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Wade Marbaugh

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‘Never say never’

Ride along with Conyers City Manager Tony Lucas reveals an industrious background and keen business sense

Ride-along with Conyers City Manager Tony Lucas for a piece and you’ll hear some good down-home stories and connect the dots leading to Lucas’ White House visit and his current daily operational responsibility for the city.

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Medical helicopter gets big welcome at Covington Municipal Airport

Recent move represents ‘best location to best serve citizens’ with airlifts to distant emergency health facilities

AirLife 6, an emergency medical helicopter operated by Air Methods Corporation, has moved to the Covington (Ga.) Municipal Airport, and the community welcomed it with an open house last week at the airport.

Grinch returns to Christmas on the Square

Family fun scheduled for Friday nights in December

The Grinch and Rudolp will return to The Square as main attractions in the popular Christmas on the Square celebrations on three Friday nights in December in Covington, Ga.

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‘What’s on your Christmas wish list?’

Local citizens’ gift wishes demonstrate diversity of thought and concerns

Asked, ‘What’s on your Christmas wish list?’ local citizens in Conyers, Covington and Porterdale, Ga., express gift wishes that demonstrate a diversity of thought and concerns.

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JaNice Van Ness and Tonya Anderson address issues facing Senate District 43

Candidates speak on Syrian refugees, creation of jobs and top priorities for Tuesday’s runoff special election

Conyers, Ga., resident JaNice Van Ness and Lithonia’s Tonya Anderson rose to the top of the heap of candidates in the Nov. 3 election to flll the vacant State Senate District 43 seat, but since neither collected a majority of the votes, they are in a runoff that will be decided by a special election next Tuesday, Dec. 1, and here is a Q & A on some issues facing the district.

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Birds-eye view of Oxford-Covington | PHOTOS

Scenes from Goodyear Blimp when it gave numerous citizens rides from Covington Municipal Airport

Catch this photo gallery of birds-eye scenes from the new Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot One when it gave numerous citizens rides from Covington, Ga., Municipal Airport.

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Early voting underway for Senate District 43 runoff

Janice Van Ness and Tonya Anderson on ballot for Dec. 1 special election; early voting ends Wednesday

Early voting is underway and continues through Nov. 25 for the Dec. 1 special election runoff for the vacant State Senate District 43 seat, a vacancy that will be filled either by Republican Janice Van Ness or Democrat Tonya Anderson.

Sweetened deal pays off for city's electricity business

New Holiday Inn Express gets reduced rate in choosing city over other electricity providers

Sweetening standard new business incentives paid off for the city of Covington, Ga., as the City Council approved an electricity contract with the new Holiday Inn Express being built in the city.

Conyers City Council 'levels playing field' for religions in permitted property uses

City code now gives equal treatment regarding uses by religious assemblies and other organizations

The Conyers, Ga., City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that cleans up the city’s zoning ordinances and use table and provides for religious uses on the same basis as other assemblage uses.

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Schoolhouse Rock Live at Salem High School

Rockin’ musical performances Thursday through Sunday this weekend

The Salem High School theater program will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live” Nov. 19-22 with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Salem theater. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults.

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Sharing start-up business tips at lunch event

Start-up business owners shared tips at a lunch event hosted by the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce.

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Ice Days opens in Olde Town Pavilion for winter skating

Rink available for public use and private parties through Feb. 8

The Ice Days ice skating rink, a holiday tradition in Rockdale County, Ga., opens Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Olde Town Conyers Pavilion.

Conyers' Eastmore development gets nod for Phase 1

Rockdale/Conyers Planning Commission approves preliminary plat plan for some residential units

The Conyers/Rockdale Planning Commission on Thursday night approved — with qualifications — a Phase 1 preliminary plat plan for Eastmore, a large proposed mixed-use development in Conyers, Ga.

Lighting of Covington Square is Nov. 19

Festivities include carriage ride, Santa appearance and more

Covington’s annual Lighting of The Square festivities will take place on Nov. 19, with Santa lighting The Square, carriage rides and more.

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Getting down to business

Mansfield’s comprehensive plan update due in February generates discussion on attracting businesses and homeowners

Citizens and city officials of Mansfield, Ga. met with John Devine, a representative of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission on Wednesday to discuss the municipal comprehensive planning process and provide input in development of an update of the current plan that is due in February.

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Todd Holbrook receives top award from fish and wildlife agencies

Follows footsteps of his father, who received same award from Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1988

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Todd Holbrook, a resident of Conyers, Ga., the 2015 C. W. Watson Award winner at its annual meeting in Ashville, N.C.

Young Professionals of Newton County holding 'Square Crawl' next Tuesday

Event includes tour of shops and restaurants and support of canned food drive

The Young Professionals of Newton County will hold a “Square Crawl” for a good time and a good cause next Tuesday, including a tour of shops and restaurants and participation in a raffle by donating to the local canned food drive.

