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Horne refutes claims by Democratic challenger

Although Clarence "Rudy" Horne Jr. has served as the chief judge for Rockdale County Magistrate Court for more than two decades, he has rarely faced opposition in his quest for re-election.

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Covington, Emory, Gainesville dance troupes team up for production

For the first time in the history of the Arts Association in Newton County, a fall performance by the Covington Regional Ballet has been scheduled.

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Ray: Experience, customer service are keys to success as tax commissioner

For the last 20 years, Rockdale County Tax Commissioner Dan Ray has tried his best to make an unpleasant task as painless as possible.

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Love story vignettes comprise romantic comedy, 'Almost, Maine'

Some 10 years ago, Amy LeCates and Kim Fratesi worked together in a community theatre production of "The Robber Bridegroom," and there have been several occasions since when the two have shared the stage.

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Eastside kicker Smith sets school record with 45-yard field goal

COVINGTON -- Eastside senior Colton Smith's 45-yard field goal last Friday against Jackson wasn't just the first points the Eagles put on the scoreboard en route to a 23-14 come-from-behind victory. It also turned out to be a school-record kick.

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Newton, Rockdale foster parent authors book on experiences

The DeGarmo family has fostered children in Newton and Rockdale counties and fatherJohn DeGarmo has authored a book about their experiences titled, "Fostering Love: One Foster Parent's Journey."

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Conyers native records second album in two years

ATHENS -- When singer-songwriter Connor Pledger began thinking about recording the follow-up to his 2011 debut disc "Detours," he didn't have to look far for tunes to fill the album.

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Brotherland to headline Olde Town Summer Music Fest

Although siblings Craig Blankley and Skip Blankley make up one-half of the Conyers-based band the Brotherland, the group didn't necessarily base a decision on its name for the obvious reasons.

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5K race benefits families coping with ALS

Given Brad Boling's commitment to physical fitness -- both before and after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) some eight months ago -- it's likely he's delighted that a 5K road race will soon be held locally to bring attention to the disease.

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New Depot Players reprise "Great American Trailer Park Musical"

In 2010, the New Depot Players' summer-season staging of the ribald musical "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" proved to be one of the troupe's most well-attended productions of recent years.. "When we did this show two summers ago, we sold every performance for three weeks and even

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Now in retirement, Clack advocates for Walk of Heroes Memorial

Although Tommy Clack officially retired earlier this year from his job in the Conyers office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Services, his advocacy for his brothers and sisters in arms has not slowed down a bit.

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Beatles tribute band Abbey Road Live! to perform in Conyers

Staff Correspondent. ATHENS -- It's been 50 years since the Beatles issued their first recordings and more than four decades since John, Paul, George and Ringo went their separate ways, but there can be no denying the cultural and musical impact the Fab Four has had on the world.

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Former Salem pitcher Brown transitions to college baseball

ATHENS Although Georgia left-hander Jarrett Brown had a rough outing Wednesday night against Georgia Tech, the former Salem High School standout is enjoying his new life as a college baseball player.. In the Bulldogs' 8-6 loss to Tech, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Brown -- who hadn't

Hymn of praise centerpiece of Choral Guild spring concert

Celebrating its 28th season of bringing choral performances to the world, the Covington/Conyers Choral Guild warmed up for its annual spring concerts by performing in a new venue.. The 80-voice ensemble performed its spring show, "The Music Is Always With You," on Saturday at the prestigious Spivey

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Growing pains: Rockdale girls lacrosse alums return to coach team seeking breakout year

CONYERS -- Although Rockdale High School has fielded a girls lacrosse team since 2003, the Lady Bulldogs' brief history has been a series of stops and starts.

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Ron Bradley named to national hall of fame

Legendary coach Ron Bradley, who retired in 2010 after 53 years of teaching and coaching, on Wednesday was named one of 12 inductees into the National High School Hall of Fame.

Oxford Eagles on top 74-59 in tournament

OXFORD -- Forced to play without freshman point guard Alex Ordu, the Oxford College men's basketball team received vital scoring from sophomore Stephen Simmons and freshman Zachary Lynn on Saturday as the Eagles defeated Middle Georgia Tech 74-59.

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Concert blends sounds of three singer/songwriters on guitar

The Songwriters in the Round event on Friday, March 16 in Olde Town Conyers not only represents an evening of music that's easy on the ears but it could also provide some new financial resources for the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts.. Conyers native Mark Jaynes, one of the

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Eagles ready for GCAA tournament

Although the Oxford College men's basketball team had to put in a little overtime to close out the regular season, the Eagles will be more than ready when everything is on the line this weekend in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

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Riptides headed to state meet

Although the Rockdale Riptides swim team had nine competitors qualify for this weekend's 2012 Georgia 14 & Under Short Course Championships at the Georgia Tech Natatorium, the Conyers-based team figures to be a small fish in a big pond.

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Oxford Eagles close out regular season Thursday

Following a week in which they played three games in four days, the Oxford College men's basketball team will have a few days of relative rest prior to beginning play in the GACA Division III tournament on Saturday, March 3.

Oxford hopes win streak lasts in late season

As the regular season comes to an end, the Oxford College men's basketball team is once again in streak mode. After an 18-point loss to Gordon College on Feb. 4, the Eagles recorded back-to-back Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association victories.

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Trio presents jazz, world music concert in Covington

Last May, east metro residents received a rare musical treat when Timothy Adams and Marcus Printup performed together for the first time in a benefit concert for the Washington Street Community Center in Covington.. Covington native Adams is returning to his hometown for another performance, and while Printup isn't on

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Oxford leader ready to return to lineup after injury

OXFORD -- The Oxford College men's basketball team got some bad news in early January when sophomore guard Stephen Simmons, the Eagles' leading scorer, injured his left knee in the team's 97-79 loss at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida.. The good news is that in Simmons' absence, the Eagles

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Oxford loses to Gordon College

The Oxford College men's basketball team knew the cards were stacked against them in Saturday's game against Gordon College at Williams Gymnasium.

