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Karen Rohr

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Historical association educates public on Buffalo Soldiers' role in military

Historical association educates public on Buffalo Soldiers’ role in military

Local chapter of Buffalo Soldiers aims to educate public about history of blacks in military prior to WWII.

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Hogs, Hens and Heifers Bar-B-Que opens in Conyers

Hogs, Hens and Heifers Bar-B-Que opens in Conyers

Hogs, Hens and Heifers opens in Conyers.

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Local church, restuarant offer free Thanksgiving meals

Local church, restuarant offer free Thanksgiving meals

Heritage Hills Baptist, Glenn’s Bar-B-Que offers free Thanksgiving meals.

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Southern comedy ‘Rex Exes’ fundraiser for Relay for Life

Southern comedy ‘Rex Exes’ to raise funds for Relay for Life

Southern comedy ‘Rex Exes’ to raise money for Relay for Life

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Public invited to Veteran's Day program at Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial in Rockdale

Public invited to Veterans Day program at Walk of Heroes

Veteran’s Day Tribute

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Rolling Rock provides alternative to smoking cigarettes

Rolling Rock provides alternative to smoking cigarettes

Local couple opens e-cigarette store.

Breast cancer support groups help survivors cope with disease

Breast cancer support groups offer assistance to local survivors.

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Conyers author publishes first crime novel, 'Express Malice'

Conyers author Kathryn Hill publishes first novel, “Express Malice.”

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JAMES BEHRENS: The poor give us insight into the church’s purpose

The pope learns from the poor. He has lived with them, dined with them, held them, pondered them. And he has asked us to do the same. It is the poor who offer the deepest insight to the church’s quest for identity and purpose.

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Conyers gears up for 33rd annual Olde Town Fall Festival

Conyers gears up for 33rd annual Olde Town Fall Festival

The streets of Conyers’ historic district will come alive Oct. 26 when the 33rd annual Olde Fall Festival brings crafts, food, live music and children’s activities to Commercial and Center streets.

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O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square.

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Ghost tours of Gaither Plantation feature both history, hauntings

Ghost tours of Gaither Plantation feature both history, hauntings

The Central Georgia Paranormal Society is pairing up with the East Georgia Paranormal Society for the second year in a row to present Halloween at Gaither’s Plantation Ghost Tours on Oct. 25 and 26 from 4 to 9 p.m. Cost for the tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Lost in Yonkers' opens this week in Conyers

“Lost in Yonkers,” directed by Weldon Durham for the New Depot Players, opens this week and runs at 8 p.m., Oct. 10 to 12, and 17 to 19 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 20. Tickets are $20, and $16 for seniors 60 and over and students with ID.

New breast cancer therapies could increase survival rates

New breast cancer therapies could increase survival rates

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RER volunteer retires after 14 years

RER volunteer retires after 14 years

Mavis Wiggins, 88, finishes her last day at Rockdale Emergency Relief, where she has volunteered for 14 years.

Local businesses invited to learn more about health care reform

Do you own a business and have questions about the new health care reform law? Navigating the maze of health care reform can be a challenge, prompting the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and other entities to provide guidance for those companies still struggling to understand the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.

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34th Annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off moves to Conyers

34th Annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off moves to Conyers

What’s been a tradition at Stone Mountain Park since 1979 will now become a part of Conyers’ annual special events attractions when the Great Miller Lite Chili and BBQ Cook-Off takes place at the Georgia International Horse Park this year. The Chili and BBQ Cook-Off is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features over 200 chili teams and 30 barbecue teams, as well as corn bread and Brunswick stew competitors, preparing their best dishes for judges.

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Dog owners invited to join in breast cancer awareness fundraiser

Dog owners invited to cancer awareness fundraiser

On Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., a group of local residents and their canines will come together to take a stroll through the streets of Conyers in the parade, which starts at the Pavilion in Olde Town Conyers and ends at Pine Log Park.

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Local residents press their pets into service as therapy dogs

Local residents press their pets into service as therapy dogs

Local dog owners choose to train their canines for service as therapy dogs.

