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Task Force formed to target DUI drivers on I-20

Georgia State Patrol Troop E has formed a task force to target impaired drivers. The task force will patrol the troop’s 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

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Honor Flight takes WWII veterans to DC

Honor Flight takes WWII veterans to DC

World War II veterans from Georgia and their guardians flew into Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 17,  for the 10th trip from Honor Flight Conyers and the third trip of 2014.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 11:46 a.m.
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Dog ordered to attack deputies, shot

A man who allegedly attacked his wife sent his dogs toward Newton County Sheriff’s deputies, shouting “sic ‘em” Saturday.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 9:35 a.m.

Autumn Fest and Yard Sale hosted Sept. 20

Mark your calendar and join the community for a weekend event to provide fun, entertainment and even some early holiday shopping for anyone in the family.

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Posted: sep. 17, 2014 9:31 a.m.

Rockdale to update day care regulations

Rockdale County is currently in the process of changing its laws governing child and adult day care centers.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 6:52 p.m.
New culture: PBIS system aims to change behavior from the ground up in Rockdale schools

New culture: PBIS system aims to change behavior from the ground up in Rockdale schools

Eric Landers has been overhauling student behavior in public schools for well over a decade.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 6:02 p.m.
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'The Originals' shoots in Olde Town through Thursday

'The Originals' shoots in Olde Town through Thursday

The hit "Vampire Diaries" spinoff, "The Originals," is shooting in Olde Town Conyers Wednesday, with a few streets being closed during preparation and the evening-time shoots.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 6:49 p.m.
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Library hires assistant director

Library hires assistant director

The Conyers-Rockdale Library System named Stacy L. Brown as its new Assistant Director.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 5:15 p.m.
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Kids violate curfew, Police issue 14 citations to parents

Kids violate curfew, Police issue 14 citations to parents

Conyers Police issued 14 citations to the parents of youths who were out past City of Conyers curfew Saturday night.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 1:46 p.m.
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Covington Fire Chief resigns

Covington Fire Department Chief John McNeil, a former director of Rockdale's emergency services, turned in his letter of resignation to Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 1:22 p.m.

McNeil resigns as Covington fire chief

Covington Fire Department Chief John McNeil turned in his letter of resignation to Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the department.

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Posted: sep. 15, 2014 9:08 p.m.

Sheriff, Police Chief react to Johnson's 'Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement' bill

A new bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, focusing on the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies is slated to be introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

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Posted: sep. 15, 2014 6:18 p.m.

Newton Medical seeks partnership for survival

Newton Medical Center is seeking an "equity relationship" with another healthcare system in the metropolitan Atlanta area, hospital officials announced Monday.

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Posted: sep. 15, 2014 12:13 p.m.
Florence faces the mile, overcomes

Florence faces the mile, overcomes

Tichelle Florence is tough.

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Posted: sep. 15, 2014 2:05 a.m.
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Dozens bring recyclables to the Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event

Dozens bring recyclables to the Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event

The annual Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event brought out numerous people ready to rid themselves of their old papers and outdated electronic equipment.

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 11:04 a.m.
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I-20 WB construction continues in Rockdale, Newton this weekend

Interstate 20 westbound will be reduced by two lanes as Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors will continue their drive toward the conclusion of the 2014 construction season this weekend.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 7:33 p.m.

Burglar takes nothing after breaking into store

An unknown suspect attempted to burglarize the Texaco at 1410 Klondike Road early Friday morning.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 5:12 p.m.
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Carnival for special needs brings joy, Sept. 20

vJanna Bourdonnay has two great loves in her life.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 11:07 a.m.
Walk of Heroes raffle fundraiser for veteran's memorial

Walk of Heroes raffle fundraiser for veteran's memorial

The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial will be hosting their annual raffle featuring wonderful vacation-getaway prize packages through Sept. 30 to raise funds to continue building this awe-inspiring tribute to our military, located right in our backyard.

