News for Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Rain doesn't dampen annual festival

Umbrellas and light jackets were in tow Saturday morning as the public perused the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Conyers man's robot brings. caring touch to elderly

Martha the robot wheels across the room, headed straight for table, but instead of colliding she makes a graceful arc around the object. Once in a while, she'll crack a bad joke with her Stephen Hawking-sounding computerized voice.

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Redrawing voting lines: Work set to begin in April

Next month, the Rockdale County Elections Board will begin the work of redistricting following the release of the 2010 census.

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Student to hold Dance for Diabetes

When you see Heritage High School senior Kara Fambrough walking down the halls at school, she may look like any other normal teenager.

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U.S. Census numbers: County may appeal '10 population

COVINGTON — Newton County officials are reviewing data released by the U.S. Census Bureau to determine if an appeal is warranted.

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Pied for a good cause

Porterdale Elementary School students and staff members participated in a pie-throwing contest on Friday afternoon to raise money for Relay for Life. Students donated a dollar to throw a pie in a teacher's face. Pictured is first-grader Hector Nava hitting fifth-grade teacher Debora Ondracek in the face with a whipped cream pie. The popular event raised more than $1,000.

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CPD offers help to slain cop's family

COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department is encouraging residents to make a donation to the Buddy Christian Memorial Fund. Christian was the Athens-Clarke County police officer who was shot and killed Tuesday while attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect. Another officer, Tony Howard, was shot in the face and upper body and is recovering from his wounds.

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Conyers man's robot brings. caring touch to elderly

Martha the robot wheels across the room, headed straight for table, but instead of colliding she makes a graceful arc around the object. Once in a while, she'll crack a bad joke with her Stephen Hawking-sounding computerized voice.

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Council to drop vacant property registration

PORTERDALE — The City Council told landlords Thursday night that it would give up on a proposed ordinance that would have required property owners to register vacant properties.

Rain doesn't dampen annual festival

CONYERS — Umbrellas and light jackets were in tow Saturday morning as the public perused the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

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