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Alice Queen

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Riley to run for mayor of Mansfield

Interim Mayor Jefferson Riley announced Monday night that he plans to run for the office in an upcoming special election.

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Residents air concerns about 2050 Plan

More than 100 Newton County residents came out for the first in a series of public hearings on the 2050 Plan Monday, but not one of the half-dozen or so who spoke was in favor of the proposal.

South Carolina man charged in hit and run

A man accused of striking a stranded motorist and driving away turned himself in to authorities after he apparently concocted a cover story for the damage to his car.

Man sought in brother's stabbing

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 48-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his younger brother twice in the side.

Police officers wait for suspect to come out of hiding

A suspected shoplifter who fled from police Wednesday afternoon was apprehended after officers waited for him to come out of hiding.

School system proposes keeping millage at 20

A proposal to keep the school system’s maintenance and operations millage rate at 20 was presented during the first of three public hearings on the millage Thursday night.

RCSO Explorers hold fundraiser Saturday

The Explorers program with the Rockdale County Sheriffs’ Office will hold a fundraiser Saturday to help pay for the group’s trip to Savannah.

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Murder suspect arrested in Orlando

One of three suspects in the July 3 murder of a Newton County man has been arrested in Orlando.

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NCSO issues lookout for one of three murder suspects

A lookout has been issued for one of three suspects in the July 3 murder of a Newton County man.

Driver sought in hit-and-run

The Conyers Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a car who struck a stranded motorist early Sunday morning and left the injured man on the roadside.

NCSO investigates how wrong woman was arrested

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation to determine how the wrong woman ended up in the county jail on charges that she unlawfully received unemployment benefits.

DJJ completes transition of juvenile offenders to Rockdale facility

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has completed the transition of youthful offenders from the Gwinnett County Regional Youth Detention Center to a newly renovated facility in Rockdale County.

Mansfield to hold special election Sept. 23

The Mansfield City Council will call for a special election to be held Sept. 23 to fill the mayoral post.

2050 Plan causes concern among property owners

As the 2050 Plan, a strategy designed to guide Newton County’s future growth, moves closer to implementation, some residents are raising concerns about the details that support the plan’s broader concepts.

Fee increases proposed for Environmental Health inspections

The Rockdale Board of Health plans to increase its Environmental Health fee schedule in response to increases in its costs and decreases in funding.

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Swimmers reminded of risks in natural waterways | PHOTOS

After 30 years as the ranger at Factory Shoals Park, Mike Beyer knows every inch of the river that courses through the rolling, wooded landscape.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Summers of my childhood a thing of the past

It is officially summer. The calendar and the thermometer are in agreement. But summer doesn’t mean what it used to — not to me and not to children anywhere, at least not so far as can be determined by me.

School system expects big changes in standardized testing

Even as the school system makes advances on the CRCT, the rules for standardized testing are changing in a big way.

Man kills fox with knife after it injures youngster

A Rockdale County man reportedly killed a fox with a knife Monday night after it attacked a child who was visiting at his home.

Rockdale Fire looking for new recruits

Those wishing to pursue a career in firefighting are invited to apply with Rockdale County Fire Rescue beginning Monday.

Rockdale County faces litigation from both sides in quarry issue

Rockdale County renewed a business license for Georgia Stone Industries, owner of a granite quarry on Ga. Highway 20, after the company notified the county that it intended to file a lawsuit if the license wasn’t issued.

Mahaffey Memorial Ride to be held Saturday

Supporters will ride in remembrance on Saturday, June 7, as part of the Brian Mahaffey Memorial Ride to raise money for the Georgia chapter of COPS.

Conyers VFW, auxiliary host breast cancer seminar

VFW Post 5290 and the VFW Auxiliary in Conyers have joined with Georgia Cancer Specialists to host a free informational seminar on breast cancer.

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Dancers stranded after studio shuts down

Parents of dancers who took lessons at Starbound Performing Arts are scrambling to find a way to stage a recital following the abrupt closing of the dance studio Wednesday.

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Alcovy High students turn their tassels | PHOTOS

Alcovy High graduates more than 300 Friday night

More than 300 seniors received diplomas in commencement ceremonies that kicked off a weekend of graduations for Newton County high schools.

