Rockdale County news

Local news for Rockdale County and the east metro area


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Chris Smith blasts mayor over public letter announcing proposed 'mega-development'

Councilman says mayor erred in publicizing information from closed executive sessions about high-end retail complex

Councilman Chris Smith sharply criticized Mayor Ronnie Johnston at Monday’s Covington, Ga., City Council meeting, saying that the mayor should not have publicized information discussed in council executive sessions.

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Blimp Bliss

Goodyear Blimp moors at Covington Municipal Airport, giving informative rides, training pilots and heading for a Florida State football game

A nearly brand new Goodyear Blimp moored at Covington Municipal Airport on a mission of giving informative rides, training pilots and covering a Florida State football game

Weekend arguments lead to several reports of gunfire

Several Newton County residents resort to shooting guns during arguments this past weekend.

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Public urged to attend meetings about Hurst Road roundabout, Sigman Road widening

Right-of-way acquisition for Parker Road project creates headache for Weatherstone subdivision residents

Rockdale County is hosting two public meetings this month about pending transportation projects, while one project underway has caused friction with Weatherstone Homeowners Association.

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Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibit at Nancy Guinn through Oct. 26

Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibit at Nancy Guinn

Proposed resolution would put restrictions on public comment at Newton commission meetings

A resolution addressing rules of decorum for public participation at Newton County Board of Commissioners meetings has some county residents and commissioners questioning the wisdom of putting restrictions on public comments.

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Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett announces bid for re-election

Building trust with the community is an important goal for Eric Levett as he pitches his bid for re-election as sheriff of Rockdale County.

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Lithonia's Doreen Carter faces Sherri Washington for State House District 92 seat

Former Lithonia city council member was Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in 2014

Lithonia resident Doreen Carter is running for the vacant Georgia State House District 92 seat, opposing Conyers attorney Sherri Washington.

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Restaurant health scores, Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Community calendar of events for Oct. 7

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

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Last chance to see Artful Harvest show

Exhibit featuring area artists at Southern Heartland Arts Gallery closes Thursday

The Southern Heartland Arts Guild’s annual art show, Artful Harvest, closes Thursday, Oct. 8, and the winning piece, “The Three Sisters,” and works by all area artists on display are something not to miss if you’re in Covington, Ga.

Fire safety events slated for Fire Prevention Week

Events Oct. 4 through 10 to remind and educate citizens about fire safety

National Fire Prevention Week is here, Oct. 4 through 10, Fire Prevention Day is Friday and local fire departments are busy planning activities to remind and educate citizens about fire safety.

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Sherri Washington to run for House District 92 seat

Conyers attorney among House 92, Senate 43 candidates invited to forum at Macedonia Baptist Church Oct. 8

Conyers attorney Sherri Washington launched her campaign this week for the vacant Georgia State House District 92 seat and is among candidates invited to a attend a candidate forum at Macedonia Baptist Church in Conyers Thursday, Oct. 8.

October car tag renewal notices delayed

Contractor for state unable to print notices on time, but should be in mail now

The mailing of October’s automobile license renewal notices to vehicle owners was delayed because the contractor for the Georgia Department of Revenue was unable to print the notices on time because of operational and production difficulties.

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Over 1,000 pounds of produce grown for Rockdale Emergency Relief food bank

Master Gardeners nurture Plant-A-Row garden to feed poor.