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Cold temperatures for the weekend

Cold temperatures for the weekend

The weekend may bring much colder temperatures, and even snow flurries and a freeze watch in north Georgia, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

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RCPS graduation rate above state, drops slightly

Rockdale high school four-year graduation rates for 2014 slipped by a few points compared to the previous year but Rockdale students are still graduating at a higher rate than the rest of the state, which increased its rate.

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Posted: oct. 30, 2014 5:49 p.m.
Cold temperatures for the weekend

Cold temperatures for the weekend

The weekend may bring much colder temperatures, and even snow flurries and a freeze watch in north Georgia, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

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Posted: oct. 30, 2014 5:16 p.m.
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VIDEO: BOC Post 2 Commission Candidate Forum

VIDEO: BOC Post 2 Commission Candidate Forum

Posted: oct. 30, 2014 5:56 p.m.
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Ebola concerns keeps 200 out of NHS

A day after Newton County School System released information that a Newton High School teacher was in contact with someone traveling form Sierra Leone, the school's absentee rate doubled Wednesday.

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Posted: oct. 28, 2014 11:40 p.m. | Updated: oct. 29, 2014 5:47 p.m.
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Standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

Standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

UPDATE: A brief standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

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Posted: oct. 29, 2014 5:08 p.m.
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Economic Development Council highlights county's return on investment

Questions in the past week about how the Rockdale County government was benefiting from the work being done by the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council led to an economic update Tuesday morning during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners voting session.

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Posted: oct. 29, 2014 11:58 a.m.

Infinity Network Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., an information technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon.

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Posted: oct. 29, 2014 3:17 a.m. | Updated: oct. 29, 2014 7:05 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Oct. 29, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Oct. 29, 2014

Check out this week's Wednesday Digital Edition of The Rockdale News, with a health check on Rockdale's vital signs as the 11th healthiest county in the state, a look at the movie/TV industry impact in Rockdale, and live streaming of the BOC Post 2 candidates. 

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Posted: oct. 29, 2014 3:25 a.m.
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Sigman Road widening put onto state plan

The Sigman Road Widening Project has officially been added to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s statewide transportation improvement plan. 

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Posted: oct. 28, 2014 12:36 p.m.

Woman stabs husband with kitchen knife

A Conyers woman is in custody for allegedly stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife Thursday night.

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Posted: oct. 28, 2014 10:53 a.m.

Warrant applied for judge's arrest

Former Rockdale County Probate Court worker Freya Pearson, through her attorney Michael Waldrop, has applied to for an arrest warrant for Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. for theft of services felony regarding the approximately $20,000 of backpay she alleges is due for work on setting up a mental health or veteran's accountability court. 

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Posted: oct. 27, 2014 4:48 p.m.
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Town hall looks for safety in Fairview area near Salem Road

Town hall looks for safety in Fairview area near Salem Road

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown assured a crowd of dozens of concerned citizens that crime is down in their neighborhoods, and they urged community leaders that they want that trend to continue because they still feel threatened.

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Posted: oct. 27, 2014 3:04 p.m.
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Halloween street closures for trick-or-treating

Halloween street closures for trick-or-treating

Thousands of kids and parents are expected to come into Olde Town Conyers Halloween night and streets in Olde Town Conyers will be closed to vehicle traffic 6-8 p.m., to allow for safe trick-or-treating.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Updated: oct. 27, 2014 10:26 a.m.
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No Bull (Run): Event canceled quietly

While last year's event had a huge turnout, The Great Bull Run will no longer be held in Conyers.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 10:06 p.m. | Updated: oct. 26, 2014 10:04 p.m.

Ebola tabletop brings together agencies from Rockdale, Newton, Gwinnett

Nearly 200 officials from Rockdale, Newton, and Gwinnett counties gathered Friday morning to have a conversation about proper protocols and procedures to initiate when dealing with someone who has contracted the Ebola virus.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 9:56 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 9:54 p.m.

Probate judge troubles continue

A former Probate Court worker will move forward with the lawsuit against Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays, Sr. for almost $20,000 of unpaid backpay after no response was received from Mays or the county by the Friday deadline, according to her attorney. A related lawsuit and a separate lawsuit involved Mays will also move forward in Magistrate Court in November.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Updated: oct. 25, 2014 12:56 a.m.
Opening Kim's Closet, Unveiling the Wall of Hope

Opening Kim's Closet, Unveiling the Wall of Hope

Rockdale's newest boutique helps cancer patients to look and feel lovely. Kim's Closet Breast Cancer Boutique proudly opens its doors Tuesday, October 21. This boutique specializes in styling women going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 11:56 a.m.
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Weekend Roundup: Olde Town, Trunk or Treats, RAV and more

Weekend Roundup: Olde Town, Trunk or Treats, RAV and more

With a plethora of activities this weekend, here are just a few of the local family-friendly events going on this weekend:

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 10:13 a.m.
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DeCastro property eyed for trail rest stop

With the ribbon cutting introducing the Natural Trail at Black Shoals Park occurring Monday, the Rockdale County Parks and Recreational department wasted little time moving on to its next project.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 7:54 a.m.
Youth of the Year named for Barksdale Boys and Girls Club

Youth of the Year named for Barksdale Boys and Girls Club

When Taylor Goggins first began at the A. R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club, she wasn't quite sure it was the place for her. But all that changed when Goggins found her niche at the Club: volunteering. Since then she's been busy, working as a Junior Staff in the summer, helping at the front desk and tutoring younger students.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 6:24 p.m.
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Construction on I-20 resumes this weekend

This weekend is full of fall festivals to travel to, but also construction on highways around Metro Atlanta and Georgia.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 6:11 p.m.
Crime rates fall drastically in Rockdale

Crime rates fall drastically in Rockdale

Being more visible in the community and holding his staff accountable are two of the reasons why crime rates have decreased drastically across Rockdale County in 2014, according to Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett.

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Posted: oct. 22, 2014 5:57 p.m.
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Oct. 22, 2014 Digital Edition of the Rockdale News

Oct. 22, 2014 Digital Edition of the Rockdale News

Posted: oct. 22, 2014 5:16 p.m.
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Sheriff's Office budget requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 11:48 p.m.

Man in custody after RCSO respond to gunshots call

UPDATE: The man who the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office took into custody for gunshots reportedly being fired has been officially arrested. 

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 11:20 a.m.
Bulldog Homecoming Spirit

Bulldog Homecoming Spirit

Rockdale County High School kicked off Spirit Week leading to the bonfire on Thursday and Homecoming Game Friday and Homecoming Dance on Saturday, Oct. 25, with Twins Day on Monday.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 4:57 a.m.
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Probate Judge replies to backpay allegations

Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr. says the allegations made against him of not paying a contracted employee have no validity.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 4:39 a.m. | Updated: oct. 21, 2014 4:32 a.m.

Teen arrested for assaulting man in woods

A Conyers man is in custody for allegedly attacking a pedestrian and causing visible bodily harm to the victim.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 4:21 a.m.
Acuity to expand Rockdale, Dekalb facilities and bring 700 more jobs

Acuity to expand Rockdale, Dekalb facilities and bring 700 more jobs

Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

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Posted: oct. 20, 2014 1:10 p.m.
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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.
Shop with a Cop seeks donations to make kids' holidays brighter

Shop with a Cop seeks donations to make kids' holidays brighter

Conyers Police Department, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and more local law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Conyers WalMart to help make this Christmas brighter for local children.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 4:17 a.m.
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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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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.

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.

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