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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.

Rockdale residents hear proposal for changes in Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The turnout was light, but the majority of people at Thursday night’s town hall meeting on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program indicated they’d like to use some of the federal funds to demolish blighted and unsafe homes in the county.

Expert: Hospitals have to change to survive

An expert on health care systems with Georgia State University said Wednesday that change is inevitable for the health care industry, and small market hospitals in particular.

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'Taste' of the town

The Fourth Annual Taste of Newton draws enthusiastic crowd to Porterdale

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Jason Cripps appointed Porterdale police chief

City Hall was packed with spectators Monday night as the City Council unanimously approved the appointment of interim Chief Jason Cripps as Porterdale’s new police chief.

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Rockdale Medical forms partnership with Piedmont

Rockdale Medical Center celebrated two major milestones in the hospital’s history on Thursday — observing its 60th anniversary and announcing a new partnership with Piedmont Healthcare.

Conyers businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

The Conyers Police Department Marshal’s Unit, along with agents from the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducted an underage alcohol operation Friday, visiting 42 businesses and issuing eight citations.

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Mansfield making changes

This small city in eastern Newton County is on the move, adopting a new logo, dedicating city hall to a beloved former mayor and his wife, and making progress to update the downtown area with new sidewalks.

Deputies catch fleeing suspect

A man who fled from deputies Friday afternoon in south Rockdale didn’t stay on the run for long.

Rockdale parking law changes address party houses

Rockdale officials on Tuesday approved changes to the county’s parking ordinance designed to curtail the use of residential rental properties as venues for large gatherings.

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Georgia Perimeter enrollment tracks economic climate

Enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus is expected to hover around the 2,000 mark this fall, a number that has decreased from previous years.

Mansfield to offer WiFi throughout the town

The residents of Mansfield will find it easier to “get connected” following a test of free WiFi in the downtown area.

Residents remain cautious on 2050 Plan

Despite assurances from officials that some of the most controversial provisions of the 2050 Plan baseline ordinances will be changed, residents continue to be wary.

Manufacturer to bring 150 jobs to Conyers

A specialty glass manufacturer in Madison has announced it will move approximately 150 manufacturing jobs to Conyers.

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James Woodard tapped as superintendent in Morgan County

James Woodard, chief executive officer of Newton’s College and Career Academy and director of the Career, Technical and Agriculture Education program, has been named as the sole candidate for the superintendent position in Morgan County Schools.

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Commissioners deal directly with citizens on 2050 Plan

Citizens were given a chance to have one-on-one conversations with elected officials about the 2050 Plan baseline ordinances at a public hearing Tuesday night at Eastside High School.

31st Fuzz Run set for Sept. 13

The Covington Police Department’s Fuzz Run, widely considered to be the largest participatory event in Newton County, will be run for the 31st time on Sept. 13.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Simple act of kindness outshines baseball greats

What an incredible weekend it was. To begin with, any time you can visit the Big Apple with 55 of your closest friends, you are having a good day.

Citizens panel to review baseline ordinances

A citizens panel made up of 13 appointees will be asked to review items in the baseline ordinances of the 2050 Plan and make recommendations to the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

Improvement Association formed for U.S. 278 corridor

A group of business people with properties along U.S. Highway 278 have taken another step toward forming a community improvement district.

Resurfacing work planned for some Rockdale roads

About 5 miles of roadways in Rockdale County will get some maintenance work as part of the state Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant program.

Newton Commission Chairman Ellis weighs in on 2050 Plan ordinances

Citizens who attended a public hearing at Flint Hill Elementary on the baseline ordinances of the 2050 Plan were assured Thursday night that the county won’t be taking action on the proposal anytime soon.

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Annual meeting a summertime tradition | PHOTOS

Thousands of Snapping Shoals EMC members continued a summer tradition of attending the cooperative’s annual meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park.

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Lightning strikes Rockdale Heathcare Center

A bolt of lightning struck the cupola atop the roof of Rockdale Healthcare Center on Renaissance Drive Thursday afternoon, resulting in the evacuation of some of the facility’s patients.