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Karen J. Rohr

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Civil War raid on Conyers focus of historian's program

While the Civil War brought about paramount changes in the U.S. such as the abolishment of slavery and the expansion of the federal government, perhaps an even more crucial result of the war proved to be that the fledgling democracy didn't crumble, said Civil War author Robert C. Jones.

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Mother-son team gearing up for Marine Corps Marathon

Conyers resident Justin Knight has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but that hasn't stopped him from joining in 5K races and even triathlons.

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Local eye doctor performs live surgery at American Society of Cataract Annual Meeting

Ophthalmologist Dr. Lawrence Woodard recently earned the prestigious opportunity to perform a live surgery at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting.

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Fifty-year-old Conyers appliance business comes to an end

On Saturday, Ray Garner closed the doors of his 50-year-old Conyers appliance store, the Trading Center, but not for lack of business.

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Covington Women's Health Specialists expands to include two certified nurse midwives

Expectant mothers living in east metro now have even more options when it comes to choosing a midwife

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Retiring deputy last in line of family members to work for Rockdale County

The recent retirement of Rockdale County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Ricky Edge marked the end of an era for his family in their service to Rockdale County.

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New antique store opens in Olde Town Conyers

Clay Amyette recently opened an antique store in Olde Town Conyers and while his is now among several of those types of businesses in the historic district, he doesn't view that as a negative.

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Eastside grad building international clothing design career

Kita Nolley had a successful job as a corporate financial analyst, but the work did little to provide her with an artistic outlet. To fill that void, she learned to sew.. "It's hard for me to articulate what I liked about it," Nolley said. "At the time, I just

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Summer camps offer creative outlet for kids

If your child has a penchant for the arts, then you might want to sign him up for a summer camp where he can dabble in activities like drawing, painting, pottery, singing and acting. In Rockdale and Newton counties, there is no lack of summer camp offerings to satisfy the

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'a fulfilling experience'

Shelton Keaton served for 22 years in the Navy, beginning in 1944, and visiting the memorial dedicated to WWII veterans in Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight trip recently brought back a lot of memories of his time in the service.

Trivia fundraiser benefits child abuse prevention

CONYERS -- Children don't come with handbooks, and sometimes parents need that extra boost to help them help their children grow up happy and healthy. Enter Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through parent education.. Funded by donations and grants, Prevent Child Abuse

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'Manifold Greatness' exhibit chronicles history, impact of King James Bible

Bob Marley used passages from it as lyrics to his songs. Charles Shultz incorporated a portion of it into his "Charlie Brown Christmas" television special. Apollo 8 astronauts read from it during a public broadcast as they orbited the moon on Christmas Eve 1968.. For millions of others, it serves

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Hen House presents art show in Olde Town

The streets of Olde Town Conyers will come alive with outsider art, street performers and plenty of food and libations on June 1 when the Hen House 'Tiques and Uniques presents Old Town Conyers Art Fandango, an art show free and open to the public.

'Les Mis' selections featured in Choral Guild's spring concert

The Covington Conyers Choral Guild will perform its spring concert May 17.

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Conyers mother strives to provide special needs son with proper services

Conyers resident Marilyn King is the primary caretaker for her 31-year-old son Kareem Harper, who is brain injured. Partially paralyzed on his left side and legally blind, Kareem requires assistance each day. King helps her son get dressed in the morning and cooks him a big breakfast. Because

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Insectival for those who love, or loathe, insects

Tiffani Alexander has a collection of 20 different insects and a separate collection specifically of 15 beetles.

Suffragettes focus of Historical Society program

CONYERS -- Sally Fanny Gleaton lived in Conyers as a young woman in the early part of the 20th century. She never married nor did she have children. Instead, she devoted her 20s and 30s to fighting for women's right to vote. Her activism led her North to New York

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New Depot Players presents Pulitzer prize-winning 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Just talking about her latest undertaking, "Driving Miss Daisy," causes director Cathe Hall-Payne to choke up.

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Monument dedicated to Civil War soldiers turns 100

Jerry New peruses a list of 546 soldiers from the Rockdale County area who fought in the Civil War. Next to several names, he has made notations. New is kin to these soldiers, and on Friday he paid his respects to them at a ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary of

Hillphoenix breaks grounds on 500,000-square-foot facility

Hillphoenix broke ground on a new 500,000-square-foot facility Thursday.

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Local restaurant fare, car show, scout demos on tap for Conyers Main Street event

Food lovers, auto enthusiasts and families looking to spend a few hours of affordable fun are invited to check out the annual Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show.

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Rockdale County Beekeeper Club welcomes new members

The honeybee buzzing from flower to flower in your back yard might look solitary but when she is done gathering her nectar and pollen, she'll return home to a family of thousands.

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Rockdale marks 40 years since worst tornado in history

March 31 marked the 40th anniversary of the twister which cut a 32-mile swath of destruction through the western and northern edge of Conyers.

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Hard Labor Creek kayak tours beckon stargazers

With its calm, quiet waters, Lake Rutledge at Hard Labor Creek State Park is the perfect place to learn how to kayak.

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Conyers resident opens art gallery and frame shop in Olde Town

For almost a decade, Aaron Reed has been selling his artwork at festivals up and down the East Coast and across the South.

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Local physical therapist focuses on treatment of cancer patients

Angelo Rizzo, a physical therapist for 39 years, devotes the bulk of his practice to providing physical therapy to cancer patients.

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Newton County resident opens local Jazzercise business

A Jazzercise devotee since childhood, Lindsey Moore is ready to make the exercise program her full time job.

