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Porterdale church unites after fire breaks out Thursday

Pastor Bobby Sims and the congregation at Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale are not going to be defeated by a fire that nearly destroyed their church, but are instead praising God for sparing them and trusting this near-tragedy will make them stronger.

Court date set for Judge Mays' dispossessory case

A Magistrate Court trial date has been set for Nov. 5 on a dispossessory filed by Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr., who is seeking to have a woman who worked in his office removed from his home on McCalla Street.

Georgia Department of Labor: Rockdale and Newton unemployment rates drop

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties went down in September, coinciding with a drop in joblessness across the metro-Atlanta area.

Johnson Park to host annual Halloween Fest

Johnson Park will be hosting a Halloween festival for local children who are seeking an alternative trick-or-treating option.

Two people report being bitten by dogs in Lakeview Estates

Two people reported being bitten by dogs in the Lakeview Estates community this week.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office requests budget increase

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is requesting a 2015 budget of $23.3 million, which includes an increase of about $2.3 million for personal services and benefits.

Rockdale County Public Schools puts Ebola protocol into place

In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, Rockdale County Public Schools is joining other school systems in the state by creating a protocol for enrolling students who have visited West Africa.

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Rockdale County proactive on Ebola preparedness

Training and awareness are key elements to preparedness for response to a potential case of Ebola in Rockdale County, according to the county’s Emergency Management director.

Rockdale Citizen Poll for Oct. 26, 2014

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

Rockdale Jail Blotter for Oct. 24, 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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Porterdale church unites after fire breaks out Thursday

Pastor Bobby Sims and the congregation at Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale are not going to be defeated by a fire that nearly destroyed their church, but are instead praising God for sparing them and trusting this near-tragedy will make them stronger.

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Olde Town Fall Festival returns

The Olde Town Fall Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Royal Alpaca show returns to Georgia International Horse Park

More than 300 alpacas will compete in a show at the horse park.

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Rockdale County High celebrates homecoming week with Character Day

Rockdale County High celebrates homecoming week with Character Day.

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Rockdale County High to perferm its version of the Scottish Play

Rockdale County High to perform its version of the Scottish Play.

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Court date set for Judge Mays' dispossessory case

A Magistrate Court trial date has been set for Nov. 5 on a dispossessory filed by Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays Sr., who is seeking to have a woman who worked in his office removed from his home on McCalla Street.

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Williams reaps benefits as her rivals slip up

With a little help from her rivals, Serena Williams secured a place in the last four of the WTA Finals on Friday and clinched the year-end number one ranking for the fourth time in her illustrious career.

Manning rips Denver’s scoreboard operator

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went off on the scoreboard operator at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in his post-game press conference Thursday night, saying “it wasn’t his best night.”

Manager Bochy part of international flavor at Series

The World Series has a strong international flavor this year with the most surprising foreign-born participant the man calling the shots from the San Francisco Giants dugout, manager Bruce Bochy.

Report: Alpha students engaged in sex act on bus

A high school student and middle school student at Alpha Academy have been arrested and taken to the Rockdale County Youth Detention Center for allegedly engaging in oral sex on the school bus that was taking them to the Evening Reporting Center.

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Porterdale church unites after fire breaks out Thursday

Pastor Bobby Sims and the congregation at Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale are not going to be defeated by a fire that nearly destroyed their church, but are instead praising God for sparing them and trusting this near-tragedy will make them stronger.

Rockdale Citizen Poll for Oct. 26, 2014

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

Frances Mitchell

Frances Sims Mitchell, age 94, of Conyers, where she was a native and a lifelong resident, died Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Mr. Harlan Bryan Counts

Memorial Services for Mr. Harlan Bryan Counts, age 93 of Conyers, GA will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Turnover battle could be factor in Newton-Lovejoy game

Newton’s playoff picture could become a little bit more focused with a win over Lovejoy, who have been Region 2-AAAAAA champions for the past two years, as the two clash in 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

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LeBron’s Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood

After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years.

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