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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.

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Kids Katch fishing contest is Saturday

Annual Elks Aidmore event features prizes, food, raffle and paddle boat race

Get the kids and fishing poles ready for a morning of fun on a fishing pond, along with prizes, hotdogs, a raffle for a bike and a paddle boat race, all at the 9th Annual Kids Katch Fishing Contest, Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Elks Aidmore Inc. in Conyers, Ga.

Singing chipmunks movie to be shot in Conyers

Scenes for third ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ sequel to be shot in Olde Town May 5-8

Scenes for the fourth Twentieth Century Fox feature film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, starring the singing chipmunk cartoon caracters, will be shot in Olde Town Conyers, Ga., May 5 through May 8.

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Catching the small fish at Newborn's Hornyhead festival

April 25 event features fishing tournament, crafts, cuisine, music, queen, alpaca sighting

Small-time fishing fans — or big-time ones and folks who like trolling for a good festival bargain — always enjoy Newborn’s annual Hornyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival which will be held on Saturday, April 25.

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Back to basics: ride-along with Mayor Gregg Ellwanger

Mayor focuses on Newborn’s charm, history and heritage and how to preserve it

A ride-along with Mayor Gregg Ellwanger reveals the charm, history and heritage of Newborn, Ga., and how to preserve it.

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Pearson's attempt to get arrest warrants issued for Judge Charles Mays is sidelined

Mays attorney says Pearon’s attorney has conflict of interest that requires case dismissal

Freya Pearson’s application for issuance of warrants for the arrest of Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles May was forestalled by May’s attorney, who asked a DeKalb County Superior Court to dismiss the application because Pearson’s attorney has a conflict of interest.

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Monticello Street dedicated as Veterans Memorial Highway

Veterans and city officials unveil sign at Tuesday ceremony

Because members of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55 wanted to honor World War II veteran Allen Mallet, Covington, Ga., Mayor Ronnie Johnston and a gathering of veterans unveiled a sign dedicating a portion of Monticello Street in Covington as Veterans Memorial Highway.

Newborn's old-time pickin' series is picking up popularity

Front Porch Acoustic Series at The Old Schoolhouse is growing in popularity

The Front Porch Acoustic Series at The Old Schoolhouse in Newborn, held on the third Saturday of every month, is growing in popularity and features folk, bluegrass and old-time fiddler music performed by local musicians and some from around Georgia.

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'The Originals' balconies could remain in Olde Town

TV set props designed and engineered to become permanent structures

Constructed as set props for “The Originals” television series, new balconies in Olde Town Conyers, Ga., are architecturally designed and engineered to become permanent structures when the TV series ends.

Covington City Council coming to aid of Christmas on The Square

Council gives nod to $20,000 in the next city budget for popular holiday event

The Covington, Ga., City Council gave approval to City Manager Leigh Anne Knight to include $20,000 in the next city budget for lighting Christmas on The Square, a growing regional family holiday attraction.

Error trips red light for Covington's Highway 278 CID

Wrong tax millage in state legislation prevents CID from being enacted this year

A clerical error has delayed creation of Covington’s US Highway 278 Community Improvement District and prevented the CID legislation from being enacted in Newton County this year.

Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show set for May 2

Events feature local cuisine, live music and classic and new autos in Olde Town

For sampling delectable local cuisine, hearing live music and feasting your eyes on classic and shiny new automobiles, come to the Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show on a very busy Saturday, May 2, in historic Olde Town Conyers, Ga.

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Books on parade: characters to march in Olde Town

Literacy Parade to feature students in favorite character costumes April 17

Fictional characters will come alive in Olde Town Friday, April 17, with the annual Head Start Hands on Literacy Parade.

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Farewell Party: Final home softball game played at GPC

Alumni present for Jaguar Field finale before merger with Georgia State

The Georgia Perimeter College softball team lost a doubleheader to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, but the Jaguars joined alumni of the program to bid farewell to Jaguar Field and the program of four decades at GPC’s final home game before the college merges with Georgia State University.