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Free piano concert features Debussy program

The Conyers community and surrounding residents can take advantage of a rare treat -- a free classical music performance in the heart of Olde Town Conyers.. Award-winning international pianist Richard Dowling, who resides in both Houston and New York City, will make a stop at the Rockdale Auditorium, 903

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Rockdale Special Olympics holds 5K fundraiser

Erika Sellers said she can't talk about Rockdale County Special Olympics without tearing up because the program, for which she's volunteered since 2008, means so much to her.

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Covington antebellum home finds new life as bed and breakfast

When Nicole Greer considered buying the 11,000-square foot antebellum home just off the square in Covington, it had at least 20 busted windows, significant water damage from a leak on the third floor, wiring that posed a severe fire risk and heart pine floors patched with plywood.. That didn't

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Family deals with the loss of a child in 'Rabbit Hole'

Everyone grieves differently, and in the upcoming production of "Rabbit Hole," audiences will watch as a small group of characters wades into the aftermath of the death of a young child, each person struggling in his own way.

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Club holds workshop on high-tech scavenger hunting

The first time Melissa Coker and her husband David searched for a cache, they almost didn't find it. The geocache novices used their global positioning system to look for the cache, a container that held a log book for them to record their names.. The GPS coordinates led them to

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Bluegrass Benefit to aid cystic fibrosis patient

Local bluegrass players encourage fans of the genre to take a short drive to Stockbridge for an afternoon of music, not only for the pleasure of hearing the songs but also to help a neighbor in need.

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Olde Town Tattoo opens in Conyers historic district

Ray Leonard is a busy man who has made significant changes to his Conyers tattoo shop in the last few months. He recently relocated the 12-year-old business, formerly known as Exotic Ink Tattoo, from Dogwood Drive to Olde Town Conyers.

Kids dance group focuses on fighting obesity

Swagger Crew Fit Kidz, a nonprofit dance program, meets at the Dominy School of the Performing Arts in Conyers.

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Southeast Bike Expo lets customers test the rides

Looking to invest in a bike but you just don't know which is the right one for you? Then check out the Southeast Bike Expo at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

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Dry cleaners opens drop-off location in Newborn

As a child, Don Thomaston spent many a day with his uncle at his Monticello business, which sold dry cleaning equipment.

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Rockdale Medical Center promotes heart health with luncheon

Most people know that to keep their hearts healthy they must exercise, eat right, maintain proper weight and not smoke.

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CSX sends scores of volunteers to improve Boys & Girls Club

In the game room of the Conyers Boys and Girls Club, a group of people assemble, sand and paint park benches. More work in the kitchen, putting fresh color on the walls and painting food murals.. A group outside on the ball field clears away sod to reveal fresh dirt

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Covington athlete prepares for Spartan obstacle course race

When Michael Mills works out, he lowers himself out of his wheelchair and flips a tractor tire. He straps on a 50-pound backpack while wearing a 35-pound vest and rolls up and down neighborhood streets. He ties a 100-pound tree limb to his chair and pulls it

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Hands Across Rockdale organizers seek projects, volunteers

Know of a school that could use some playground improvements? How about a nonprofit building in need of a new coat of paint? Or a senior citizen whose yard needs an overhaul?. Then consider submitting a request for assistance to Hands Across Rockdale, an effort in which volunteers perform community

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Alcovy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry relocates to new space in Covington

When a patient walks through the door of Dr. Travis Hampton's office, the longtime Covington dentist doesn't see just another person seeking dental care. He sees a mother, a grandfather, a sister, an uncle.

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Award-winning novelist Terry Kay to visit Conyers library

Award-winning novelist Terry Kay's approach to what he'll discuss at his Nancy Guinn Memorial Library speaking engagement on Thursday is a lot like his writing process. There is little planning. Instead, he waits and watches where the characters, in this case the audience members, will take him.

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Conyers woman loses 87 pounds in one year

While many people may be just beginning a program of weight loss to start off the new year, Conyers resident Kendra Boone is celebrating her one-year anniversary of losing 87 pounds -- and keeping it off.

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Eagle Scout rank shared by three generations

CONYERS -- While on a Boy Scout camping expedition as a 13-year-old, Joshua Schindler, who had been somewhat reluctant about such adventures, decided that instead of sleeping in a warm cozy tent, he would rather sleep out in the open in a hammock, despite fog, rain and cool

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Trees, manger scenes centerpieces for festively decorated home

CONYERS -- Teresa Garmon begins pulling out her Christmas decorations at the end of September and doesn't finish putting up her 12 indoor trees, 12 mangers scenes, two Christmas villages, house lights and yard decorations -- including Santa, several reindeer, snowmen, candy cane arch, manger scene, and additional lit trees

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Conyers boy aims to collect 20,000 pencils

CONYERS -- This time of year, it's common for people to discover deliveries at their door, either gifts they've ordered or ones they're receiving.. For 9-year-old Pete Gentle Benson, those boxes don't contain either. Instead, he finds packages of pencils on his front porch, donations toward the youngster's

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Church seeks takers to relocate historic Social Circle home

A pre-Civil War house can be yours for free, provided you're willing to invest in relocation fees -- not the cost of moving into the house, but the money it will take to move the house from is current location to another one.. The First Baptist Church of Social

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Drama dreams fulfilled

When Kevin and Shante Ragin produce a play, they not only want to entertain audiences, they also aim to send a message.

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Social Circle woman wins Rummikub Online World Championship, places third in international board game contest

Though Karen Aiello only started playing Rummikub two years ago, she is already at the top of her game. The Social Circle resident recently won the Online World Championship in Rummikub, a game that is similar to the card game Rummy, and she estimated she competed against tens of thousands of players for the title.

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