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Conyers First UMC hosts Breakfast with Santa

Conyers First UMC hosts Breakfast with Santa

Crossroads UMC presents Breakfast with Santa

Crossroads UMC presents Breakfast with Santa

Advent by Candlelight at St. Pius X Catholic Church

Advent by Candlelight at St. Pius X Catholic Church

Holiday Quilt Bazaar set at Epiphany Lutheran

Holiday Quilt Bazaar set at Epiphany Lutheran

Stewart Baptist presents Christmas Drama

Stewart Baptist presents Christmas Drama

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12-under Rams frustrate opponents

COVINGTON -- There are those that say there is no quitting in football. It could be because those people have never played against the Newton County Rams 12-under team.. In 12 games, which they won, the Rams have made three teams quit. Two quit before the start of the

Porterdale election under investigation

Mayor Bobby Hamby has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office regarding Porterdale's Nov. 8 election.

Two men sought in home invasion, armed robbery

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery in the Princeton Woods subdivision.

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HUCKABY: Mistletoe and magnolia: Hallmarks of a Southern Christmas

Just what makes an ideal Southern Christmas?

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Cal Thomas: A December to remember

Author takes readers back to a very different America in the era of World War II.

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Jack Simpson: Burglars are pests that should be controlled

Those who prey on others will eventually get their day of reckoning.

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Enos of 'Dukes' returns to Covington

Good-hearted deputy Enos Strate of "The Dukes of Hazzard" is returning to Covington for the annual Christmas parade.

Covington Fire urges caution with holiday candles, decorations

The Covington Fire Department offers advice to avoid fires this holiday season.

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Newton's Eastside Band working to reach fund-raising finish line

The Pride of Eastside Band has been invited to participate in the opening ceremonies of the famous NASCAR race on Feb. 26.

Two fires displace Newton families

Two families are displaced following fires that ravaged their homes this week.

Ex-school administrator sentenced in shooting dies

A former Fulton County middle school assistant principal who was convicted of shooting his estranged wife six times has died while serving his prison sentence.

Report: Georgia among leaders in student data systems

Georgia is being hailed as a national leader in collecting long-term student achievement data and making them accessible to schools and parents.

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Morrow police chief put on unpaid leave

Morrow's city manager has put Police Chief Jeff Baker on leave without pay after the chief missed a scheduled meeting.

Career path for high school students unveiled in Conyers

A post-secondary education concept for the secondary level -- that what Georgia State Superintendent John Barge hopes House Bill 186 is for Georgia high schools.

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Meeting with wife may be key to future of Cain bid

He's still plotting an aggressive campaign schedule across several states, but Herman Cain also has begun to outline a possible exit strategy from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Christmas gift boxes collected in Rockdale for needy abroad

Operation Christmas Child volunteers, from left, Jimmy George, Bonner Hawkins and Smyrna Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Bill Harris help organize gift-filled shoeboxes at Smyrna Presbyterian for eventual transport to poor children in other countries. Citizens in Rockdale County donated 1,919 boxes containing toys, personal hygiene items and clothing as

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Explain the Santa myth to doubting children before their peers do

Q: Our 7-year-old daughter is asking skeptical questions about Santa Claus. We have encouraged her belief in "old St. Nick" up to this point. How do we break the news to her now without coming across as total liars?. Jim: Most kids aren't as traumatized by the revelation

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Ask your pastor what he wants for Christmas

Every Christmas season many parishioners go to the their local retail or book stores and wrestle with that all-important question: "What do I get my pastor?" Well, I'm glad you asked.. I can hopefully help you, dear reader, narrow down some great gift ideas for your beloved clergy

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JOHN PEARRELL: The further our nation moves from its Christian foundation, the more intolerant it becomes

The secular humanistic view of tolerance has proven to be nothing more than a thin veil used to disguise their extreme intolerance.. The classical definition of tolerance is "sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own" (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition). That is

Savannah businessman can keep advertising gas discounts

A judge's order will allow a Savannah businessman to continue advertising discounted gas prices on signs outside his service stations while he fights the state's efforts to restrict the practice.

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TONY ELDER: God won't force us to bend to His will, but there's no doubt His way is best

We have a set of toy building blocks at our house that the grandkids often enjoy when they come over.. On such an occasion a few weeks ago one of our grandsons asked me to build a robot out of those interlocking pieces. I gladly complied, having constructed a variety

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JAMES BEHRENS: Through Mary, God made weakness the point of entry into life

We strive to build things that last, that endure through all the times and seasons that can sustain, or ravage, life.. No small part of factoring in a stable structure -- be that structure one of stone, or of flesh and spirit, such as a marriage -- is its foundation

FDR State Park to be closed for deer hunt

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park will be closed to all but hunters on Tuesday and Wednesday as the state conducts a managed deer hunt.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Morning glory thrives in vegetable, flower gardens

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

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JASON DEES: At Christmas, remember that Jesus Christ is the redeemer of all of mankind's sins

The first mention of Jesus Christ the redeemer in the Scriptures and in all of human history comes just moments after man's first sin.. In Genesis chapter three after the horrible account of the conscious decision of Adam to trust the serpent rather than trust God, to desire to beIn world history God showed special strokes of grace to a people in the Middle East, the Hebrews, a nation He had called and blessed. From God's revelation to the Hebrews we learn more about this Savior, and we learn that He is to come from them and be one of them.

