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Bomb threat called in to Bard Medical Tuesday

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard Medical on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating “There’s a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes.”

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Bomb threat called in to Bard Medical Tuesday

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard Medical on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating “There’s a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes.”

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Posted: nov. 22, 2014 12:26 p.m.

Pay raises coming for county employees in 2015

The Rockdale County Commissioners want to give their employees salary increases in 2015, but there’s a bit of a difference in how and when the pay increases should be executed. 

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 3:39 p.m.
Local Flavor: Finding food grown in Conyers

Local Flavor: Finding food grown in Conyers

Few people realize that Rockdale boasts a myriad of local farmers and enthusiasts who specialize in everything from homemade honey to pork to just-picked collard greens, right in your backyard. And supporting local agriculture is not only good for the local economy and environment, it can make your holiday spread the talk of the season this year. Although these growers yield very different results, they can all agree - local produce is unparalleled freshness and flavor.

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 10:41 p.m.
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Commissioners discuss ethics board

Rockdale County Post  1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he’s prepared to make a decision on what the county board should do in relation to implementing an ethics commission..

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 10:04 a.m.

Police reach out to clergy in preparation for possible Ferguson-related protests

Local law enforcement agencies, churches and school systems in Conyers, Rockdale and Newton counties are preparing for any possible Ferguson-style conflicts ahead of a grand jury ruling of the officer accused of killing an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 9:23 a.m.

Mayor: Acuity deal will go through after ‘embarrassing’ dispute

The controversial Acuity Brands expansion deal looks headed to local approval after officials hashed out an agreement earlier in the day, Conyers Mayor Randy Mills told the City Council Nov. 19. But in unusually strong commentary, Mills and most of the council blasted the controversy as an "embarrassing" harm to Rockdale's "word and honor."

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 9:09 a.m.

Employee arrested for fraudulent recall checks

A female McDonough resident was arrested for allegedly stealing large sums of money from her former employer, Acuity Brands Lighting.

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Posted: nov. 19, 2014 4:39 p.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Nov. 19, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Nov. 19, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving - where to get fresh, locally grown meats, eggs and produce; ice skating begins; growing jobs

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Posted: nov. 19, 2014 6:23 a.m.
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Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 10:45 p.m.

Budget hearing turns into personal grilling

"Embarrassed" and "ashamed" were the only words Rockdale County Post 1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt could use to describe how he felt after Commission Chairman Richard Oden addressed Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council Director Marty Jones during his presentation at the 2015 budget work session Tuesday afternoon.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Commissioners balk at adding more code enforcement personnel

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners aren't totally convinced the Code Enforcement division of the Planning and Development department should be allotted two new positions to handle the wave of code violations coming through the department.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 5:14 p.m.
Churches give Thanksgiving feast for families in need, Nov. 22, 27

Churches give Thanksgiving feast for families in need, Nov. 22, 27

At least five local Thanksgiving feasts will be held for families, the elderly and individuals in need on and before Thanksgiving Day.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 2:33 p.m.
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Carjacking suspected arrested

A Conyers man has been arrested for his connection to a carjacking that left four adults and child staring the down the barrel of gun.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 6:43 p.m.

Deputy's son shoots rifle over $15

A Conyers man was arrested for firing a rifle during a verbal altercation involving missing money that totaled $15.

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Posted: nov. 17, 2014 6:34 p.m.
Running out of options: Second Hopkins child passing shows urgency of medical marijuana debate

Running out of options: Second Hopkins child passing shows urgency of medical marijuana debate

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

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Posted: nov. 16, 2014 5:23 p.m.
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Spelling drama on center stage for Salem fall musical

Spelling drama on center stage for Salem fall musical

Salem High School's theatre department will be performing The Tony Award-Winning musical Comedy, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" for their fall musical. The show will run on November 20-22 at 8 p.m. and November 23 at 3p.m.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 2:10 p.m. | Updated: nov. 15, 2014 2:05 p.m.
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Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 6:08 p.m. | Updated: nov. 14, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Church gets thumbs up for private school and daycare by planning commission

The Conyers-Rockdale Planning Commission recommended two new ordinances for approval that moves a church closer to operating as private school and a daycare center.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 12:42 p.m.