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:17 p.m. | Updated: sep. 12, 2014 10:51 a.m.
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Deputies demoted, fired for involvement in cheating scandal

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office completed discipline hearings for seven deputies that were placed on paid administrative leave last week amid allegations of cheating on an online test.

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Posted: sep. 12, 2014 10:54 a.m.
Remembering 9/11 at Honey Creek Elementary

Remembering 9/11 at Honey Creek Elementary

How do you present an event as tragic and history-changing as September 11, 2001 to students who weren't even born when it happened?

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 4:42 p.m.
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Brief lockdown at Heritage

UPDATE: Bullets found on school grounds reportedly caused Heritage High School to go into a brief lockdown Thursday afternoon.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Lockdown lifted on Newton schools that received bomb threat

UPDATE:Both lockdowns have been lifted, according to a tweet by the school system and the NCSO.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 3:55 p.m.
UPDATE: Search perimeter called off for Waffle House armed robber

UPDATE: Search perimeter called off for Waffle House armed robber

UPDATE: The search perimeter for the armed robbery suspect has been called off; officers are still on the hunt for the suspect, who struck the Waffle House on West Avenue.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 12:47 p.m.
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Bill to track, reduce military gear given to police

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, District-4, will introduce a bill to House members that's taking aim at the Pentagon's 1033 Program, which gives military-grade weapons and equipment to state and local law enforcement departments for free.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 11:25 p.m.

Camera found in restaurant bathroom

A camera with video recording capabilities was found in the upstairs bathroom of a local restaurant by a patron after she used the facilities, according to police reports.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 11:10 p.m.
Veteran's Story: We are all veterans of 9/11

Veteran's Story: We are all veterans of 9/11

The word "veteran" customarily represents an individual who served in the military. The keyword "military" customarily represents a fighting alliance like the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or the Navy. Arguably, two other groups could be classified as veterans: Merchant Mariners and members of the Home Front.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 9:17 p.m.
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$3M jail renovation moves forward

$3M jail renovation moves forward

A renovation project for the Rockdale County Jail, funded by the penny sales tax, is set to be completed nearly $3 million dollars.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 8:37 p.m.
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MMS STEM student named 3M/Discovery 'Young Scientist'

MMS STEM student named 3M/Discovery 'Young Scientist'

Noah Crafts, a student at Memorial Middle School's STEM Academy, was named by Discovery Education and 3M as one of 36 state merit winners in the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier science competition for students in grades 5-8. 

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:38 p.m. | Updated: sep. 10, 2014 10:46 a.m.
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Drugs, guns thrown out window during slow chase on I-20

Drugs, guns thrown out window during slow chase on I-20

A traffic stop turned into a two-county, 45 mph chase down Interstate 20 when suspects fled, throwing weapons and drugs out the window before they were stopped by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the suspects arrested.

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Posted: sep. 09, 2014 10:44 p.m.
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Man rescued by RCFR from fire

Rockdale County Fire and Rescue came, well, to the rescue Monday evening after a Conyers man was trapped on a balcony in a small apartment fire.

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Posted: sep. 09, 2014 6:50 p.m.

CREDC looks for more funding

As the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council works to stabilize its budget, it today heard good news about city funding-but bad news from the county.

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Posted: sep. 09, 2014 6:29 p.m.
RCPS Teacher of the Year finalists announced

RCPS Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Rockdale County Public Schools announced its top three finalists for Teacher of the Year with surprise visits Tuesday to the classrooms of CJ Hicks Elementary's Breana Vinings Brown, Rockdale Magnet School's Cherie Ullo and Davis Middle's Kim Kammerer.

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Posted: sep. 09, 2014 12:18 p.m.
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Four A development continues planning in first phase

Four A development continues planning in first phase

More than a year after the City of Conyers granted its zoning approval, Four A International's massive, mixed-use development south of Iris Drive is still in the planning stages. But more information about the 308-acre project will be coming soon as the company is working to get it right on this first phase,  Four A Director of Development David Roper told the News.

