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Local student drowns in Albany pool

A local middle school student drowned last week in Albany, Georgia, at a neighborhood pool.

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GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC’s new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

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Posted: jul. 30, 2014 1:06 p.m.
PHOTOS: First Day of School

PHOTOS: First Day of School

Posted: jul. 29, 2014 9:21 a.m.
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Burglary escape foiled with witness help

A watchful resident helped the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office capture suspects that broke into a local gas station overnight.

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Posted: jul. 28, 2014 4:01 p.m.
Serving Justice: 15-year-old's battle with leukemia inspires in Care-a-thon on WSB

Serving Justice: 15-year-old's battle with leukemia inspires in Care-a-thon on WSB

One Conyers teenager is optimistic – but honest – about her struggle with cancer.

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Posted: jul. 27, 2014 3:26 p.m. | Updated: jul. 27, 2014 4:23 p.m.
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'Operator' films in Conyers Sunday

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable to area residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

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Posted: jul. 26, 2014 11:34 p.m.
It’s Snapping Shoals Meeting Time

It’s Snapping Shoals Meeting Time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders’ meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2014 10:08 p.m.
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Starbucks for grown folks

Starbucks for grown folks

The Conyers Starbucks celebrated its recent renovation and launch of a new program serving beer and wine in the evenings with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce on July 22. This Starbucks location on Ga. Hwy 138 is one of only five in the state pioneering this concept said General Manager Kelley Smith, due to the community’s support of the store. The store is offering small plate foods as well as beer and wine. Live jazz performances will be held at the store on Wednesday evenings for “Wine Down Wednesdays.”

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Posted: jul. 25, 2014 9:27 p.m.
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Shot sword man expected to recover

Julian Leon Faulkner, Jr., who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington police officer with a sword Wednesday, is reported in critical but stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital but is expected to recover, according to police.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2014 9:19 p.m.

Prostitution sting nets two

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug posession.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:14 p.m.
'Bessie' filming in Olde Town through Friday

'Bessie' filming in Olde Town through Friday

The HBO biopic "Bessie," starring Queen Latifah as the iconic blues singer Bessie Smith, is filming in Olde Town Conyers through Thursday and Friday.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m.
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Lightning strikes rehabilitation home, starts fire

Lightning struck Rockdale Healthcare Center rehabilitation home Thursday afternoon, starting a small fire and causing the building to be evacuated.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 6:17 p.m.
Crash now cleared on I-20 WB

Crash now cleared on I-20 WB

UPDATE: The vehicles have been cleared from I-20 westbound and traffic is flowing again.

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Posted: jul. 24, 2014 2:47 p.m. | Updated: jul. 24, 2014 4:02 p.m.
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Police shoot sword-wielding man

Police shoot sword-wielding man

A man wielding a "medieval" type sword threatened a Covington Police Officer, who then shot the suspect Wednesday afternoon.

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Posted: jul. 23, 2014 3:16 p.m.
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150th Anniversary of Garrard's Raid (video)

150th Anniversary of Gen.Garrard's Raid at Conyers Depot Station

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Posted: jul. 23, 2014 1:46 p.m.
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RCSO seeing drop in crime

RCSO seeing drop in crime

Things are looking brighter so far in the first half of 2014 with a seemingly large drop in reported crimes.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 5:22 p.m.
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Eastside Commercial Bank of Conyers closes

Eastside Commercial Bank, of Conyers, was closed Friday, July 18 by the Georgia Department of Banking & Finance. Customers of Eastside Commercial Bank will now become customers of Community & Southern Bank, of Atlanta, which agreed to purchase Eastside's deposits and some of its assets.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 3:51 p.m.
ON STANDS NOW: Back to School edition

ON STANDS NOW: Back to School edition

ON STANDS NOW: The 2014-2015 Back to School edition of the Rockdale News is on stands now with calendars, schedules, tips and an update on what you'll find new in schools this year.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 1:47 p.m.
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School open houses July 21-24

Rockdale County Public Schools released the schedule of Open Houses for rising students in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Crime Briefs: Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

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Posted: jul. 21, 2014 9:21 a.m.