Scot Ward business gives $1M to community

Scot Ward opened his own funeral service company eight years ago, and he had an unusual business plan. For every funeral he handled, he wanted to donate a percentage of the cost to a church of the family’s choice or to a nonprofit, in memory of the deceased person.

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Runners flock to 30th annual Fuzz Run

Runners flock to the 30th annual Fuzz Run

The 30th annual Fuzz Run was held Saturday morning in historic downtown Covington.

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Southern Belle Farm uses agri-tourism to grow

Southern Belle Farm uses agri-tourism to grow

In 2004, the Carter family stood at a crossroads with Southern Belle farm, located on the outskirts of McDonough in Henry County. They had to choose either to sell the 330 acres of land to developers, as other farmers had done with their property during the real estate boom, or keep it in the family.

Miracle League holds second annual motorcycle ride fundraiser

Motorcycle riders rev up your engines and get ready for a smooth ride at the second annual Miracle League Poker Run. A fundraiser for the Miracle League, which aids in the construction of baseball fields for disabled children, the rambling ride starts off in Conyers, traverses south to Lovejoy, heads north to the city of Atlanta, takes a jaunt west to Douglasville and then motors back to Conyers.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'No Pirates Allowed' leads little ones to a treasure of a story

Would you please be quiet for a minute? How many times a day does your Mom, Dad, teacher, or grandma say that to you? Probably really often, even though they were kids once, not too long ago, and even though they know how hard it is to keep your mouth closed and your ears open when there’s so much to say.

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McMichael's Construction celebrates three decades of operation

McMichael's Construction celebrates 30 years of operation

McMichael’s Construction celebrates three decades of operation

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Golf tourney benefits miniature railroad club's train attraction

Golf tourney benefits railroad club's train attraction

Golf tourney benefits miniature railroad club’s train attraction

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Yard sale fund raiser to benefit double organ transplant patient

Yard sale fund raiser to benefit double organ transplant patient

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Poetry book inspired by people, places encountered in travel

Oxford professor publishes book of poetry inspired by travels abroad

Oxford College English professor Lucas Carpenter has written in many forms from short stories to biography but poetry, which he’s chosen for his most recent publication, forces his intellect to process both his imagination and his observations of the human condition.

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Newton historic figure inducted into Agricultural Hall of Fame

Newton historic figure inducted into Agricultural Hall of Fame

In the late 1880s, Claud Adams’ family couldn’t afford to send him to college, so he worked on the family farm while his younger brother Homer earned a degree.

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Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival lets public glimpse animals close-up

Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival lets public glimpse animals close-up

At 1,500 pounds and 7 feet tall, Rufus cuts an intimidating figure but don’t let his size fool you.

Hard Labor Creek State Park offering kayak tours to view meteor shower

As August brings with it the stress of the beginning of the school year, take some time to decompress and look up at the night sky. It’s also time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

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Oxford couple celebrates 70 years of matrimony

The first time Evelyn Grace Pugh saw her future husband, he had a date on his arm at a Little Five Points movie theater. His good looks held her interest and so she sat behind him at the theater and rubbed the back of his head.

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New Marco's Pizza franchise owner touts freshness of ingredients

New Marco's Pizza franchise owner touts freshness of ingredients

Before Gani Mohammed opened his business, Marco’s Pizza, in the new Publix shopping center on Ga. Highway 20 in Conyers, he carefully researched the franchise. Mohammed, who holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Maryland, worked for almost two decades in management for Pizza Hut and also oversaw Starbucks and a convenience store chain.

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Rockdale Therapeutic Recreation offers tennis camp for special needs community

Rockdale Therapeutic Recreation offers tennis camp for special needs community

The Rockdale County Therapeutic Recreation Department offered a week-long tennis camp for the special needs community. The camp, sponsored by the Rockdale Tennis Center on Parker Road, served 18 participants and allowed special needs athletes to play tennis with their families.