Covington City Council moves on Christmas lights, abandoned cemeteries and more

After two long retreats, council’s meeting is short but productive on several issues

After a week that featured two long and arduous retreats, the Covington, Ga., City Council meeting was short, and the council breezed through several actions, including a decision to include $20,000 in the next city budget for lighting the annual Christmas on The Square celebration.

Newton leaders and citizens address countywide planning

Newton County Tomorrow board meets with new membership, including citizens, and addresses comprehensive planning issues

Local mayors, directors, attorneys, ministers, citizens and a chairman participated in a brainstorming session, the second meeting of the newly reorganized board of Newton County Tomorrow, Inc., at Oxford City Hall with an eye toward developing a countywide comprehensive plan.

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Angler for progress: Oxford dedicates maintenance building to Tom Turner

Engineer remembered for “do-it-right-the-first-time” approach, volunteerism and love of fishing

Jerry Roseberry, mayor of Oxford, Ga., led a ceremony dedicating the city’s new maintenance building in memory of Tom Turner, who conceived the project and worked tirelessly with a “do-it-right-the-first-time” philosophy to see it finished.

Covington eyes employee pay raises, retiree health account

HR director proposes 5.1 pay increase and Health Reimbursement Account for retirement coverage

At a work session held by the Covington City Council, Human Resources Director Ronnie Cowan presented a proposal for increasing pay for the city’s employees and providing a retiree health account plan that would encourage retirements

Covington City Council weighs options to clean up eyesores

Measures against owners of blighted properties could include incrementally increasing fines

What to do about dilapidated houses and blighted, “back to nature” properties was a major topic as the Covington, Ga., City Council held its annual retreat at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens.

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Team-building: Ride along with Mayor Ronnie Johnston

Covington mayor discusses roots and changes city government is bringing to city

A ride-along with Covington, Ga., Mayor Ronnie Johnston provides insight into how a background in sports and a thriving family enterprise helped him develop the team-building skills necessary to oversee a city government actively seeking to improve the community for residents and businesses.

Heard-Mixon teachers to host run for stricken student

April 18 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp to help second-grader fight rare bone condition

Teachers at Heard-Mixon Elementary School in Covington, Ga., will host the Run 4 The Rains 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at the Bert Adams Boy Scout Camp on April 18, at 10 a.m. to benefit a second-grader at the school who is fighting a rare bone condition called Ollier’s Disease.

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Masters Tournament brings dollars to local economy

Golf courses, hotels and others to get boost in business as world’s fans flock to Georgia for annual golf classic

Local golf courses, as well as hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses will enjoy an annual spike in revenue in the upcoming week of the 79th Masters Tournament.

Wanted: vendors for Rockdale Farmers Market

Beginning June 6 in Conyers farmers can sell locally grown products to consumers seeking fresh, healthy foods

The Rockdale County Farmers market will open June 6, and the call is going out to farmers to sell locally grown products to consumers seeking fresh, healthy foods.

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YMCA gets ready for Cheerios Challenge April 18

Day of races, silent auction benefits YMCA’s annual Why It Matters fundraising campaign

Get ready for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 18, at the Covington Family YMCA, a day of races and silent auction that benefits the Y’s annual Why It Matters fundraising campaign.

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Conyers City Council takes another look at outdoor utility trailer displays

Proposed amendment allows some heavy equipment on outdoor lots in Gateway Village

In an effort to compromise and accommodate the needs of a “good member of the community,” the Conyers, Ga., City Council revisited the question of how heavy equipment can be displayed outside business buildings in the Gateway Village zoning district.

State gives green light for Covington Highway 278 CID

General Assembly passes bill for community improvement district to create upscale ‘gateway to city’

Both Houses of the Georgia General Assembly passed bills that create the US Highway 278 Community Improvement District to attract high-end businesses, increase property values in the district and provide an upscale gateway into the city of Covington.