News for Saturday, March 5, 2011


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Culture exchange: Former Peace Corps volunteers to educate public on program

Armed with a bachelor's degree in home economics from the University of Georgia and a heap of idealism that only a 20-something could have, Debbie Manget traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1978.

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Drug abuse discussed at meeting

Rockdale County Coroner Stephen Boyle said he supported the establishment of a statewide database to monitor narcotic prescriptions and curb abuse. Prescription drug abuse was discussed at a meeting this week with state and federal leaders.

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Locals hope to keep film tax incentives

Local Chamber of Commerce leaders joined representatives from production companies in urging state lawmakers to keep in place tax incentives for the film industry this week at the State Capitol.

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Citizen Sports Editor Jeff Gillespie succumbs to cancer

Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen Sports Editor Jeff Gillespie died Friday evening at an Atlanta hospice after a long battle against cancer.

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RCPS to hold meeting with parents about gifted program

Parents of students in the gifted program at Rockdale County Public Schools will get a chance later this month to share their opinions on changes to the program.

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Three killed in Newton traffic crash

Three people were killed in a two-car collision about 8:20 Friday night on Ga. Highway 36, just south of Piper Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.