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AWAKE Coffee's 24-hour event to benefit homeless | PHOTOS

Interns, volunteers display real stories of homeless people to raise funds for relief

Interns at AWAKE Coffee Community, along with volunteers, pretended to be homeless in front of the store for 24 hours in order to raise awareness of homelessness in Rockdale County, Ga.

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Councilmen face state fines for nondisclosure

Chris Smith and Keith Dalton seek settlement with state campaign finance commission for omissions in financial disclosure statements

Two Covington city council members may face civil penalties in September for violations of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act because of complaints filed in 2012 by local political activists.

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Walmart, auto dealers help provide needed meals

Large donations help Action Ministries feed families and school children

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program provided a $100,000 grant to support Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summer lunch program, and the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association and Action Ministries announced that $125,000 was raised in May for family meals in their joint “Drive Out Hunger” campaign.

Covington airport poised for launch of new era

City may take over administration of the airport now handled by airport authority

Discussion at a Covington, Ga., City Council work session focused on whether the city will take over administration of the airport, which currently is handled by the airport authority.

Conyers makes parking adjustments for 'Originals' filming

Equipment trucks won’t occupy spaces in municipal lot where shoppers park

Bonanza Productions Inc. will be filming for ‘The Originals’ television series next week in Olde Town Conyers, Ga., and shoppers will be happy to hear the film company’s equipment trucks will not be parked in the municipal lot between Elm Street and Center Street.

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'They give something back:' Snapping Shoals EMC holds annual meeting | PHOTOS

Members enjoy music, gifts, prizes at festive Horse Park event

The Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation held its annual membership meeting Thursday at the Georgia International Horse Park, and as always it was part festival, part giveaway, part reunion and part campground meeting in the best of oldtime Southern style.

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Lithonia manufacturer-distributor buys warehouse, will impact local economy

City-county teamwork smooths process for buyer and could serve as model for economic developers

Atlanta Pallet Rack purchased from Acuity Brands a sprawling warehouse outside Conyers, Ga., which will impact the local economy, and the city-county teamwork that smoothed the negotiations not only pleased the buyer but could serve as model for economic developers everywhere.

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Churches rescue replaced dormitory desks for citizens to reuse

Quick action by William Moran and volunteers preserves desks bound for recycling plant

William Moran, church secretaries, and other volunteers acted quickly last week to get a truckload of reusable desks into the hands of people who could use them rather than let them go to a recycling plant.

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Covington City Council adopts rollback property tax millage

Hawnethia Williams initiates discussion to favor rollback over highere 2014 rate

In the face of rising property valuations, the Covington City Council voted to minimize the effect on the taxpayers’ wallets by lowering the millage rate to the “rollback” rate, 7.654 rather than keep the 2014 rate of 7.708.

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Jazz concert to benefit local charitable groups

Fundraiser at Christ Community Church to help groups addressing homelessness and unwanted pregnancies

Jazz saxaphonist Derwin Daniels and vocalist Milfred Zeno will perform a benefit concert Saturday, July 25, at the Christ Community Church on Salem Road.

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Family Mission: Sandra Deal promotes child healthcare | PHOTOS

Visit to Newton Medical 'mainly to encourage immunization'

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visited Newton Medical Center and Rockdale Medical Center Thursday to discuss the importance of immunizations with new mothers and tour the facilities where the hospitals applies innovative methods to educate families about children’s health.

Back 2 School Rally set for Saturday in Conyers

WCJ Outreach Ministries to distribute free school supplies

WCJ Outreach Ministries will distribute free school supplies — along with free food, games and prizes — to people in need at its 5th Annual Back 2 School Rally.

Zeal, controversy come with Harper Lee's 'Mockingbird' sequel

Some libraries set for checkout of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ as reviewers stir debate

Avid readers, book store owners, journalists and librarians eagerly awaited Tuesday’s release of Nelle Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” while controversy already has surfaced with early reviews.

Warrant for Judge Mays' arrest sought in Rockdale Magistrate Court

Freya Pearson seeks felony counts for nearly $20,000 in unpaid wages and reimbursements

Former county consultant Freya Pearson filed an application for the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles Mays Sr. on felony charges regarding nearly $20,000 in back wages Pearson claims Mays owes to her.

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Miracle League in Rockdale County changes affiliation

The RYBA Miracle League is now called the Miracle League of Rockdale because the organization has left the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association; it has a new website and a new online registration program and is preparing for its traditional fall season.

Covington approves agreement for Newton County inspection services

The Covington City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with Newton County in which the city temporarily would assist Newton County’s building inspection program.

Council gives green light for new fire truck

Covington Fire Department adjusts bid to stay within budget

The Covington, Ga., Fire Department will get a new fire truck next year to replace a 1993 model as a result of a city council vote, and Newton County received the council’s approval for an intergovernmental agreement with the city that would assist Newton’s building inspection program.

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.