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vampire 1 THE ORIGINALS AND VAMPIRE DIARIES FILMING IN OLD TOWNE CONYERS

HALLOWEEN HAS ALREADY COME AND GONE, YET THE VAMPIRES HAVE JUST ARRIVED!  FOR ALL YOU BACKGROUND EXTRAS OUT THERE THIS IS A CHANCE TO GET IN ON THE ACTION.  FILMING FOR THE CW’S THE ORIGINALS AND VAMPIRE DIARIES HAS BEGUN RIGHT HERE IN GOOD OL’ CONYERS.   IF YOU’VE NEVER TAKEN A STROLL IN DOWNTOWN CONYERS, NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO SO.  THE HISTORIC OLDE TOWN CONYERS HAS AN ARRAY OF WONDERFUL QUALITIES THAT MAKE IT A FAVORITE FOR LOCALS AND FILM PRODUCTIONS ALIKE. FROM THE CELTIC TAVERN IRISH PUB TO THE LAS FLORES RESTAURANT TO THE DELICIOUSNESS OF CONYER’S OWN CREAMERY, THIS QUAINT TOWN PACKS A PUNCH.

ROCKDALE COUNTY’S OLDE TOWN CONYERS IS MARKED BY VIBRANTLY COLORED BRICKFACE AND IT HAS BEEN AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR THE CW’S HIT SHOWS “The ORIGINALS AND “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES”.

THE ORIGINALS WHICH DEBUTED IN OCTOBER OF 2013 AS A PREQUEL TO THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, HAVE BEEN INSTALLING SEMI PERMANENT FIXTURES SUCH AS THE JARDIN GRIS VOODOO SHOPS AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER DISTRICT IN THE OLDE TOWN CONYERS AREA. ALTHOUGH “THE ORIGINALS” IS SET IN NEW ORLEANS, THE ACTUAL FILMING IS DOWN IN AND AROUND ATLANTA HEAVILY CONCENTRATED IN SMALL LOCAL SITES LIKE OLDE TOWN CONYERS.  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES SHOOTS A FEW SCENES FOR “MYSTIC FALLS” AT THIS LOCATION AS WELL.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? GET CONNECTED! TAMMY SMITH CASTING ON FACEBOOK PROVIDES DETAILS ON EXTRA PROFILES FOR UPCOMING FILM DATES AND HOW TO SUBMIT. IN ADDITION, SOUTHERN CASTING CALL IS YET ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO WORK ON SET WITH THE CW’S THE ORIGINALS AND THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.   FOR MORE UPDATES, KEEP UP WITH THE ORIGINALS @CWORIGINALS AND THE VAMPIRE DIARIES @CWTVD ON TWITTER.

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Briana Morgan

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Remember, we’re always casting actors & actresses right here in Conyers/Rockdale County. Stay connected/Subscribe to the Rockdale Connector and you shall be updated/emailed when auditions take place!

Congrats Judge Phinia Aten!

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“It was a privilege and high honor to receive the Inaugural Dorothy Irene Height Trailblazer Award in the Public Servant category from the Rockdale-Newton Chapter of NCNW on Saturday. I will forever cherish this recognition and continue to serve as God leads.” JUDGE PHINIA ATEN

“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.” – the late Dorothy Irene Height

It was an absolute delight to have my baby sister announce me as the winner of the Trailblazer Award in the public servant category. My family has always shown strong support.

JUDGE PHINIA ATEN HONORED
JUDGE PHINIA ATEN HONORED: Madam President Rhonda Taylor has done a phenomenal job leading the Rockdale-Newton Chapter of NCNW. The executive committee and luncheon organizers did a fantastic job.

Winners named in 2015 Rockdale Middle School Oratorical Competition

Shown here are judges for the 2015 Rockdale Middle School Oratorical Competition held Nov. 7. Seated are, left to right, Maria Brown, educator and consultant; Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson; Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford; standing, left to right, are, Pam Lamar, executive director of The Arts Academy; Macrae Brennan-Fuller, Rockdale County Public Affairs specialist; Vicki Judd, Department of Driver Services assistant general counsel; Maria Von Dickersohn, radio personality and voice-over artist; Magistrate and Municipal Court Judge Garland Moore; and Cory Thompson, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Marketing director. (Special Photo)
Shown here are judges for the 2015 Rockdale Middle School Oratorical Competition held Nov. 7. Seated are, left to right, Maria Brown, educator and consultant; Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson; Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford; standing, left to right, are, Pam Lamar, executive director of The Arts Academy; Macrae Brennan-Fuller, Rockdale County Public Affairs specialist; Vicki Judd, Department of Driver Services assistant general counsel; Maria Von Dickersohn, radio personality and voice-over artist; Magistrate and Municipal Court Judge Garland Moore; and Cory Thompson, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Marketing director. (Special Photo)

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The 2015 Rockdale Middle School Oratorical Competition showcased how the event has grown over the years. This year’s event featured more of everything — more students and more schools participating and more scholarship money given away.

This year’s event was open to all four Rockdale County Public Schools middle schools in all three grades, sixth, seventh and eighth. More sponsors supporting the event meant that more prize money could be given away. In addition to Rockdale Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson, top sponsors included the Rotary Club of Conyers, Lexicon Technologies, Evans Tool and Die and Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation.

