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Rockdale trial begins in execution-style murder

A Rockdale County jury heard prosecutors Tuesday describe how 20-year-old Raul Ramirez crossed the wrong people, leading to his death in 2009 with 24 bullets and his body left on the roadside as a message to his family.

Good Samaritan held up, shot at in Conyers armed robbery

Two suspects sought in Salem Road shooting

Local investigators are looking for two suspects involved in a Saturday armed robbery at gas station on Salem Road where a gunman shot into a moving vehicle.

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Gov. Deal to open Pratt Conyers facility

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will come to Conyers today to formally open a cogeneration plant at Pratt Industries.

Artists to render Olde Town Conyers to canvas in 'Paint Out'

Olde Town Conyers in the fall is not just a time of the year but a subject that artists will put on canvas this Saturday for the first ever Olde Town Paint Out and Plein Air Exhibit.

Rockdale Water Authority limits access of staff to candidates

The Water and Sewerage Authority of Rockdale County was faced with a dilemma not from either water or sewerage but from figuring out who to talk about it with and when.

2009 murder trial set to start Oct. 17

The murder trial of an Atlanta man is scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in the case where the body of a 19-year-old Mexican citizen was found in 2009 in the woods near Lake Capri Road.

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Project ReNeWal recognizes supporters

Residents, businesses and public officials were honored by Project ReNeWal for their continuing support of the domestic violence shelter in its annual Light of Hope awards banquet.

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Farmers put in the middle of debate, Ga. ag commissioner says

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said federal guest worker policies must be revised or completely rewritten to address concerns he's hearing from farmers, ranchers and dairy operators about an unstable work force for agriculturial jobs.

Rockdale County proposes opportunity zone for redevelopment

Rockdale County planners unveiled a proposed opportunity zone for a mostly industrial area west of Conyers as a effort to encourage economic development.

Conyers-Rockdale Chamber to hold meet-and-greet with elected officials

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will hold a meet-and-greet event Tuesday for residents to talk one-on-one with local elected officials.

Rockdale races offer challenges for runners

The turning colors of the leaves and cool weather mean runners will have several chances to race and support local non-profit groups.

Conyers in no hurry to set Sunday alcohol referendum

Nailing down Georgia's Presidential Preference Primary to be held on March 6 gives the city of Conyers a clear path of calling for a referendum on allowing Sunday retail sale of alcohol.

Robber grabs money bag in Conyers parking lot

An employee of a West Avenue car title finance office was robbed of the business' bank deposit Monday morning after she was physically accosted in the parking lot.

Rockdale BOC portraits not the same as Vaughn's, some say

Members of the local Bar Association sought to clarify that other portraits hanging in the Rockdale County Courthouse were not paid for using county funds, following comment by County Commission Chairman Richard Oden that suggested otherwise.

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October is breast cancer awareness month

Local residents will start seeing pink this month beginning with this special edition of the Citizen to bring awareness to the fight for breast cancer cure and prevention during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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State School Superintendent visits Rockdale Career Academy

Georgia School Superintendent John Barge said in Conyers Wednesday that the state is doing a better job of educating children than most think but still has to do a better job of preparing children for vocational training after high school.

Rockdale Community Affairs director Fatima resigns

Erica Fatima, director of Rockdale County's Department of Community Affairs and Innovative Programs, will resign from her post effective next week, according to an announcement released Wednesday by the county government.

Oxford woman in kudzu murder case pleads guilty

The girlfriend of a man who received a life sentence for the 2010 murder of a Conyers man pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday in connection to the case.

Economy hitting Rockdale non-profit groups hard

Local non-profits are facing a difficult time this year with sharp cuts from United Way funding and an increase in the demand for services.

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Conyers to hold town hall meeting on mixed-use zoning district

The city of Conyers will hold the first of two town hall meetings tonight on the proposed rezoning of 424 acres of commercial and residential areas to a Mixed-Use development district.

Arts In Motion 5K run set for Olde Town Conyers

The first Arts In Motion 5K road race Saturday morning will offer a chance to take on a challenging course in Olde Town Conyers while also supporting the arts in the community.

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Conyers' American Legion seeks new members

American Legion Post 77 Commander Zeste Debro believes service doesn't end when the uniform is hung up for good.

Honor Flight Conyers makes first trip to Washington

Honor Flight Conyers takes its maiden voyage to Washington, D.C., Thursday.

Rockdale Master Gardeners festival to bring out green thumb in all

Family fun and plenty of helpful resources for the weekend yard warrior will be available Saturday at the sixth annual Rockdale County Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Festival.

Husband denied bond in Rockdale day care shooting

The suspect in a double shooting at a day care center Tuesday morning was denied bond Wednesday in Rockdale Magistrate Court.

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Husband charged in day care shooting of woman, child

Investigators believe an on-going domestic dispute led to the tragic shooting of a kindergarten teacher and her 10-year-old daughter Tuesday at a day care in south Rockdale County.

