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Rockdale Meals on Wheels awarded $900 grant

Rockdale County Senior Services announced today it is the proud recipient of a $900 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its recent participation in Subaru of America's seventh annual "Share the Love" event. The event, which ran November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of participating charities including Meals on Wheels America.

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Rockdale Meals on Wheels awarded $900 grant

Rockdale County Senior Services announced today it is the proud recipient of a $900 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its recent participation in Subaru of America's seventh annual "Share the Love" event. The event, which ran November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of participating charities including Meals on Wheels America.

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Posted: mar. 31, 2015 11:20 a.m.
Bud Sosebee, former commissioner and WWII veteran, passes away, leaves legacy in Walk of Heroes

Bud Sosebee, former commissioner and WWII veteran, passes away, leaves legacy in Walk of Heroes

Rockdale County lost a dedicated public servant and force of nature with the passing of Commissioner, decorated World War II veteran and founding father of the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial Clarence M. "Bud" Sosebee on Sunday, March 29, at the age of 90.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 3:20 p.m.
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GPC in bloom for Daffodil Festival, March 31-April 1

GPC in bloom for Daffodil Festival, March 31-April 1

Georgia is in bloom, and Georgia Perimeter College is preparing to celebrate spring with a two-day meeting of the minds at its annual Daffodil Festival, March 31-April 1.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 2:47 p.m.
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Rockdale Leadership Legacy Project to leave mark on Rockdale Head Start

Rockdale Leadership Legacy Project to leave mark on Rockdale Head Start

The Leadership Rockdale Class of 2015 aims to create a lasting community legacy with the first-of-its-kind Leadership Legacy Project on April 18 at the Rockdale Head Start facility, drawing on help from the Class of 2015 and the public.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 1:51 p.m.
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Simple traffic stop turns into assault charge

After being pulled over by Conyers Police for what are considered minor offenses, one man is now facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting the officer who stopped him.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 9:21 p.m.
Ashley Capital breaks ground on 175,000-square-feet building

Ashley Capital breaks ground on 175,000-square-feet building

While construction officially began a week ago, city and business officials were happy to still have the ceremonious groundbreaking of a new 175,000-square-feet building being built on Sigman Road Friday afternoon. 

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 5:03 p.m.
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Ethics board changes approved

A proposal to simplify the appointment process to the three-member ethics board, which hears complaints against the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners, passed unanimously March 27 after previously failing to receive support. The second reading was waived as well.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 4:49 p.m.

Governor Deal gives cannabis oil bill green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 1:19 p.m.

Medical manufacturer Baxter now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 10:53 a.m.
Three businesses cited in underage alcohol sting by Conyers Police

Three businesses cited in underage alcohol sting by Conyers Police

A recent undercover sting in Conyers found 93 percent of businesses tested to see if they would sell alcohol to minors passed the test - the highest rate of compliance over the last year. Only three failed out of the 42 businesses checked.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 6:22 p.m.
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Rockdale unemployment rate drops from January

Rockdale's unemployment rate went down by a tenth of a percentage point from last month and is 1.3 percent down from this time last year.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 11:25 a.m.

Rockdale unemployment dips slightly

Numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor show Rockdale County's unemployment rate has dipped ever so slightly from January 2015 to February 2015.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 10:20 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: March 25, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: March 25, 2015

Could mandatory voting work in the U.S.? Would it have the desired effect?  Summer Camp Program Guide - Get your kids out the house and into fun, educational programs this summerr! The Thrill of an Egg Hunt- A few good egg hunts for the children this weekend. Talking with the Gov – An interview with Ga. Governor Nathan Deal

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 6:49 p.m.
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New SUV approved for Oden

The Board of Commissioners approved a 2015 Ford Expedition for Chairman Richard Oden with a price tag of more than $40,000 in a split 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Oz Nesbitt voting against.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 6:15 p.m.

UPDATED: Constitutional Officers express frustration at county technology services

UPDATED: Three of Rockdale's elected Constitutional Officers - the Clerk of Courts, Sheriff and Tax Commissioner - sent a sign of growing frustration with the county's information technology services, asking commissoners for "a new direction in the MIS Department."

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 7:16 a.m. | Updated: mar. 24, 2015 11:39 a.m.

