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CPD officer's DUI charge reduced

PORTERDALE -- The Conyers Police Department officer arrested on a drunk driving charge in January pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge in Porterdale Municipal Court.

CPD officer's DUI charge reduced

PORTERDALE — The Conyers Police Department officer arrested on a drunk driving charge in January pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge in Porterdale Municipal Court.

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Allergy sufferers may keep symptoms into summer

Allergy sufferers are not in the clear just yet, as one local doctor said the season is likely to continue into the summer.

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Unity Rally seeks to end racism

Cultural diversity awareness will be celebrated at the Unity Rally on Saturday in an effort to end racism in the Rockdale County community.

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Reward offered in copper thefts

The Conyers Police Department is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a string of copper thefts.

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Ethics code main topic at civic association meeting

Rockdale County's chairman of the Ethics Citizens Committee said unethical behavior in government can possibly end up costing the taxpayer and encouraged the public to take part in revising the county's ethics code.

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Hospital Authority announces new grant cycle

The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County is accepting applications for its third round of grants.

Fallen officer memorial to stop in Conyers

The inscription of slain Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy Investigator Brian Mahaffey will be unveiled as one of the 632 names on a mobile memorial wall Monday to remember fallen law enforcement officers.

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RCSO seeks help to ID man found dead in woods

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying a man found dead in the woods last December.

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Rockdale ranks 16th in health

CONYERS -- Rockdale County made the top 20 in a report released last week that ranked Georgia's 159 counties by order of health.

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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.

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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Fountain announces bid for city council

It looks like there will be some competition in City Council elections this November.

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Man guilty of selling fake cigarettes

A man who pleaded to selling fake cigarettes and cigarettes with bogus tax stamps was defrauding the state of Georgia out of money, according Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation.

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Businessman glad family is safe in Japan

The back-to-back natural disasters that shook the country of Japan last week have also affected our local area.

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Olde Town to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

CONYERS -- It's time to don the green stuff and celebrate all things Irish as the community marks St. Patrick's Day with a parade and its encore World's Shortest Endurance Run.

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Sheriff's son facing drug, DUI charges

The son of Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington was arrested over the weekend on drunk driving and other charges after he allegedly admitted to drinking in a Newton County bar.

Sheriff's son facing drug, DUI charges

CONYERS — The son of Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington was arrested over the weekend on drunk driving and other charges after he allegedly admitted to drinking in a Newton County bar.

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Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival hits 30 years

What started as a kind gesture of friendship between two different cultures has literally blossomed over the past 30 years into an event which draws tens of thousands of people -- the annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Zoning changes on table

City officials talked about changes to a zoning ordinance this week.

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Officials talk tax increases, jury selection reform

Most of the sighs and silent head shaking during Saturday's legislative meeting came from discussion about looming tax hikes on the horizon.

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Residents feel effects of Japan disaster

Locals some 7,000 miles west kept a watchful eye Friday on the situation in Japan.

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Women's Club hosts annual croquet tourney

CONYERS — The Georgia Heartland Women's Club is inviting the public to play "a game of all ages" while helping out local charities.

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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.

City backs horse racing, transportation bill

City staff members made an appearance at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday morning to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing, in turn establishing a million-dollar industry for the state.

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Three men charged in burned truck homicide

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office filed murder and arson charges against three men suspected to be involved in the February homicide of a man found dead in a burned pick up truck off of Turner Road.

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Murder suspect appears in court

CONYERS -- The Conyers man charged with the December 2008 beating death of a Lithonia woman appeared in court Friday to ask the judge to throw out evidence before trial.

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Olde Town will be closed to traffic for 2 days during filming

Part of Olde Town Conyers will be closed to traffic two days this week as taping starts for a movie starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Kris Kristofferson.

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Officials investigating cause of brush fires that shut down I-20

Officials have not determined what caused the brush fires that shut down part of Interstate 20 during rush hour traffic Thursday evening.