The first place winner for sixth grade was Margaret Hwang of Memorial Middle School. She spoke on “Why Should I Volunteer.” Corey Kidd of Davis Middle School won first glace for seventh grade speaking on “Imagine A World Where…” And the first place winner for eighth grade was Chaz Dooley of Davis Middle School, who spoke on “What It Means To Be A Leader.” All first place winners received cash prizes of $500.

Second place winners were Summer Watson, sixth grade, Conyers Middle School; Andrea Campbell, seventh grade, Conyers Middle School; and Avion Levermore, eighth grade, Conyers Middle School. Third place winners were Samuel Clark, sixth grade, Davis Middle School; Connor Mack, seventh grade, Memorial Middle School; and Tymesha Kindell, eighth grade, Edwards Middle School. Second and third place winners received prizes of $350 and $150, respectively.

Winners and their parents were encouraged to start their college savings now during a presentation by the Georgia Student Finance Commission Path 2 College 529 Plan. Several students committed to saving at least half of their winnings.

Rockdale Public Schools Superintendent Richard Autry kicked off the competition reminding all that academic opportunities such as the Oratorical Competition should be pursued by students and supported by the public.

“It is important that students are given these opportunities to not only showcase their academic talent, but to compete in academic extracurricular activities,” said Autry. “We truly appreciate the partnership with the Clerk of Courts Office to create this oratorical competition and give students the chance to be awarded for their hard work and oratory talent.”

“Lexicon is honored to partner with Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson to support the Rockdale Middle School Oratorical Competition,” said Lexicon Technologies CEO Travis Collins. “Our team feels strongly that supporting our public schools and encouraging students to strive is an investment in a brighter future for all.”

Collins, a former Board of Education member, was on hand to congratulate all the participants and emphasize again his support for Rockdale County Public Schools.

Plans are underway for the fall 2016 Oratorical Competition with an expanded group of public/private partners and sponsors. Questions may be directed to Cindy Ball of Rockdale County Public Schools at 770-860-4226.

Rockdale’s Biggest Con (Laugh With Us)

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Ya’ll may have been hearing about the scams going around targeting elderly men? Several local law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations into what appears to be a big ring allegedly operating in our area.
Well, Monday morning one of Rockdale’s elderly customers stopped by the Courtesy Ford dealership over on Dogwood. He looked at some of the vehicles in the showroom, and after whispering to his “friend” big smiles lit up their faces.  Otis with his very attractive, young bubbly blonde at his side suddenly rushed out of the dealership and headed to the local jewelry store. Old Otis runs a few head of cows over on his hard scrabble ponderosa in a Rockdale County. He is a confirmed bachelor.
Old Otis told us that he had strolled into a jewelry store in town on  a Friday evening with a goal in mind. The woman with him wore a form fitting dress and way too much makeup. In spite of their age difference, she was hanging all over Otis.
He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his lady friend. While the jeweler raised his eyebrows a bit, he kept his suspicions to himself. The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring. Shaking his head, Otis said, “I’d like to see something a bit more special.”
With $$$$ in his eyes, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. “Here’s a stunning ring at only $40,000,” he said. 


The woman’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. Smiling fondly at the blonde, Otis said decisively, “I’m not cheap. I’d be the laughing stock at the country club. Do you have anything more, well, pricey?”

The jeweler got excited and whisked off to his safe. Meanwhile, the blonde planted sweet kisses about Otis’ neck. Her nostrils flaring and eyes dancing with romance, she whispered in his ear.

It was at that moment the jeweler returned. “Sir, I hope I haven’t outdone myself. This ring is… “

“Doesn’t matter what it costs. I want that one” Otis said, determined.

“Sir this ring is $100,000 dollars. Naturally you must know the price of what you’re buying.”

“We’ll take it,” Otis said.

The jeweler asked how payment would be made and Otis stated, “By check. I know you need to make sure my check clears so I’ll write it now, and you can call the bank in Olde Town on Monday morning to verify the funds and I’ll pickup the ring Monday afternoon.”
On Monday morning, the jeweler phoned Old Otis and nervously said, “Sir, your bank in Rockdale just advised me there are insufficient funds in your account to cover your check. Are you sure it was Rockdale County? Are we talking about Conyers, Georgia?” 

“Yep, I know,” said Otis, “But I had a REAL GOOD weekend!”

Dr. Sinclair’s Corner

Get Your Workout On

10850859_10152844984805733_912680664_nWhile at the gym yesterday working out, I noticed a sign that read “Success Trains, Failure Complains.” Here’s the Sinclair remix. If you want to reach your destiny, you have to put in the work. Nothing comes easy and because of that, it’s going to take commitment, dedication, and persistence to get what you want. Yes, prayer is great, however, as it is written,’faith without works is dead.’That’s why you have to surround yourself with the right people who make it a habit of training for success. Just as working out is important to one’s health, one must train themselves to want to blow up from the floor up.

The writer of Proverbs penned the words, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Please don’t miss this. When you partner your uplook with your outlook then you’ll get the right outcome. I don’t care what anyone tells you, you can achieve everything you set your mind to. I don’t care what happened in your past, you can make today and tomorrow positive, productive, and prosperous. As I close this message, I urge to do what is necessary to achieve what God has called you to do. Don’t let anyone or anything hinder you.

By, For & About People in the Rockdale County Area