UPDATE (12:28 p.m. June 1): CONYERS - A customer returned fire at the shooter Jeffrey Pitts during his rampage at the Magnet Bottle Shop, possibly preventing even more deaths.
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Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.
Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, of TLC's reality show spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," came to Conyers with her family and a TLC film crew on Thursday for a little holiday fun. Thompson took a spin on the ice at the ice skating rink at the Olde Town Pavilion as onlookers and fans watched from the sides. Gina Hartsell, Conyers-Rockdale's Camera Ready Liaison, said TLC producers called that day looking for places to stop by for holiday activities. The episode with the ice skating scenes might air sometime in January or February, she said.
Last week has been a strange one. The undercurrent of tragedy following the Connecticut school shooting, combined with the condensed pressure of the holidays, has made it go by in a fog.
IN BRIEF: The company behind the Corner Market and Village at Almand Creek Apartments has started the process of studies for the 308-acre plot of land in Conyers that has long been in the works for mixed use commercial and residential development. However, a spokesperson said project was not related to the Baxter International medical manufacturing development. "It's not related per se," said development coordinator David Roeper. "If it doesn't do anything else, it brings more attention to the I-20 east corridor. That news clearly impacts us."
Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.
Investigators have released the names of the two victims in the house fire at 1573 Mountain View Circle. Peggy Stanich, 78, and Frank Bitterman II, 68, were found unconscious when firefighters arrived to the burning house.
A 20-year-old Covington man was shot in the leg Thursday morning after he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was trying to pull the man over.
On a tree-lined street in Covington, just a stone's throw from the hurly-burly of the Interstate, time slows to the pace of an earlier era. The air is thick and unhurried and cicadas drawl their summer songs they way they did more than 125 years ago when the street's namesake - a light-complexioned woman with serious eyes - first stepped into town.
Developers with the 4A company, which owns 300-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, launched three days of design brainstorming for the plot, which would be anchored by the "shining jewel" of Metro Atlanta YMCA facilities.
Democrat Toney Collins is jumping back into the electoral fray with a challenge for the redrawn state House District 113, a seat he lost two years ago.
For Tommy Clack, life is no accident. Life is a daily choice and a daily gift.
Rockdale Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Samuel King has been chosen as the new superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Virginia. The Norfolk school board approved hiring King in a 6-1 vote Monday evening, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
The issue of passport fees took center stage again at Tuesday evening's Board of Commissioners work session as the Clerk of Courts proposed a new split that would give a third to charitable non-profits, a third to the county, and a third to the Clerk of Courts Office but eliminate the amount taken as income by the Clerk.
Local businessman and new dad Lincoln Nunnally is stepping into his first run for elected office as a Democratic candidate for the Fourth Congressional District, currently held by Congressman Hank Johnson.
A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.