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Wednesday Digital Edition: May 27, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: May 27, 2015

Movie Car Magic - Tim Thompson turned his love of old cars into a booming business providing them for movie shoots

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Updated: may. 27, 2015 6:54 a.m.

Three reports of fires in one night for RCFR

In a span of three hours, the Rockdale County Fire-Rescue responded to three separate calls related to structure fires last night, according to Rockdale Fire Chief Dan Morgan.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 3:38 p.m.
Mays to run for re-election

Mays to run for re-election

The case involving Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays and former Probate Court worker Freya Pearson is over in Superior Court, having been dropped earlier this month.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 11:58 a.m.
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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

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Posted: may. 26, 2015 4:22 a.m.
PHOTOS: Salem Graduation 2015

PHOTOS: Salem Graduation 2015

Salem High School's Class of 2015 held its commencement ceremony Saturday, May 23, 8 a.m. at the Ga. International Horse Park.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 7:11 p.m.
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Honoring Service and Sacrifice on Memorial Day

Honoring Service and Sacrifice on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday in which we take time to honor the lives of our military men and women who have died fighting on our behalf, defending our rights and freedoms. This Memorial Day, May 25, two local veteran-focused groups based are going to hold ceremonies to do just that.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 7:17 p.m.
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PHOTO: RCHS/Rockdale Magnet School graduation 2015

PHOTO: RCHS/Rockdale Magnet School graduation 2015

Rockdale County Horse Park and Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology have their commencement ceremony Friday, May 22, at the Ga. International Horse Park.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 5:32 p.m.
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PHOTOS: Heritage Graduation 2015

PHOTOS: Heritage Graduation 2015

Heritage High School's Class of 2015 walked the stage for commencement on Thursday evening at the Georgia International  Horse Park.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 7:38 p.m.
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Live Stream of high school graduations

Live Stream of high school graduations

Graduation for Rockdale, Heritage and Salem high schools will be live streamed online.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 3:55 p.m.
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Newton Medical to join Piedmont Healthcare system

Newton Medical to join Piedmont Healthcare system

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:25 p.m.
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Free health services for seniors at SPARC Fair May 28

Rockdale County Senior Services is offering free health screenings at the annual Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaborations (S.P.A.R.C) fair on Thurs., May 28, 9 a.m. - noon at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive, Conyers, 30012.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:17 p.m.
Rockdale hiring new firefighters

Rockdale hiring new firefighters

Rockdale County Fire-Rescue (RCFR) is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter until Friday, June 12.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 6:39 p.m. | Updated: may. 21, 2015 5:57 a.m.
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City's $14M budget to include new police cadet program

The Conyers City Council held its first hearing on the city's proposed $14 million Fiscal Year 2015 budget on May 20. Among the significant new budget items is a police cadet program requested by Conyers Chief Gene Wilson to boost police recruiting and diversity.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 11:59 p.m.

Shooter in drug-related robbery arrested, other suspect still at-large

(UPDATE) Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested one of the suspects believed to be involved in the drug-related robbery that occurred last week. 

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 3:06 p.m. | Updated: may. 20, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Conyers Police taking applications for Reserve Unit

Conyers Police are looking for a few good officers to join their Reserve Unit.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 6:36 p.m.

New pavilions at Johnson Park in works

Johnson Park could be getting three new pavilions installed.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:45 a.m. | Updated: may. 20, 2015 7:44 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: May 20, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: May 20, 2015

Best and Brightest - Rockdale's valedictorians and salutatorians overcome challenges including poverty and homelessness on their way to becoming doctors, robotics engineers, CEOs and more

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:55 a.m. | Updated: may. 20, 2015 6:54 a.m.
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Rockdale's Best and Brightest

Rockdale's Best and Brightest

Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:17 a.m.
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Milstead Park splash pad open for play

Milstead Park splash pad open for play

Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:49 a.m.
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Rape charge after date through online dating service

A Conyers man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after the two met on an online dating service.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 12:43 a.m.

