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Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

WEEKEND EVENTS: Dance the Tango or enjoy the sunrise

EAST METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Join the people of Conyers for a bike ride through Olde Town Conyers. This 4.5 mile group ride is open to kids and adults on the historical streets of Conyers. This ride is held every fourth Sunday of every month. Meet at the railroad depot area at 4:00 p.m.

Check out the Divine Intervention exhibit of African Art and Religion at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. This free exhibit is open daily and it showcases different masks and art, along with rituals observed in indigenous African religion.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts their Tango Night on Friday, April 22. Learn to dance to tango by focusing on rhythm and movement. No partner is necessary and lessons, taught by a Tango expert, begin at 8:00 p.m. And around 9:30 p.m.

Rockdale residents left with minimal storm damage

CONYERS, Ga. – According to Rockdale County Fire Chief Cedric Scott, following this morning's severe storms, Rockdale County experienced a few incidents however there were no injuries.

According to Chief Scott, crews responded to:

  • Multiple downed trees and power lines.
  • Two residential structures damaged by falling trees.
  • Minor damage and a small fire reported at a house, off Carr Road.
  • A partial wall collapse at a commercial establishment off Old Salem Road.

Early Tuesday morning, between the hours of midnight and 3:00 p.m., Rockdale County EMS answered and responded to about 33, storm-related, calls.  

Students participate in an adapted softball tourney at Miracle League Field

Students participate in an adapted softball tourney at Miracle League Field

CONYERS, Ga. – (Rockdale Citizen) Rockdale County Public Schools held its first softball tournament for special needs students at the Miracle League Field on South Main Street last week.

Ambers Sims, the adapted physical education coach for Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) secured a grant from Snapping Shoals EMC which allowed her to purchase equipment for special needs children who need it. Students are able to use “special bats with larger grip areas and oversized mitts that allowed the balls to stick to them.”

The Miracle League didn’t charge RCPS to use its facility for the week, and RCPS shuttled children to and from the event. The event had many supporters and was an overall success.

For more on the story visit the Rockdale Citizen online.

Thousands of Bibles headed to soldiers overseas

Thousands of Bibles headed to soldiers overseas

CONYERS, Ga. – Scott Reed, a Gulf War veteran who now manages a LifeWay Christian Store in Conyers, is inviting customers to spend a couple of extra dollars or to purchase Bibles for donation, to soldiers serving overseas; according to the Baptist Press.

Reed became a Christian while he was 17 and deployed. During his deployment, he remembers wondering about the spiritual state of the men and women he encountered and he says he was never offered a Bible.

For the entire story in the Baptist Press, click here.

Rockdale Special Olympics to hold Second Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

Rockdale Special Olympics to hold Second Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale Special Olympics committee is holding its second annual Wine Tasting Dinner at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Meadowbrook Country Club  to benefit the Rockdale Special Olympics.

Sinful Dish catering will supply the food, served buffet-style, which will be paired with wines, donated by Sigman Bottle Shop. This year, the event’s organizers moved the Wine Tasting Dinner to the country club with the aim of accommodating more people. The new venue could mean that Rockdale Special Olympics could raise more than the roughly $2,700 generated at the 2010 event.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the door or at Sigman Bottle Shop, 425 Sigman Road, or by calling 770-385-1805 or 770-715-2365. The Meadowbrook Country Club is located at 5143 Lake Forest Drive in Conyers.

Bishop Swilley at Theatrical Outfit: Word of Mouth

Bishop Swilley at Theatrical Outfit: Word of Mouth

ATLANTA – (Theatrical Outfit) On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, Theatrical Outfit continues its twice-monthly noon-day series Word of Mouth, with guest speaker Bishop Jim Swilley, pastor of Church in the Now in Conyers, GA.

Bishop Swilley, who 25 years ago founded Church in the Now as a non-traditional, non-denominational, multiethnic independent church, has received international media attention in the past year due to his public admission that he is gay.  On Feb.