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LETTER: Slow population growth argues against Bear Creek reservoir project

Recent population projections by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget indicate continued slow growth for Newton County.

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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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Newton County school year off and running | PHOTOS

The school year got off to a good start for students and teachers in the Newton County School System on Friday. There was also a little surprise for each of the 17 schools in the district in the form of a visit from Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey.

Weekend calendar of events for Aug. 1 and 2

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

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Covington Police Department accepting applications for third Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department Citizens Academy is a free, six-week program that is sponsored and led by the Covington Police Department.

Rockdale Citizen Poll for Aug. 2, 2015

The Citizen Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest.

DARRELL HUCKABY: In August you can close your eyes and smell football

It’s August. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s what the calendar and the thermometer say. August used to be really, really significant to me because on the first day of August high school football coaches all over the state would start issuing equipment and go to work trying to build a championship football team, and for many, many years, I was a part of that fraternity.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy involved in wreck on Salem Road

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a two-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. on Salem Road near Interstate 20.

Victim returns gunfire with suspects in home invasion

Four Lithonia residents have been arrested in connection with a violent home invasion that took place in Conyers last week.

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Udder Mud Run offers obstacle courses for both young and old

Udder Mud Run benefits Newton’s FFA Center

FFA Center holds Udder Mud Run.

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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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Newcomers could breathe life into Falcons defense

The Atlanta Falcons are hoping that a mixture of returning players and several newcomers are prepared to improve the league’s worst defense.

Braves land Cuban INF Olivera on second try

The Atlanta Braves wanted Cuban infielder Hector Olivera earlier this season. They finally have him.

Hawks’ Scott faces drug charge

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott was arrested Thursday morning on a felony drug possession charge in Banks County, Ga.

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Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio’s polluted waters

Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.

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No snow no problem as China’s financial might lands 2022 Games

The snow will be fake, but the very real financial muscle China boasts proved decisive on Friday when Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Bucs name Winston starting quarterback

Winston, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, will work with the first team when the Bucs begin training camp Saturday.

Rockdale County settles discrimination lawsuit with former community affairs director Erica Fatima

Rockdale County agrees to pay $115,000 to settle a federal lawsuit against former community affairs director Erica Fatima who claimed racial and sexual discrimination.

Dianne DeLong

Mrs. Dianne Lynn DeLong , age 69 of Conyers, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thomas Cook

Thomas Robert Cook passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the age of 57