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Southern Folk Advent features traditional shape-note singing

Hard times, a shaky economy, political fussing and fighting -- there's nothing new under the sun, the Scripture tells us.. As in the days of old when hard-working, ordinary folk found hope and comfort in singing hymns to the Lord, present generations have the benefit of those same songs

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Ryan has Falcons rolling after slow start

The wins haven't always been pretty, but thanks to Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense, Atlanta has won five of its last six games heading into Sunday's showdown on the road with AFC top dog Houston.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Vick is no-go for Thursday night game at Seahawks; Cutler unsure if he'll return this season

The broken ribs of Michael Vick aren't healing very fast, so he'll miss tonight's game at the Seahawks as Vince Young will make his third straight start for the Eagles, while Chicago's Jay Cutler says he may miss the rest of the season.

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Listen up, LSU ...

LSU and its fans will go on and on about how good the Tigers' defense is, but Georgia fans have a message for the Bayou Bengals heading into this weekend's SEC Championship game in Atlanta: The Bulldogs' defense is just as good -- or better -- as any they've faced all season.

Geraldine Williams

Geraldine Williams, age 83 of Covington, GA passed away November 23, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) www.caldwellandcowan.com

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Holiday concert features voices from Rockdale, Newton, surrounding counties

Although the repertoire for Christmas musicals is vast, Mary Lynn Luke still faces a song-selection challenge each year.

Conyers begins bike lane markings and signage project

CONYERS -- City officials announced work will begin on installing bicycle sharrows, or lanes, on streets in Conyers.

Holiday Quilt Bazaar set at Epiphany Lutheran

Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 2375 Ga. Highway 20 South, the Cotton Boll Quilt Guild hosts a Holiday Quilt Bazaar — crafts, baked goods, holiday items, fabric and needle crafts and more, 678-392-8264.

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'Arthur Christmas' is a holly, jolly romp

Arthur Christmas

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Newton's Community Band celebrates songs of Christmas

COVINGTON -- T.K. Adams is already in the holiday spirit.

Anna Bowling

Anna Frances (Marshbanks) Bowling, age 92, of Rockdale, GA died on November 30, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Conyers First UMC hosts Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Conyers First UMC, 921 N. Main St., Breakfast with Santa, cost: $5 per person or $25 maxium for 5 or more, proceeds benefiting Family Promise of New-Rock, 770-483-4236.

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Crossroads UMC presents Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Crossroads United Methodist Church, 2460 Highway 138, Conyers, the church hosts Breakfast with Santa, crafts, pictures and more, cost: $5 per child, 770-388-7438.

Film Fans take a chance on 'Breaking Dawn: Part 1'

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Washington joins Superior Court judge race

CONYERS -- Local attorney Gary Washington recently announced he will seek election as the Rockdale County Superior Court judge in 2012.

Downtown Covington getting wireless Internet

COVINGTON -- Downtown Covington is going wireless.

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Enos of 'Dukes' returns to Covington

COVINGTON -- A very special guest will take part in the annual Covington Christmas Parade Saturday.

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This Old House

Conyers First United Methodist Church will host a Designer Showcase at the Parish House from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, where a room inside the 1884 house will be decorated for the holidays by local businesses and designers.

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Newton's Eastside Band working to reach fund-raising finish line

COVINGTON -- The Eastside High School Band is revving up for a trip to perform at the Daytona 500 in February.

Advent by Candlelight at St. Pius X Catholic Church

Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2621 Highway 20 South, Conyers, the church hosts its third annual Advent by Candlelight — Father John Kieran, Father Bryan Small and Jennifer Willits speaking, desserts and beverages, Christmas themed baskets will be raffled, tickets: $10 per person, for reservations call 770-788-7606, Karen.

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Gunman wearing sunglasses robs Subway

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a lone sunglass-wearing gunman who held up the Subway restaurant at 55 Crowell Road on Monday night.

Newton Community Calendar

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Kemp urges care in charitable giving

As the state regulator of charities Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offered advice to residents planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season.

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TONY ELDER: God won't force us to bend to His will, but there's no doubt His way is best

We have a set of toy building blocks at our house that the grandkids often enjoy when they come over.

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JULIE WELLS: Remember to put love into your 'Merry Christmas' greetings

How does the saying go? Without Christ there would be no Christmas.That's right. For He is the sole -- or for a Christian I should spell it out as "soul" -- reason in celebrating Christmas.

Rockdale/Newton Church Activities

Dec. 3

Jimmy Reagin

Jimmy Reagin, age 80, of Lithonia, died Monday, November 28, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Reagin. Surviving are his children and their spouses, Jan & ...

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