Burglar hits Dunkin Donuts on Salem Road

Many local morning commuters were not running on Dunkin' this morning after a burglar smashed the glass door of the Dunkin Donuts on Salem Road early Tuesday morning.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 12:25 p.m.
Veteran's Story: Our boys are coming home

Veteran's Story: Our boys are coming home

Posted: mar. 23, 2015 11:10 p.m.
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Crash on Ga. Hwy. 138 with injury

IN BRIEF: There's an automobile crash at the intersection of Ga. Hwy 138 and Dogwood Drive.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 12:14 p.m.
Barksdale Boys and Girls Club welcomes new director, Angelique Harris

Barksdale Boys and Girls Club welcomes new director, Angelique Harris

It’s only been about two months, but Angelique Harris can already see great things happening in the future for Conyers’ A.R. Gus Barksdale Boys & Girls Club (BBGC) located at 1015 O'Kelly Street.  

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:15 p.m. | Updated: mar. 22, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Former DeKalb commissioner sentenced for embezzling

Elaine Boyer, former Commissioner of District 1 in DeKalb County, Georgia, has been sentenced for embezzling county funds and misusing her government credit card.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 2:34 p.m.
Missing woman may still be in area

Missing woman may still be in area

A 19-year-old Conyers woman reported as missing on March 5 may not be in danger and may still be in the local Rockdale –Newton area, investigators believe.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:29 p.m. | Updated: mar. 20, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Oden announces 2016 re-election bid

Oden announces 2016 re-election bid

The party primaries are more than a year away, but campaigning for 2016 began Thursday night. 

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 6:18 p.m. | Updated: mar. 20, 2015 8:21 p.m.
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Meeler named new principal of Honey Creek Elementary for 2015-16 year

Hillary Meeler was approved by the Rockdale school board Thursday night to become the next principal of Honey Creek Elementary starting in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 5:39 a.m.

High school tablet rollout hits delay with sudden end of My Big Campus software

UPDATED: The parent company that operates the My Big Campus instructional and content management software used by all Rockdale County Public Schools students and teachers is pulling the plug on the program in its current form by the end of the school year, RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry told the school board Thursday. This is likely to delay the rollout of tablets and laptops to high schools students, which was originally scheduled for next school year as part of the multi-year "one-to-one" technology initiative.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 5:09 a.m.
First Baptist's Chesney, RCPS's Smith named Barnes Honorary Social Worker awardees

First Baptist's Chesney, RCPS's Smith named Barnes Honorary Social Worker awardees

Vicki Chesney, coordinator of the Conyers First Baptist First Responders program, was named a winner of the Laura H. Barnes Honorary Social Worker award, named after a former school social worker who died suddenly in 2012, for a person in the community who exemplifies the qualities of a school social worker.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 11:54 p.m.
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State of the Citizens Address at Rockdale County Think Tank, March 28

The Rockdale County Think Tank, a nonpartisan nonprofit, will host a "State of the Citizens" address at their next meeting, Saturday, March 28, noon - 2 p.m.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 3:24 p.m.

Landfill tabled, Newton chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 2:22 p.m.

Georgia unemployment rate falls to 2008 levels

Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for February fell to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since July 2008, according to the Ga. Department of Labor.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 10:52 a.m.
Moving Forward: GRTA's new director Tomlinson on the direction of Atlanta metro, Rockdale's transit

Moving Forward: GRTA's new director Tomlinson on the direction of Atlanta metro, Rockdale's transit

It's been about three months since Rockdale County resident Chris Tomlinson took over as the new executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 12:42 a.m. | Updated: mar. 19, 2015 6:52 a.m.
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City to hike Eastview Cemetery fees

City to hike Eastview Cemetery fees

A final resting place in the city-owned East View Cemetery will cost more under a new fee structure approved March 18 by Conyers City Council.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 2:05 a.m.
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Man fleeing parole caught, arrested

A Monroe, Ga. resident violating his parole led the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office on a short-lived pursuit Tuesday afternoon.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 6:43 p.m.

Rockdale school climate and quality ratings released

The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) recently released the first School Climate Star Rating Report, which aims to give parents a thumbnail look at the quality and culture of a school.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 7:38 a.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2015 3:44 p.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: March 18, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: March 18, 2015

It's on for Election 2016 (already!) – Commission Chairman Richard Oden makes moves toward an official re-election campaign announcement and Commissioner Oz Nesbitt gives his two cents via social media. March Madness – Have you filled out your bracket? These elementary school kids have; see if their picks are better than yours. Plus - ain't no party like a Conyers St. Patrick's Day party. Catch up on all the fun!

