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Johnson named 2015 Region 2-AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year

Newton quarterback Romario Johnson received the top honor by the Region 2-AAAAAA coaches being named as the 2015 Offensive Player of the Year.

Rockdale blotter, Nov. 17-23

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Conyers Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

Newton Blotter, Nov. 18-23

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

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Conyers Police Department reaccredited by CALEA

The Conyers Police Department has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

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Allene Burdette speaks to Lake Capri Woman’s Club

The Lake Capri Woman’s Club meeting featured Allene Burdette, who presented a program sharing craft items she had been involved with — afghans, quillows (quilts that fold to make a pillow when not being used) and handmade beads.

Gardeners’ holiday wish lists often include soil, catalogs and free labor

The holidays are just around the corner and shoppers are beginning to search for those perfect gifts. If home gardeners are on the list, consider these ideas from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts.

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‘Big Jake’ visitis students at Piedmont Academy

Georgia author, Charles McClain or simply known as “Big Jake” paid a visit to Piedmont Academy’s library on Nov. 17.

Newton planners recommend denial of Stanton Springs master plan change

The Newton County Planning Commission Tuesday night recommended denial of a request for changes to the Stanton Springs master plan that would relocate and expand land designated for residential development.

Campbell tops Rockdale in tourney semis

The balanced scoring of the Campbell boys basketball team was a bit too much for Rockdale on Monday.

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UGA and two SEC East teams struggle with ‘walkovers’

The third Saturday in November often gives SEC teams the opportunity for tune-up games against lesser competition to prepare for big rivalry games coming up on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Reeling Falcons must regroup ahead of critical Vikings tilt

As the offense has started to spin in circles, the Atlanta Falcons have dropped four of their past five games and will stumble into a big NFC showdown with the Minnesota Vikings after a troubling 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Hodges’ double-double preserves perfect season

In what started as an easy runaway game quickly turned into a battle for the Alcovy girls basketball squad. But they were able to hold to beat Blessed Trinity 60-53 in the Lovett Thanksgiving tournament on Monday.

GHSA reclassification to affect all six local high schools

The sports landscape in Rockdale and Newton counties will soon look a lot different with the reclassification of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) starting with the 2016-17 season as no two county schools will be sharing a region.

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Rockdale County commissioners continue to work to trim budget

Rockdale County commissioners continue to work on whittling down its proposed 2016 budget to reduce the amount that must be used in the reserve fund to bring it into balance.

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JaNice Van Ness and Tonya Anderson address issues facing Senate District 43

Candidates speak on Syrian refugees, creation of jobs and top priorities for Tuesday’s runoff special election

Conyers, Ga., resident JaNice Van Ness and Lithonia’s Tonya Anderson rose to the top of the heap of candidates in the Nov. 3 election to flll the vacant State Senate District 43 seat, but since neither collected a majority of the votes, they are in a runoff that will be decided by a special election next Tuesday, Dec. 1, and here is a Q & A on some issues facing the district.

Gas prices continue to dip for Thanksgiving holiday

The average price of gasoline nationwide is $2.08, which is 72 cents lower than last year’s average of $2.80 on Thanksgiving Day.

Dec. 8 execution date set for Brian Keith Terrell in 1992 murder

For the second time in 10 months an execution date has been set for a man convicted in the 1992 slaying of a 70-year-old Newton County man. On Monday, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced that the execution of Brian Keith Terrell will take place on Dec. 8.B

DARRELL HUCKABY: The Thanksgiving list goes on for 51st year

I started counting my blessings in print as part of an eighth-grade writing assignment, one I made an F on, because my teacher, Mr. J. T. McKay, didn’t like the fact that I was copying the style, although not the content, of the late Furman Bisher. Everybody’s a critic. I liked what I had done, even if Mr. McKay didn’t and have continued the practice each year, often just for my own benefit.

Newton commissioners sort out details for legal services; vote to hire interim law firm

Newton County Commissioners on Monday night tied up some loose ends left dangling after their decision last week to terminate the services of County Attorney Tommy Craig and transition to an in-house attorney.

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Bryan moves on to UGA

Newton’s Ciara Bryan is proof that wishes don’t come true, they have to be worked for as she heads to Georgia to play softball.

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