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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

A ballet dancer since the age of 3, Ashley Lazenby has a wealth of experience when it comes to "The Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky's timeless holiday classic. "My very first 'Nutcracker' was when I was in the eighth grade," Lazenby said. "I was in Waltz of the Flowers and the Chinese divertisma. Since then, over my career I've done pretty much everything there is to do in 'Nutcracker.'"

Oxford looking to come back strong after holiday

The Thanksgiving break could not come soon enough for coach Roderick Stubbs and the Oxford College men's basketball team.

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Locals recall legendary Munson

Area residents share their memories of the "Voice of the Bulldogs."

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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

A ballet dancer since the age of 3, Ashley Lazenby has a wealth of experience when it comes to "The Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky's timeless holiday classic.

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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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Oxford Eagles come up short in road games

After two tough road losses, the Oxford Eagles are looking forward to playing at home.

Oxford Eagles back on the road after two wins

The Oxford Eagles will be on the road for the next four games.

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Staying positive, support of friends a key to surviving breast cancer

COVINGTON -- Not long after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, longtime Rockdale County resident Tricia Baker scheduled her first consultation with a doctor, and wound up meeting a woman who would prove to have a profound influence on her life.. "At my first consultation, I was introduced to

Young Oxford team succeeds in exhibition play

Oxford's men's basketball team wins second exhibition game.

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East Atlanta Mustangs looking to end season on high note

CONYERS -- It's been an up-and-down season for the East Atlanta Mustangs football team, and while its 3-5 record may suggest otherwise, there have been more ups than downs.. The Mustangs -- who play in the Glory For Christ League, a consortium of small Christian schools and teams

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Oxford ready to tip off season with Midnight Madness

The Oxford College Eagles will host the 10th annual Midnight Madness tonight.

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Oxford Eagles set to open season Saturday

Oxford's Eagles will kick off their men's basketball season with an exhibition game Saturday.

Frustrating season comes to a close for Oxford

Oxord soccer plays final game of frustrating season on Saturday.

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'Splittin' the Raft' puts new spin on classic 'Huck Finn Adventures'

As a veteran actor, director and instructor, Harrison Long has been involved in more than his share of productions that light up stages.. But rarely has the former Rockdale County resident been so struck by a play as he has been by Scott Kaiser's "Splittin' the Raft," an adaptation

Oxford Eagles start season ranked No. 1

The Oxford College men's basketball team will hold its first official workout of the 2011-2012 season on Saturday,

Oxford College hosts fall 5K

Oxford College will host a 5K run on Sept. 24.

Rockdale's Gilland leading Oxford on soccer field

Rockdale County's Alison Gilland has found a leadership role on the soccer field at Oxford College.

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Oxford goalie has volleyball background

If college life is all about making transitions, then Oxford College sophomore Willa Brooks is probably an expert by now.

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Conyers woman top-scorer, record-setter in national competition

Thirty years ago, south Rockdale resident Mary-Mead Mead remembers that she was a "39-year-old out-of-shape mom" who was chided by her children to get exercise by joining them in their interest in swimming.. "They thought I was in bad shape, so I went to their

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Oxford Lady Eagles eager for their first win

OXFORD -- Although the Oxford College women's soccer team lost its season opener last Friday at Judson College in Alabama, Lady Eagles coach Gregory Moss-Brown said the Lady Eagles are eager to even their record at their home opener on Thursday.. The Lady Eagles, who fell to Judson 4-0

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'Country Boy'

Performer Tom Becker celebrates legacy of John Denver

Although singer-songwriter John Denver was often lampooned for his earnest "Far Out!" persona and his long-term residency in the middle of the musical road, there's little argument that his acoustic-based tunes -- including "Rocky Mountain High," "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Thank God I'm

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'Bee' the music

The Lemon Bee Music Festival 2011 will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the pavilion in Olde Town Conyers.

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Animal planet: Newton native returns to share her veterinary skills

Tricia Fowler Suttles recalls that while growing up on her family's farm in Oxford, she always wanted to be a veterinarian.

Animal planet: Newton native returns to share her veterinary skills

Tricia Fowler Suttles recalls that while growing up on her family's farm in Oxford, she always wanted to be a veterinarian.

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Twice as terrific: Two groups to put on 'Hello, Dolly!' shows

This year's Arts Association in Newton County-sponsored spring musical is a familiar production, but the Oxford Youth Singers and the Oxford Singing Children will give it a different spin.

Twice as terrific: Two groups to put on 'Hello, Dolly!' shows

COVINGTON — This year's Arts Association in Newton County-sponsored spring musical is a familiar production, but the Oxford Youth Singers and the Oxford Singing Children will give it a different spin.

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Country Strong: Hannah Thomas blazes ahead in music career

Newton County resident Hannah Thomas turns 21 this year, but there's a good chance 2011 will be memorable for so much more.

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30-and-over team offers soccer outlet for women

The way Mandy Schu Wylie remembers it, her mother couldn't wait for the two of them to be able to play soccer together.

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Newton man helps rebuild in war-torn areas

A Newton County resident featured in a recent HBO documentary about the life and death of the United Nations' Sergio Vieira de Mello has done more than his share of infrastructure building in the war-torn Middle East, but he's not planning to call it quits anytime soon.

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Musician launches Elm Street venue

Although Corey Crowder is still a young man, he's got quite a bit of experience in the rough-and-tumble world of the music business.

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Child's play: Retro museum and concert hall drawing big crowds

When Angie Johnson was growing up in Covington, her weekly routine invariably included an antiquing trip with her mother.

Child's play: Retro museum and concert hall drawing big crowds

When Angie Johnson was growing up in Covington, her weekly routine invariably included an antiquing trip with her mother.

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African adventures: Salem graduate studying endangered pygmy hippos

April Conway has always had an affinity for animals. "I've loved animals from the time I was 3 or 4," said Conway. "My mother tells me I was chasing squirrels at a young age. By the time I was 10, I knew I wanted to join the Peace Cops and live in a hut in Africa."

Golden times Hargis puts on final play before directing hiatus

When Anne Hargis directed her first stage play some 23 years ago, her debut production was Ernest Thompson's family drama "On Golden Pond," which was also adapted into a feature film in 1981.

Rockdale Cares to hold annual fundraiser

CONYERS - Since 1978, Rockdale Cares has marshaled its resources and expended its energy to ensure that the community's mentally challenged residents aren't forgotten, and that those same residents get every opportunity to realize "the highest possible quality of life."

Little big man Ponce breaks title drought for Rockdale wrestling

Among Rockdale County senior Luis Ponce's top goals for the 2008-09 wrestling season were to win the South Metro championship and to finish his four-year career with a Class AAAA state crown.

Bulldoggs shut out Eagles 12-0

WINDER - Eastside baseball coach Michael Poor said he considered the Eagles' 12-0 loss to Winder-Barrow on Thursday "a learning experience."

Strong willed Newton County native making sacrifices for her future in

Newton County native Nicole Duncan celebrated her 30th birthday on Valentine's Day, but it's not likely she was able to celebrate with any cake.

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