Dickerson town hall goes on despite storm

A rainstorm Monday afternoon brought strong winds and buckets of scattered showers. But that didn't prevent Georgia representative Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, from holding a planned town hall meeting at The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 10:52 p.m. | Updated: may. 19, 2015 7:45 a.m.

Deputies looking for electronics robbery suspect

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) is currently looking a suspect that robbed a local electronics Friday, May 15.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 10:54 p.m.

Local police reserve units well trained

Local police reserve units-the volunteer officers who supplement the paid force-are generally well-trained by state standards, a News review has found.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 8:53 p.m.

Covington police chief on medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal’s new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 1:17 p.m.
RCPS Valedictorians and Salutatorians announced

RCPS Valedictorians and Salutatorians announced

Rockdale County Public Schools high schools announced the following valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2014-2015 graduating class:

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 1:28 p.m.
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Crash on I-20 eastbound at Salem Rd

All lanes are closed on I-20 EB at Salem Rd due to an accident with injuries, according to Conyers Police.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 5:49 p.m.

Investigation on pill in Magistrate judge's water

An incident involving Rockdale County Magistrate Court Judge Phinia Aten has led the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) to begin a preliminary investigation into whether someone tried to slip a pill into the judge's drinking water.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 4:41 p.m. | Updated: may. 15, 2015 4:43 p.m.
BBQ for the Blue and Grey: Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

BBQ for the Blue and Grey: Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce thanked the men and women who work to keep the community safe during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, May 11-15, 2015, with a luncheon for Conyers Police Department and Rockdale County Sheriff's Office on May 15 at 1400 Parker Road. The event, spearheaded by Terry Massey and T. Pat Cavanaugh, served more than 200 plates of barbecue from Jim N' Nick's. Elementary school students from all of Rockdale's elementary schools made cards and pictures thanking officers and deputies for their service. Local businesses around the community also showed their appreciation in various ...

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 6:08 p.m.
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EMT Spotlight: Bryan Brantley

EMT Spotlight: Bryan Brantley

Bryan Brantley was chosen by his coworkers at National EMS as the Emergency Medical Technician of the Year for the Rockdale division.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:49 p.m. | Updated: may. 14, 2015 7:47 p.m.
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Prestigious award given to county HR department

Prestigious award given to county HR department

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Atlanta has awarded the Rockdale County Department of Human Resources its 2015 Pegasus Awards of Excellence in Human Resources.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 5:24 p.m.
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Conyers Main Street director let go

Conyers Main Street director let go

The director of the Conyers Main Street program, Brittany Evans, was let go from her position after about six months on the job, a city spokesperson confirmed.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 4:44 p.m.
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NCNW Gospel Explosion and Founders Day May 16

The Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. will host the Second Annual Gospel Explosion on Saturday, May 16, 2:30 p.m. at the Rockdale County Auditorium, 903 Main Street.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 5:16 p.m.

Fatal crash kills one teen, injures two

A 19-year-old Newton County man sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Gum Creek Road and Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon. 

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 11:15 a.m.

Teddy Riley to keynote GPTC commencement

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) announced that internationally renowned recording artist and producer Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley will be the college's 2015 Spring Commencement Speaker.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 8:10 p.m. | Updated: may. 14, 2015 8:06 a.m.

Firefighter Spotlight: Tyler Parzych

Tyler Parzych, a fire apparatus operator with Rockdale County Fire and Rescue, was named the 2014 RCFR Firefighter of the Year and was honored by American Legion Post 77 in March.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:47 p.m. | Updated: may. 13, 2015 8:45 p.m.

Ethics board holds first meeting, appoints officers and alternate member

The Rockdale Board of Ethics held its first meeting Wednesday evening to establish some basic board functions.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 8:29 p.m.

