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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.

Local races boost turnout in Newton

Local elections on the ballot likely helped boost voter turnout in Newton County for the General Primary runoff.

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Belton wins District 112 runoff

A long campaign season in the state House District 112 race finally came to an end Tuesday night with Dave Belton emerging as the winner in a hard-fought, thin-margin Republican runoff.

Snapping Shoals EMC's annual meeting set for Thursday

Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation members are invited to gather on Thursday for the annual meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park.

2050 Plan draws emotional discussion in Mansfield

Discussion of the baseline ordinances of the 2050 Plan turned contentious Thursday night as hundreds of residents gathered at Mansfield Elementary School to express their views.

Douglas: 20-acre lot size won't fly

Newton County Commissioner John Douglas said county residents should be assured that the baseline ordinances for the 2050 Plan will look much different when they come up for a vote than they do now.

Council OKs parking change for businesses

The City Council approved a change to Covington’s parking ordinance just in time to meet the needs of a hotel developer looking to build a $20 million property in the city.

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.