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Karen J. Rohr

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Seniors growing vegetables, herbs for meals at center

On a recent breezy, sunny May morning Fleta Moore waters the garden at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, while Joy Johnson checks on the health of the plants. The women comprise one of several teams of seniors from the Dirt Dabblers group enlisted to tend the newly established vegetable garden

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Insectival features giant beetles, cricket spitting contest

On May 12, the Rockdale County Government Annex building on Parker Road will be teeming with creepy crawlies, but don't call the exterminator. Instead, come on down and enjoy the bugs at the seventh annual Insectival.. Sponsored by the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Office and the Rockdale 4-H Creepy

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New Depot Players offer tried and true comedy

CONYERS -- After presenting Tennessee Williams' weighty "The Glass Menagerie" in March, the New Depot Players decided to give audiences a less serious, more playful theater experience.. Enter the zaniness of "'Til Beth Do Us Part," a comedy about a frazzled wife, an uninvolved husband and a domineering assistant

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Conyers Pilot Club celebrates 50 years

In April, Gwen Dean, along with fellow Conyers Pilot Club members, bowled with autistic children, helped Special Olympics athletes compete in track, provided an ice cream party for Alzheimer's patients and cooked dinner for people in a brain injury support group.. The club's volunteer work yields benefits on both sides

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Grief therapy dog joins Cowan & Caldwell Funeral Home

COVINGTON -- As grief specialist Adam Cooper counseled a family after the death of a loved one, a woman in the family acted particularly distraught -- that is, until he introduced her to Jovie. Jovie isn't a fellow counselor; she's a dog that's been enlisted by Cowan & Caldwell Funeral Home

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Community invited to American Cancer Society Relay fundraising events

Doctors diagnosed Charlie Mason with cancer at seven months old. He had a tumor under his right lung the size of a man's fist, wrapped around his spine.

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Bootcamp workout program wants to help you shape up

At a recent workout session, fitness instructor Casey Robuck approached a middle-aged woman, out of breath from all the exercise, to find out if she was OK.

Handful of openings remain for Newton County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

COVINGTON -- With spring in the air, it's time once again for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament.. The tournament takes place on April 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oaks Golf Course, 11240 Brown Bridge Road in Covington.. Cost is $110 per player and the goal

Conyers-Rockdale Chamber to honor small business person of the year

The winner of the 2012 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year Award will be announced Thursday.

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Conyers Kennel Club offers obedience, handling sessions to dog owners

When teaching your dog basic commands, it's important to remember what Gaylord Cleveland calls the three P's -- patience, persistence and praise.. A Conyers Kennel Club member, Cleveland shows cane corsos, Italian mastiffs originally bred as farm dogs, and one of his dogs is the only one of its breed

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Scan for sinus surgery leads to kidney cancer diagnosis

Doug Smith holds his 11-month old grandson Matthew Cumbie on his hip and watches his 3-year-old grandson Andrew Cumbie scramble on the monkey bars at Denny Dobbs Park in Newton County.

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Buy locally grown produce, meat with the click of a mouse

Conyers Locally Grown co-op features food that is grown less than 40 miles away, has no synthetic fertilizer or pesticides and is not genetically modified.

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Market sells locally grown produce, gourmet meals

Market sells locally grown produce, gourmet meals. Rushing home after work and stressed about the dinner menu?

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Woodworker joins more than 150 artisans featured at Cherry Blossom Festival

Woodworker C.H. Brown is among more than 150 vendors who will participate in the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Cruise ship comedy teacher headlines Conyers show

Gid Pool didn't become a comedian until the age of 61.

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Covington business sells discounted tools, hardware

When Chuck Ozburn sold most of a tractor-trailer full of discounted tools and other work supplies within three days in December, he realized that in this economy a business like that might do well.. "I thought maybe Covington needs a true-blue liquidation close-out wholesale store to the

Elks Aidmore looking for bands to fill music festival line-up

Elks Aidmore is gearing up for its first music festival on April 28.

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Newton Chamber of Commerce promotes businesses via T-shirts

Newton County Chamber of Commerce members get lots of perks.

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Olde Town Conyers jazz concert features seasoned saxophonist

As part of its First Friday Concert Series, Unity Church presents the Dave D'Angelo Jazz Quartet on March 2 at 8 p.m.