School taxes on table for Acuity incentives

The issue of possible school tax abatements over five years for Acuity was brought up at Thursday night's meeting, at the request of the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, said school board Chairman Jim McBrayer.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 12:32 p.m.

Covington man arrested for fatal shooting in Newton

Demario Smith, 29 of Newton County, was fatally wounded during an alleged drug transaction Saturday.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 7:26 a.m.

Assistant Superintendent to retire, duties reorganized

IN BRIEF: The Rockdale Board of Education approved a reorganization in the duties of cabinet-level leadership with the upcoming retirement of current Assistant Superintendent Gene Baker and named Dr. Garrett Brundage, the current Director of Support Services, as a new assistant superintendent Thursday night.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 6:07 a.m.

School calendar options proposed, alternate graduation sites discussed

Rockdale County Public Schools is looking at two very similar calendar options for the 2015-2016 school year with a difference of a few days in the start and end dates. The school system is also looking at alternative graduation sites for high school graduations in May 2015 in order to get a jump start on replacing the grass in all three high school stadiums with artificial turf.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 4:54 a.m.
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Barlay named to '40 under 40' by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trends

Barlay named to '40 under 40' by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trends

Conyers-Rockdale's former Chamber Chairman Thua Barlay was recently named by Georgia Trend and Atlanta Business Chronicle to their "40 Under 40" list for his accomplishments in Rockdale.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 5:04 a.m.
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Cold snap precautions to avoid plumbing problems

While Georgia might not be facing winter weather as severe as places just to the north, a cold snap can still wreak havoc on plumbing, as many homeowners found out earlier this year during January when a deep freeze followed by a thaw left many homes flooded. But with a few precautions, residents can avoid costly home repairs brought from cracked and leaking pipes.

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 4:28 p.m.

51-year-old man left bloody after robbery

A Conyers man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting and stealing money from a middle-aged man in October. 

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 5:12 p.m.
Freezing temperatures to blanket Rockdale

Freezing temperatures to blanket Rockdale

IN BREIF: The National Weather Service, based in Peachtree City, Atlanta, has issued a freeze warning for portions of North and Central Georgia.

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 1:38 p.m.
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Rockdale ethics board ordinance vote delayed

Rockdale County Post 2 Commissioner JaNice Van Ness attempted to get the version of an ethics ordinance she proposed passed again during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners voting session Tuesday morning. 

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Lt. Gov. education summit at RCA, NCCA

Rockdale Career Academy students and programs were on display as bioscience industry and information technology leaders and college and career professionals from around the state came together for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s seventh annual Business and Education Summit Thursday at RCA.

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 6:14 p.m.

GPC shows enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College’s fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 5:57 p.m.
Conyers names new Main Street Program director

Conyers names new Main Street Program director

The City of Conyers has named Brittany Evans as the new manager of the Conyers Main Street Program.

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 2:49 p.m.
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Eastminster stages Stone Soup

Eastminster stages Stone Soup

Eastminster Upper School in Conyers held its Stone Soup performances Tuesday at Conyers United Methodist Church. Here are a few scenes.

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 12:56 a.m. | Updated: nov. 12, 2014 8:23 a.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: Nov. 12, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Nov. 12, 2014

All you need is love: Three stories of families coming together by adoption, Oscar picks, baseketball season starts

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 6:04 a.m.
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Apted: Doing everything wrong for an adoption so right

My five-year-old son tells people that his big sister came from the airport. We're trying to teach him that she's actually from Uganda, but I can see why he thinks she magically appeared at Hartsfield Jackson International one evening. I'm kind of glad that my sweet little guy has no idea what all was involved in creating that airport moment. Actually, I find that few people have any idea what families commit to when adopting a child. 

