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Chris Starrs

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ELECTION 2014: Henderson points to experience, achievement in bid for re-election

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson says that there’s no substitute for experience when it comes to governance.

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Conyers resident honored for his work with AIDS patients

Conyers man honored for his work with AIDS patients

Conyers resident honored for his work with AIDS patients

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Rockdale native builds career in NYC's improv scene

Rockdale native builds career in NYC’s improv scene

Conyers native Ashley Ward builds improv career.

Local semipro football team starts strong

The Rockdale Rams semi-professional football team has taken the Amateur Professional Development League by storm.

Local semipro football team starts strong

The Rockdale Rams semi-professional football team has taken the Amateur Professional Development League by storm.

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Candidate Hunte would establish youth commission

After living in Newton County for 13 years, Sonya Hunte has decided that it’s time to put her talents to use in an official capacity.

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ELECTION 2014: Sims says he wants to reflect citizens' vision for District 2

Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims is well aware of the similarities between his 2010 campaign for the commission and his 2014 run for re-election to the District 2 seat.

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ELECTION 2014: Brooks wants to implement consumption tax

Covington resident Aaron Brooks has a list full of ideas he’d like to bring to the state house of representatives, starting with instituting a consumption tax that would replace the state’s income tax.

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State House candidate to focus on quality growth and education

Belton: 'We can't let Conyers happen here'

Morgan County resident Dave Belton, who has now been campaigning for the District 112 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives for the last three months, is confident voters will find favor with his considerable experience in the military, the private sector and in public education and community service.

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Arts Association's 'Oliver!' features cast of 120

Arts Association’s ‘Oliver!’ features cast of 120

Arts Association in Newton County presents, “Oliver!”

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Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts celebrates a quarter century

Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts celebrates a quarter century

Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts celebrates 25th anniversary.

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Jazz concert features Conyers saxophonist, New York flautist

Jazz concert features Conyers saxophonist, New York flautist

Jazz Concert at Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts on March 15

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Patsy Cline melodies featured in upcoming Conyers show

A concert featuring the music of Patsy Cline will take place in Conyers on Feb. 1.

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Choir from MLK’s home church to perform in Covington

Choir from MLK’s home church to perform

Singing Sisters from historic Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta will perform in Covington.

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Conyers man uses trucking business as vehicle to spread breast cancer awareness

Conyers man uses trucking business as vehicle to promote breast cancer awareness

Pippin Trucking celebrates 45 years of operation in Conyers.

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Conyers resident delves into high performance motorcycle racing, instructing late in life

Conyers resident delves into high performance motorcycle racing, instructing late in life

Conyers resident Todd Clark continues to teaching motorcycle racing into his 50s.

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Panola Mountain, Hard Labor Creek state parks offer First Day Hikes

Panola Mountain, Hard Labor Creek state parks offer First Day Hikes

Panola Mountain State Park and Hard Labor Creek State Park will offer First Day Hikes

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Contemporary Christian bands team up to deliver evening of holiday favorites in Conyers

Christian bands team up for evening of holiday favorites, charity in Conyers

Three contemporary Christian bands will play a Christmas concert at Victorious Life Church on Dec. 21.

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Salem High grad performs jazz Christmas concert at JP Carr Center

Conyers resident and jazz pianist Xavier Gordon is presenting a Christmas concert at the J. P. Carr Center on Friday, Dec. 13.

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New Depot Players present Christmas comedy 'Southern Belles'

New Depot Players present comedy ‘Southern Belles’

“Christmas Belles” coming to Center Street Arts theater.

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Rockdale Emergency Relief welcomes new executive director

Rockdale Emergency Relief welcomes new executive director

Rockdale Emergency Relief has hired a new executive director, Andrew Peabody.

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Youthful voices ready to entertain with ‘Christmas in Covington’

Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children present the annual Christmas in Covington concerts.

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Porterdale hosts holiday event with home tour, holiday music, dancing

Porterdale hosts holiday event with home tour, holiday music, dancing

Porterdale will host “Christmas in the Village” featuring a home tour and arts productions.

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Conyers woman earns good sportsmanship award at Golden Olympics

Conyers woman earns good sportsmanship award at Golden Olympics

Dorothea Cox wins sportsmanship award at Golden Olympics.

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Conyers native presents country music festival in Covington

Conyers native presents country music festival in Covington

Rockdale County native Adam Potts was born to work in the construction industry, but he’s got big plans to build a business of his own. The 29-year-old Potts, who is part of the family that owns and operates Conyers-based Potts Construction, has set his sights on working in the music industry as a concert and event promoter.

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Newton County's Drive Time band to perform on Square in Covington

Newton County's Drive Time band to perform on Square in Covington

With some 40 years as a professional musician, pianist Mack McKibben has played in his share of duos, trios and bigger bands, and he’s also had untold solo performances. But rarely has McKibben been as enthused as he is with his latest group, an 11-member corporate and show band called Drive Time.

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WannaBeatles to perform free concert on the Covington Square

Nathan Burbank remembers the precise moment The Beatles made an impact on his life.

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Novice bodybuilder wins state competition

Newton County resident Crystal Marcum proved to have more than beginner's luck when she decided to take part in her first-ever bodybuilding competition.

