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Legion to host benefits expo

CONYERS -- The American Legion Post 77 will host a Military Benefits and Services Expo in Conyers open to family members of deployed soldiers.

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Medical Center adjusting to new tax, laws

CONYERS -- Rockdale Medical Center is adjusting to a new tax imposed in 2010, while at the same time waiting to see what the new federal health care law will mean in 2011.

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Pleas to be accepted from 6 in Wendy's robbery

CONYERS -- The case of the six men allegedly involved in the armed robbery at a local Wendy's restaurant this summer has made its way to the courts, with an insanity defense from one of the alleged robbers.

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Pleas to be accepted from 6 in Wendy's robbery

CONYERS — The case of the six men allegedly involved in the armed robbery at a local Wendy's restaurant this summer has made its way to the courts, with an insanity defense from one of the alleged robbers.

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Suspects in robbery were Guardsmen

CONYERS -- The two men arrested in connection with last week's bank robbery turned out to be soldiers in the Army National Guard, and one of the men is accused of murder in a DeKalb County drive-by shooting.

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DeKalb man charged in traffic death

CONYERS -- Vehicular homicide and other criminal charges have been filed against a Decatur man who was allegedly driving drunk when his vehicle struck and killed a Conyers man last month.

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Film company seeks locals for movie extras

CONYERS -- Local aspiring actors and actresses may get some time under the bright lights as an Atlanta-based company is calling for extras for an upcoming production to be filmed in Conyers.

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City mulls high-tech upgrade

The Conyers Police Department is considering new equipment to help solve and prevent crimes in the city.

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Writer at home at Starbucks

The man sitting behind an iMac super computer almost every day at the local Starbucks, with his RV parked in the coffee shop's parking lot, admitted his routine may be a little unorthodox.

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Post office handles thousands of Christmas letters to Santa

CONYERS -- Even the heart of a child in a letter to Santa Claus is showing signs of the season of giving.

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Man facing life asks for DNA testing

CONYERS -- The man sentenced to life in prison this summer for an armed robbery conviction has requested DNA testing, a request that may play a big role in his appeal.

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Chamber to offer seminar for business

CONYERS -- Business owners or even those thinking about being a business owner are invited to a free seminar about successful entrepreneurship.

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Police: Shopper accuses employee of peeping

A Big Lots employee was taken into custody last week after a shopper accused the man of looking from the ceiling at her and her 4-year-old daughter using the store's bathroom.

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RCSO seek second suspect in deadly weekend robbery attempt

CONYERS -- A would-be robber who was shot and killed by his intended victim was a resident of Covington, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

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Would-be robber ID'd as Covington man

CONYERS -- A would-be robber who was shot and killed by his intended victim was a resident of Covington, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

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Would-be robber ID'd as Covington man

CONYERS — A would-be robber who was shot and killed by his intended victim was a resident of Covington, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

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Man killed by deputy shot twice

CONYERS -- The man shot to death Thursday by a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered at least two gunshot wounds, according to records released today.

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GBI called in to investigate fatality in RCSO shooting incident

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate fatal shooting Thursday involving a RCSO deputy.

Two men from Newton arrested in gambling raid

CONYERS -- Two Newton County men were arrested in connection with Monday's illegal gambling raid and a Rockdale County man has been identified as the alleged ringleader of the illegal activity, according to officials.

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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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Runoff vote this Tuesday

Voters are reminded to go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 30, for a couple of runoff elections. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all voting precincts. Voters need to bring a form of identification, such as a driver's license, in order to vote.

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Christmas Toy Run set for Dec. 4

Local motorcyclists will take to the streets next Saturday in an effort to bring some holiday cheer to area children while raising food donations for the community's less fortunate.

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Police chase of robbery suspects ends in crash

Police arrested two men Wednesday night and are looking for a third after an armed robbery that led to a two-county police chase. Capt. Scott Freeman with the Conyers Police Department told the Citizen on Friday that police responded to an armed robbery at 1543 Ga. Highway 138 at La Taquiera early Wednesday night.

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Proposed registry hot topic of forum

Area real estate professionals showed up Tuesday morning to speak on the pending ordinance that will create a countywide foreclosure registry in Rockdale County.

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Meth suspects ask for change to their charges

CONYERS -- The two men involved in the truck that police stopped with toxic methamphetamine-making ingredients last month asked for a change in their charges, claiming they were not making meth.