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Men get life for Covington woman's death

CONYERS -- Sounds of weeping family members resounded in the courtroom Thursday afternoon, but there were only blank expressions on the faces of convicted murderers Torrence Sanders and Ntyono Pennie after Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced the two men to life in prison without parole.

Men get life for Covington woman's death

CONYERS — Sounds of weeping family members resounded in the courtroom Thursday afternoon, but there were only blank expressions on the faces of convicted murderers Torrence Sanders and Ntyono Pennie after Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced the two men to life in prison without parole.

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Conyers man pleads guilty to exploitation

A Conyers man pleaded guilty this week to several child exploitation charges in connection with a December 2009 incident that eventually led to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cyber Crime Task Force.

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Entries sought for essay contest

City officials want to hear from the youngest members of their constituencies, as 11- and 12-year-olds are invited to share what they would do if they ran the city.

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Accused killers' jury selection to start on Monday

CONYERS -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Rockdale County for co-defendants Ntyono Aaron Oketo Pennie, 21, of Conyers and Torrence Sanders, 27, of Lithonia.

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Accused killers' jury selection to start on Monday

CONYERS — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Rockdale County for co-defendants Ntyono Aaron Oketo Pennie, 21, of Conyers and Torrence Sanders, 27, of Lithonia.

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RCSO IDs body found in pickup

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the man discovered dead in a burned pickup truck over the weekend.

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Officer demoted, another resigns over fight

CONYERS — The three Conyers Police officers involved in last month's bar fight incident apparently did not actually hit anyone, but behaved in a way that Police Chief Gene Wilson called "an embarrassment" and had an adverse impact on the department's reputation.

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GameStop suspects will not face death

The death penalty is not on the table for the three Atlanta men facing murder charges in connection with last year's fatal shooting at GameStop.

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Chamber offers trip to Spain

Only a few months after returning from China, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for another international trip. This time the destination is Spain.

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Conyers police officer arrested on DUI charges

CONYERS — A Conyers police officer was arrested over the weekend and taken to the Newton County Detention Center after being charged with drunk driving.

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EMC group to address permits for coal plant

CONYERS -- The group of EMCs planning to build a coal-fired power plant will have a chance to address issues in their permit application in response to a judge ruling issued earlier last week.

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Budget at top of the list for Sen. Ramsey

CONYERS -- State Sen. Ronald Ramsey spoke with the Citizen last week about the 2011 General Assembly and his plans to propose a foreclosure registry law.

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Conyers eyes video surveillance

Public safety took a front seat during the second day of the Conyers City Council's annual planning retreat Saturday with detailed discussion of how technology can help policing efforts.

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Courts rescind permits for coal-burning plant

Snapping Shoals EMC is still considering supporting the construction of a coal-fired power plant even after a judge recently reversed a decision to grant the project an air permit.

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Covington man sought in traffic shooting

Conyers Police are still looking for a Covington man thought to be responsible for a shooting at BJ's Wholesale Club last Friday night.

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Cause of fire at abandoned house 'suspicious'

CONYERS -- Rockdale County firefighters responded to a house fire Monday night at Lakeview Estates. No injuries were reported.

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Cause of fire at abandoned house 'suspicious'

CONYERS — Rockdale County firefighters responded to a house fire Monday night at Lakeview Estates. No injuries were reported.

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Serious snow: Dozens of accidents reported

CONYERS -- Icy roads from snowfall Sunday night shut down most of Rockdale County Monday and officials predicted it wouldn't thaw out today.

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Conyers vies for status as retirement community

CONYERS -- City officials want to pursue a certification that possibly could put Conyers on the map as Georgia's first certified retirement community.

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Local teens arrested in stealing spree

CONYERS -- Police are investigating a posse of teen boys who went on a shoplifting spree New Year's Day, allegedly stealing shoes and clothing from three local department stores.

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