Juvenile charged with manslaughter, victim awaiting trial for murder

A juvenile male is facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter following an altercation Friday night that led to a man's death.

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

Preparing for the worst: Deputies, police undergo school active shooter training

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jake Coggins has been through some dangerous situations throughout his career.

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Posted: jul. 16, 2014 9:32 p.m. | Updated: jul. 20, 2014 1:24 p.m.
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Talking Trash: Town Hall sees robust feedback

Residents who came out to the Rockdale County Trash Collection Town Hall hosted by Commissioner Oz Nesbitt on Tuesday spoke overwhelmingly against the idea of mandatory trash pickup service in the county, asking to keep the free market system of private haulers and the county's recycling center the way it is.

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Posted: jul. 18, 2014 5:50 a.m. | Updated: jul. 18, 2014 7:49 p.m.
Conyers Main Street director resigns

Conyers Main Street director resigns

The director of the Conyers Main Street program, Monica Coffin, recently resigned after seven years heading the community program, citing the need to spend more time with her family and young son.  Her last day was Friday, July 18.

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Posted: jul. 18, 2014 2:12 p.m.
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West Ave. railroad crossing closed for construction through weekend

The West Avenue railroad crossing will remain closed through July 18 as the City of Conyers stormwater services and contractors install new storm drains.

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Posted: jul. 18, 2014 10:54 a.m.
Back-to-School supply drives help families

Back-to-School supply drives help families

The Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families and local agencies and volunteers are coming together July 19 to host the annual Day of Connections resource fair. The fair helps hundreds of families-in-need get students ready for going back to school.

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Posted: jul. 18, 2014 12:33 a.m.
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Conyers Police revises response on children in hot cars

Conyers Police revises response on children in hot cars

Prompted by recent events in metro Atlanta, such as the death of toddler Cooper Harris after being left in his father's car, the Conyers Police Department is revising its policy on calls regarding children left unattended in vehicles to remove any ambiguity in an officer's response.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 5:57 p.m.
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GPTC to unveil new production studio and Mac lab

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will host a special open house and ribbon cutting of its new Design Media Production Technology (DMPT) production studio and Mac lab on Thursday, July 24.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 1:23 p.m.

Office space company leases 10,000 square feet at Corner Market

The Regus Group, a global company that leases fully furnished flexible office and meeting space to startups and other businesses, has chosen Corner Market in Conyers for its latest business center. This would be a significant lease at the mixed-use development by on the corner of Flat Shoals and Parker Road, occupying more than 10,000 square feet of office space.

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Posted: jul. 17, 2014 10:22 a.m.
Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Tuesday by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

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Posted: jul. 16, 2014 2:39 p.m.
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Bullseye: Dillon dials in

Archery coach George Ryals first saw Dillon McGeorge when he was in the sixth grade. McGeorge was about 11 or 12 then when he came into Ryals’ Archery Learning Center in Snellville with an interest in target archery.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 4:45 p.m.

JP Carr School Reunion (video)

The third ever All-Class Reunion of the Bryant Street and J.P. Carr School was held July 12, 2014 at the Under the Stars banquet hall in Oxford, Ga.

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Posted: jul. 15, 2014 2:00 p.m.
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Miles away but close to home

Miles away but close to home

Jennifer McCann knew she was destined to be in Hollywood. So when she was offered a job as an assistant in Los Angeles, she felt her moment had come.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:30 p.m. | Updated: jul. 14, 2014 10:26 p.m.
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UGA student, Conyers native helps reshape Olde Town

UGA student, Conyers native helps reshape Olde Town

For University of Georgia architecture student Erik Lauritsen, working with city officials on a massive rezoning plan for Olde Town isn’t just a great resume-builder. It’s also a homecoming.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:06 p.m. | Updated: jul. 14, 2014 10:04 p.m.
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Hit-and-run driver found with help from insurance adjuster

One week after a hit and run crash that left a young man seriously injured, the suspect responsible is now in custody, thanks to the help of an insurance adjuster.

