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Wade Marbaugh

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Home Goods store coming to Conyers

Retail outlet specializing in unique home décor may be open by August or early autumn

A new Home Goods store, which specializes in unique home décor, will be coming to Conyers and may be open for business in August or by early autumn.

Covington retiree benefit suspension not a new issue

Director says suspension of benefits for retirees assuming elected office was a long-discussed administrative issue issue, not a political move

Human Resource Director Ronnie Cowan said that the Covington, Ga., city council’s controversial decision that retirement benefits will not be suspended if a retiree assumes an elected office has been under discussion for years and should not be viewed as a political move.

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Local flurry of activity after Supreme Court's marriage ruling

First same-sex couple wed in historic Rockdale ceremony

Melissa Staton and Candice Casas were the first same-sex couple to marry in Rockdale County, Georgia, as area judges, staffers and other wedding officiants scurried around making preparations Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision that the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prevents states from banning gay marriages.

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KKK flyers refer to voicemail praising S.C. shooter

Flyers dropped in Rockdale and around the country three days after Charleston church murders

Recruiting flyers distributed in Rockdale County, Ga., attributed to a North Carolina branch of the Ku Klux Klan contained racist text, recruiting messages and a phone number that when called delivers an outgoing message praising Dylann Roof for murdering nine African-American church members in Charleston, S.C. three days before the flyer distribution.

Fun, fireworks set for Porterdale's July 4 celebration

Day’s events feature kayaking, music, food, face painting, temporary tattoos and glow bracelets

It will be fine food, fabulous music kayaking, face painting, temporary tattoos, glow bracelets and July Fourth fireworks as Porterdale, Ga., celebrates Independence Day in grand style.

Rockdale phenom Candace Hill sets world record

Candace Hill, a 16-year-old rising junior from Rockdale County High School set a record Saturday in Seattle as the first high school girl to break 11 seconds in a 100 meters dash.

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Local pastors react to Charleston tragedy

Shock, heartache, anger expressed after massacre of nine Bible study worshipers

Ministers and members of churches in Rockdale and Newton counties, Ga., joined mourners across the nation and world in shock, heartache and anger Thursday and Friday after Wednesday’s massacre of nine worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

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Disciplines learned from Dad

Ride-along with Gerald Hinesley reveals father’s influence in life and public service

A ride-along with Gerald Hinesley indicated that his father — and mother — set examples and imparted lessons that guide Hinesley not only in his family life but in his public service as well.

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Activist is ‘Walking Across America’ to aid homeless

Woman assisting homeless in Conyers, walking to Covington next

Kim Denmark is in Conyers, Ga., and will be walking to nearby Covington on a mission to walk across every state in the nation to assist homeless people, especially homeless veterans, and other persons in need.

Covington Municipal airport negotiating lease for new hangar

City would pave roadway; company lease space, build hangar for large airplane

The Covington (Ga.) Municipal Airport is in negotiations with a current tenant to lease space for the lessee company to build a large airplane hangar that it needs for a airplane that it purchased that is bigger than the one it currently houses at the airport.

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Amateur (ham) radio showcase June 27 to include emergency communications testing

The Newton County Radio Club will sponsor its Amateur Radio Field Day Exercise on June 27 at Berry’s Tree Farm in Almon, an annual event, sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, in which ham radio operators across North America establish temporary ham radio stations on public locations to test their skills and showcase the science of amateur radio.

Council: city retirees can keep benefits, hold city jobs

Pension checks will continue when retirees get re-employed or assume elected office

The Covington, Ga., voted to allow retired city employees to continue receiving their pensions when returning to city employment or gaining an elected office in the city government.

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Mansfield joins other Mansfields in cleanup

Mayor Jefferson Riley and others pick up litter on International Clean Up Mansfield Day

Employees of Mansfield participated in International Clean Up Mansfield Day, an annual event held around the world in cities and towns named Mansfield.

Oxford, Covington plan July 4 celebrations

Events feature food, music, parades, fireworks and community band concert

The Oxford Lions Club and the city of Oxford recently announced plans for this year’s Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, while Covington’s 4th of July Golf Cart Parade is seeking registrations for the afternoon event, and the gala evening celebrations promise to be good family fun.

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Dirty Pool?

Swimming pool tainted by alleged bribe; local soccer not linked to FIFA scandal

Federal authorities claim a Rockdale swimming pool was built by bribery, but state and local soccer programs are not in any way involved with the international FIFA scandal.

Meeting Friday to address Highway 278 CID campaign

Highway 278 Improvement Association plans for 2016 legislation to enable ‘gateway’ improvements

The board of directors for the Highway 278 Improvement Association will meet on Friday, June 12, to discuss its campaign to guide the US Highway 278 Community Improvement District toward legislative enactment in the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly.