Rockdale Deputies Hospitalized After Inhaling Meth Fumes

Five Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies were taken to the hospital Monday after inhaling methamphetamine fumes while serving an arrest warrant at a house on Old Salem Road in east Rockdale County.

Charity horse show returns to Conyers for 15th year

The Southeastern Charity Horse Show comes back to the Georgia International Horse Park for its 15th year to show off top-notch competition while supporting local charities through the Kiwanis Club of Conyers.

Rockdale Sheriff's deputies arrest four in burglaries

A Rockbridge Road resident walked in on a burglary of his house that eventually led to the arrest of his nephew and three other suspects.

GRN Community Service Board gets new name, mission

The Gwinnett-Rockdale-Newton Community Service Board is unveiling a new name and new focus on care for local residents dealing with mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities.

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Harrison announces run for Rockdale BOC seat

Local businessman Tom Harrison said he will officially launch his campaign Saturday for the Post 1 seat on the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.

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County dedicates South Rockdale Park

Rockdale County officials will hold a dedication ceremony Monday recognizing upgrades and improvements to South Rockdale Community Park.

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Smith drops out of Rockdale County chairman race

Republican Brad Smith announced Wednesday he is dropping out of the race for Rockdale County chairman and will instead focus on a re-election bid for the county's school board.

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Six recognized for community work in Rockdale, Newton

Residents of Rockdale and Newton counties were recognized Saturday by the Rockdale/Newton Chapter of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women for their contributions to the community.

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Circus plans big fun at Ga. International Horse Park

Cole Brothers Circus will be at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers Wednesday and Thursday with two shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day.

New Rockdale manufacturer ready to start production

The owner of Corrugated Supplies Company said location and the prospect of new customers were the two factors that drew him to expand to Rockdale County.

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Conyers police arrest two bank robbery suspects

Conyers Police arrested a Covington man and a Conyers man Friday morning in connection with a robbery of the Wells Fargo bank branch on Dogwood Drive, near Ga. Highway 138. The arrests were made following a foot chase from the bank. Police closed off an area along Old Covington Highway and toward Gees Mill Road when the robbery call was made. Police has since allowed traffic back into the area.

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The Car Wash in Conyers provides fund-raising options

Shiny hubcaps and inside detailing are not the only priorities Mike and Karen Aiello have at their new business, The Car Wash on Old Salem Road. The couple said they want to be active participants in the community.. This is the second business venture for the Aiellos. They owned and

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The Car Wash in Conyers provides fund-raising options

Shiny hubcaps and inside detailing are not the only priorities Mike and Karen Aiello have at their new business, The Car Wash on Old Salem Road. The couple said they want to be active participants in the community.. This is the second business venture for the Aiellos. They owned and

Earthquake rumbles down South, locals say

Some east metro residents say they felt Tuesday's east coast earthquake, while others say they were completely unmoved.

Lawyers start bar association

Society hopes to build trust in legal system

CONYERS -- The NewRock Legal Society, a new professional association of attorneys, looks to reach out to residents and build trust in the local legal system through community outreach and education efforts.. Alcovy Judicial Circuit Judge Horace Johnson swore in Phinia Aten on Friday as the society's first president. Conyers

Local lawyers form minority bar association

CONYERS -- The NewRock Legal Society, a new professional association of attorneys, looks to reach out to residents and build trust in the local legal system through community outreach and education efforts.. Alcovy Judicial Circuit Judge Horace Johnson swore in Phinia Aten Friday as the society's first president. Conyers attorneys

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Activist to speak about House Bill 87

D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society, will be the featured speaker at this month's South Rockdale Civic Association to discuss Georgia's recently adopted illegal immigration enforcement law established by state House Bill 87.

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New juries reflect county

CONYERS -- Rockdale County court officials said they noticed a difference in the jury pool this month after a moratorium on jury trials was lifted.

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Atkins tennis tourney set for late August

Registration for the Kim Atkins Memorial Tennis Tournament is in full serve as organizers look to have the biggest turnout ever for the 6-year-old event that is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage early prevention.

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Alliance to set goals on clean water

The South River Watershed Alliance will meet next week to discuss its role in protecting the river and lay out its plan to improve water quality over the next 81/2 years in conjunction with DeKalb County's federal court consent decree.

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Snapping Shoals EMC holds annual meeting

CONYERS -- For an annual business meeting, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation's Thursday gathering gives members plenty of reasons to attend.

Snapping Shoals EMC holds annual meeting

CONYERS — For an annual business meeting, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation's Thursday gathering gives members plenty of reasons to attend.

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Six Rockdale organizations awarded $5,000 healthcare grants

CONYERS -- Six local nonprofit organizations were awarded grants of $5,000 Tuesday night by the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County.

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First employee hired at Citizen dies at 97

Frank Smith, known as the unofficial mayor of Milstead and the first employee hired at the Rockdale Citizen in 1953, died Sunday at age 97.