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