Rockdale County news

Local news for Rockdale County and the east metro area


Newton High School teacher medically cleared of Ebola and will return to school Monday

Principal: Teacher will return to school Monday

The Newton High School teacher who was removed from teaching out of concern that she had come into contact with a person who just returned from West Africa has been medically cleared of Ebola and any other infectious disease, according to the Newton County School System.

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Conyers police search for armed TitleBucks robber

Police are looking for a man who robbed at gunpoint a title loan business Thursday morning, locked employees in a back room and stole cash from the business.

Rockdale Jail Blotter for Oct. 31, 2014

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Conyers Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

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Van Ness: Public safety tops concerns for voters

Post 2 County Commissioner JaNice Van Ness is seeking reelection in Tuesday’s General Election.

Georgia State Patrol looks for witnesses to Sunday's fatal crash in Covington

A Virginia woman died in a car accident in Covington early Sunday morning and the Georgia State Patrol is looking for information that could help piece together exactly what happened in the wreck.

Social Circle kidnapping suspect in hospital after standoff in Rockdale County

A Social Circle man remains in the hospital in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office after a standoff with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office that began as a result of him allegedly kidnapping and robbing his former girlfriend.

Community Calendar for Oct. 31, 2014

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

Newton High sees absentee rate go back to normal after Ebola-related issue

The return of a Newton High’s spouse from an Ebola-stricken country sparked several strong reactions from parents and the community Wednesday, with many concerns about how the situation was handled.

Marty Jones: Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council is worth the investment

Rockdale County’s investment in the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council is paying dividends. That was the message from Marty Jones, executive director of the CREDC, to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

Rockdale and Newton schools exceed Georgia 2014 average graduation rate

Both Rockdale and Newton county school systems had higher graduation rates in 2014 than the state average of 72.5 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

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Happy Halloween! | PHOTOS

Readers submitted photos of their children all decked out for Halloween and fall festivities. Here are just a few of our favorites.

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SCRAPBOOK: Sarah Johnson, grandchild of Covington couple, shoots first deer in Newton County

Sarah Johnson, 9, recently shot her first deer while hunting in Newton county with her father

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SCRAPBOOK: Covington Elks Lodge members deliver over 1,500 dictionaries to Newton County students

Over 1,500 dictionaries were distributed by the Covington Elks Lodge to each third grade class within the Newton County School System.

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SCRAPBOOK: Strollathon at Turner Lake honors Newton girl suffering from rare genetic disorder

A group of Newton County citizens recently participated in a Strollathon to raise awareness about Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

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Covington resident Martha Malcolm celebrates 98th birthday with family, friends

Martha Malcolm of Covington celebrated her 98th birthday on Sept. 29.