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:57 p.m.
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Town hall on NSP and blight Sept. 18

A town hall meeting about possible changes to the use of Rockdale Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds will be hosted by Rockdale County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m., at the Rockdale County Government Annex, Lobby B, 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

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Posted: sep. 08, 2014 10:33 p.m.

Weekend I-20 lane closures resume

Question: How do you know you live in the South?

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Posted: sep. 05, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Suspect wanted for two murders arrested by Sheriff's Office

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested a double-murder suspect Thursday afternoon. 
 
A warrant for James Edward Armstrong III, 27, was issued Thursday from law enforcement in Birmingham, Al.

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Posted: sep. 05, 2014 10:27 a.m.
RMC steps into future with Piedmont Healthcare partnership

RMC steps into future with Piedmont Healthcare partnership

Rockdale Medical Center and Piedmont Healthcare announced a new partnership that will provide RMC patients access to expanded services and bring resources and expertise from Piedmont's physicians and staff. This innovative affiliation was celebrated Thursday in a ceremony at RMC marking the hospital's 60th anniversary.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Updated: sep. 05, 2014 4:03 a.m.
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PROBE College Fair Sept. 22 at Stonecrest

More than 100 colleges and universities will visit the Mall at Stonecrest on Monday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. for the 12th annual PROBE College Fair.

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Posted: sep. 05, 2014 1:52 p.m.

Rockdale Youth Leadership seeks nominees

Rockdale Youth Leadership is looking for sophomore nominees for this leadership development program.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Search for suspect causes RCHS lockdown

IN BRIEF: Rockdale County High School was put under a lockdown at the end of the school day due to the possible presence of criminal suspect in the area, according to a message by school officials to parents.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 3:49 p.m.

Tax Commissioner internship for college students open

The Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's Office is accepting applications for its LAUNCH- Leadership Achievement Using New Collegians at Home - internship program. The paid internship, offered by Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley, provides students the opportunity to develop workplace and leadership skills, while serving the citizens of Rockdale. The deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 22.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 3:45 p.m.
HTE douses Superintendent for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

HTE douses Superintendent for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Autry was challenged by several people in the community to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In turn, he put down the gauntlet to RCPS schools; whichever principal's school came up with the largest donation in a 48 hour period would be the one to pour ice water on him.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 2:58 p.m.
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Investigators accused of cheating on online test

Seven Rockdale County Sheriff's Office investigators are on leave as the RCSO investigates allegations of cheating on an online test.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 12:02 a.m.

Hopkins family to head to Colorado for medical marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado’s medical marijuana. Still, they’ll be packing their family minus one.

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Posted: sep. 03, 2014 11:59 p.m.

Newton commissioner stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

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Posted: sep. 03, 2014 11:55 p.m.

GPC marks 50th anniversary

Georgia Perimeter College celebrates the 50th anniversary with events beginning this week.

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Posted: sep. 03, 2014 11:52 p.m.
Cell phone recycling drive for domestic violence shelter

Cell phone recycling drive for domestic violence shelter

Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful is hosting a Cell Phone Recycling Drive with drop off sites at more than two dozen public locations throughout the month of September.

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Posted: sep. 03, 2014 9:16 a.m.
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Veteran's Story: Kilroy was here!

Veteran's Story: Kilroy was here!

He sported a big elongated nose, a smooth bald head, beady eyes, and three to four fingers of each hand dangled over the imaginary line of an imaginary wall. A rather comical figure, yet pitifully ugly if symbolic of a real person, Kilroy quickly developed into one of the historic symbols of World War II.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 7:36 p.m.
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Underage drinking sting cites eight businesses

The Conyers Police Department's Marshal Unit slammed eight different businesses with citations Friday night for selling alcoholic beverages to minors.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 3:27 p.m.

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