Covington City Council OK’s contract for retail complex

Council’s 4-2 vote gives Florida company approval to purchase city land for high-end open-air mall on Alcovy Road

By a 4-2 vote the Covington City Council approved a contract bid by a Florida company to purchase 99.7 acres of city land for development of a high-end retail complex.

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Numerous Veterans Day events planned for Wednesday

Walk of Heroes, Porterdale program, ice cream, chicken meal among Veterans Day activities in area

Among numerous Veterans Day ceremonies and activities planned for Wednesday in the area is the annual program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial at Black Shoals Park in Rockdale County.

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Sandy Fowler named Conyers events coordinator

Appointment comes after city withdraws from the Main Street program

Sandy Fowler has been appointed as Olde Town Conyers’ new event coordinator, an announcement that comes after the city decided to withdraw from the Main Street Program of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Meet characters at Nutcracker High Tea

Fundraiser to feature silent auction, photo ops, tea and pastries

The Covington Regional Ballet will hold its First Annual Nutcracker High Tea on Nov. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mystic Grill in Covington, Ga.

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State unveils roundabout plan at open house

Design mostly meets approval but some landowners skeptical

The proposed design for a roundabout at the intersection of state routes 81 and 162 in Newton County met with approval from most visitors at an open house Thursday, but some landowners whose businesses would be impacted by the construction expressed concern.

Community service awards slated for Nov. 14

Local chapter of National Council of Negro Women to present awards for 10 categories of community service

The Rockdale-Newton Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will host its Annual “Lady Loved Her Hats” Recognition and Award Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Newton College and Career Academy.

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Mansfield to hold public hearing on city's comprehensive plan update

Residents can participate in state-required plan update process

The city of Mansfield, Ga., will hold a public hearing on a state-required update of its comprehensive plan, and residents will have an opportunity to contribute ideas and participate in the planning process.

Kenneth Morgan, Josh McKelvey upset Covington council incumbents

Michael Ready elected to Oxford City Council; Porterdale referendum passes

Kenneth Morgan and Josh McKelvey upset incumbents while incumbent Michael Whatley won re-election in Tuesday’s Covington City Council races, while Michael Ready won Oxford’s City Council contest and Porterdale’s referendum passed.

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City Council glimpses Covington's World Trade Center steel remnant

Steel and concrete from the 9-11 World Trade Center attack to reside at fire department headquarters

Fire chief Stoney Bowles and fellow firefighters showed the Covington, Ga., City Council the World Trade Center steel remnant from the 9-11-2001 World Trade Center attack, which will reside at Covington Fire Department Headquarters

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Memorial Middle School celebrates state STEM certification

State superintendent congratulates school for special award from state department of education for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program

State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods, Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendant Richard Autry and Memorial Middle School students, teachers and staff celebrated a special achievement by the school on Monday — the school has been awarded STEM certification by the Georgia Department of Education.

Festival of Trees returns to Covington

Time to contribute donations for popular holiday fundraiser, which opens 3 weekends of shopping and bidding on Nov. 19 to benefit Chimney Park

After a year off, the Festival of Trees is back in Covington for three weekends at Ramsey Furniture Annex, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 19, with shopping and bidding to benefit Chimney Park.

Election boards set for Tuesday's election

Early voting ends for Senate, House and municipal offices

Early voting ended Friday as voters, candidates, city clerks and election boards prepared for Tuesday’s elections across the state and in Newton and Rockdale counties.

Dining out to help local hunger relief fundraiser

Restaurants join in to support Action Ministries’ hunger relief programs

Action Ministries in Covington, Ga., is hosting a fundraiser with local restaurants on Nov. 5, and 10 percent of the day’s gross sales at the restaurants will be donated to the organization to support its mission of local hunger relief.

Judge Irwin appoints Sadler to elections board

Appointment to nonpartisan position ends partisan gridlock

Rockdale County, Ga., Superior Court Judge David Irwin appointed Rev. Al Sadler as the nonpartisan chairman of the Rockdale County Board of Elections to end gridlock on the board, the second time a judge has done so in four years.

Porterdale referendum proposes urban renewal powers

‘Yes’ vote gives town tools to redevelop vacant, dilapidated and under-utilized buildings

Passage of a referendum in the Nov. 3 election would give the village of Porterdale, Ga., authority for “redevelopment” of neighborhoods with vacant, dilapidated and under-utilized structures, both residential and commercial.

Dalton blasts proposed contract for retail complex development

Councilman claims deal would be too costly and risky for the city to sell its land

Covington, Ga., City Councilman Keith Dalton rekindled controversy over a potential retail development city officials and the council have been discussing for several months, saying the deal is too costly and uncertain for the city.

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Senate District 43 candidates speak out on issues

Five candidates summarize positions on Medicaid, minimum wage and other issues in next week’s Special Election

Eight candidates remain in the race for the vacant Georgia State Senate District 43 seat to be filled in the Nov. 3 Special Election, and five responded to the Citizen’s questions on Medicaid, minimum wage and other issues facing the district.

