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Local business donates playhouse to chronically ill child
Local business donates playhouse to chronically ill child
Families discuss histories of slavery, plantation life, Civil War
Descendants of slave visit descendants of family who owned him.
Husband donates kidney to wife of 41 years
Husband donates kidney to wife of 41 years.
“O Come Y’all to Covington” Christmas musical will be performed at Covington First United Methodist Church.
Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes takes place Dec. 8.
Local bikers invited to join in toy rides, donate to needy
Rockdale and Newton motorcycle riders invited to toy rides.
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.
Hogs, Hens and Heifers Bar-B-Que opens in Conyers
Hogs, Hens and Heifers opens in Conyers.
Local church, restuarant offer free Thanksgiving meals
Heritage Hills Baptist, Glenn’s Bar-B-Que offers free Thanksgiving meals.
Southern comedy ‘Rex Exes’ to raise funds for Relay for Life
Southern comedy ‘Rex Exes’ to raise money for Relay for Life
Public invited to Veterans Day program at Walk of Heroes
Veteran’s Day Tribute
Historical Society turns 40
Rolling Rock provides alternative to smoking cigarettes
Local couple opens e-cigarette store.
Breast cancer support groups offer assistance to local survivors.
Conyers author Kathryn Hill publishes first novel, “Express Malice.”
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.
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.
O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square
O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square.
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.
“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
RER volunteer retires after 14 years
Mavis Wiggins, 88, finishes her last day at Rockdale Emergency Relief, where she has volunteered for 14 years.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Runners flock to the 30th annual Fuzz Run
The 30th annual Fuzz Run was held Saturday morning in historic downtown Covington.
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.
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.
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.
McMichael's Construction celebrates 30 years of operation
McMichael’s Construction celebrates three decades of operation
Golf tourney benefits railroad club's train attraction
Golf tourney benefits miniature railroad club’s train attraction
Yard sale fund raiser to benefit double organ transplant patient
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.