News for Saturday, December 10, 2011

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KATHLEEN PARKER: The GOP's death wish

"Anybody but Mitt" has become a familiar mantra throughout the Republican primary campaign. It is also weird and self-defeating.

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O'REILLY: The tax man cometh, and he wasteth my payout

The tax man cometh, and he wasteth my payout. Thirty-five years ago, I was broke, having just graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in broadcast journalism. I was lucky enough to get hired as a reporter in Scranton, Pa., at $150 a week. One problem: I couldn't

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JOHN DOUGLAS: Too much political correctness in military

Some high level military and civilian leaders are making a deliberate and concerted effort to remove all traces of Christianity from the American military.

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ROB JENKINS: Create your own holiday newsletter with handy template

It's never too late to create a fascinating, informative letter or email portraying immediate family members in ways that are both flattering and largely fictional.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: What's in a name really isn't the issue

The Southern Baptist Church is contemplating a name change, but they may be focusing on the wrong thing.

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Georgia remembers Munson's 4 decades calling games at service

ATHENS -- Larry Munson was remembered Saturday for his devotion to his beloved Bulldogs in almost 43 years as the voice of Georgia football.. Munson was 89 when he died on Nov. 20 of complications from pneumonia.. Michael Munson said at the memorial service that his father died while wearing

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Georgia Tech eases past Savannah State 65-45

SAVANNAH -- The lightheadedness hit Daniel Miller a few minutes before tip-off of Georgia Tech's game against Savannah State on Saturday night.. "It was weird; I ate my normal meal, did my normal things during warm-ups," Miller said. "Thankfully, it didn't affect me too much once the

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Georgia Southern takes down Maine 35-23

STATESBORO-- Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win over Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.. The Eagles (11-2), who are seeking their seventh national championship, will play in the semifinals for the second straight year next

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3 women accept Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO, Norway -- Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence in Liberia and Yemen accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy.. "My sisters, my daughters, my friends -- find your voice," Liberian President Ellen Johnson

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Heritage players make all-Region 8 team

The accolades keep rolling in for the Heritage football team.. After head coach Chad Frazier was named Region 8-AAAA coach of the year and defensive lineman Ryan Watson was picked as the defensive player of the year, the Patriots put nine other players on the all-league lists Friday

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Alcovy’s Wilkins excels at new position on Furman team

COVINGTON -- Switching positions without notice did not seem to phase Gary Wilkins as the former Alcovy player was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team.. Wilkins started out playing a little bit here and there at middle linebacker for the Furman Paladins before an injury to a teammate changed

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Rockdale swim team wins quad meet

The Rockdale swim team took care of a trio of teams Thursday at Johnson Park. The Bulldogs won the overall event 407-to-321 over Heritage with the boy's winning handily over Eastside, 207 points to 172, and the girl's having to sweat out a 200-197 victory over the Patriots

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Find that one-of-kind gift at the monastery's new Abbey store

Want to avoid the hassle of driving into Atlanta for that out-of-the-ordinary Christmas present? Well, you can by visiting a shop right here in Conyers that carries unusual items from around the globe.

Eastside High students engage in fight; one charged with aggravated assault

Two students were injured and one arrested due to a fight at Eastside High School.

ON THE BEAT: Newton Sheriff's Office, Covington Police deal with petty thefts

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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Christmas Angel: Girl, 8, raises $500 for family in need

While other kids her age are dreaming about what they'll get from Santa, all Gracie Kendall wants for Chritmas is to help another child in need.

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NBA, Stern ripped from all corners for blocking Paul trade

Calls for David Stern to resign as commissioner of the NBA are echoed throughout the country Friday after Stern inexplicably blocks a deal that would’ve sent superstar Chris Paul of the Hornets — a team the league currently owns — to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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CLASS AAAA FINAL NOTES: Tucker lets its experience show in title win

Lovejoy coach Al Hughes and his Tucker counterpart Franklin Stephens both acknowledged that the top-ranked Tigers experience was probably a deciding factor in their 22-7 win Friday at the Georgia Dome.

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Fresh pain to fuel Wildcats’ future — Darryl Maxie

The Wildcats went as far as they could, to the 15th game, to the Georgia Dome, before running into a team every bit as fast as they, every bit as defensive-minded and even more battle-tested.