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School board offers contract to McDonough attorney

The Rockdale County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to “pursue a contract” with attorney Santana T. Flanigan to succeed board attorney Jack Lance, who is retiring.

Rockdale school board gives nod to $129.9 million budget

The Rockdale Board of Education gave tentative approval to a $129.9 million budget for 2014-15 at a special called meeting Thursday night.

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Memorial Day reminders

These memorial crosses on the lawn of Newton Federal Bank on U.S. Highway 278 bear the names of Newton County soldiers who lost their lives in war.

County ordered to grant day care permit to Ebenezer

Rockdale County has agreed to a consent order to grant Ebenezer United Methodist Church a special-use permit to operate a full-time day care program at the church on Stanton Road.

Rockdale County has agreed to a consent order to grant Ebenezer United Methodist Church a special-use permit to operate a full-time day care program at the church on Stanton Road.

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Graduation smiles

Hundreds of Rockdale County high school seniors will turn their tassels, toss their mortar boards high into the air, hug friends good-bye, and take the ceremonial step into adulthood this weekend.

RCPS budget restores furlough, instructional days

“What a difference a year makes,” said Rockdale Public Schools Superintendent Richard Autry in presenting a proposed 2014-2015 budget to school board members Thursday.

House candidates take on smart growth topics

State House candidates in the May 20 Primary Election answered questions related to growth and development at a forum Monday night sponsored by Smart Growth Newton County.

Ellenberg hired as principal at Newton High

He’s been a science teacher, department chair, assistant principal and interim principal at Newton High School. Tuesday night John Ellenberg was officially given the principal position following a unanimous vote by the Newton County Board of Education.

Candidates answer questions on county government structure

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson said Monday he would support changing the current management structure of the county government, despite the fact that his was one of three votes that put the structure in place three years ago.

Ellenberg named principal at Newton High

John Ellenberg has been named principal at Newton High School.

New greenhouse in the works for Newton High

Plans are underway for construction of a greenhouse on the new campus of Newton High School.

Mansfield approves 2014 budget

A 2014 budget of $1.073 million was approved by the Mansfield City Council Monday night.

BOE mulls renewal of Ombudsman contract

Members of the Newton County Board of Education will be asked to vote on a contract renewal with Ombudsman Educational Services, a provider of alternative education programs, at their April 22 meeting.

Mansfield postpones decision on special election

City Council members discussed calling for a special election to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks Monday night, but too many questions remained unanswered, so the matter was postponed.

Mansfield: More information needed before election call

City Council members discussed calling for a special election to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks Monday night, but too many questions remained unanswered, so the matter was postponed.

Mansfield OKs compensation for former clerk

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement Monday night that compensates former city clerk Pat Mullins for the way she was dismissed and protects the city from any future legal action arising from her dismissal.

Forum draws wide range of candidates

At least 25 candidates in a number of upcoming elections have confirmed participation in an April 26 forum at Antioch A.M.E. Church.

Mansfield to pay former clerk for wrongful dismissal

The city of Mansfield has agreed to pay $14,000 to former city clerk Pat Mullins for wrongful termination in 2012.

Adoma continues push for senior housing

Diane Adoma is on a mission to bring more senior housing to Rockdale County.

Mansfield residents raise payroll questions at public hearing

Citizens who spoke at a public hearing on the proposed 2014 city budget raised questions about current salaries and the City Council’s plan to add a treasurer to City Hall staff.

Covington man charged with DUI, laying drags

A man who allegedly tried to avoid arrest by switching seats with a passenger has been charged with DUI and other offenses.

Mansfield finalizes draft of 2014 budget

A final draft of the town’s 2014 budget has been completed and is available for public review at City Hall.

Mansfield officials look to the future, but questions remain about former mayor

Town residents and officials began the process of clearing the air and moving forward Monday, four days after the mayor resigned under accusations of financial misdeeds.

Bill would reduce early voting days in cities

A bill seen by some as an attempt to chill voter turnout and by others as a way to help municipalities control their election costs has passed the state House and awaits debate in the Senate.

Mansfield mayor resigns amid accusations

Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned at 5 p.m. Thursday, two hours before the City Council was scheduled to hold a work session at the Community Center.