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Christmas Hope: Album fundraiser for families with cancer

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

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Updated: dec. 20, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Kylee vs. Kikuchi Disease: Conyers family seeks community help to battle rare disease

Kylee vs. Kikuchi Disease: Conyers family seeks community help to battle rare disease

When Conyers Middle School sixth-grader Kylee Davis began breaking out in painful lesions in August, it threw his mother, Felicia Davis, for a loop. 

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 7:28 p.m. | Updated: dec. 20, 2014 8:20 p.m.
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Taking the oath of office

Taking the oath of office

Three of Rockdale's officials elected in November - Chief Superior Court Judge David Irwin, District Attorney Richard Read, and Post 2 Commissioner Doreen Williams - were sworn in Thursday night at the Rockdale County courthouse.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 9:41 p.m.
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Rockdale Medical Center expands services

IN BRIEF: Rockdale Medical Center is looking at opening a second Georgia Primary and Urgent Care location in the first quarter of 2015 in south Rockdale at the corner of Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 20. The hours at the second location will help patients access medical care after work hours, according to a hospital spokesperson.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 6:48 p.m.

Rockdale schools hit with flu wave

Rockdale County Public Schools have been hit with a wave students and staff succumbing to influenza and other sicknesses, particularly in its elementary schools, in the last week before students and staff go on their two-week winter break.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Covington approves juvenile curfew

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 12:14 a.m.
Suspected serial killer had Rockdale history

Suspected serial killer had Rockdale history

An Atlanta man accused of fatally shooting four people - two homeless people, a mentally ill man and a Cobb County hairstylist - was a Rockdale County resident over a decade ago and had a run-in with law enforcement while in the area.

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Posted: dec. 18, 2014 7:02 p.m.
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Conyers officer awarded for heroism

Conyers officer awarded for heroism

A Conyers police officer was recognized by the Governor's office and awarded an Act of Heroism medal for his brave actions in saving the life of a crash victim.

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Posted: dec. 18, 2014 1:56 p.m.
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City council approves new police radio system

A $3.5 million, state-of-the-art police radio system was approved by Conyers City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting.

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Posted: dec. 18, 2014 11:13 a.m.

Restaurant robbed at gunpoint

Two male suspects, one of them allegedly wielding a gun, stole thousands of dollars from Piccadilly in Conyers on Sunday evening.

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Posted: dec. 18, 2014 11:05 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Dec. 17, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Dec. 17, 2014

This week in the Digital Edition - Kylee Davis is a 13-year-old boy fighting a rare condition few doctors have heard of - Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease. And his mom is fighting to find anyone who can help him. Legendary Coach Cleveland Stroud is honored with a plaque and gym named after him. Also, we hear about resources for those taking care of loved ones with mental illness. Go Shop with a Cop. And, to help get you through the holidays, we've got the the 12 Cocktails of Christmas.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 1:43 a.m. | Updated: dec. 17, 2014 8:40 a.m.
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Springfield Baptist giving 100,000 lbs. food

Springfield Baptist giving 100,000 lbs. food

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. The church was able to sponsor the food for 100 families in need chosen by Rockdale County Public Schools and 100 families chosen by Rockdale Emergency Relief among the families it helped during this quarter's food distribution. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

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Posted: dec. 17, 2014 2:40 a.m. | Updated: dec. 17, 2014 7:39 a.m.
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Rockdale school system scores higher than state on CCRPI

Rockdale public schools scored higher than the state as a system on the newly released Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, which measures schools and school districts on a 100 point scale. Rockdale's middle schools averaged slightly lower than the state and high schools averaged lower than the state average. The CCRPI is the new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia's waiver from NCLB on Feb. 9, 2012.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 6:47 p.m.

Ga. Int'l Horse Park named as graduation site for RCPS

Rockdale County Public Schools announced its high school graduation ceremonies will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park this year as the three high school stadiums have their grass replaced with artificial turf.

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Posted: dec. 16, 2014 3:23 p.m.

Heritage student arrested after assaulting teacher

A Conyers teenager is custody after allegedly punching his teacher Friday morning.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 6:26 p.m.

Two suspects steal vehicle left warming up

One Conyers woman's car got a little hotter than she expected after two males attempted to steal it while she left the vehicle running outside her residence Friday.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 6:09 p.m.
Firefighters check for gas at courthouse

Firefighters check for gas at courthouse

IN BRIEF: Rockdale Fire and Rescue units checked for a gas leak at the Rockdale County Courthouse Monday after a reported smell of gas, according to county and RCFR spokespersons. The check began around 1 p.m. At least two units, as per standard protocol, responded to the report. 

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 1:24 p.m.
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It's not too late to vaccinate

The holiday season brings celebrations with lots of food, fun, friends and family. If you are lucky, you might get to bring home leftovers. If you are not so lucky, you might bring home a cold, or worse, the flu.