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Mansfield Seniors celebrate Halloween with style | PHOTOS

Weekly gathering features scary creatures, along with the usual feast, games and fellowship

Senior citizens of Mansfield have been meeting weekly since July at the Mansfield Community House. Calling themselves Super Seniors, they get together to eat, play games and enjoy fellowship, and in Tuesday’s gathering they held a costume contest in addition to the usual acitivities.

Deadline approaches for Covington Christmas Parade entries

Parade chairman: limit of 100 entries is nearing, along with Nov. 21 deadline

The deadline for entry a float or other type of entry in the 2015 Christmas Parade in Covington, Ga., is Nov. 21, and the number of entries is approaching the limit of 100.

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Q & A with Oxford Council candidates Michael Ready and Jeffery Wearing

Candidates for Oxford Council Post 3 discuss solutions for declining city revenues

Michael Ready and Jeffery Wearing, campaigning for Post 3 of the Oxford City Council, and here is a Q & A on some of the issues.

State replacing bridge in Rockdale County

Federal funding uncertainty doesn’t delay GDOT’s plans for construction on SR 212 at Honey Creek

Construction to replace an aging bridge on State Route 212 in Rockdale County, Ga., should begin in a few weeks as a result of a contract recently awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation despite uncertainty that federal funding will be available for many needed transportation projects.

Conyers Council approves 2017 SPLOST plan

Referendum on 1 percent sales tax to be included on presidential primary ballot in March

The Conyers City Council voted for continuing the city and county’s special-purpose local-option sales tax, which will presented to voters for approval as a referendum on the presidential primary ballot on March 1, 2016.

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Reorganized Miracle League finishes season

Time to sign up physically challenged players for spring season

The season ended last week for the renamed and reorganized Miracle League of Rockdale, a successful season that opened with a celebration and commemoration on Sept. 11, and here’s a photo from that event featuring members of the Rangers team with volunteers and firefighters from Rockdale Fire and Rescue.

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Regional commission discusses development plans with local leaders

Comprehensive plans keep local governments qualified for state funding

Newton County Tomorrow recently met with representatives from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission in Covington, Ga., for a discussion about county and municipality comprehensive plans that will keep the local governments eligible for state funding for maintenance and development projects.

Covington police to get new guns and cars

City council approves purchase three vehicles and set of new pistols

The Covington, Ga., City Council approves purchase the Covington Police Department three vehicles and a complete set of new service weapons.

Covington, Newton County meet again to discuss retail development

High-end retail complex remains under discussion in session closed to public

For the second time in a week, the Covington, Ga., City Council and Newton County Board of Commissioners held a joint work session at City Hall to discuss partnering to bring a large retail development to city-owned land at the junction of Alcovy Road and City Pond Park Road.

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Taste Of Newton

Samples from local restaurants featured at Taste Of Newton Food and Business Festival in Porterdale

It was an evening of family fun, music, raffles and great food at the annual Taste Of Newton Food and Business Festival Thursday at the Porter Memorial Gym in Porterdale, Ga., as local restaurants provided samples from their menus and organizations displayed information for the throng of browsers and diners that attended the event.

Candidates forum scheduled at Antioch A.M.E.

Local Senate and House candidates to discuss issues on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Candidates for vacancies in the Georgia Senate District 43 and House of Representatives District 92 to be filled in special elections on Nov. 3 will participate in a forum Thursday, Oct. 22, at Antioch A.M.E. Church in Conyers.

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Seminar shares insights on rights, responsibilities in encounters with police officers

Gary Washington uses ‘Family Feud’ as part of ‘Act Like a Citizen, Think Like a Cop’ talk at Conyers library

Conyers, Ga., attorney Gary Washington, used the 1980s TV show “Family Feud” as part of his “Act Like a Citizen, Think Like a Cop” seminar at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in Conyers, Ga.

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Decisions, decisions

Pumpkins make annual appearance, ripe for pies and Halloween porches

Pumpkins make annual appearance, ripe for pies and Halloween porches, and annual pumpkin sales are underway at churches and organizations in the area, including First United Methodist Church of Covington and Salem United Methodist Church. (Staff Photo: Wade Marbaugh)

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Early voting underway for Nov. election

Ballots can be cast Monday through Friday at Newton County Administration Building

Early voting is underway for the Nov. 3 Covington, Ga. Municipal Election and the Special Election to fill a vacancy in the State Senate District 43 seat.

Local authors to mix with readers Saturday at Conyers-Rockdale Library

First-ever Local Author Expo designed to connect writers and readers for conversation and autographing books

If you’d like to spend an afternoon with writers, head for the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library Saturday in Conyers, Ga., where the Conyers-Rockdale Library System will present its first-ever Local Author Expo.

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City and county hold closed joint session to discuss retail complex

Rare joint meeting addresses proposed large high-end mall off Alcovy Road

A rare joint executive session of lawmakers from the city of Covington, Ga., and Newton County was held Monday in the Covington City Hall to discuss an upscale retail complex described as an economic opportunity by members of both government entities.