Southern Heartland Art Guild offering series of workshops

A member of the Southern Heartland Art Guild, local artist Ann Wildmon wants the community to know that if they’ve got an interest in art, the guild is the place for them. Wildmon is organizing a series of upcoming weekend workshops at the guild, open to those interested in art on all levels, not just those who consider themselves artists.

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Conyers Boy Scout troop backpacks through New Mexico mountain range

Scout troop backpacks through N.M. mountains

On a rainy day, Sam Carter summited the 11,000-foot Black Mountain with a full backpack. He carried his sleeping bag, two tents, six liters of water, food, first aid kit, bear rope, mess kit and two days worth of trash.

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Moves2Inspire Fitness Center offers Zumba, self-defense, hip hop

Moves2Inspire Fitness Center offers Zumba, self-defense, hip hop

Making her clients physically fit isn’t the only goal for Cherisse Atwater with her new business Move2Inspire. The mother of three also wants to help her clients strengthen their inner selves.

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Covington teen and cancer survivor aids with Children's Healthcare fundraiser

Covington teen cancer survivor aids with fundraiser

On Shelby Stewart’s 15th birthday, instead of planning a party, the teenage girl’s family thought they might have to plan her funeral.

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Bill Pickett Rodeo offers family fun at the Horse Park

Bill Pickett Rodeo offers family fun at the Horse Park

Described by event coordinator Ronnette Davis-Frank as “a show built on African American history and the Wild West,” the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo strides into Conyers next month. Davis-Frank, a Conyers resident, performs in the women’s barrel racing portion of the rodeo.

Open to new ideas: Program teaches ways to strengthen businesses

Henderson Johnson has operated Toyo Automotive in Conyers for five years and is receptive to new ideas about running his car repair and maintenance business.

Family honors ancestors with Day of the Dead

Sisters Laura and Sanjuana Macias spent Saturday morning preparing an altar in remembrance of their dead ancestors. The three-tiered display consists of rolls, sweet potatoes, a pumpkin, oranges, bananas, corn, apples and salt; water, tequila and beer; and cigarettes. At the top of the altar is a portrait of Jesus flanked by two angel statues.

Good hands people Schools, health officials stress hygiene to fend off flu

It's a simple procedure that, if done correctly, is the most effective way to control the spread of cold and flu germs - hand-washing.

Cancer survivor stresses importance of checkups

Lynne Oliver almost skipped her mammogram the year doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. At age 50, she'd been having them annually for 10 years.

Ranger receives award for returning savings bonds

When Cpl. Eric Sanders, a conservation ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, came upon an illegal dump site in an unfinished Rockdale County subdivision in January, it appeared typical. Someone's personal belongings lay in a heap. Sanders figured a house had been rented or sold and the former occupants' items cleared out and left for trash.

Groves' love of magic spreads through the family

For Kyle Groves, magic is a way of life. Growing up in Colorado, he learned the craft from his father, Ed Groves, known as Mr. E, who traveled nationwide and abroad performing as a magician. The younger Groves acted as his father's stage assistant and ran the lights and sound.

Maze of adventure Mitchams turn farm into tourist destination

The Mitcham Farm goes back five generations in Newton County. For more than 50 years, cotton, vegetables, livestock and feed crops sustained the farm. In the latter part of the 1900s and into the beginning of this century, beef cattle kept it going. But in the last several years, the Mitcham family has tried a new tact in generating income from the land - Colonel Cob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.

Actress stars in horror film

Conyers native Kristyn Sammons moved to Los Angeles two years ago to build a career as an actress in film and television, but her biggest break so far occurred in Atlanta before she even headed West.

From tykes to teens Covington resident puts on bi-annual consignment sale

At 22, Laura Johns held her first large scale consignment sale on Green Street in Conyers with 18 people putting their wares up for purchase. A disappointed Johns earned only $100 from the sale but vowed to make it a more profitable event next time.

All in the family: Pharmacy celebrates 50 years of operation

Roland Reagan sits in a small conference room just off the side of the prescription counter in Reagan Home Care Pharmacy and reflects on the five decades his pharmacy has been in business. He is now retired, having sold the business to his sons, but he still comes in every day for the free coffee.