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Resurfacing on I-20 west in Rockdale, Newton begins Friday night

If you plan to travel on I-20 westbound (towards Atlanta) through Newton and Rockdale counties on Saturday or Sunday, you might want plan ahead before you leave home. Resurfacing begins on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties this weekend and will continue on weekends and weeknights until the end of the year.

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Conyers Rotary awards top seniors

Conyers Rotary awards top seniors

The Conyers Rotary Club honored the top seniors in each high school in their respective subject fields during the Thursday luncheon. Students were nominated by their teachers and school counselors for their academic success and enthusiasm in 13 academic areas. 

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Posted: apr. 24, 2014 9:53 a.m. | Updated: apr. 24, 2014 12:30 p.m.
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Theatre Salem presents 'Godspell,' April 24-27

Theatre Salem presents 'Godspell,' April 24-27

Theatre Salem brings the stories of the Gospels to life in their spring musical, "Godspell," running April 24-27.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 6:05 p.m.
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RCSO Citizens Academy starts May 6

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is inviting the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement with the Rockdale Sheriff's Citizens Academy, starting May 6.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Dump your pills with Conyers Police

Dump your pills with Conyers Police

Conyers Police are collecting unused or expired medication, no questions asked, for safe disposal this Saturday.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 4:02 p.m.
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LAUNCH internship deadline April 30

The deadline to apply for a LAUNCH - Leadership Achievement Using New Collegians at Home - internship this summer is Wednesday, April 30. 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.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 5:06 p.m.

County Finance Dept. recognized with CAFR award for fifth year

The Rockdale County Department of Finance recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the fifth consecutive year.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 4:12 p.m.
Searching for the fallen heroes of WWII

Searching for the fallen heroes of WWII

Most school history projects don't take you halfway around the globe, but for Rockdale County High senior Benjamin Smart, research on the fate of a fallen World War II pilot turned into a life-changing trip.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2014 10:03 p.m.
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Aspiring midwife named Apprentice of the Year

Aspiring midwife named Apprentice of the Year

Heritage High and Rockdale Career Academy senior Katey Jones was named Rockdale County Public School's Apprentice of the Year in a surprise visit Tuesday at Rockdale Medical Center's The Birth Place.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2014 7:15 p.m.
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Veteran's Story: Courage under fire

Veteran's Story: Courage under fire

More than one Leatherneck would agree, it’s befitting that a young man from Montezuma chose to join the United States Marine Corps. The month was November, the year 1965, the man: Eli Fobbs.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2014 10:09 p.m.
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Morgan deputy arrested for child molestation

Morgan deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child mutliple times between 2006 and 2011.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2014 2:30 p.m.
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Murder-suicide of 80-year-old couple on Easter

An 80-year-old Conyers couple was found killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Sunday.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Newton teens arrested in HHS robbery

Newton teens arrested in HHS robbery

Four teens from Newton County were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 12:30 p.m.
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Rockdale schools score higher than state on new "report card"

Rockdale County Schools did slightly better than the state average in the new state "report card" or College and Career Readiness Index, which replaced the federal No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress measurement.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 2:42 p.m.
Bear spotted south of Newborn

Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it’s hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn’t set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 9:22 a.m.
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Casting call for 'Taken 3' in Covington

Casting call for 'Taken 3' in Covington

Liam Neeson is back at it kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 9:08 a.m.
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Books on parade

Books on parade

Hundreds of young readers braved the gray skies and took to the streets in Olde Town Conyers Friday for the Hands On Literacy Parade, organized by the Partnership for Community Action, Inc.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2014 2:12 p.m.
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The South River: The Hidden Gem of Rockdale County

The South River: The Hidden Gem of Rockdale County

A few weeks ago after a heavy rain, I took a walk with some human and canine friends along the Rockdale River Trail.  The South River was rain-swollen, with way too much rushing water to let the dogs in for their usual swim.  But, there was another reason to keep the dogs out:  The earthy, welcome aroma from the river was replaced by the stench of sewage.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 5:44 p.m. | Updated: apr. 18, 2014 11:37 p.m.
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Barksdale Boys and Girls Club reopens after flooding

Barksdale Boys and Girls Club reopens after flooding

The A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Boys & Girl Club will hold a grand reopening event Fri., April 25 following repairs from a January burst-pipe flooding that damaged half the center.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 6:13 p.m.
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Hands Across Rockdale goes on, rain or shine

Hands Across Rockdale goes on, rain or shine

The Hands Across Rockdale day of service scheduled for Saturday, April 19, will take place rain or shine, according to organizers.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 11:49 a.m.
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Full school year calendar goal with better budget outlook

Rockdale County Public School officials are sounding a note of cautious optimism that next year's student calendar could be reinstated to a full 180 days and staff furlough days eliminated based on a sunnier outlook on the tax digest and funds from the state.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 6:27 a.m. | Updated: apr. 18, 2014 7:52 a.m.