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New Depot Players present an American classic, "The Glass Menagerie"

New Depot Players present an American classic, "The Glass Menagerie". The New Depot Players latest production, "The Glass Menagerie," may not be the happiest of stories but there's no denying that this close study of a dysfunctional family is compelling, said director Kelley Whitmire.

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Long-time friends open Elite Sporting Goods in Covington

The lives of friends Britt Mask and Richie Cleary have continued on similar paths over the years. They both graduated from Newton High School in 1996. They both married Newton County school teachers. They each have three children, with both men being the fathers of an 8-year-old and

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Covington shop owner hopes antique lovers make his store a stop on their route

When Dan Morgan resigned from his job as deputy executive director of the Covington Housing Authority to search for another position, the economy began to sour and career opportunities dried up quickly. That's when the idea of running his own business entered his mind.. "I had a hard time finding

Conyers/Rockdale arts council intensifies fundraising efforts

The Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts is ramping up its efforts to raise money this year.

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Conyers cupcake shop offers over 30 varieties

Rocky road, peanut butter chip, key lime pie, Boston cream, chocolate turtle, Neopolitan -- no, they're not ice cream flavors, they're just a few of the cupcakes available at Holly's Cupcake Shop in Conyers.. Established in 2009, Holly's Cupcake Shop only sells one thing -- cupcakes, but that doesn't mean

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Twenty-year-old dragon fantasy novel published as e-book, paperback

After reading the novel "Jurassic Park," and going to see the movie, Ginger Wages and her brother Tony Wages, discussed the idea of writing a book involving a tyrannosaurus rex.. Being fans of science fiction/fantasy, the siblings changed the dinosaur into a dragon and pit the fierce creature

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Take a trek up Panola Mountain in the afternoon, at sunset, or under the full moon

In the midst of a winter that's felt more like spring, Panola Mountain State Park has welcomed a steady stream of visitors who have taken advantage of weekly hikes, and naturalist Amy Snow hopes even more folks venture out to see the beauty of the granite mountain.

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Covington tree care company owner offers 18 years of experience in the field

After 18 years working as an arborist for a string of multi-million dollar tree service companies along the East Coast, Daniel Bauer decided to grow a business of his own. In April, he started Arbor Equity Inc., a full service tree, shrub and turf treatment company based in Covington.

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Rockdale students learn about community, peer influence

How do you groom the community leaders of tomorrow?. Organizers of the Rockdale Youth Leadership program believe it starts with exposing teenagers to the adults who function as leaders in the community today.. This year Rockdale County Public School educators pegged 28 sophomores from all three high schools to participate

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Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts presents Preschool Pops program

One of the things Donna Kokumo Buie likes best about storytelling is that the folktales, though different in detail, often contain the same basic storyline.

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Lowe's grant finances half of Habitat home

Persistence paid off for the Conyers/Rockdale County Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit, which helps provide affordable housing for low-income families, procured a $30,000 grant from the Lowe's home improvement company recently, a grant they failed to obtain when they first applied for it in 2008.

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New 4-H agent a former Rockdale County club member

As a middle schooler, Brittany Johnson opted to make breakfast tortillas for a 4-H cooking competition rather than pursue a 4-H public speaking project. Judges visited her stove and asked her questions about her dish, one-on one interaction that suited Johnson just fine. "I was extremely shy and didn't want to stand in front of people and talk," she said.

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Coupon expert to share her savings secrets

As a teenager, Rachael Mercer shopped for the family's groceries after school while her mom worked. Mercer's mother gave her coupons to use and told her she could keep any money she saved.. "One week I saved $17 and bought a blue and white polka dot dress," Mercer said

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Tasty Treats Italian Ice merges with Soups on the Side sandwich shop

Patrons of the Roly Poly, formerly located on Ga. Highway 138 S. in the Kroger Shopping Center, can now find similar sandwiches, though under different names and with some variations in the ingredients, at the Tasty Treats Italian Ice just across the road.

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Third-grader organizes clothing drive for homeless shelter

Eight-year-old Sarah Cole organized a clothing drive to help residents of a homeless shelter.

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Brother and sister donate their kidneys to younger sibling

Allen Conner literally owes his life to his two siblings. The 36-year-old Conyers man recently underwent his second kidney transplant. He received his first new kidney at age 2 from his then 16-year-old brother Todd Conner. Thirty-three years later, sister Lori Ann Christian, 51, has given her kidney to her younger brother.