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 11:54 p.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2015 8:52 a.m.
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Out of the Flood: County seeks improving Milstead with grant to bring sewer, home repairs

The Milstead community could be getting more improvements by way of state grant money.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 7:42 a.m. | Updated: mar. 18, 2015 8:30 a.m.

Chairman Oden SUV reduced in proposed price

There was very little discussed in regards to the new SUV requested by the county chairman during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session Tuesday morning.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 8:10 p.m.

Cleaning up: Meth house arrests made, stolen items recovered

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office cracked down on a local meth house with multiple arrests following a multi-week drug investigation ended last week with a car chase and search warrant. The search warrant resulted in the arrests and the recovery of drugs and stolen property.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 5:16 p.m.
LIVE STREAM of Conyers St Patrick's Day festivities

LIVE STREAM of Conyers St Patrick's Day festivities

Posted: mar. 17, 2015 3:12 p.m.
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Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 1:32 p.m.

Parent Academy free classes March 21

The spring district-wide Parent Academy provided by Rockdale County Public Schools is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 a.m. at Rockdale Career Academy. All caring adults are invited to attend this free event.

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Posted: mar. 17, 2015 8:49 a.m. | Updated: mar. 17, 2015 8:53 a.m.
Bumper turnout for St. Patrick's Day festivities in Olde Town Conyers

Bumper turnout for St. Patrick's Day festivities in Olde Town Conyers

It's the world's happiest, greenest day on Tuesday - St. Patrick's Day! And The Rockdale News team has live coverage of all the festivities before, during and after the World's Fastest Growing Parade in Olde Town Conyers at 4:30 p.m. and the 0.1 Mile World's Shortest Endurance Run afterwards at 5 p.m.  The live stream emcees are Marty Jones and T. Pat Cavanaugh. You never know what might happen, so tune in to www.rockdalenews.com to see all the fun!

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 3:16 p.m. | Updated: mar. 17, 2015 5:16 a.m.
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Oden may be running for re-election in 2016

It appears that Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden will announce his decision to run for re-election in 2016 later this week.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 8:15 p.m.

Cheaper SUV for Oden to be discussed during work session

After questions came up about its cost, certain items have been removed from the 2015 Ford Expedition XLT that was requested by Rockdale County Chairman and CEO Richard Oden that make the vehicle nearly $4,000 cheaper.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 4:34 p.m.

Family saved by smoke detectors

A Rockdale family was left homeless but alive after a blaze set off fire alarms that woke them up in time to evacuate the burning home.

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Posted: mar. 16, 2015 4:26 p.m.
Ellis named Charles P. Cole Citizen of the Year

Ellis named Charles P. Cole Citizen of the Year

Rockdale County resident Charlene Ellis was the recipient of the 2015 Charles P. Cole Community Citizen of the Year Award during the State of County Address Thursday night. 

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 8:41 p.m. | Updated: mar. 13, 2015 8:46 p.m.
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UPDATE: Drug deal robbery led to Tuesday's shooting

UPDATE: Drug deal robbery led to Tuesday's shooting

UPDATE: Police have identified the robbery victim in this case as 34-year-old Antonio Martez Prater.

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Posted: mar. 10, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Updated: mar. 13, 2015 5:44 p.m.
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Manufacturer opens Conyers doors

Manufacturer opens Conyers doors

Anthony International, an industrial glass manufacturer, held a ribbon cutting for its new building located at 709 Sigman Road, Conyers, Thursday afternoon.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 8:37 p.m.
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Clerk of Courts launches speech competition for 8th graders

The Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Office is partnering with Rockdale County Public Schools to provide eighth grade students an opportunity to compete with their oratorical skills and win a cash prize on March 28, 10 a.m. - noon, at Conyers Middle School.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 3:10 p.m.

Mega-site development proposed for East Newton

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 10:53 a.m.
New hotel/motel in Covington opening 2017

New hotel/motel in Covington opening 2017

Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington. 

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Posted: mar. 13, 2015 9:07 a.m.
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