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 11:58 p.m.
Sherman's March through Conyers to be commemorated Nov. 16

Sherman's March through Conyers to be commemorated Nov. 16

The Rockdale County Historical Society will mark the 150th Anniversary of Sherman's March To The Sea through Conyers on Sunday, November 16, 3 P.M. at a public dedication of an official Georgia Civil War Heritage Marker in Olde Town Conyers at the Conyers Depot.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 11:36 p.m.
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RCPS School Choice Expo Nov. 15

RCPS School Choice Expo Nov. 15

Students and parents interested in signing up for one of Rockdale County Public Schools' many specialty academies, schools or programs are strongly encouraged to attend the School Choice Expo on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m., at Rockdale Career Academy.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 11:23 p.m.
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TitleBucks robber may face federal charges

A Douglasville man arrested last week by Conyers Police Department for allegedly robbing a Title Bucks establishment at gunpoint may be facing federal charges for a spree of armed robberies throughout the state.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 6:25 p.m.

County budget to dip into reserves by $9M

Commissioners heard more details on Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden's 2015 budget proposal Tuesday morning during the board's voting session.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 3:55 p.m.

New guidelines on incentive packages for economic development council

In the wake of last week's controversy over a surprise tax abatement deal for Acuity Brands, the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council on Nov. 11 agreed to create guidelines for how corporate incentive packages are approved. That especially means keeping all key government agencies in the loop.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 12:10 p.m.
Newton County man fatally shot

Newton County man fatally shot

Demario Smith, 29 of Newton County, was fatally wounded during an alleged drug transaction Saturday.

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Posted: nov. 10, 2014 3:56 p.m.
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Roldan arrested after Ellington shooting

Roldan arrested after Ellington shooting

Jorge Luis Roldan, of Livingston Lane, Covington, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after a shooting in the Ellington community Friday afternoon.

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Posted: nov. 10, 2014 3:54 p.m.
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JaNice Van Ness to hold a community meeting today

In the wake of her losing her election race, Rockdale County Post 2 Commissioner JaNice Van Ness will hold a community meeting to discuss the state of Rockdale County.

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Posted: nov. 10, 2014 11:28 a.m.
Sisterhood of Words: Onyx Book Club celebrates 20 years of growing through literature

Sisterhood of Words: Onyx Book Club celebrates 20 years of growing through literature

Long before Oprah started her book club, Atlanta had its own.  

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 3:53 p.m.
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Free service for Rockdale veterans

Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson is urging veterans of all military branches to have their DD-214 Military Discharge Papers recorded at the courthouse.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 4:57 p.m. | Updated: nov. 08, 2014 6:39 a.m.
A Second Chance: Drug Court graduates second class

A Second Chance: Drug Court graduates second class

Rockdale County's Adult Drug Court celebrated it's second class of graduates Thursday.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 8:38 p.m.
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HHS Arts Academy shines in 'Addams Family' One Act performance

HHS Arts Academy shines in 'Addams Family' One Act performance

Heritage High School's Arts Academy and musical theatre recently hosted the region 8AAAAA, one act competition on Oct. 16 for the 12th year in a row. Nine out of ten schools from the region including Winder-Barrow, Lanier, Gainesville, Cedar Shoals, Heritage, Flowery Branch, Loganville, Clarke Central, and Apalachee High School participated in this event.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 7:49 p.m.
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Rockdale Veteran's Day events, discounts

Rockdale Veteran's Day events, discounts

This Tuesday, families across Rockdale and the country will stop to honor the men and women who serve in America's armed services.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 8:22 p.m.
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'Healthy Living with Diabetes' free event at RMC, Nov. 12

'Healthy Living with Diabetes' free event at RMC, Nov. 12

Rockdale Medical Center and Rockdale Physician Practices are bringing awareness to a serious chronic disease by hosting a free diabetes focused event, Healthy Living with Diabetes, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m . This event is open to the public and no registration is required.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 2:51 p.m.
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Person shot in Ellington community

One person has been transported to the hospital after a shooting in the Ellington community Friday afternoon.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 2:00 p.m.
TitleBucks robber caught with help from license plate reader

TitleBucks robber caught with help from license plate reader

Less than a week after Title Bucks was robbed at gunpoint, the suspect in that robbery and several other pawn and title store robberies was captured, with the help of license plate reading technology and the sharp eyes of Conyers and Douglasville police officers.

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Posted: nov. 07, 2014 1:58 p.m.
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