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'I Love You' musical, a series of humorous vignettes, opens in Conyers

The trials, tribulations and triumphs of romance take center stage for the next several weekends as the New Depot Players present the musical comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at Center Street Arts black box theatre in Olde Town Conyers.. "It's not really satirical, but it is very

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Newton native set to rock the Covington Square with free jazz concert

Because acclaimed saxophonist Antonio Chand Bennett hails from Newton County, it should come as no surprise as to whom he considers his musical mentor.

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Jimmy Buffet tribute band A1A set to play concert at Olde Town Pavilion

Although he's made a good living for some 20 years as the leader of A1A, known as "The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show," Atlanta native Jeff Pike admits that Buffett was not necessarily his favorite musical artist when he was growing up.

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Progressive music festival celebrates eighth year at Olde Town Pavilion

The Lemon Bee Festival is rapidly becoming a signature springtime event in Olde Town Conyers.

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Country singer Chris Massey makes a stop in Conyers before nine-city tour in June

When singer/songwriter Chris Massey takes the stage Friday, May 3 at the Whistle Post Tavern in Olde Town Conyers, he'll do so with considerable momentum.

Deas with Olympic development team in Portugal

Although Heritage midfielder/forward Andre Deas will miss a couple of critical games for the Patriots over the next several days, he's got a good reason for his absence.

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Oxford Youth Singers presents operatic 'Les Miserables'

Mary Lynn Luke, musical director of the Oxford Youth Singers for the past nine years, minces no words when describing the rigor of the vocal ensemble's upcoming production, the epic, award-winning musical "Les Miserables.".

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Award-winning blues singer Francine Reed performs in Conyers

In 1988, after years of living and working with some of the music industry's most gifted artists in Los Angeles, Jez Graham packed up his piano and moved to Atlanta, a decision he's never regretted.. "I'd always missed the East Coast and so did my wife, Mindy, and when we

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Air National Guard Band's upcoming Conyers concert could be its last

The Air National Guard Band of the South's performance on March 30 at the Rockdale Auditorium in Olde Town Conyers will no doubt be a rousing evening of entertainment, but the free concert will also have a bittersweet tone.

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Newton County singer-songwriter makes headway in country music industry

Newton County native Gannon Adams has been able to gain considerable traction -- and attention -- in the country music business, thanks in no small part to a pair of American cultural icons.

Rockdale wrestler Allen’s 3rd title match a win

CONYERS — Rockdale wrestler Alonzo Allen is the living embodiment of the phrase “the third time is the charm.”

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Eastside's Thompson finishes season undefeated

COVINGTON -- With three pins and a technical pinfall at last weekend's Class AAAA state wrestling championships in Macon, Eastside's Kevin Thompson wrote his name in the local record books in indelible ink.. In addition to winning the 145-pound state title, Thompson ended his final campaign with a perfect

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Conyers' Rowser named a top dancer-to-watch by Dance Magazine

CONYERS -- As a young girl growing up in Conyers, Kayla Rowser was a faithful subscriber to Dance Magazine and she particularly enjoyed reading the January issue, when the New York-based publication unleashed "25 to Watch," a collection of profiles on up-and-coming dancers. Now she's one of them.

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Audience requests shape folk singer David Roth's performance

Chicago native David Roth has been playing his "James Taylor meets Will Rogers" style of inspirational acoustic music for nearly three decades, and even though he performs in excess of 100 concerts a year, he rarely takes the stage with a set list.

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Covington trio to perform concert benefitting college music scholarship

The Arts Association in Newton County's annual Dave Young Scholarship Concert will showcase the keyboard talents of three Newton County residents, two of whom are well-known to local audiences and the other a relatively new light on the scene.

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Lucille Ball impersonator to perform one-woman show in Conyers

Melody Knighton recalls regularly watching episodes of the sitcom classic "I Love Lucy" in her younger years, but she doesn't remember being particularly enamored with the show's star, Lucille Ball.. "I certainly watched Lucy in re-runs," said Knighton, who lives in Kennesaw. "I watched the show every day

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Conyers musician releases rock album, 'Wide Awake'

Matthew Eldridge is perhaps the closest thing Rockdale County has to a Renaissance man.

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'Nutcracker' ballet graces the stage in Covington

As a dancer, choreographer and director, Ashley Lazenby Swan can't begin to even count the number of times she's been involved in a production of the holiday dance favorite "The Nutcracker."

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Twelfth century musical drama recounting Christ's birth comes to Monastery

Melding the traditional Christmas story of the shepherds and magi traveling to witness the birth of the baby Jesus with the panic King Herod experienced when a potential threat to his throne is born, the Atlanta Camerata Theater's "The Play of Herod" has been a holiday favorite of metro audiences

Mustangs win title, hope for more

The East Atlanta Mustangs not only recorded a winning record for the first time in their eight-year-old existence, but the team made it a doubly memorable season by also claiming its league championship.. Coached by Joe Blount and featuring players who are either home-schooled or attend Christian

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Levett says he will work to unite community

Eric Levett is pursuing his goal of becoming sheriff of Rockdale County.

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Concert to feature jazz, blues

Saxophonist and bandleader Raiff Ellis is putting all his cards on the table for his upcoming performance at Center Street Arts in Olde Town Conyers.. Ellis and his band, Jazz/Blues Infusion, will host a concert titled "Herbie Hancock meets The Blues Brothers," which leaves little to the imagination

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