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Citizens Academy graduates honored at Covington City Council meeting

Program’s largest class receives certificates from Chief Stacey Cotton

Graduates of the Covington Police Department’s Citizens Academy, the program’s largest class, received certificates from Chief Stacey Cotton, who told the graduates, “We learned from you.”

Run to benefit local animal shelters

Pounding for Paws Fun Run and 5K slated for June 27 at Olde Town Pavilion

Pounding for Paws, a newly launched 5K and fun race on June 27 in Olde Town Conyers, Ga., will benefit the animal shelters of Rockdale and Newton counties.

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Rockdale's Taryn Claassens wins Girl Scout top sales honor

Barksdale student sells 2,252 boxes of cookies for distribution to soldiers overseas

Taryn Claassens of Rockdale County, Ga., sold 2,252 Girl Scout cookie boxes for the Smiles4Military program, which delivers the cookies to military personnel stationed overseas, and it is the second year that she has won the top-sales award for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

Men's group hosting police-citizen event

McCart Landing men’s group to address community empowerment in three-part series

An organization of men from the McCart Landing subdivision in Rockdale County, Ga., is hosting a three-part series of programs on community empowerment, addressing police-citizen encounters, personal finance and elected county officials.

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Groups begin summer lunches for children in need

Action Ministries joins local efforts to provide healthy meals to students during summer break

In recent years numerous organizations in the area have served lunches to those children whose families may not be financially able to provide their kids healthy lunches on a daily basis during the summer break, and now Action Ministries will give the effort a boost.

Covington council approves contracts for air rescue unit

Lease and renovation contract brings helicopter operation to Covington Municipal Airport

The Covington Municipal Airport will have a new tenant and a rescue helicopter to serve Newton County, Ga., and surrounding counties as a result of city council votes Monday.

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‘Get involved’ commissioner tells young professionals

Nancy Schulz advises Young Professionals of Newton County to be ready to take over

County Commissioner Nancy Schulz urged members of Young Professionals of Newton County to “get involved” at the group’s gathering Thursday at The Oaks Course in Covington, Ga.

Buffett Tribute Show slated for Olde Town

Annual Arts Council fundraiser features A1A band and family entertainment

Island music, dancing and family entertainment will be the order of the night when the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts presents its Annual A1A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Fundraiser at the Conyers, Ga., Olde Town Pavilion in Conyers June 6, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and music at 7 p.m.

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Steady as you go: Ride-along with Nancy Schulz

County commissioner credits father’s patience, mother’s courage and creativity as major influences

Newton County, Ga., Commissioner Nancy Schulz credits her father’s patience and mother’s courage and creativity as major influences on her life.

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Ribbon-cutting launches Action Ministries program in Newton

Nonprofit group mobilizes communities for hunger relief, housing and education programs

A ribbon-cutting kicked off a new program for reaching people in need in Newton County, Ga., Action Ministries, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes communities to help low-income people.

Covington City Council hears report on impact of tourism on local revenue

Chamber president says tourism spending generated $113.84 million in 2013

Ralph Staffins, president of the Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce, reported that tourism in Covington, Ga., fueled by film and TV productions, generated $113.84 million in 2013 and poured $3.42 million into local tax revenues.

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Committee to study downtown Conyers parking probem

City and merchants see need to provide more spaces for business customers

Conyers, Ga., officials are assemblying a parking committee to consider policy recommendations which most likely would be presented to city council for official action to alleviate parking problems in Olde Town Conyers.

GPC sports ends at softball nationals in Utah

A nightmarish six-run sixth inning erased a 1-0 lead, and the Georgia Perimeter College softball team lost to Navarro College (Texas) 8-1 in an elimination game Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 tournament in St. George, Utah.

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Cotton shares credit for Rotary Club award

Covington’s police chief spreads credit for Guardian of Ethics Award

Covington, Ga., Chief of Police Stacey Cotton received the Guardian of Ethics Award from Rotary International at its District 6910 conference at Hilton Head, S.C., and he shared the credit with others.

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Group seeks more housing for homeless women

Phoenix Pass hosts groundbreaking for second apartment building

A groundbreaking Thursday for a second apartment building at Phoenix Pass in Conyers, Ga.. may result in a safe domicile for additional homeless women and children.

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Retirement Party for Porterdale Elementary principal

School and community throw a gala celebration for Lizzella Dodson

Dr. Lizzella Dodson, principal of Porterdale Elementary School in Porterdale, Ga., is retiring at the end of the academic year after 38 years of service with the Newton County schools, and the school and community threw a gala celebration for her.

Miles-long backups on I-20 to end in late May

Repaving work between Conyers and Covington scheduled to be finished by month’s end

A weekend repaving project that has caused maddening standstill traffic on Interstate Highway 20 between Conyers, Ga., and Covington, Ga., will be finished, weather permitting, by the end of May, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson.