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Top cops discuss violent crimes

CONYERS -- Concerned residents gathered Thursday night in a town hall meeting to talk about solutions to local violent crimes and in hopes of preventing similar situations such as the two recent deaths.

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Police: Teen shooting may be gang related

CONYERS -- The teens arrested in last weekend's fatal shooting at a house party may have been involved in a local gang or clique, according to Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson.

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3 face judge in connection with fatal shooting

Three men arrested in connection with last weekend's fatal shooting at a Conyers house party appeared in court Monday morning before Rockdale Chief Magistrate Judge Clarence "Rudy" Horne.

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Man enters guilty plea to burglary

CONYERS -- In Rockdale County Superior Court this week, a state prosecutor said the man sentenced to jail time for a residential burglary should "thank his lucky stars" that the resident did not fatally shoot him during the invasion.

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Boys and Girls Club starts green initiative

CONYERS -- Rockdale County youth will soon be learning ways to use energy more efficiently in a new going-green initiative.

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Newton resident named Rockdale Teacher of the Year

The Rockdale County teacher who said she has her students stretch beyond limits was recognized for her own above average work Tuesday night.

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Bike ride set to help out RCSO deputy

The public will have a chance to help a public servant this weekend -- a Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy in need.

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Art gallery gets new education coordinator

CONYERS -- The Olde Town Gallery & Studio recently welcomed its new education coordinator and hoped the public will take full advantage of the classes and a couple new features.

Project ReNeWal to hold annual golf tournament

CONYERS — The public can hone in on their golf swing and runners stride while supporting two agencies in combating domestic violence in honor of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Fund set up for youth in Rockdale

CONYERS — As a reward for their service, Rockdale County youth who lend a hand in the community have a chance at extra money to fund their college education.

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Rescheduled mammogram meant early detection for Covington woman

CONYERS -- A missed mammogram appointment was turned around for the better in Lura Whitaker's fight against breast cancer.

GBI arrests Conyers man on child porn charges

CONYERS — The Georgia Bureau of Investigations arrested a Conyers man this week after finding more than 40 images of child pornography on his computer.

Doud's work with authority completed

CONYERS — The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County recently welcomed a new member aboard and bid farewell to a long-serving former member.

Rockdale fair returns to Horse Park

CONYERS -- One of the largest fairs in the east metro area will come to town this week, bringing its double Ferris wheel standing more than 110 feet high.

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New sign to promote Olde Town

CONYERS -- A new sign is on its way to Olde Town and the sign is set to be a tool that officials hope will attract more residents and visitors off a major city highway and get them moving about downtown Conyers.

One suspect pleads guilty in robbery

One of the men accused of killing a Newton County woman while fleeing the scene of an armed robbery and eluding authorities has pleaded guilty to all associated charges except for murder.

Festival returns to celebrate Latino culture

All things Hispanic will be celebrated at this Sunday's Fiesta Georgia, and organizers are gearing up for what is set to be a high-energy celebration with a couple of big-name bands in the entertainment lineup.

Leaders eye $500K in grant funds

City officials and community leaders are eying up to $500,000 in federal grant funds with hopes the funding will make it possible for area students to walk to school -- in turn, cutting down on transportation costs.

Festival will honor at least 20 countries

Even better than the Jules Verne classic, Rockdale County residents can go around the world in a single day Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church's International Festival, where at least 20 countries will be represented.

Cops: Girl beaten with cord

CONYERS — Police took a Conyers woman into custody in a possible child abuse case after a 10-year-old girl told authorities that the two welts on her arm were caused by being hit with an extension cord.

Student gets jail time in beating case

Fighting in school can land students in jail. That was the message Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation wanted to send to public school students after the judge sentenced a former high school student to jail time for beating up another student in the school bathroom.

Legion to crank up Labor Day

CONYERS -- Organizers promise a day of fun for the entire family and urge the community to make plans to celebrate Labor Day with American Legion Post 77 during its first combined car show and family festival.

Judge wants testimony in student case

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation wants to have witnesses called to court before he decides the punishment for a former high school student who beat up another student on campus.

Judge set to hear three murder trials

Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation arranged to hear several murder trials next month, in an effort to get through murder cases that are pending.

Jail time for man in gas threat

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation wanted to arrange a viewing of a human burning in order for a defendant to fully understand the danger the 20-year-old put Sheriff's Office deputies in when he tried to douse them in gasoline and intentionally flicked a cigarette lighter.