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Posted: dec. 15, 2014 12:44 a.m. | Updated: dec. 15, 2014 7:38 a.m.
First Wreaths Across America event in Rockdale, bigger event next year

First Wreaths Across America event in Rockdale, bigger event next year

Civil Air Patrol Lt. Natalie Hannans is hoping to make “Wreaths Across America” a staple in the carousel of Rockdale County holiday events during this time of the year.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 5:20 p.m.
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UPDATE: Newton Medical Center reduces staff by 23 employees

Newton Medical Center officials announced staff reductions have taken place, affecting 2.8 percent of the hospital’s workforce.

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 5:07 p.m. | Updated: dec. 13, 2014 3:06 p.m.
Rockdale kids go on shopping spree with cops

Rockdale kids go on shopping spree with cops

About 140 local kids woke up early Saturday morning, not to watch cartoons but, to participate in the annual Shop With A Cop event.

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Posted: dec. 13, 2014 3:02 p.m.
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A Heart for Rockdale: Van Ness looks back at eight years of representing the county

A Heart for Rockdale: Van Ness looks back at eight years of representing the county

Post 2 County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness has about two and half weeks left in her eight-year run as a Rockdale Commissioner after losing her election race for the seat during the general election last month.

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 9:00 p.m. | Updated: dec. 12, 2014 9:18 p.m.
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Gastroenteritis outbreak at Oak Hill Elementary closes school Friday

Based on the recommendation of public health officials, Oak Hill Elementary School in Newton County will be closed for both students and staff Friday, Dec. 12 due to an outbreak of gastroenteritis.

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Posted: dec. 11, 2014 4:13 p.m.

Specialty program Open House for CMS, EMS, SE, SHS coming up

Open Houses continue for Rockdale County Public Schools' specialty programs with seats for students outside the school's zone.

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Posted: dec. 11, 2014 3:37 p.m.

Sigman Road, Parker Road widening in works

Expect to see a lot more construction taking place throughout the county next year and in the years to come.

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Posted: dec. 11, 2014 1:20 p.m.

Rockdale students excel on statewide writing test

Rockdale County Public Schools high school students continued their trend of setting high marks on the Georgia High School Writing Test this year.

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Posted: dec. 10, 2014 8:56 p.m. | Updated: dec. 11, 2014 7:58 a.m.

County ups funding to CREDC, grants $25K more

After a tense public debate about whether Rockdale County should use more of its financial resources to fund the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, county commissioners elected to grant the CREDC $25,000 more annually.

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Posted: dec. 10, 2014 8:38 p.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: Dec. 10, 2014

Wednesday Digital Edition: Dec. 10, 2014

This week in the Digital Edition - celebrate the Christmas countdown with the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies (and other mouthwatering treats); learn about the medical cannabis oil bill "Haleigh's Hope Act," offering relief for children with seizures; an overdue Purple Heart is awarded to veteran and surgical nurse Maj. Patty Justice; Hometown Holidays Parade and Tree Lighting Celebrations (rain and all); Salem HIgh's girls and boys basketball stay strong

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Posted: dec. 10, 2014 8:18 p.m.
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Mental Health Summit Dec. 13 at RCA

The Rockdale County Probate Court and Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles K. Mays, Sr. is hosting a Community Mental Health Summit Dec. 13, 9 a.m. at Rockdale Career Academy, to help address many questions about mental illness and how to find the resources needed to help those living with the illness.

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Posted: dec. 10, 2014 8:42 p.m.

County reception for JaNice Van Ness, Dec. 16

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners invites citizens to its Holiday Open House and farewell reception for Post 2 County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 6:33 p.m. | Updated: dec. 10, 2014 8:25 a.m.

Election winners installation ceremonies date set

Rockdale County invites the public to the 2014 Installation Ceremony of three of its new and re-elected officials on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m., in Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford’s courtroom at the Rockdale County Courthouse, 922 Court St., Conyers.    

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 6:22 p.m. | Updated: dec. 10, 2014 8:17 a.m.
Slightly reduced $61.4M budget approved, county employees to see merit pay raises

Slightly reduced $61.4M budget approved, county employees to see merit pay raises

After a month of meetings, budget hearings and debate, the Rockdale Board of Commissioners officially approved a budget for the 2015 year on Tuesday during the board's voting session.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 8:12 p.m.
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Board of Distinction status for Rockdale school board

The Rockdale County Board of Education was named a 2014 Board of Distinction by the Georgia School Boards Association on  Friday. 

