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State Rep. 95 - Toney Collins (D, Incumbent)

State Representative Toney Collins (District 95) described going through health and financial difficulties, including foreclosure, in recent years but said he was still a "servant to the people" in a conversation with the News on Friday morning.

Collins, who was elected in 2008 to District 95 (which the northern portion of Rockdale County, northern parts of Newton County, and southern portions of Gwinnett County) and plans to run for reelection in 2010, said he underwent a kidney transplant in 1999. Since then, the one-time real estate agent said he had been receiving disability payments until last year, when he began ...

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95


State Rep. 95 - Pam Dickerson (D)

Rockdale resident Pam Dickerson announced she is running for the democratic ticket for the District 95 state representative seat, which includes portions of Rockdale and Newton counties.

Dickerson, a longtime flight attendant/in-flight coordinator with Delta and resident of Rockdale County for the past 12 years, said although this is her first time running for elected office, she has worked in the background on campaigns for years.

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95


State Rep. 95 - Rodney Upton (R)

A Rockdale resident and small business owner has thrown his hat in the ring as the first Republican candidate for the District 95 state representative seat, currently held by Rep. Toney Collins (D-Conyers).

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95


Rockdale Sheriff’s Office deputy killed on duty

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed today in the line of duty while serving warrant papers at a home on Sand Hill Drive.

May 12, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Rockdale leaders come together to ease concerns about KKK rally

Local leaders are urging caution in reacting to an online posting of a Ku Klux Klan rally for May 8 on the steps of the Rockdale County Courthouse.

May 02, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


One dead in crash after armed robbery, shooting

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday night when her vehicle was struck by a car reportedly being driven by two men who authorities were looking for in connection with an earlier armed robbery and shooting.

February 24, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


John Miles Chevrolet not among dealers cut

The John Miles Chevrolet in Conyers announced that it was not among the GM dealerships notified today that their contracts were not being renewed.

"We have not received a letter so we are not among the 1,100 that re going to receive the letter today," said owner Kim Miles.

May 15, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Seussical the Musical

East Newton Elementary will bring the classic stories of Dr. Seuss to life in a musical extravaganza this weekend in "Seussical the Musical Jr." on Friday May 8 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Alcovy High School.

There's never a dull moment in this Broadway Junior production. The opening number, "Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!" introduces a central theme that runs throughout the musical - it's okay to imagine and dream big dreams. The songs such as "All For You" and "Alone in the Universe" seamlessly ...

May 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Family Events


Celebrating mentoring

Newton Mentoring, Inc. celebrated their first year of pairing trained adult mentors with students in the Newton County school system to provide support, tutoring, counseling and a constructive role model for their mentees.

May 03, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Design firm shows ideas to Social Circle residents

 Urban Collage, the company hired by the city to help design a downtown revitalization effort, presented three redesign options to a room full of business owners, residents and members of the public on Tuesday evening, receiving feedback in favor of two of the designs.

May 01, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle


School system opens new administrative building

 Social Circle City Schools dedicated the newly built administrative office building on Alcova Drive Tuesday, ushering in a new wave of building and expansion for the growing school system.

May 01, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle


Taking chances

Town Center Breads Coffeehouse co-owner and manager Linda Skrobot took an enormous leap of faith when she agreed to support her husband Charlie's decision to leave the corporate world to open a bakery in 2003.

"I cried," she admits, laughing now at the memory. "I knew it would bring huge changes in our life. I liked my home. I liked my life the way it was. I knew it was going to completely change everything. It was the unknown."

April 29, 2009 | Michelle Kim | WOMEN OF NEWTON 2009


By the book

Layla Zon is not the kind of person who can sit still for long. Whether it's straightening out a desk, tossing an apple or twirling a pen, her hands - and her mind - are always on the go. And that's a good thing. As the chief assistant district attorney in Newton County's District Attorney's office, Alcovy Circuit, and the second in command of an office that opened about 3,800 cases last year, she needs to be able to handle many pots on the stove at once, so to speak.

Zon, who grew up running around outdoors ...

April 29, 2009 | Michelle Kim | WOMEN OF NEWTON 2009


What love looks like

Marjae Kimble was involved in fashion design, jewelry design, doll design, clay design and interior design before she began picking up a paintbrush in earnest about two years ago.

April 29, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Arts Events


New Heritage Center and Museum to open

The new Social Circle Heritage Center and Museum holds its grand opening today, April 26, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Social Circle Visitor's Center located on East Hightower Trail, across from the former City Hall.

April 25, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle


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