beautification, waste minimization, and the benefits of improved livability.

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Posted: jan. 08, 2015 1:26 p.m.
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State of the City

State of the City

Designs for a new City Hall and creation of a strategic plan are big items on the City of Conyers' agenda this year, said Mayor Randy Mills and councilmen at the annual "State of the City" event Jan. 7 at Cherokee Run Golf Club.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2015 11:46 p.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition, Jan. 7, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition, Jan. 7, 2015

Some are born fighters and some are born lovers - Dollree Mapp, the "Rosa Parks of the Fourth Amendment," was a fighter. Her 1957 stand against an illegal search led to a landmark Supreme Court case. She recently died in Conyers. Also, a look at the Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College merger. Get ready for the first ever College Football Championship with easy Game Day recipes. RCHS Bulldogs and Alcovy Tigers split games. Photographer Gary Ezell reflects on the changing industry.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2015 1:13 a.m. | Updated: jan. 07, 2015 5:10 p.m.
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Unlucky crook attempts break in at cop's home

A man who was attempting to break into a Covington home on New Year’s Day was surprised when the off-duty state police officer who lived there opened the door and took him into custody at gunpoint.

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Posted: jan. 08, 2015 12:22 a.m.

Sheriff's Office to issue body cameras for deputies

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is attempting to equip each deputy with their own body camera, using federal funds from siezed drug assets.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 8:04 p.m.
Hall to leave Newton Chamber of Commerce

Hall to leave Newton Chamber of Commerce

Hunter Hall is leaving the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce for a business development position with Kelly Products after informing his staff of the change Monday.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 4:38 p.m.
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GPC, GSU merger approved

GPC, GSU merger approved

UPDATE: Georgia Perimeter College will soon become part of Georgia State University after a proposal recommending the consolidation of the two schools from Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby was approved Tuesday morning.

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Posted: jan. 05, 2015 9:22 p.m. | Updated: jan. 06, 2015 12:39 p.m.
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Deputies bust marijuana grow house New Year's eve

Deputies bust marijuana grow house New Year's eve

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies busted a $1 million marijuana grow operation New Year's Eve thanks to a neighborhood tip in south Rockdale County.

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Posted: jan. 06, 2015 5:45 p.m.
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State of the City, Jan. 7

IN BRIEF: The annual State of the City address will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. at the Cherokee Run Golf Club in the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Mayor Randy Mills and each of the Conyers City Council members will give a summary of the work and accomplishments of the city in the past year and upcoming projects. The meeting is open to the public.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2015 12:52 a.m.

Three suspects arrested for murder of Conyers man

Conyers Police have arrested three Conyers residents for their connection to the killing of a Conyers man, who was fatally shot in his apartment Tuesday, Dec. 30. 

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Posted: jan. 05, 2015 12:21 p.m.
Rescuing Records

Rescuing Records

One of Rockdale County’s most precious historical treasures is in danger of being lost forever. 

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Posted: jan. 02, 2015 8:15 p.m. | Updated: jan. 04, 2015 11:11 p.m.
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