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Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival to be held, this weekend

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival to be held, this weekend

CONYERS, Ga. -- The annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival will commence at 10 a.m. on March 26 and continue until March 27 at 5 p.m. at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. More than 300 local and regional vendors are expected.

The event has been a Conyers staple for 30 years and it draws tens of thousands of people. The festival, annually, draws tens of thousands of people. Recently, the festival was named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society for March 2011.

According to the Rockdale Citizen “the lineup includes: children’s activities, food, arts and crafts, continuous entertainment, international music and performances, and civic and non-profit organizations. Admission is free. Parking is $5.”

For more information, visit: www.conyerscherryblossomfest.com/

Upton attends hearing for cadet who posted her information on porn site

COVINGTON, Ga. – Recently, Kelsey Upton stood face to face with the man who put her contact information on a pornographic website. Upton was a attendee during a recent hearing of the commandment board of The Citadel in South Caroline, where he is a cadet.

The cadet apologized for his actions but he has not been formally charged.

Late February, Kelsey Upton received a text from a 55-year-old Iowa man saying he found her name and number on a sexting website; she immediately called her boyfriend. Her boyfriend sent the man and test asking for the picture and he sent pack an “explicit” photo of a woman who slightly resembled Kelsey.

Kelsey then told her father, a retired GBI agent and police officer, who then contacted the GBI and District Attorney Layla Zon. The GBI agent asked Randy and Kelsey about two email addresses, one of which happened to be an acquaintance.

The cadet has not been publicly identified.

Covington to fund Fourth of July fireworks

Covington to fund Fourth of July fireworks

COVINGTON, Ga. – Covington City Council has agreed to fund fireworks and the downtown celebration for the Fourth of July.

The city council hasn’t covered the cost of Fourth of July fireworks since 2008.

For the entire store in the Rockdale Citizen, 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.

Chamber of Commerce to host "Leadership Newton Economic Development Day”

COVINGTON, Ga. – On March 24th, the Newton County Chamber of Commerce will host their “Leadership Newton Economic Development Day”. This class will travel to Atlanta to visit with Georgia EMC and Georgia Power’s Local Resource Center to learn how industry and retail makes decisions upon relocating in Newton County.

This session will be held from 7:30AM until 5PM. Attendance is mandatory to remain in the Newton County LNC class.

Eastside Literary Team Wins Big at Region 4AAA Literary Competition

Eastside Literary Team Wins Big at Region 4AAA Literary Competition

COVINGTON, Ga. – (submitted by Newton County Schools) The Eastside High School Literary Team earned several awards at the Region 4AAA Literary Competition in Griffin on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

These awards include: Girls Solo - 1st Place, Julianna Laseter; Girls Trio - 1st Place, Chelsea Flowers, Kaitlin Trust, and Katie Tuttle; Boys Quartet - 1st Place, Samual Glanton, Josh Lance, Tyler Moon, and Sam Potts; Boys Solo - 4th Place, Samuel Glanton; Girls Essay - 3rd Place, Sarah Bolen; and Girls Extemporaneous Speaking - 4th Place, Brittany Worton. All first place winners will now compete in the State AAA Literary Competition in Warner Robins, GA on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Pictured above are Eastside Literary Team members: Front Row - Josh Lance; Second Row (L-R) - Chelsea Flowers, Kaitlin Trust, Katie Tuttle, Brittany Worton, and Sarah Bolen; Back Row (L-R) - Ms.

Free calls and texts to Japan for all AT&T customers

ATLANTA – In wake of the recent natural disasters in Japan, AT&T wireless is offering free international long distance usage and text messages to Japan, when the call originates from the United States.  

In addition, and also effective March 11 through March 31, residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan; upon receiving their wireline bill, customers may call AT&T to receive adjusted calling for up to 60 minutes.