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 8:04 p.m.
‘Haleigh’s Hope’ cannabis oil bill back for new legislative session

‘Haleigh’s Hope’ cannabis oil bill back for new legislative session

When State Representative Allen Peake was first asked about medical marijuana by a reporter in January 2014, his response was swift and dismissive.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 6:44 p.m.
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Rockdale Fire Rescue holds live-fire training Dec. 11

Rockdale residents should take heed - Rockdale County Fire-Rescue will conduct live fire training on Thurs., Dec. 11 at 958 Bethel Road, Conyers, 30012.

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Posted: dec. 09, 2014 1:47 p.m.

Two men arrested in child molestation cases

Two Conyers men have been arrested for allegedly committing different forms of child molestation, with one man's actions dating as far back as eight years ago.

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Posted: dec. 08, 2014 8:25 p.m.
Rain in Paradise: Hometown Holidays Parade goes on despite downpour

Rain in Paradise: Hometown Holidays Parade goes on despite downpour

A sudden rain and even a car engine going up in smoke couldn't stop the holiday spirits as the 2014 Hometown Holidays Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony took place Saturday, Dec. 6, in Olde Town Conyers and in the Rockdale Auditorium. 

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Posted: dec. 08, 2014 7:49 p.m.
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Man left Waffle House driving with beer, gin, vodka

A man was driving with an open beer, bottle of vodka and bottle of gin after being told to leave a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

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Posted: dec. 08, 2014 5:53 p.m.

Meeting on cannabis oil bill held in Covington

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

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Posted: dec. 08, 2014 11:02 a.m.
UPDATE: Contractor protests Probate Judge appeal

UPDATE: Contractor protests Probate Judge appeal

UPDATE: Rodney Scott, the plantiff who won a civil lawsuit against Probate Judge Charles K. Mays, Sr., began protesting Monday outside the Rockdale County Courthouse after Mays filed an appeal of the judgement on Friday. Scott said he is protesting because Mays is not honoring the ruling that awarded Scott about $10,500 in unpaid materials and work for renovating a condominum. He also said he thinks Mays should step down from the bench while Mays faces possible criminal charges for felony theft in a separate case. "I'm going to be here everyday until he steps down," said Scott ...

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Updated: dec. 08, 2014 10:29 a.m.
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Salem High, Hightower Trail Elementary teachers named Ga. Power grant winners

Two Rockdale teachers were among the 42 recipients named to receive Georgia Power's annual New Teacher Assistance Grants. Tishida Smith of Salem High School and Betsy Mitchell Hightower Trail Elementary will each receive $1,000 to help start their classroom careers.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 7:39 p.m. | Updated: dec. 08, 2014 8:31 a.m.
RMC's Love Light Tree lights up holidays

RMC's Love Light Tree lights up holidays

Rockdale Medical Center and the RMC Volunteer Auxiliary celebrated the memory of loved ones during this holiday season with the lighting of the Love Light and Memory Trees Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the hospital.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 8:39 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 8:40 a.m.
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Grinch named to RCSO's Most Wanted list

Grinch named to RCSO's Most Wanted list

Since Thanksgiving Day, the RCSO has received several reports of an unknown subject attempting to steal Christmas decorations and Christmas presents throughout Rockdale County.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 7:57 p.m. | Updated: dec. 06, 2014 7:37 a.m.
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Mental Health Summit Dec. 13 at RCA

The Rockdale County Probate Court and Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles K. Mays, Sr. is hosting a Community Mental Health Summit Dec. 13, 9 a.m. at Rockdale Career Academy, to help address many questions about mental illness and how to find the resources needed to help those living with the illness.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 10:20 p.m.
'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths, questions in Ferguson aftermath

'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths, questions in Ferguson aftermath

Rockdale's top officials answered youths' questions about racial disparities in policing and government at an extraordinary forum held Dec. 3 at Springfield Baptist Church in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 9:55 p.m.
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High school students excel on statewide writing test

Rockdale County Public Schools high school students continued their trend of setting high marks on the Georgia High School Writing Test this year. 

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 11:21 a.m.
Nesbitt, community gives back for Thanksgiving

Nesbitt, community gives back for Thanksgiving

More than 200 senior citizens had a brighter Thanksgiving thanks to the donation of turkeys from Commissioner Oz Nesbitt and the community on Nov. 23.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 8:32 p.m.
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Affordable Care Act workshop Dec. 4, Jan. 22

With the Affordable Care Act going into full effect this year, the penalty for uninsured citizens is set to begin during the 2015 tax filing season.

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Posted: dec. 04, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Hwy. 138 reopened after propane leak

UPDATE: A collision involving a semi-truck and a truck carrying propane gas caused propane to spew out in the middle of a parking lot, which caused Ga. Highway 138 to be shut down and people in a nearby building to evacuate the premises Thursday morning.

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Posted: dec. 04, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Police warn of phone scam

There's a new phone scam going around and the Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson wants people to be aware of it.

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Posted: dec. 03, 2014 9:29 p.m.

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