News for Saturday, August 20, 2011


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The outside world

Wildlife Fest features animals big, small

Jim Sawgrass doesn't spend time on the computer or use his cellphone much, but he can tell you how to start a fire by rubbing sticks together or what wild berries are safe to eat.. A Muscogee Creek Indian tribe member, Sawgrass will be sharing his knowledge of the outdoors

Lawyers start bar association

Society hopes to build trust in legal system

CONYERS -- The NewRock Legal Society, a new professional association of attorneys, looks to reach out to residents and build trust in the local legal system through community outreach and education efforts.. Alcovy Judicial Circuit Judge Horace Johnson swore in Phinia Aten on Friday as the society's first president. Conyers

Consultants will teach attendees how to start their own business

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar teaching the basics of franchising.

JULIE WELLS: Even in times of sickness, He will carry you through

I feel like I've repeated "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," a thousand times lately.. Just when I think I am ready to sit down on the floor and absolutely cry like a baby, since I've been experiencing morning sickness and sometimes all day sickness

BEHRENS: Change may come, but we will always have each other

I recently was back to my hometown for a family visit. In between the social gatherings, I had time to drive around and check out the old town, the places where I grew up and, for better or worse, started learning the first of many lessons about life and getting

LAGUARDIA: We should be mindful of how we speak to others

Now that we are well under way in the 2012 election, we will experience a barrage of political rancor that has become all too ubiquitous in our civil discourse. In an election, as in any political process, words matter.. Where would we be without the power of words? Ours is

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Shyness could be more than a reserved personality

Q: My daughter is in elementary school and is extremely shy, so shy that it is affecting her schoolwork and friendships. What can we do to bring her out of this shell?. Juli: Unfortunately, many kids struggle with shyness. According to Dr. Jerome Kagan, a professor of psychology at Harvard

TONY ELDER: The Bible reminds us that our Heavenly Father can carry us

I babysat our three grandkids one recent evening while my daughter and son-in-law attended a school curriculum meeting for parents.. As usual, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with those children, but by the time their van pulled back into our driveway, I let out that

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fall brings false foxgloves to roadsides, embankments

The Creator has put the seasons in order, even as He set the moon and stars in the heavens. In Genesis 1:14, the biblical writer noted, "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be

JASON DEES: Teach kids to think about God

The apostle Paul once said to his disciple Timothy, "Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."Paul was rightly reminding his young friend

Softball round up

COVINGTON -- Newton's softball team took another step in the right direction before beginning Region 2-AAAAA play against Newnan on Aug. 30 as it improved to 5-2 with an 11-8 win over Spalding on Thursday.. Even though the Lady Rams (5-2) got the win, giving up eight runs against

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Keener drops campaign for mayor's seat

Social Circle mayoral candidate David Keener has dropped out of the race, citing "negative campaigning."

Grease fire burns Oak Hill Road home

Unattended grease on the stove is the cause of a house fire on Oak Hill Road Wednesday.

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Rockdale, Newton to gain state reps

Newton will gain two state legislators under redistricting maps approved by the General Assembly.

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Caring Crafters: Healing Hugs Quilting Ministry aids cancer patients

A husband's recently sent heartfelt thank-you note offered a glimpse into how a simple quilt can make a big difference in the life of a cancer patient. The man's wife had been feeling down and discouraged as she faced her battle with the disease, and then she received a handmade quilt from the Healing Hugs Quilt Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Covington.

Aug. 20 Newton Citizen Poll

"If the county wants to clear our debts and not keep firing good folks which cuts down on our services needed by the public, they need to sell off two barren wastelands and pay out. The Bear Creek Reservoir land and the multicounty industrial park, a total of over 3,000 acres which have proven to be useless could generate a lot of money by selling them both and a lot more money by putting them back on the tax rolls. Our people need relief today, not years from now when these lame projects may be of some use."