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Rockdale Fire Rescue celebrates new graduates and first African American female graduate

Rockdale Fire Rescue celebrates new graduates and first African American female graduate

IN BRIEF: Rockdale County Fire and Rescue celebrated the graduation of its newest class of 14 recruits in a ceremony Friday night at the JP Carr Community Center. Among the class, Rockdale also saw its first African American female firefighter graduate, Loriel Price. Check back Wednesday for more on Price's journey and the journey of other female firefighters in Rockdale County Fire and Rescue.

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Bald Rock Baptist, NAACP celebrates Black History Month Feb. 28

Bald Rock Baptist Church of Conyers and the Rockdale County chapter of the NAACP will host a Community Black History Month Program on Feb. 28, 5 p.m.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 8:08 p.m.

Sheriff's Office designates safe sale locations for in-person transactions

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is offering the use of its headquarters parking lot and lobby for residents looking for safe places to conduct transactions arranged online. 

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 2:19 p.m.

Winter storm rain helped EMA preparations

The sun is beaming down through mostly clear blue skies today in Rockdale County. 

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 1:56 p.m.

Dating website meet turns into robbery

A tryst set up through a dating website ended with a man losing his cash and nearly losing his car to two women, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 9:59 a.m.

Dating website meet turns into robbery

A tryst set up through a dating website ended with a Conyers man losing his cash and nearly losing his car to two women Monday night, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 10:05 a.m.

I 20 EB exit to 138 reopened after tractor trailer crash and fluid leak

The exit to Ga. Hwy 138 from Interstate 20 is now reopened and all lanes on 138 are now open. A crash between two tractor trailer trucks that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. had closed off some lanes of 138 and closed the exit from Interstate 20 eastbound to 138. Minor injuries reported. Fluid reportedly leaked from one of the tractor trailer trucks. Traffic had backed up at I 20 eastbound exit to Salem Road due to displaced traffic. 

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 8:14 p.m.
Rotary honors STAR students, teachers for 2015

Rotary honors STAR students, teachers for 2015

The Rockdale and Conyers Rotary clubs honored the student in the top 10 percent of their grade with the highest SAT score from each high school and an influential teacher named by each of the students.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:28 a.m.
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Rockdale schools open Thursday, as of Wednesday night information

UPDATE: Rockdale County has been removed from the list of Georgia counties under the Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2015 9:33 p.m.
Man mailing marijuana packages arrested

Man mailing marijuana packages arrested

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office used a neighborhood tip to thwart the plans of one resident who was mailing marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 11:54 p.m.
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UPDATED: Funeral rescheduled for Coach Candace McGriff killed by fiancé

UPDATED: Funeral rescheduled for Coach Candace McGriff killed by fiancé

UPDATE (Feb. 25, 12:29 p.m): The funeral service for CJH Elementary's Coach Candace McGriff has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. due to winter weather concerns. The funeral will be held at Greenforest Baptist Church, 3250 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Interment will be at Kennedy Memorial Gardens in Ellenwood

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 9:54 p.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2015 12:29 p.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: Feb. 18, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: Feb. 18, 2015

Are You Smarter Than A Third Grader? - The Georgia Milestones is right around the corner for ALL students grades 3-12. We take a look at what's in store for the new upcoming Georgia Milestones tests and give practice questions to see if you could pass third grade.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 11:56 a.m.
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What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2015 12:54 a.m.

Jeffares: Senate passes veteran’s bills

Snow flurries, ice and freezing rain threatened to stall business at the Capitol last week, but we were lucky enough to be able to travel safely to continue as scheduled. We passed quite a few bills this week designed to help support and protect the military service members in our state.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 9:44 a.m.
A Conversation With Brittany Evans, Main Street Conyers' new director

A Conversation With Brittany Evans, Main Street Conyers' new director

Brittany Evans was named the new director of the Conyers Main Street’s new Director last fall. Evans comes to Conyers following four years in Sylvester, Ga. where she acted as the executive director for the Downtown Sylvester Main Street Program. Her time spent in southwest Georgia included successfully completing the two year process of Sylvester earning designation as an official Main Street Start-Up City by the Ga. Department of Community Affairs. Evans also launched a downtown local farmers market and coordinated other special events and festivals. She previously served as the Better Hometown director in Metter, Ga. Evans holds ...

