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New ethics board changes moves forward, passes first reading

After months of discussion and years after the law enabling the ethics board was passed, the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners chose a new ethics board proposal Tuesday.

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Pay raises coming for county employees in 2015

The Rockdale County Commissioners want to give their employees salary increases in 2015, but there’s a bit of a difference in how and when the pay increases should be executed. 

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Posted: nov. 21, 2014 3:39 p.m.

Commissioners discuss ethics board

Rockdale County Post  1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said he’s prepared to make a decision on what the county board should do in relation to implementing an ethics commission..

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Posted: nov. 20, 2014 10:04 a.m.

Budget hearing turns into personal grilling

"Embarrassed" and "ashamed" were the only words Rockdale County Post 1 Commissioner Oz Nesbitt could use to describe how he felt after Commission Chairman Richard Oden addressed Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council Director Marty Jones during his presentation at the 2015 budget work session Tuesday afternoon.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Commissioners balk at adding more code enforcement personnel

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners aren't totally convinced the Code Enforcement division of the Planning and Development department should be allotted two new positions to handle the wave of code violations coming through the department.

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Posted: nov. 18, 2014 5:14 p.m.

Church gets thumbs up for private school and daycare by planning commission

The Conyers-Rockdale Planning Commission recommended two new ordinances for approval that moves a church closer to operating as private school and a daycare center.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 12:42 p.m.
Freezing temperatures to blanket Rockdale

Freezing temperatures to blanket Rockdale

IN BREIF: The National Weather Service, based in Peachtree City, Atlanta, has issued a freeze warning for portions of North and Central Georgia.

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Posted: nov. 13, 2014 1:38 p.m.
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Rockdale ethics board ordinance vote delayed

Rockdale County Post 2 Commissioner JaNice Van Ness attempted to get the version of an ethics ordinance she proposed passed again during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners voting session Tuesday morning. 

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 6:35 p.m.

JaNice Van Ness to hold a community meeting today

In the wake of her losing her election race, Rockdale County Post 2 Commissioner JaNice Van Ness will hold a community meeting to discuss the state of Rockdale County.

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Posted: nov. 10, 2014 11:28 a.m.

Rockdale moves forward toward being a Green Community

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners adopted a number of policies with the purpose of helping the community obtain a Green Communities Certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

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Posted: nov. 05, 2014 6:42 p.m.

Veterans Day event planned at Black Shoals Park

The Georgia Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host a Veterans Day program honoring late and current veterans next week. 

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 3:54 p.m. | Updated: nov. 05, 2014 12:51 a.m.

County Chairman proposes $63.5 million budget for next year

Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden made his proposal for the county’s 2015 budget available for public viewing Monday. 

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Posted: nov. 04, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Economic Development Council highlights county's return on investment

Questions in the past week about how the Rockdale County government was benefiting from the work being done by the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council led to an economic update Tuesday morning during the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners voting session.

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Posted: oct. 29, 2014 11:58 a.m.

DeCastro property eyed for trail rest stop

With the ribbon cutting introducing the Natural Trail at Black Shoals Park occurring Monday, the Rockdale County Parks and Recreational department wasted little time moving on to its next project.

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 7:54 a.m.
Crime rates fall drastically in Rockdale

Crime rates fall drastically in Rockdale

Being more visible in the community and holding his staff accountable are two of the reasons why crime rates have decreased drastically across Rockdale County in 2014, according to Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett.

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Posted: oct. 22, 2014 5:57 p.m.
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Sheriff's Office budget requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 11:48 p.m.

RWR claims millions of dollars lost due to faulty large water meters

The Rockdale Water Resources alleged it is losing at least a million dollars annually from its commercial and industrial water lines. 

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Posted: oct. 20, 2014 12:06 p.m.

Over 3,000 citizens cast ballots after first week of early voting

After the first week of early voting on Oct. 17, 2,541 people have cast their ballots in-person.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Rockdale awarded millions in grants for courts, jail programs, Salem Road neighborhood stabilization

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved four grants that are all aimed at helping to reduce the crime rate in the county.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 12:00 a.m.

Hwy 138 underpass project moves forward

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of a contractor for the Old Covington Highway widening project at its Tuesday voting session.

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Posted: oct. 14, 2014 11:55 p.m.
Black Shoals Retreat House complete, ribbon cutting next week

Black Shoals Retreat House complete, ribbon cutting next week

The Rockdale County Department of Recreation & Maintenance will host a ribbon cutting next week to introduce the public to its newly completed Black Shoals Retreat House and Nature Trail project.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 1:05 p.m.
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Rockdale gains nearly 300 new voters in September

The Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration got an update on county voter statistics at its Friday afternoon meeting. 

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 9:39 p.m.
Clash headed to litigation over inert landfill in watershed

Clash headed to litigation over inert landfill in watershed

The dispute over a decades-old inert landfill in the north Rockdale reservoir watershed may be heading to court as Rockdale County and the private landfill's owners, Jonny and Lynn Brown, remain at loggerheads.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 7:31 p.m.
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Capital Improvements update approved

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt the Capital Improvements Element 2014 Annual Update at its Tuesday morning's called meeting.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Dump your old toilet for a new low-flow

Rockdale Water Resources is partnering with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to implement a Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program for qualified customers. Eligible RWR customers can apply for a rebate to replace older toilets that use three to seven gallons more per flush for newer, low-flow toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush.

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Posted: sep. 29, 2014 6:13 p.m.

Civic Awareness Program seeks students

For the third consecutive year, Rockdale County will provide civic education to youth going to school in the County through the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS).

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Posted: sep. 26, 2014 5:15 p.m. | Updated: sep. 28, 2014 8:56 p.m.

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