Animal shelter supply drive April 19

Rockdale County asks residents and businesses to support cats and dogs who need forever homes by donating to a pet supply drive on Sat., April 19, 8 a.m. - noon, at the Rockdale County Animal Care and Control Shelter, 1506 Rockbridge Road, Conyers, 30012.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 12:58 a.m.

Two fatal wrecks on Ga. Hwy 36

There were two fatality automobile wrecks this week in Newton County on Ga. Highway 36.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.

Library offers free family passes to entertainment attractions

With summer and vacation time approaching, families head for the library for books and cultural programs to enhance the weeks of summer. The Conyers-Rockdale Library system is offering opportunities for free family passes for attractions around Georgia.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 4:33 p.m.
Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires Ace exterminating company

Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires Ace exterminating company

A local family-owned business has now expanded its reach to include Gwinnett County after merging with another family-owned business.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 12:21 p.m.
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City council restricts cash-for-phones machines

Conyers City Council Wednesday night approved new zoning restrictions on "reverse vending machines" that offer cash for such items as old cell phones.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 10:03 a.m.
Rockin' good time at HHS's 'Grease'

Rockin' good time at HHS's 'Grease'

Put on your poodle skirts and leather jackets as Heritage High's Patriot Players present the classic high school musical, "Grease," April 17-27.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 8:32 p.m.
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Campaign signs prohibited in rights-of-way

Political candidates are reminded by local and state agencies not to place signs on rights of way.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 8:20 p.m.

I-20 west near Salem Rd. blocked

An accident on I-20 west just before the Salem Road exit (exit 84) has backed up traffic until around the Almon Road exit.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 8:42 a.m.
Paint the town purple for Relay for Life

Paint the town purple for Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society will "Paint the Town Purple" in celebration of its annual Relay For Life of Rockdale County April 26 event rallying towards their 2014 goal of $113,000.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 12:51 p.m.
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"Time To Tune Up Live Stream starting Now

The Event has been delayed for 5 mins.  We will begin the stream shortly.  Thank you and stay tuned.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2014 11:15 a.m.
New RCSO patrol cars deployed

New RCSO patrol cars deployed

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office recently deployed seven brand new Dodge Chargers to patrol the streets of Rockdale County.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2014 7:33 p.m.
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Meth, funny money production found in search

What appeared to be a counterfeit money printing operation and methamphetamine were found at a Rockdale residence when Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for a wanted suspect. 

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Posted: apr. 14, 2014 7:28 p.m.
Tax Commissioner Hadley named ACCG Civic and Community Engagement Advocate of the Year

Tax Commissioner Hadley named ACCG Civic and Community Engagement Advocate of the Year

Rockdale County Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley has been named the 2014 Civic and Community Engagement Advocate of the Year by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for his ongoing efforts to educate and motivate the public to become more involved in local government. The awards ceremony was held Friday, April 11 during the ACCG Centennial Celebration of its 2014 Annual Conference in Savannah.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2014 6:20 p.m.
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Levett completes Nat'l Sheriffs' Institute training

Levett completes Nat'l Sheriffs' Institute training

Rockdale County Sheriff Eric J. Levett recently completed participation in the 105th session of the National Sheriffs' Institute held in Aurora, Colorado, April 6-11. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2014 11:45 a.m.
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Church daycare voted down

The debate over private versus church-based child daycare centers came to the forefront Tuesday when the Board of Commissioners turned down a special use permit application by Ebenezer United Methodist Church for a daycare in a 2-0 vote. Commissioner JaNice Van Ness, who owns Peachtree Academy daycare and private school, abstained from the vote.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 6:54 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2014 7:49 p.m.

Rockdale County Jail Log, April 12

Eddie Ponder, 48, Conyers, Mar 31, Violation of Probation – Misdemeanor

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2014 5:57 p.m.