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 6:37 p.m.
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Cell phone store robbery suspects arrested

Two men, allegedly responsible for the robbery of Metro PCS store in Conyers just before New Year's Eve, are in police custody.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Updated: feb. 23, 2015 5:27 p.m.

RCSO searches for home invasion robbery suspects

The Rockdale County Sheriff Office is looking for two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a resident's home Sunday night.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 5:33 p.m.

Police look for forgery suspect

Conyers Police issued a "be on the lookout" alert for a forgery suspect who fled on foot around 2 p.m.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Crime Briefs: RCSO arrests two for drive-by shooting

Two Conyers men are in behind bars for allegedly performing a drive-by shooting last Sunday, Feb. 8.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 11:01 a.m. | Updated: feb. 21, 2015 10:37 a.m.
Officer-involved shooting in Social Circle

Officer-involved shooting in Social Circle

Traffic was being diverted on Hwy. 11 in Social Circle after a police-involved shooting Friday afternoon.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 4:16 p.m.
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Hands Across Rockdale seeks projects for April 18 event

Hands Across Rockdale seeks projects for April 18 event

It's all hands on deck as the annual Hands Across Rockdale community service event returns Saturday, April 18.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 11:39 a.m.
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Freezing rain, snow in Rockdale Friday to Saturday

Freezing rain, snow in Rockdale Friday to Saturday

Rockdale may be seeing some snow, sleet and freezing rain as most of metro Atlanta is under a Winter Weather Advisory Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 6:24 p.m.
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Tractor trailer accident on I-20 EB

IN BRIEF: A tractor trailer is jacknifed on Interstateo 20 eastbound in the center lane near Ga. Highway 138, according to  Conyers Police. 

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 5:31 p.m.

Rockdale, Heritage named AP Honor Schools

Heritage and Rockdale County high schools were named 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 5:17 p.m.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 7:44 p.m. | Updated: feb. 18, 2015 8:32 p.m.
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Sheriff Levett to host virtual town hall meeting

Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett will take to Facebook for a virtual town hall meeting. 

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 5:20 p.m.

Social Circle man dies in fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 9:04 p.m.

Stolen cars taken to recycling center

An Atlanta man is in Rockdale County Jail for allegedly taking stolen cars out of other counties and then recycling them at a recycling center in Conyers.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 5:03 p.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 5:09 p.m.

Social media meet turns into armed robbery

A robbery-turned shootout left one Atlanta resident without $1,000 and landed a female teenager in jail last week.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Fire chief hired in Covington

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 9:41 a.m. | Updated: feb. 17, 2015 9:42 a.m.
RMSST team wins trip to National Ocean Science Bowl

RMSST team wins trip to National Ocean Science Bowl

Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology competed in the Georgia- South Carolina Southern Stingray National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Regional at Savannah State on Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:43 p.m.
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RMSST robotics team places third in world competition

RMSST robotics team places third in world competition

The Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology robotics team recently tied for third place in the world at the Zero Robotics Finals. The team traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on January 16th to watch a live feed from the International Space Station (ISS) as their code ran on autonomous robots located on the ISS.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:35 p.m.
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DMS, SCE students at Capitol Art Exhibit

DMS, SCE students at Capitol Art Exhibit

Davis Middle eighth grade art students Sophie Mosely and Raegan Owen and Shoal Creek Elementary students Alexander Thomas and Chloe Lindo had work displayed at the Georgia State Capital for the annual Capitol Art Exhibit. The Art Exhibit is cosponsored by the Georgia Art Education Association and the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:32 p.m.
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More details revealed in Hughes murder case

More details surrounding the murder case of Jarvis Hughes were revealed during the Feb. 4 committal hearing for Paul Greene, one of three suspects allegedly involved in the fatal shooting incident.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 2:54 p.m. | Updated: feb. 16, 2015 7:43 p.m.
Delays in opening times for school offices

Delays in opening times for school offices

Anticipated rain and black ice on the road is causing a delay in opening hours for Rockdale County Public Schools central offices and enrichment camps for students during this week of winter break.

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Posted: feb. 16, 2015 4:50 p.m.
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Newton's first county manager passes away

Newton's first county manager passes away

Newton County's former county manager John Middleton passed away around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning while at Wake Forest hospital.

