News for Saturday, December 4, 2010

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Cut-your-own tree farms add to Christmas experience

As the holiday season approaches, local Christmas tree growers invite families to tromp through their fields, cut down the perfect tree and linger awhile with some boiled peanuts or a cup of hot chocolate.

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Population estimated at 86,000

CONYERS -- Rockdale County did not quite meet its goal for returning U.S. Census forms earlier this year, but the county percentages were higher than the statewide average.

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Two men rob phone store at gunpoint

CONYERS -- Two employees at a Conyers cellular service store were held up at gunpoint Friday night by two masked men.

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Authority to offer more health grants

CONYERS -- The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County announced Friday it will open a second round of grant applications for health-related initiatives and programs in the community.

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State superintendent visits RCPS for STARS kickoff

CONYERS -- State School Superintendent Brad Bryant visited the Rockdale Career Academy this week to help Rockdale County Public Schools kick off a new initiative for safer and healthier schools.

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Community celebrates with Christmas parade

Hundreds of community members lined up down Floyd Street and around the Square on Saturday morning to watch as more than 100 groups participated in the annual Covington Christmas Parade.

Police make cocaine arrests

COVINGTON — Residents of the Spring Hill Community have received an early Christmas present, according to Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit Commander Lt. Philip Bradford.

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Ready for Christmas

First-grader Jackson Smith from Fairview Theme School helps prepare a float Friday afternoon that will be in today's Christmas Parade which starts at 11 a.m. Highlights will be floats from Dukes of Georgia Auto Club, soldiers from the Covington National Guard Bravo Company and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade starts west on Newton Drive, south on Anderson to Floyd, west on Floyd through the Covington Square, onto Clark Street, then left on Lee Street, left on Washington Street and east to East Street. Sponsored by the Covington Lions Club and Mainstreet Covington, donations of used eyeglasses can be made during the parade to be used for Lighthouse for the Blind charities.

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Cities make final SPLOST presentation

COVINGTON — The Board of Commissioners met with municipal mayors Friday afternoon to further discuss their requests for SPLOST 2011.

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Open House times available for Covington Montessori School

COVINGTON — Enrollment for the Montessori School of Covington is coming up, and area families have a chance to tour the facility.

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Opry ending after 10 years

COVINGTON — It's been 10 years of good music and good times at the Newborn Opry, but now it's time to move on.

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