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A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate "the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar ... opting for the more generic description 'Day Off.'" You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words -- "inclusive" and "equitable."

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ATHENS — As warm-season turfgrasses continue to green up, diseases are rearing their ugly heads. The main culprit this time of year is a fungus, Rhizoctonia solani, that causes large patch disease in lawns. Large patch can infect all warm-season turfgrasses, but centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia are particularly susceptible.

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On a rolling hillside, overlooking the Potomac River and in the distance the great Mall of Monuments, the U.S. Capitol, and even the White House lie more than 1,100 acres of some of the most hallowed and consecrated grounds in these United States, Arlington National Cemetery.

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A controversial convenience store permit stalled Tuesday night after the developer introduced changes not previously discussed and could not guarantee that a lawsuit related to development of a truck stop on adjacent property would be dropped.

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This is a native species of Southern bottomland forests, and it’s one of the showiest wildflowers a swamp can offer.

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President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe provides positive confirmation of collaboration and stability among nations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This contrasts markedly with the history of the 20th century. Total wars of unprecedented destructiveness characterized that bloody era.

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Incumbent Probate Court Judge Gary W. Washington won election to the seat in a special election Tuesday with 59.41% of the vote.

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TOCCOA — Georgia River Network recently designated the Tugaloo River Water Trail as an established part of the organization’s Georgia Water Trails Network during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Broken Bridges, the water trail’s end point within Stephens County Park. The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, leaders and stakeholders and capped off close to three years of work by the Tugaloo River Water Trail Stakeholder Committee to meet Georgia River Network’s criteria for established water trails within the statewide network.

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Public school system officials from metro area counties joined Sen. Jon Ossoff Monday at a press conference where they pledged to reopen their classrooms to full-time in-person learning this fall with the help of more than $4 billion in federal funding for Georgia schools.

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Cover-ups of sexual misconduct, allegations of racism and intimidation of those who wish to speak their minds but can't for fear of losing their jobs. It sounds like the dysfunctional ways of the world, doesn't it?

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The Conyers Police Department is looking for a suspect in connection with a Saturday home invasion in the Forest Villas subdivision.

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COVINGTON – TrueRate Services, a debt placement marketplace that optimizes the commercial real estate lending experience, today announced that Thorofare Capital will provide a $9.3 million refinancing loan for the final phase of Covington Town Center, a 180-acre mixed-use development. TrueRa…

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The Newton County Library System is celebrating literacy and its 2021 “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program with a StoryWalk around the Covington Square.

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COVINGTON — The Georgia Department of Transportation is in the process of installing cable barrier along various sections of Interstate 20 as part of a project to reduce highway crossover crashes that typically result in severe injuries or fatalities.

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Elder abuse and neglect have gained worldwide recognition and are serious crimes against some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. In the United States, it is estimated that over 10% of seniors experience some form of elder abuse or neglect.

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The wildflower featured today is not common in our area, though it is not classified as rare. As the Psalmist said that God alone is his rock, this wildflower is most likely to be found nestled in crevices of rocks in hardwood groves

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It seems that an increasing number of organizations and businesses are jumping on the bandwagon of celebrating June as “Pride Month.” Since when has pride become such a virtue?

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Maybe it’s a good time for politicians and pundits from both sides of the aisle to quit pointing fingers at each other for a day and start thinking about what marking the date June 6, 1944 is all about.

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Management at The Oaks Course is dedicated to growing the game of golf. One segment of the population that is a focus is junior golf. The Oaks regularly hosts junior events where young players can develop the future of the game and have fun. On Friday, June 11, The Oaks hosted a US Kids Golf…

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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 for the period of June 1-7, 2021:

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The Canada goose thrives in a variety of habitats, often near areas close to people, such as neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas. This closeness can become a frustration for homeowners and landowners when geese begin to molt in the summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardons and Parole.

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CONYERS — The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is now offering Georgians who are 64 and older the option to renew their non-commercial drivers license online. While mail-in and fax options have been available since August 2020, this new online service gives this group another choi…

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The Newton County Board of Education has approved the appointment of Dr. LaMoyne Brunson as incoming principal of Newton County Theme School and Shundreia Neely as the new Newton County School System director of Secondary Schools and Professional Learning.

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Trucks on the Tracks, a summer series of food truck gatherings with live music and children’s activities sponsored by Hargray, will take place in Olde Town Conyers on the fourth Thursday evenings of the month during the summer starting in June through August.

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In an era of political correctness, virtue signaling and woke-ness, wisdom is in such short supply that when discovered it stands out like a beacon in a storm.

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The new Conyers City Hall will be enhanced by the recent donation of a charcoal on paper drawing of the city’s founder, Dr. William Denson Conyers, that includes a nod to the railroad that is so much a part of the city’s history.

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Members of the Porterdale City Council held a public hearing on proposed rezonings for redevelopment of The Oaks golf course Monday night but delayed a decision pending completion of a review by the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.

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Within days of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis Police Officer, as well as the preceding death of Breona Taylor and other Black and brown Americans who were victims of unjustified force by local law enforcement officers, the racial justice protest movement began all across the country.

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Oh, how our lives have changed during the past thirty years. We’ve had great medical advances. Once-fatal diseases are being cured, and hope exists where once there was none.

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The second of four virtual Wellness Expos presented by the Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen and Southern Regional Medical Center, along with supporting sponsors and preferred vendors, will be held June 17, providing the community with a venue for health and medical information and insight.

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Eastside High School’s Class of 2021 celebrated its final "Great Day to be an Eagle” Friday night as graduates accepted their diplomas, turned their tassels and headed toward the future.

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Two parcels of land owned by the city of Conyers but lying outside the city limits will be sold following a vote last week by the City Council.

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COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding suspects who shot two teenagers Friday night at Denny Dobbs Park on Ga. Highway 212.

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