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Posted: feb. 16, 2015 3:47 p.m.
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Church destroyed in fire Sunday morning

Church destroyed in fire Sunday morning

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

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Posted: feb. 16, 2015 11:14 a.m.
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City to boost redevelopment at Salem Gate

The City of Conyers Economic Development Committee came to general consensus that the city should pursue establishing an enterprising zone to help spur redevelopment.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:23 p.m. | Updated: feb. 16, 2015 4:00 a.m.

Gov.'s failing-school overhaul bill brings caution

Governor Nathan Deal’s recently proposed “Opportunity District,” where the state would take over failing schools and place them into a new state-wide district under the Governor’s office, drew an apprehensive reception from the Rockdale school board Thursday.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 7:53 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 7:57 p.m.
City, county to boost development at Salem Gate

City, county to boost development at Salem Gate

The City of Conyers Economic Development Committee came to general consensus that the city should pursue establishing an enterprising zone to help spur redevelopment.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 2:47 p.m. | Updated: feb. 15, 2015 8:06 a.m.
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Secrets to a long and happy marriage

Secrets to a long and happy marriage

Ernest and Rosemary Gerstner’s 60-year union withstood a world war, raising four children, work separations, and the Internal Revenue Service. And, it all began with a whistle.

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Posted: feb. 14, 2015 1:54 p.m.
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Rockdale County Spelling Bee champion crowned

Rockdale County Spelling Bee champion crowned

Memorial Middle School student Brandon Hong won the 2015 Rockdale Count Spelling Bee Friday morning. The winning word he had to spell was "prima donna." Hong will move forward to compete in the District 5 spelling bee competition, organized by the Georgia Association of Educators, on Feb. 28. Winners from that bee will have a chance to go on to the state-wide contest on March 20, 11 a.m. at Georgia State Univerisity.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:45 p.m.
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Judge Nancy Bills to run for re-election in 2016

Judge Nancy Bills to run for re-election in 2016

A standing ovation greeted State Court Judge Nancy Bills as she spoke to a crowd of supporters Thursday at the Cherokee Run Golf Club event honoring Bills for 10 years of service as State Court Judge and more than two decades of service to the community. She also announced her intention to run for re-election in 2016.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 7:14 p.m.
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Sprinklers contain printing company fire

A commercial sprinkler system helped stop the spread of a printer fire early Thursday morning.

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Posted: feb. 12, 2015 4:12 p.m.

Red carpet glam for Rockdale Emergency Relief

Hollywood's biggest night is fast approaching, and Rockdale Emergency Relief is celebrating on Feb. 22 with an evening full of Rockdale's stars as they "Walk the Red Carpet for RER."

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 11:59 p.m. | Updated: feb. 12, 2015 7:35 a.m.

Woman's mail fraud affects Rockdale, Newton, Walton

After a check from a local law office was cashed at a Big EZ convenience store, a Covington Police Department investigation led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight.

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Posted: feb. 12, 2015 12:06 a.m. | Updated: feb. 12, 2015 12:09 a.m.
American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 11:43 p.m.
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State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade on bench, 20 years of service

State Court Judge Nancy Bills honored for decade on bench, 20 years of service

Rockdale County State Court Judge Nancy N. Bills was recognized by the Conyers City Council and the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners for her 10 years of service on the bench and 20 years cumulative years of service to the community.

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 11:00 p.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: Feb. 11, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: Feb. 11, 2015

Drug addiction recovery is a long, hard road and a new Rockdale County jail program is getting inmates started on that path before they leave jail.  Georgia is #2 in electric vehicles sales in the US, and while Rockdale is making accommodations for electric charging stations, the Ga. General Assembly is looking at doing away with the state tax credit. Find out who's on the 2014-15 All Area Team. And if you didn't make Valentine's reservations yet, you'll need our Valentine's Emergency Package.

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Posted: feb. 11, 2015 12:55 a.m. | Updated: feb. 11, 2015 7:50 a.m.
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More accusations between Mays, Pearson

Police were called and more accusations were made in interactions between Charles K. Mays, Sr. and Freya Pearson, the woman alleging Mays owes backpay for work she did for the Probate Court, where Mays is an elected judge.

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Posted: feb. 10, 2015 9:47 p.m.

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