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Alice Queen

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Conyers, Rockdale send joint letter opposing pollution of South River

Rockdale County and the city of Conyers have joined voices in opposition to a request by the city of Atlanta for a renewed wastewater discharge permit that some fear is less restrictive and will lead to greater pollution of the South River.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrests two suspects in drive-by shooting

A man suspected of being the shooter in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 8 on White Oak Court is behind bars at the Rockdale County Jail.

Newton County joins lawsuit seeking compensation for Norfolk Southern rail line property

Newton County has joined the city of Covington and other landowners in a lawsuit seeking compensation for property along the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line.

Newton County joins lawsuit seeking compensation for Norfolk Southern rail line property

Newton County has joined the city of Covington and other landowners in a lawsuit seeking compensation for property along the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line.

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Court dismisses dispossessory claim by Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays Sr.

A Magistrate Court judge dismissed a dispossessory case filed by Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays Jr. on Wednesday, finding that the court had already ruled against Mays on the same dispossessory in November.

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Market improving for existing home sales in Rockdale, Newton

Homeowners in Newton and Rockdale counties who have been reluctant to put their houses on the market may find it’s a good time to rethink that decision.

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JACK SIMPSON: The missing man

It isn’t a name we see daily in our local newspaper. Nasr al-Ansi appeared in a video proclaiming responsibility for the attack in Paris of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office bombing where twelve people were killed by Al-Qaeda terrorists. To commander al-Ansi said it was Al-Qaeda that chose the Paris target.

Newton community discussion helps residents understand their rights

Questions ranged from how far down to roll the car window during a traffic stop to when to allow law enforcement officers to search a vehicle.

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Volunteers help clean up Gaither Plantation Cemetery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day | PHOTOS

About 50 volunteers tramped through the woods off Henderson Mill Road Monday morning to lend a hand in clearing and preserving the graves of some 250 former slaves and plantation workers.

Rockdale County deputies to get backup weapons

155 Glock handguns to be ordered

Certified personnel with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will soon be issued new Glock handguns as backup weapons.

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New house construction picking up in Newton

It’s too early to call it a trend, but those with an eye on single-family construction in Newton County say they are seeing more activity in the market.

Limited wastewater treatment capacity a concern for Rockdale

One of the challenges facing Rockdale Water Resources for 2015 is the county’s lack of wastewater treatment capacity.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office requests body cameras for deputies

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office could become the first police agency in Georgia to fully equip its patrol officers with body cameras.

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Newton's first baby of 2015

Newton’s first baby of 2015 born on Jan. 1

Newton police blotter for Jan. 2, 2015

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.

Newton blotter for Dec. 26, 2014

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.

Mental health court waiver denied for Rockdale Probate Court Judge Mays

A request for a waiver that would have allowed Rockdale County’s Probate Court judge to preside over an adult mental health court has been denied.

Darlene Hotchkiss appointed to Rockdale County Board of Ethics

Darlene Hotchkiss, a former member of the Rockdale County Board of Education, has been appointed to the newly revised Board of Ethics for Rockdale County.

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Great-grandmother hopes twins who killed their mother will one day lead productive lives

Della Frazier can’t quite reconcile the images of the two loving, vivacious twin girls she raised with the two young women who pleaded guilty to killing their mother earlier this year.

Newton Blotter for Dec. 19, 2014

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.

Thefts reported at Newton County school that was closed for cleaning

COVINGTON — An elementary school that was closed last Friday due to an outbreak of stomach flu reopened on Monday with a surprise for students and staff.

Newton Medical staff cuts affect 23

Twenty-three employees of Newton Medical Center were impacted by staff cuts announced on Friday, or about 2.8 percent of the hospital’s work force.

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Songs of the Season

Covington’s annual Christmas parade was held Saturday.

Toys for Tots Jeep Train Ride returns to Conyers for third year

Toys for Tots Jeep Train Ride returns for third year

Loganville teen dies in one-car accident

A 19-year-old Loganville man died as a result of a one-car accident Saturday afternoon.

Covington teen charged after shots fired at house

A Covington teenager was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault in connection with shots fired into a residence on Lakeside Pointe off Fairview Road in western Newton County.

Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden says comments weren't intended to cause harm

Rockdale Commission Chairman Richard said he will seek to make amends for berating a local economic development official during a public meeting last week. But he said he acted with the best interests of the county at heart.

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Rockdale Commissioner Oz Nesbitt's turkey drive helps more than 200 senior citizens

Rockdale Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said his Senior Citizen Holiday Turkey Drive and Giveaway provided more than 200 turkeys to senior citizens in need in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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BOC ethics ordinance moves forward as Commissioner Van Ness’s proposal gains support

First reading of ordinance approved Tuesday

The first reading of an amended ethics ordinance that could — for the first time — lead to a fully-appointed Ethics Board was approved by Rockdale commissioners Tuesday morning.

Chief of staff retirement prompts some Rockdale County school system changes

Members of the Rockdale County Board of Education and the superintendent’s cabinet gave retiring Chief Operating Officer Eugene Baker a standing ovation at Thursday night’s board meeting, Baker’s final meeting before beginning his retirement.

Acuity Brands expansion in Rockdale County back on track

The Acuity Brands expansion, which was in doubt earlier this month due to a disagreement over tax incentives, appears to be back on track, although the tax incentive offer remains unchanged.

Georgia Supreme Court denies appeal for new trial in Newton County murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Newton County man convicted in 2008 in the shooting death of his wife.

Rockdale County school tax abatement eyed for Acuity expansion

An abatement on school taxes could be added to an economic development incentive package as local officials work to keep an Acuity Brands expansion project on track.

Conyers Riding Association Toy Run returns to benefit needy children

The Conyers Riding Association is getting ready to ride again this holiday season to help area children in need.

Newton County commissioners discuss future of reservoir project

The majority of Newton County commissioners agree that the county should stay on course to acquire the elusive 404 permit for the proposed Bear Creek reservoir project. How far the county pursues the project after that is a matter of debate.

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Water discussions | PHOTOS

The proposed Bear Creek reservoir project was the subject of a comprehensive presentation Wednesday night at the Historic Courthouse.

Notice to Citizen readers

The Citizen newspapers will not publish on Veterans Day due to the mail holiday.

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Marty Jones: Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council is worth the investment

Rockdale County’s investment in the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council is paying dividends. That was the message from Marty Jones, executive director of the CREDC, to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

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Rockdale County High names homecoming king and queen | PHOTOS

Homecoming king and queen named at Rockdale County High School.

Court date set for Judge Mays' dispossessory case

A Magistrate Court trial date has been set for Nov. 5 on a dispossessory filed by Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr., who is seeking to have a woman who worked in his office removed from his home on McCalla Street.

Acuity Brands to expand in Rockdale County

Acuity Brands will spend $16 million over the next five years and create 700 new jobs as it expands operations in Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

'The Ring' to film in Conyers

Filming of “The Ring 3” is slated to begin in Rockdale County at East Mountain Studios later this month.

Federal planning grant will target crime in Salem Road corridor in Rockdale County

A $100,000 grant from the Department of Justice will enable the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office to develop a plan to address crime in one of the county’s most troubled areas.

Historically significant documents to be added to Newton County courthouse

Newton County’s commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday that replicas of nine historically significant documents will be made available for public viewing at the Historic Courthouse.

Rockdale man who hanged family dog pleads guilty

The man accused of hanging the family dog after a violent argument with his estranged wife pleaded guilty Tuesday in Rockdale Superior Court.

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Rockdale man sentenced in auto accident death of Covington friend

In a case that evoked emotions on both sides, a Rockdale County man pleaded guilty Monday to causing the death of his best friend, a man he referred to as a brother.

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Kiosks streamline customer service at Georgia Department of Driver Services

The Georgia Department of Driver Services is launching new customer service technology to help streamline the process of getting or renewing a drivers license, getting a motor vehicle report, or any other service offered by DDS.

Porterdale to make sewer line improvements

Aging sewer lines in Porterdale will soon be replaced, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program.

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Donations sought to help fund Vietnam Moving Wall exhibit in Rockdale County

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, an effort is underway to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to the Walk of Heroes in Rockdale County in 2015.

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BBQ fund raiser at Allen Memorial Methodist

Fall is barbecue time, and according to many in Newton County, no one does chicken barbecue better than Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford.