News for Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Holidays can put some into depression

CONYERS -- Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season -- highlighted for many with good food, good friends and family -- but for some it can bring all-time lows.

Twilights at Chimney Park set for Dec. 6

COVINGTON -- Chimney Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Dec. 6, and everyone is invited to experience the magic.

Library gets teen input for programs

CONYERS -- Adults who think they can't understand teenagers may take pointers from Lauren Knowlton, the youth services librarian at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers.

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Local family gives thanks after much-needed kidney transplant

COVINGTON -- When prayers of thanks for health and family are said today by the Quick and Smith families, they won't be perfunctory -- they'll mean it with every fiber of their being.

Two men arrested in cocaine sales

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office confiscated guns, ammunition and drugs in a Conyers apartment during a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of two Covington men.

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'For my country': 55 years later, ex-Marine recalls iconic battle at Iwo Jima

COVINGTON -- The battle of Iwo Jima is perhaps most associated with that iconic photograph of six servicemen raising an American flag atop a mountain. It's an image that has come to represent American triumph and glory.

John Deere leaving for McDonough

CONYERS -- After 30 years in Rockdale County, John Deere plans to relocate its distribution center to a newer facility in neighboring Henry County early next year.

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Wal-Mart bank robbery suspect caught

The man who closed down Wal-Mart and robbed the branch of United Bank located inside the store earlier this month has been apprehended, according to the Covington Police Department.

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Golden State expansion to add 60 jobs

Golden State Foods announced Monday it added 60 new positions following an expansion its facility on Old Covington Road. The company is a national food supplier providing 20,000 restaurants with services that include raw material and equipment sourcing and procurement, food processing/manufacturing, custom distribution and on-site services.

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State Sen. Douglas seeking re-election

tate Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, has announced that he will seek re-election in 2010. Douglas is in his third term representing District 17, which includes all of Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties.

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Schools collect for food bank

CONYERS -- Some students and staff in Rockdale County Public Schools are hoping to stock the cupboards at the Rockdale Community Food Bank and keep them full at least through the holiday season. Already, several schools are holding food drives to collect canned foods and other nonperishable items for the food pantry.

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All about Alpacas: Fleecy animals get their day at Royal Alpaca Challenge

Georgia Alpaca Association volunteer Sherry Ammen said that when she tells people that she breeds alpacas they generally respond with confusion.

College focuses on holiday diversity

COVINGTON -- It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but Georgia Perimeter College already is getting in the holiday spirit.

Assisted living home zoning on BOC agenda

CONYERS -- Another assisted living center is on its way to Rockdale County -- against the wishes of local residents who expressed their dissent at Thursday's Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission meeting.

Soldier reaches top of his class

CONYERS -- An elevator mechanic in his civilian profession, Spc. James Bowles of the 48th Infantry Brigade rose to the top of his class when he was named Georgia National Guard Soldier of the Year.

Woman's friend not so friendly when it comes to ID theft

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties.

State patrol moves to new Monroe office

After more than 20 years in Conyers, the Georgia State Patrol, Post 46, has moved to a new home in Walton County.

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Members of Olde Town running club hit the street for exercise, friendship

Back in late 2004, when Conyers resident Johnny Howard got the news from his doctor that his cholesterol needed to be lowered, he had two options -- medication or exercise.

Veterans will be honored

CONYERS -- Veterans Day in Rockdale County will have a new addition this year, but even without it, it is a holiday that should hardly be routine, according to local leaders.

RCA gets grant for training

CONYERS -- The Rockdale Career Academy recently was awarded a grant for student work training.

Church hosts forum for black men

CONYERS -- A series of town hall meetings that begin next week in Conyers will explore the disparities facing young black men compared to other racial and gender groups. Organizers hope the forum will offer some answers to these challenges.

Funding would curb juvenile delinquency

CONYERS -- It takes a combination of community and parental involvement to keep kids out of trouble, but money cannot be left out of the equation, according to Juvenile Court and law enforcement officials.

Group seeks donations for troops

COVINGTON -- Soldiers based at the Covington National Guard Armory who are deployed in Afghanistan aren't expecting a home-style Thanksgiving dinner.

Clinics get more H1N1 vaccinations

CONYERS -- Public health clinics in Rockdale and Newton counties began distributing the injectable H1N1 flu vaccination Monday after running out of a nasal mist version of the vaccine earlier this month.

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