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End of the road for Lovejoy

Wildcats unable to finish perfect season, stop top-ranked Tucker’s diverse rush attack

The championship drought continues in Clayton County as Lovejoy's dream season ended in a nightmare on Friday in the Georgia Dome.

Calif. prison psychologist accused of faking her own rape

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- She split her own lip with a pin, scraped her knuckles with sandpaper and had her friend punch her in the face. Investigators say she even ripped open her blouse, then wet her pants to give the appearance she had been knocked unconscious.. It was all part

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Police identify Va. Tech gunman

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Police are identifying the Virginia Tech gunman as a 22-year-old college student at nearby Radford University.. Police said Friday that Ross Truett Ashley, of Radford, was responsible for killing a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday, triggering a campus-wide lockdown for thousands of students.. Ashley

Rockdale Development Authority funds promotional video

CONYERS -- The Development Authority of Rockdale County agreed to fund a promotional video that will bring former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback and NFL hall of fame member Terry Bradshaw to tout the business opportunities in Rockdale County.

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Teen beauty pageant winner inspires other contestants to donate 400 toys

The Toys for Tots program gained a few hundred more toys last weekend thanks to the efforts of one Conyers teen. Anna Barnes, who holds the title of Miss Georgia Teen America, organized what she called "A Queen for Claus" event which drew about 40 other pageant contestants and their families bearing over 400 toys to Have An Ice Day ice skating rink in Conyers last Sunday.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas'

You kind of know what you want for Christmas.

Beverly Grayson

Beverly Elizabeth Grayson age 93 of Conyers, GA formerly of Savannah, GA. passed away Thursday December 8th, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 10th in the Smyrna Presbyterian Church at 2:30 pm with Rev. Joe Watson and Rev. Merry Grayson officiating. Mrs. Grayson will lie in-state at the church from 1:00-2:30pm. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. She is survived by her children; Frank Grayson, Jr., Dona Woodham, Lane Grayson, Gary Grayson and Tracy Jenkins. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Sister; Tory Visnich and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Francis H. Grayson and parents Judson Burl and Gertrude Futch Blount. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Smyrna Presbyterian Church cemetery fund. Horis A. Ward-Rockdale Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Death row inmate gets new trial because of tweeting juror

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out a death row inmate's murder conviction and said he deserves a new trial because one juror slept and another tweeted during court proceedings.

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Rockdale Fire Dept. recognized by PETA for dog rescue

CONYERS -- Last week's rescue of a Rockdale County dog that had been trapped in a well for a week garnered national attention, with the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recognizing county firefighters with an award presentation.

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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.

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RONDA RICH: Wit, humor require a comic muse

I guess it had been more than a year that I had been thinking that I wasn't as funny as I used to be. When you make your living with witty observations and entertaining stories, this isn't an asset you want to lose.I fretted a bit, thinking that stress and problems were slowing the quick draw of my wit.

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Westbury seeks donations for Angel Tree

Westbury Health & Rehabilitation residents, from left, Lorenzo Raston, Paulette Heinz and Kelly Smith pose by the Angel Tree in the front lobby.

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Start to finish: 40 minutes

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Alcovy's Wilkins excels at new position on Furman team

COVINGTON -- Switching positions without notice did not seem to phase Gary Wilkins as the former Alcovy player was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team.

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Heritage players make all-Region 8 team

The accolades keep rolling in for the Heritage football team.

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End of the road for Lovejoy

ATLANTA — The championship drought continues in Clayton County as Lovejoy's dream season ended in a nightmare on Friday in the Georgia Dome.

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CLASS AAAA FINAL NOTES: Tucker lets its experience show in title win

ATLANTA — Lovejoy' coach Al Hughes and his Tucker counterpart Franklin Stephens both acknowledged that the top-ranked Tigers experience was probably a deciding factor in their 22-7 win Friday at the Georgia Dome.

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Fresh pain to fuel Wildcats' future - Darryl Maxie

ATLANTA — The business remains unfinished.

Hawks sign veteran McGrady to one-year deal

ATLANTA -- Tracy McGrady says he is ready to surprise skeptics who believe he no longer can perform as an elite NBA player.

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Georgia remembers Munson's 4 decades calling games at service

ATHENS -- Larry Munson was remembered Saturday for his devotion to his beloved Bulldogs in almost 43 years as the voice of Georgia football.

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