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Team effort results in new nature trail for Mansfield

A school teacher’s vision and a great team effort will be celebrated by the city of Mansfield, Ga., as it opens its new “Nature Trail and Educational Path” with a ribbon cutting on May 22 at 1 p.m.

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Mayor's mentors: Ride along with Randy Mills

Family and others inspire zigzag style for accomplishing goals

Ride along with Conyers, Ga., Mayor Randy Mills and his “zigzag” philosophy will come up in the conversation — family members and other mentors taught him that often you have to zigzag to get from point A to point B, a governing style Mills has adopted well to encourage open debate among city council and city staff members.

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Spring Break

Warmer and sunnier weather leading to outdoor activities

Conyers. Ga., resident and retiree Bernardo Ramos takes a break from his daily walk to enjoy a beautiful spring day and a cold drink at a sidewalk table outside Beasley’s Drug Company in Olde Town.

City gets $27,000 savings in agreement renewal with county

County will pay half of salary of Conyers police officer stationed at Rockdale County High

The Conyers City Council saved the city money while approving renewal of a memorandum of understanding with Rockdale County to provide a school resource officer at Rockdale County High School for the next three academic years.

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Moving Wall: Vietnam War memorial replica comes to Rockdale

Wall display and commemoration activities at Walk of Heroes to mark 40th anniversary of end of war

The Moving Wall, the Vietnam War memorial replica is on display at the Walk of Heroes in Rockdale County, Ga., 24 hours a day through Tuesday, May 12.

Covington gets thumbs up from its auditor for finances

Report summarized for city council by Mauldin and Jenkins says city’s in ‘good financial shape’

An auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins CPAs LLC, summarized its audit for the city of Covington and told the city council that the city “is in good financial shape.”

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More crashes, fewer fatalities on local roads

Rise in total accidents may be caused by more distracted driving

A worrisome spike in traffic fatalities in Georgia so far hasn’t been reflected in Rockdale and Newton counties, but those jurisdictions have experienced an increase in total automobile accidents in the first quarter of this year compared with 2014.

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Spring Luncheon Concerts Series to feature diverse bands

Rock group opens series Thursday on The Square; bluegrass, blues and soul-gospel to follow

The Spring Luncheon Concerts Series will feature a free band concert every Thursday at noon in May in the Covington, Ga., Square, and restaurants and bakeries will sell box lunches.

Artist alert: contest for July 4 T-shirt design

Main Street seeks designs for Independence on The Square T-shirt

Main Street Covington, Ga., is presenting a contest for a design to be printed on T-shirts for the July 4 Independence on The Square celebration.

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Newton County celebrates grand opening of its Miracle League

Tears flowed in Covington, Ga., for organizers, proud parents and others at the long-awaited grand opening of the Newton County Miracle League, a baseball league for physically challenged children and adults.

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Covington Conyers Community Orchestra to present spring concert Sunday

Show set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Peachtree Academy in Covington

The Covington Conyers Community Orchestra will present “A Spring Concert” Sunday at 7 p.m. at Peachtree Academy in Covington, Ga.

Jaguars win GCAA championship with 18-4 victory over ABAC

Nobody expected the the Georgia Perimeter College softball team, which plays at the Newton Campus, to win the conference. After all, they finished sixth in the final regular-season standings of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Special day as Special Olympics kick off in Covington

Parade and opening ceremonies open Olympic competition for county’s special needs students

Special needs students won the hearts of everyone as they marched and rode through the streets of Covington, Ga., and The Square and participated in the opening ceremony that kicked off the Newton County Special Olympics events at Homer Sharp Field.

Rockdale County school board appoints two new principals

Michelle Glover named principal of Memorial Middle; Penny Mosley to head Hightower Elementary

The Board of Education of the Rockdale County Public Schools approved recommendations by Superinendent Richard Autry to appoint Michelle Glover as principal of Memorial Middle School and Penny Mosley as principal of Hightower Elementary School.

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Haler leaves Porterdale Main Street post for Conyers tourism job

New tourism specialist brings unique video and design background to job of promoting Conyers attractions

Teri Haler is leaving her Porterdale, Ga., Main Street director job to become tourism specialist in Conyers, Ga., bringing a unique video and design background to promote Conyers attractions

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Conyers Councilman Vince Evans displays sense of humor, sense of duty

Ride-along with Vince Evans reveals unique city council style

A ride-along with city councilman Vince Evans reflects a unique style by a council committed to spicing the process with bountiful doses of humor while addressing serious issues facing the community of Conyers, Ga.

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Porterdale receives historic preservation award

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation honors city for restoration of Porter Memorial Gymnasium

The city of Porterdale, Ga., received an “Excellence in Preservation” award last week from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at a ceremony in Athens for its restoration and repurposing of Porter Memorial Gymnasium.