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Porterdale Perk and Cafe a new coffee-breakfast-lunch option

As a skin care specialist, Joy Patterson spent her career making people feel better. Now that she is the owner of the new Porterdale Perk and Cafe, her goals are not much different. Instead of pleasing people by enhancing their beauty, she aims to make them happy with her culinary skills.

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Transportation company sponsors art contest for Sims students

A transportation broker, BAT Logistics specializes in lining up trucks and trains to move freight across the country and to Canada. But leave it to a group of elementary school students to imagine much more intriguing ways to travel.

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Transportation company sponsors art contest for Sims students

A transportation broker, BAT Logistics specializes in lining up trucks and trains to move freight across the country and to Canada. But leave it to a group of elementary school students to imagine much more intriguing ways to travel.. BAT Logistics recently partnered with Sims Elementary School to hold an

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Hampton Academy is boutique child care center in heart of Olde Town

Andrea Boyd has found a way to pursue both of her career interests -- working with children and practicing law -- through her recently opened childcare center, Hampton Academy. The Henry County resident, along with her business partner, Conyers resident Kathy Bell, operate the center, located in the heart of Olde Town Conyers at 939 Bank St. in a renovated home.

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Hampton Academy is boutique child care center in heart of Olde Town

Andrea Boyd has found a way to pursue both of her career interests -- working with children and practicing law -- through her recently opened childcare center, Hampton Academy. The Henry County resident, along with her business partner, Conyers resident Kathy Bell, operate the center, located in the heart of

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Find that one-of-kind gift at the monastery's new Abbey store

Want to avoid the hassle of driving into Atlanta for that out-of-the-ordinary Christmas present? Well, you can by visiting a shop right here in Conyers that carries unusual items from around the globe.

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Teen beauty pageant winner inspires other contestants to donate 400 toys

The Toys for Tots program gained a few hundred more toys last weekend thanks to the efforts of one Conyers teen. Anna Barnes, who holds the title of Miss Georgia Teen America, organized what she called "A Queen for Claus" event which drew about 40 other pageant contestants and their families bearing over 400 toys to Have An Ice Day ice skating rink in Conyers last Sunday.

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Teen beauty pageant winner inspires other contestants to donate 400 toys

The Toys for Tots program gained a few hundred more toys last weekend thanks to the efforts of one Conyers teen. Anna Barnes, who holds the title of Miss Georgia Teen America, organized what she called "A Queen for Claus" event which drew about 40 other pageant contestants and their

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Divine Decadent Catering in Conyers serves gourmet cooking, varied menu

Carolyn Hoyte has worked in the law and real estate professions but the Conyers resident thinks she's finally found a way to make a living doing something she loves -- entertaining guests with her culinary skills.. Hoyte recently launched her new business Divine Decadent Catering & Event Planning. Based in Conyers

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Conyers Mrs. Claus makes this her last season by Santa's side

CONYERS -- After 15 years playing the role of Mrs. Claus, Jessie Brown will hang up her red dress and cap for the final time. The 74-year-old said she's enjoyed her run, which has included standing by Santa's side for at least a decade in the Conyers Christmas parade. She's also made appearances at countless tree lightings and events with Santa at churches, day cares and schools.

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Conyers Mrs. Claus makes this her last season by Santa's side

After 15 years playing the role of Mrs. Claus, Jessie Brown will hang up her red dress and cap for the final time. The 74-year-old said she's enjoyed her run, which has included standing by Santa's side for at least a decade in the Conyers Christmas parade.

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Choral Guild performs holiday favorites in Covington, Conyers

At this year's Covington Conyers Choral Guild holiday concert, audiences can expect to hear the traditional songs of the season but they'll also be treated to a performance of a work not often heard during the Christmas holidays, the "Magnificat" by the Italian composer Giacomo Antonio Perti.. The text of

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Rockdale high schools take first, second places in regional theater contest

When Heritage High School Theater Director Michelle Thorne cast her students in "The Boys Next Door," a play about special needs adults, she had faith they would embrace the challenging roles.

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Rockdale high schools take first, second places in regional theater contest

Heritage competed against nine other schools, including Rockdale County High School and Salem High School, to take first place in the region at the Georgia High School Association One-Act Play Competition with the production of "The Boys Next Door." Rockdale County High School took second place in the competition with their production of "Will and Whimsy: Sixteen Dramatically Different Illustrated Sonnets of Shakespeare."