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The Conyers City Council has decided to cancel this year’s Red, White and Boom! event that had been planned for July 3.

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COVINGTON — Eastside High School graduated 354 members of the Class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony Saturday. During the ceremony, Principal Jeff Cher commented on the accomplishments of this class. The class includes 109 honor graduates, 28 AP scholars seven AP scholars with honor and four AP…

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COVINGTON — Alcovy High School Student Body President Miranda Baker captured the sentiments of the hundreds of seniors graduating in virtual ceremonies Saturday when she said this is not how they envisioned their graduation day.

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A senior year abbreviated by the coronavirus pandemic culminated Saturday with virtual graduation ceremonies shown on the Newton County School System’s You Tube channel.

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I have been writing on the difficult subject of death. Last week I pointed out that heaven isn’t populated by good people or deserving people but by forgiven people.

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COVINGTON — While the COVID-19 pandemic caused the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prohibit the placing of American flags on the graves of veterans at national cemeteries this Memorial Day, it didn’t stop a few Covington residents from placing flags on graves on May 21.

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Memorial Day is around the corner. If you haven't already escaped to the great outdoors to do some grilling, then now is the time to dust off the grill, breathe in the fresh air, and cook up a platter of these crispy, sticky ribs.

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CONYERS — The Memorial Day program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial at Black Shoals Park has always been a well-attended ceremony. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no actual ceremony at the memorial, but the Walk of Heroes and Rockdale County have joined forc…

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Home gardeners who want to expand their edible backyard bounty to include fruits are invited to participate in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Backyard Fruits webinar series that runs through June 5.

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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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On May 19 at approximately 3:38 a.m., the suspect pictured above climbed the fence at All Seasons Rental, 1022 Fairground St., where he entered a vehicle and stole a QT gas card.

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In the pantheon of great lines suitable for induction into Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 2010 comment about Obamacare: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

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CONYERS — On May 13, 2020 at approximately 12:03 p.m., the suspect pictured above attempted to purchase a $100 gift card from Target, 2195 Ga. Highway 20, Conyers. The suspect used a card that was in a wallet stolen from the Covington Walmart. The suspect left the location in a black four-do…

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One of the things that separates the rather tedious everyday-ness of coronavirus reports of sickness, deaths, isolation, social distancing, quarantines, supply shortages and unemployment is Sunday!

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Eight outstanding students pursuing health care careers in Rockdale and Newton county schools are recipients of the 2020 Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation (KCAF) Healthcare Scholarship.

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated three participants from its ninth Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program in a small ceremony held inside the courtroom of the Newton County Detention Center.

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The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: Stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered with the number who have died, fear may be the greater threat.

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