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Oxford faces challenging week

A quick look at the schedule for the Oxford College men's basketball team reveals the Eagles have a pair of non-conference games this week, but those two games will be anything but easy.. Oxford split a pair of Georgia College Athletic Association games last week, defeating SouthernCrescent Tech 75-50

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Eagles enter critical phase of conference play

The Oxford Men's basketball team enters a critical phase of the season, with the second of a pair of games against Georgia College Athletic Association foes looming. Fortunately, the Eagles will wade into battle with the momentum gained from a five-game winning streak.

Oxford loses leading scorer

The Oxford men's basektball team is back on track despite losing its leading scorer.

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Clovers & Company brings country, rock 'n' roll, gospel to Covington

Newton County resident Mary Lathem is going to have a busy year on stage.. The Eastside High junior will assume the role of Audrey in the Drama Club's staging of "Little Shop of Horrors" in late February and will also appear in the Oxford Youth Singers' spring production of "Grease

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Southern everyman, New York ventriloquist come together for comedy show

The Mixed Nuts Comedy Network of Georgia will perform two shows in Conyers on Jan. 14.

Walton farm land used to 'grow' a different kind of crop

Approximately 205 acres of farm land near Social Circle will be developed as a solar farm.

Newton's Henry gets first start against UGA

ATHENS -- Although Derrick Henry's first collegiate start didn't have a happy ending, the former Newton High star was a big factor in Winthrop's near upset of Georgia on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum.. In 29 minutes, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman tallied a career-high 17 points and

Newton's Henry gets first start against UGA

ATHENS -- Although Derrick Henry's first collegiate start didn't have a happy ending, the former Newton High star was a big factor in Winthrop's near upset of Georgia on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum.

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Local teen singer appears in 'Joyful Noise'

Lithonia resident Ivan Kelley Jr. had a great year in 2011, appearing in the feature film film "Joyful Noise."

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Local teen singer appears in 'Joyful Noise'

No matter where he winds up, Lithonia resident Ivan Kelley Jr. will always remember 2011 as perhaps the most pivotal year of his life.

Oxford aims to keep steady pace after break

Oxford will return to action Saturday at Middle Georgia Technical College in Fort Valley.

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Oxford men's win streak continues

The Oxford men's basketball team won its fifth consecutive game and sixth of its last seven Wednesday, defeating the junior varsity squad from Tennessee-Temple 81-62 at Williams Gymnasium.. The Eagles (9-3, 1-0 in GCAA Region 17) were led by former Newton High

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Oxford men's win streak continues

OXFORD The Oxford men's basketball team won its fifth consecutive game and sixth of its last seven Wednesday, defeating the junior varsity squad from Tennessee-Temple 81-62 at Williams Gymnasium.

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Oxford's Kim at home on the court and in the classroom

Oxford's Samuel Kim is averaging nearly 10 rebounds per game.

Oxford's Kim at home on the court and in the classroom

OXFORD -- Although it's still early in the season, freshman Samuel Kim has established himself as Oxford College's chairman of the glass.

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New Depot Players production reminiscent of WWII USO Camp Shows

What: "A Red, White & Blue Christmas! A Tribute to the USO Camp Shows of World War II"

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Oxford tallies three wins in a week

OXFORD The Oxford College men's basketball team put the finishing touches on a productive week Sunday, defeating the visiting Greenville Titans 89-63 to record their third victory of the week and their fourth in a row.

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Oxford tallies three wins in a week

OXFORD The Oxford College men's basketball team put the finishing touches on a productive week Sunday, defeating the visiting Greenville Titans 89-63 to record their third victory of the week and their fourth in a row.. Last Wednesday, the Eagles (8-3, 1-0 in GCAA's Region 17) bested the junior

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New Depot Players production reminiscent of WWII USO Camp Shows

CONYERS -- For some eight decades, the United Services Organization (known informally as the USO) has adhered strongly to its stated mission of improving morale, welfare and recreational services to military personnel and their families.. While the USO may be best known for providing the venue for legendary comedian Bob

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Country music radio personality Moby teams up with local author Darrell Huckaby to produce audio version of 'Need Two'

For author/educator Darrell Huckaby, "Need Two" is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Country music radio personality Moby teams up with local author Darrell Huckaby to produce audio version of 'Need Two'

For author/educator Darrell Huckaby, "Need Two" is the gift that keeps on giving. The Newton County native's first novel, a humorous account of two small-town friends who defy all odds to attend the 1981 Sugar Bowl -- where Huckaby's beloved Georgia Bulldogs won the national football championship -- was published in 1995, and several years later the book was re-released in paperback.

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Holiday concert features voices from Rockdale, Newton, surrounding counties

Although the repertoire for Christmas musicals is vast, Mary Lynn Luke still faces a song-selection challenge each year.

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Newton grad makes impact for Oxford

At the conclusion of the 2010-11 basketball season, Oxford College coach Roderick Stubbs knew he'd have to find a new point guard to lead the Eagles. Little did he know that the player he was searching for was located just across town at Newton High School.. One month into his

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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

What: "The Nutcracker" ballet

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Holiday concert features voices from Rockdale, Newton, surrounding counties

Although the repertoire for Christmas musicals is vast, Mary Lynn Luke still faces a song-selection challenge each year. As she has for the past eight years, Luke will lead the Oxford Singing Children and the Oxford Youth Singers in the Arts Association in Newton County's presentation of "Christmas in Covington."