BOC defers bed & breakfast special use permit, goes back to planning commission

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) deferred an ordinance vote back to its planning commission in order to clarify an unlawful vote that took place a month ago. 

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 3:46 p.m.
Forum to help disadvantaged small businesses

Forum to help disadvantaged small businesses

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) held a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Forum on Friday, May 8, to help local small businesses learn how to do business with the federal government. More than 100 small business owners attended the forum at Georgia Piedmont Technical College on North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Updated: may. 13, 2015 10:13 a.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: May 13, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: May 13, 2015

The Hollywood Dilemma - Frequent filming is putting a strain on some Olde Town Conyers businesses, but movie and TV shoots have brought $23 million to Rockdale; a look at the big picture

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 5:33 a.m. | Updated: may. 13, 2015 6:47 a.m.
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Milstead Park splash pad opening May 18

The Rockdale County Department of Recreation & Maintenance is inviting the public to the Milstead Park ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 18, 5 p.m., at Milstead Park, 1665 Main Street, Conyers 30012.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 5:10 a.m.

Kelsey's Law becomes state law

State Representatives Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) and Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) announced that Governor Nathan Deal signed Kelsey’s Law, or SB 160, into law at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Rep. Belton attended the bill signing ceremony for Kelsey’s Law, which aims to protect minors from cyberbullying.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 5:02 a.m.
DNA matches carjacking suspect to Waffle House robbery

DNA matches carjacking suspect to Waffle House robbery

A suspect who was wanted for robbing a Waffle House on West Avenue at gunpoint last fall was discovered to be the same person as a suspect who was killed in a carjacking attempt in DeKalb County in October.

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 7:47 p.m.
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911 Spotlight: Rockdale E911

911 Spotlight: Rockdale E911

911 Operators are truly the first responders to a crisis situation; they are the guiding voice residents hear when calling for help and they are the communication point of contact between the many agencies. A big thank you to the staff and operators at Conyers 911 and Rockdale County E911.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:43 p.m. | Updated: may. 12, 2015 7:41 p.m.
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911 Spotlight: Conyers 911

911 Spotlight: Conyers 911

911 Operators are truly the first responders to a crisis situation; they are the guiding voice residents hear when calling for help and they are the communication point of contact between the many agencies. A big thank you to the staff and operators at Conyers 911 and Rockdale County E911.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:41 p.m. | Updated: may. 12, 2015 7:37 p.m.
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Deputy Spotlight: RCSO Deputy Dexter Harris

Deputy Spotlight: RCSO Deputy Dexter Harris

When Dexter Harris was a youngster, his only dream was to become a police officer.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:36 p.m. | Updated: may. 11, 2015 8:35 p.m.
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Armed robber caught after 6 years

A man who committed two armed robberies in Conyers six years ago is finally behind bars in Rockdale County.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 8:17 p.m.

Two brothers arrested for shooting man

Two brothers were arrested over the weekend after allegedly shooting a man in an attempt to rob him at his residence Saturday.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 6:23 p.m.
Goodbye to Catfish

Goodbye to Catfish

Anthony Wayne Johnson will retire as one of the City of Covington’s most treasured employees this month after logging nearly 31 years of service.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 4:58 p.m.
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Town Hall with state Rep. Pam Dickerson May 18

Town Hall with state Rep. Pam Dickerson May 18

District 113 State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) is hosting a town hall meeting along with other members of the Rockdale Legislative Delegation on Monday, May 18, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 4:39 p.m. | Updated: may. 11, 2015 7:23 a.m.
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Officer Spotlight: CPD Officer Spencer Holland

Officer Spotlight: CPD Officer Spencer Holland

A good memory about a suspicious vehicle led Conyers Police Officer Spencer Holland to enable the capture of the suspect in 35 armed robberies last fall, an achievement for which the American Legion Post 77 recently named him Officer of the Year.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 7:34 p.m. | Updated: may. 10, 2015 8:59 p.m.
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