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Posted: jul. 14, 2014 4:26 p.m.
Amici Italian Cafe coming to Corner Market

Amici Italian Cafe coming to Corner Market

Amici Italian Café, a Madison-based restaurant chain, announced it plans to open a Conyers location in the Corner Market early next year.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Updated: jul. 13, 2014 10:08 p.m.
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Man on the Street: Road Trip Songs

Man on the Street: Road Trip Songs

With summer being prime roadtrip time, we asked “What’s your go-to song for summer road trips?”

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Updated: jul. 13, 2014 7:46 a.m.
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CRCA Drama Camp

CRCA Drama Camp

There were plenty of giggles and hard work as students blossomed during the Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts’ 2014 Musical Drama Camp, July 7-18. Under the guidance of Theater Director Jay Domingo, theater director at Edwards Middle School, and Music Director Brittney Jaynes, students, third grade to college age participated in exercises and training in singing and dance. The two week camp will be topped off with a special performance July 18, 7 p.m. at  the Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main Street; www.conyersarts.org 

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 9:27 p.m. | Updated: jul. 13, 2014 7:24 a.m.
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RCHS Drama Camp

RCHS Drama Camp

More than 30 students found their inner star during Rockdale County High School Drama Department’s 2014 Drama Camp for kids ages 8-19.  Under the supervision of Director-Choreographer Joey Fargar, of Conyers Kids, and Music Director Cindy Hall, students trained in acting, singing and dancing. The two-week camp wil be capped with a performance exhibiting their skills on July 18, 7 p.m. at Rockdale County High School; www.conyerskids.com/rchs-summer-theater-camp/ 

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 9:24 p.m. | Updated: jul. 13, 2014 7:04 a.m.
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Salem Camp Meeting (video)

A conversation with a few of this year's attendees.

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Posted: jul. 13, 2014 2:16 a.m.
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RCSO arrests double murder suspect

RCSO arrests double murder suspect

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office SWAT team arrested a double murder suspect wanted out of DeKalb County Friday.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:41 p.m.
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Sika plant celebrates opening

Sika, a Swiss-based global manufacturer of building materials including concrete, sealants, roofing, flooring and more, celebrated the opening of an expanded, state-of-the-art mortar and admixture plant on Sarasota Pkwy in Conyers with a ribbon cutting July 9. The ceremony was attended by Sika customers, company executives and local officials. The plant, which produces 5,000 metric tons of product a year and growing, is a template for other plants, said company executives. The decision was made last year to build the plant to service customers in the region, said N. America Sika President Christoph Gantz. In less than eight months ...

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Musician arrested for disorderly conduct on July 4th

Following the Fourth of July fireworks and a performance at the festival held in the Covington Square, musician Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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Posted: jul. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Police nab fleeing theft suspect

Conyers Police officers were able to capture a shoplifting suspect who initially fled from police late Wednesday near Target and the Village at Millers Chapel shopping area.

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Posted: jul. 11, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Garrard's Raid 150th anniversary, July 22

The Rockdale County Historical Society and the Major General Joseph Wheeler Camp #863 Sons of Confederate Veterans will present a Sesquicentennial observance of Brigadier General Kenner D. Garrard's Raid in July, 1864, on Conyers Station on Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. at the Conyers Depot.

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Posted: jul. 11, 2014 1:28 a.m. | Updated: jul. 11, 2014 6:27 a.m.

Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

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Posted: jul. 11, 2014 12:04 a.m.

Active shooter training at Honey Creek Elementary, July 14-16

If you hear sirens and shots fired at Honey Creek Elementary next week, don't be alarmed. Deputies and officers from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department will be participating in training focused on responding to an active school shooting held at HCE.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 11:57 p.m.
Suddeth named new RCHS principal

Suddeth named new RCHS principal

IN BRIEF: Mary Ann Suddeth, the director of the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology since 2005, was unanimously approved as the next principal of Rockdale County High School. Dr. Debra Arnold, RMSST's assistant director since 2005, was unanimously promoted to head the Magnet school by the Rockdale County school board Thursday.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 8:45 p.m.
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Arrest made in Newton Co murder

Arrest made in Newton Co murder

A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 11:17 a.m. | Updated: jul. 10, 2014 3:13 p.m.
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Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes in Rockdale this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and I-285 on the northwest side.

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Posted: jul. 10, 2014 2:45 p.m.

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