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Karen Rohr

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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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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.

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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.

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.

Passion for pedaling Group comes together for relaxing ride around town

You don't have to be an expert biker to join the Conyers Covington Cycling Club. The club, known as C4, is open to all levels of ability, said C4 President Maurice Carter of Covington.

A helping hand: Merryvale showing documentary on dementia

As a young woman, Carolyn Davis built a career as an accomplished musician. She played violin for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed organ recitals and taught private organ lessons.

Sky is the limit Oxford sky diver not content living life on the ground

As a child, Mark Gregory dreamed of flying - but not cooped up in a stuffy airplane. His thoughts turned to balloons and hang gliders. He even tried to craft his own glider with plastic and bamboo, which didn't work out so well.

Community connection Boys & Girls Club reaches out with annual fundraiser

Erly Saldano, the newly-hired executive director of the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club in Conyers, grew up in South Central Los Angeles where he witnessed how the Boys & Girls Club provided safe haven for those youth who wanted to escape the danger of the streets.

History lesson to be offered at Conyers Depot

CONYERS - Having 32 ancestors who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and having grown up listening to stories about those relatives, Jim Cabaniss couldn't help but be interested in the subject. Turns out, he's devoted most of his life to studying the Civil War and travels throughout Georgia dressed as a Confederate chaplain giving presentations of Southern life during the war.

Chocolate lovers keep Graffiti Zoo in Conyers

Though local chocolate-maker Sherri Hutchison has given up the reins to her company, Graffiti Zoo, she's confident of its future. Hutchison, who along with her family, founded and ran Graffiti Zoo for seven years, recently sold it to Conyers residents Joyce Ross and her daughter Patti Abbott, whose husband Randy now also works for the company.

A family arrangement Local florist company spans three generations

When Tiny Cunningham first started her flower shop business back in 1979, she did all she could to save money, such as recycling easels for arrangements and using a regular refrigerator until she could afford to purchase a floral cooler. She also invested any profits from the flower shop back into the business, purchasing supplies and equipment to improve the quality of the flower arrangements.

Seniors in shape SilverSneakers provides golden agers the opportunity to stay active

It's been 10 years since Carolyn West retired from her career as a systems programmer with the state, and aside from an occasional game of bowling, she hasn't exercised much. At 65, West lacked energy, but two months ago she decided to change her ways.

Strawberry fields weather rain storms

Sandy Roberts admits it's been a tough season so far for her strawberries. Heavy rain has pounded the fragile fruit and those berries that can't take the abuse have turned to mush.

Magnolia blossoms Assisted living home gets modern makeover

An Olde Town Conyers landmark has undergone quite a transformation over the last year, and now the historic home is hard to miss.

GPC to host Picnic Pops Concert

If you're looking for a free outdoor family event this weekend, then pack up your picnic basket and blanket and head on over to Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus for the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Picnic Pops concert.

'Genuine Prodigy' First-grader showing a strong artistic flair

At first glance, the artwork appears professional. The colors, the lines, the shading, the shapes.

Cubs and chrome Conyers car show benefits Cub Scout troops

Olde Town Conyers will transform into a car enthusiast's wonderland next weekend when the second annual Conyers Cub Scout Car Show rolls into town. Expect streets lined with Model Ts, Camaros, antique fire trucks and a host of other vehicles just waiting to be admired.

Local Relay for Life teams gear up to study, fight cancer

The upcoming 2009 Relay for Life events in Rockdale and Newton counties are not just about raising money for cancer research. They're also about being a part of the science that could lead to a cure.

Creative summer Various local art camps available for children

With summer just around the corner, local arts organizations are hoping that parents will turn their attention to those weeks when their children will be off from school and itching to fill their days.

Feline mission Woman works to control feral cat colonies

An orange tabby cat sniffs at a trap set behind a gas station in Rockdale County. He decides to wander in, tempted by the food at the other end of the trap. He treads just a few more steps and the trap slams shut.

3-D watercolors depict Southern colleges, landmarks

FAYETTEVILLE - About 15 years ago, an artist friend inspired Patsy Gullett to begin adding a 3-D aspect to her flat watercolor paintings. That experiment would change Gullett's artistic direction and provide her with an avenue into an untapped market.

Kids, adults dress up with Dream Weavers

COVINGTON - A trip to Disneyland compelled Covington resident Lyn Gossage to take her own journey into the field of fantasy by making costumes for children and adults.

History unearthed Rockdale historian researches stories of the dead

When it comes to unraveling the mystery of who is buried in the Conyers Cemetery, Susan Vaughn, a member of the Rockdale County Historical Society, admits that it's not been easy. She's spent dozens of hours culling through old newspapers, court records and history books to piece together nuggets of information on the roughly 377 known people buried there from the 1850s to the mid-1900s.

Artistic escape Olde Town art gallery offers outlet for creativity

In these tough economic times, organizers of the newly established Olde Town Gallery and Studio hope that the public will find refuge within the gallery's four walls.

In the stacks Libraries act as lifelines in poor economy

Nancy Guinn Memorial Library Adult Services Librarian Gary Frizzell is noticing a shift in the reasons why people use the library's Internet-accessible computers. Used to be, he'd see at least some folks gawking at YouTube videos or keeping up with their social life on their MySpace pages. These days, however, gaining Internet access can be crucial to paying the mortgage or putting food on the table.

Ramble through history Historical Society offers tours of noteworthy sites

Rockdale County Historical Society member Harriet Gattis remembers as a child making house calls with her father, Dr. Joseph C. Brown, to the Haralson-Parrish House in northwest Rockdale. To reach the home, built in 1852, the father and daughter had to ford the creek in their car.

Love for the ages Conyers couple keeps romance alive after

Pat and Cleo Porter relax in the den of their Lake Capri home, which offers a picturesque view of the sun sparkling on the water. Mr. Porter is considering the question of what first attracted him to Cleo, his wife of 70 years.

Art Appreciation Ronn Smith makes Conyers debut with 'Art'

On the surface, the play "Art" is about a man buying a painting that his friends don't like. At the heart of the play, however, is the question how much stress can a friendship take until it breaks.

Exercising the mind, body and soul County offers plenty of ways to get in shape for the new year

Looking for a way to get in shape for a relatively affordable price? Consider taking a class through the Newton County Recreation Commission. Newton County Recreation Program Coordinator Debra Banks has spent the last year beefing up the leisure fitness programs and now needs the community to jump in and take advantage of the activities.