DUI Arrests, April 12

De’angelo Deshon Wallace, 26, Conyers, Apr 1, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), Possession of Marijuana Less Than One Ounce, Speeding, Improper Passing/No Passing Zone, Operating A Motor Vehicle While License Sus

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2014 5:56 p.m.

Our Thoughts: Heroes

We count ourselves as being fortunate that heroes still walk among us and share our everyday life.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 5:34 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 5:54 a.m.
Emerging into the light: Domestic violence shooting survivor fights for battered women

Emerging into the light: Domestic violence shooting survivor fights for battered women

Only after Kimya Motley was shot in the face, head and back while her daughter, Corinne, lay on the ground shot in the head as well, did Kimya emerge from the dark tunnel of domestic violence and into her own haven of light. The horrific tragedy made headlines in 2011 - while dropping her 9-year-old daughter at a before school day care, mother and daughter were gunned down by estranged husband Terence Roberson. After they both miraculously recovered, Motley began her quest to prevent others from experiencing a similar fate.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 6:49 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2014 12:47 a.m.
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Wilson: Targeting prostitution

Wilson: Targeting prostitution

As most of you have likely read, the Conyers Police Department has conducted multiple prostitution and pandering stings in the last couple of months. I would like to explain why we are using staff time to address such issues. We are not simply targeting the crime of prostitution. Such activity often attracts violent crime.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 5:40 p.m. | Updated: apr. 11, 2014 11:38 p.m.
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Physical and Financial Check-Up, April 26

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Tau Omega chapter, will partner with Springfield Baptist Church to host a Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 26, from 10 AM-2 PM.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 7:11 p.m.
Peachtree Academy  art winners

Peachtree Academy art winners

Peachtree Academy art students received numerous awards for their work at the Association of Christian Schools International Art Festival April 5 at Cedarville University in Ohio, including Best of Show.  Kayla Hargrove won the overall Best of Show award, while superior ribbons were awarded to Maxie Maddox, Isabel Collins and Kayla Hargrove. Excellent ribbons were awarded to Jabari Smith, Blake Silvey, Nicole Osborne, Jordan Ozburn, Jannell Torres and Conner Underwood. Good ribbons were awarded to Nicole Osborne, Grayson Hopkins, Zani Dembure and Sydney Reardon. Students were led in Fine Arts Instruction by Samantha Adams.  

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 6:08 p.m.
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Eastminster history winners

Eastminster history winners

Eastminster School earned top honors at the National History Day Regional Competition at Kennesaw State University, March 15. Eastminster School exhibits that placed were: First Place - The Decolonization of the British Empire, Second Place - The Berlin Wall, Third Place - The British East India Company. Performances that placed were: Second Place - The Great Railroad Strike of 1877: Worker’s Rights, Government Responsibilities. Eastminster also won web site Second Place - The Criminal Justice System in the Past Fifty Years. The state competition is April 26 at Mercer University in Macon and the national competition takes place in June. Pictured (Left to Right ...

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 6:06 p.m.
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Domestic violence memorial dedication April 13 in memory of 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson

Domestic violence memorial dedication April 13 in memory of 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson

A stark reminder of the deadly outcomes of domestic violence will be dedicated on Almon Road this Sunday, April 13.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 2:58 a.m.
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Pharmacy armed robbery suspects arrested with $250K of drugs

Pharmacy armed robbery suspects arrested with $250K of drugs

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2014 3:57 p.m.
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Young Professionals group kicks off April 17

Young Professionals group kicks off April 17

Rockdale Young Professional Leaders, a new Chamber of Commerce social and networking group for ages 21 to 40, will debut at an April 17 kickoff event.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2014 3:29 p.m.
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Class on rescuing wild baby animals

Class on rescuing wild baby animals

Spring is here in full bloom and that means babies - especially wild animal young'uns - are being born and sometimes orphaned or injured.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2014 2:40 p.m.
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Conyers auto insurance ranks high

Conyers drivers are paying more than most in Georgia for auto insurance, going against assumed statistics about population and density as indicators of such rates.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 6:59 p.m.

Crime Brief: Shots at neighbor's dogs lead to arrest

A Conyers man was arrested Saturday after reportedly shooting at his neighbor's dogs, which had gotten loose.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2014 5:12 p.m.

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