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Shaq launching new career as NBA analyst for TNT

O'Neal joins Barkley to make for exciting panel on NBA show

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JACK SIMPSON: Which candidate will rouse the GOP -- and earn your vote?

Is the GOP's slate of candidates strong enough?

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Locals in Senior All-Star Bowl

COVINGTON -- Football is not over for several of the best senior players in Rockdale and Newton county as 13 local players have been selected to play in the Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.. "It's a great honor and the ball game

LETTERS: BOC meetings need improving

The BOC should change its public comment policy.

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BISHER: Well, Bowl Me Over

So, how do you like your bowl game? Rare, medium or over-cooked? I almost said "unnecessary." It starts up right after noon in Albuquerque this coming Saturday and winds down right about midnight in Mobile 22 days later. Thirty-four games in between, and the rarest of these

Shaq's next attack

ATLANTA -- Shaquille O'Neal doesn't like the Chris Paul trade; Charles Barkley says Commissioner David Stern made a mistake.. O'Neal also says the trade talk swirling around Dwight Howard has damaged his relationship with the Magic though Barkley says the center is the first player he would choose to start

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Rockdale grad Ware to debut vs. Memphis

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kevin Ware joined practice with No. 4 Louisville for the first time this week. The short-handed Cardinals are expecting him to contribute immediately. Coach Rick Pitino said the 6-foot-3 guard could receive playing time as the backup point guard when the Cardinals (9-0) face

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to address the highs and lows of 2011

It's time to take note of the standouts of 2011.

Hartsfield-Jackson’s passenger traffic increased in October

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s traffic was 2.37 percent higher in October than the year before, said spokeswoman Katena Carvajales. Traveler foot-traffic rose from 7.86 million in 2010, to 8.04 million this year, she said, citing recently released statistics.

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Gravel truck flips over on Klondike, two other accidents ensue

A heavy duty truck flipped on its side and spilled its load of gravel Thursday on Klondike Road and was the first of three accidents occurring along a short stretch of road north of Interstate 20.

2-year-old bitten by dog

A 2-year-old was bitten by a Rottweiler-mix on Monday.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Even Sherlock can’t make sense out of Ritchie’s Holmes

Movie critic Michael Clark is not a fan of the new movie, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

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FILM FANS: 'The Sitter' rates high and low with Film Fans

Local Film Fans reviewed the new comedy, "The Sitter."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Latest ‘MI’ gives action-loving audiences what they want

Michael Clark takes a look at Tom Cruise's new flick, "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol."

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with movie critic Michael Clark

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Michael Clark reviews" Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Blu-ray disc.

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Woman fighting cancer wants treatment center in Rockdale

As Sheri Rogers continues her own battle against cancer, she has stepped forward to become the lead advocate for others and to have a cancer specialist center to be built in Rockdale County.

Talking deer mount goes missing

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.

Power line battle wages on

Georgia Transmission Corporation is in the final stages of obtaiing surveys from property owners for a hotly contested power line project through Mansfield.

Walmart opening hiring center to fill 250 jobs

Walmart executives announced the opening of a hiring center to fill about 250 jobs that will be created by the new Salem Road store.

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Delivering holiday cheer

Postal employee Dave Leasure, who resembles Santa Claus, we couldn't help but notice, lends a helping hand to customers mailing packages at the Conyers Post Office Thursday.

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Festive lights say 'Merry Christmas'

Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. Exuding Christmas cheer, is this Conyers Street house owned by the Durusau family. The Citizen will feature an assortment of Christmas lights throughout the community in the Sunday edition. The Georgia Department of Insurance issues the following safety guidelines for holiday lights: Buy

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Porterdale officials seek to improve housing conditions

Porterdale officials are working to correct housing code violations in the city.

Lithonia man charged in Thanksgiving Day shooting

A Lithonia man has been charged in connection with a Thanksgiving Day shooting in Conyers.

Dec. 16 Newton Blotter

Newton Blotter

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JOHN PEARRELL: It is a greater leap of faith to deny the virgin birth than it is to accept it

If this year is anything like previous years, there will be a plethora of PBS specials and investigative news reports all discussing one thing: the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

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Live nativity scenes prepare community for Christmas

Explore the meaning of Christmas a little deeper this year by attending one of the outdoor Nativity events taking place in Newton County. Covington First United Methodist Church and East Newton Baptist Church will both offer free outdoor nativities this season.

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JULIE WELLS: God already knows everything about baby yet to be born into this world

Well, hopefully by the time you read this column, my husband and I will have found out if we are having a little boy or a little girl. It hit me a couple of weeks ago that until we see that ultrasound picture of our little baby Wells, the Lord himself is the only person in this whole wide world who knows the sex of our child.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Homemade gifts will be loved, appreciated long after electronic gadget becomes useless

Q: My husband and I have a tradition of getting each other something really nice each Christmas, like jewelry or electronics. However, money is tight this year. How can I give my husband something special without breaking the bank?. Jim: Don't underestimate the power of the homemade gift. In fact

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ORRIN MORRIS: Christmas cactus prefer a tropical climate, but can bloom indoors during winter

The Christmas Season deserves a focus on some plants that actually bloom during this time of year. Thus, we are going to depart from the straight and narrow to examine the Christmas cactus. My mother had one for at least 30 years. As a child, I saw them in neighbors' homes during Christmas in Nebraska. As a teenager dating, I saw them in my girlfriends' homes around Christmas. As a pastor, I saw them in parishioners' homes.

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TONY ELDER: Don't let the bright lights of Christmas outshine the light of Christ

One of my daughters and her family has adorned the outside of their house and front yard with a varied assortment of brightly lit Christmas decorations. It's not one of these homes that exhibits so many lights that it almost forces you to wear sunglasses as you drive by.But they do have enough of an array of holiday illumination to garner the attention of passersby, hopefully bringing joy and excitement to some children's hearts as they point and say, "Ooh, look at those Christmas lights!"

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JAMES BEHRENS: God shines through the lull of our lives in poetry, song, Christmas magic

Many of us have difficulty when it comes to expressing what we feel. We seem to do fine when it comes to talking about everyday things like the weather, or sports -- the kind of discourse that is just enough to get us through a day or under an umbrella.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: As Christians, we are 'little Christs' called to spread word of God's salvation

There is something in a name. We at Trinity Baptist know a thing or two about the importance of names. Recently, we heard a rumor that Trinity was changing its name to Grace Christian Church. Although the rumor is not true, there is a church by that same name meeting in our building on Sundays after we meet for worship. Their sign on our front lawn is pretty effective, to say the least.

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Newton County Homebuilders provide aid to needy

Newton County Homebuilders Association members display some of the gifts provided for the Builders Giving Tree.

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Hampton Academy is boutique child care center in heart of Olde Town

Andrea Boyd has found a way to pursue both of her career interests -- working with children and practicing law -- through her recently opened childcare center, Hampton Academy. The Henry County resident, along with her business partner, Conyers resident Kathy Bell, operate the center, located in the heart of

Georgia's unemployment rate falls to 9.9 percent

Georgia's unemployment rate has fallen sharply to 9.9 percent in November, the largest one-month decline in 34 years.

Merriam-Webster picks 'pragmatic' as Word of Year

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Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

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THOMAS: By his own words, Obama shouldn't get second term

President Obama doesn’t suffer from amnesia, but apparently he hopes the public does.

Shaq's next attack

ATLANTA -- Shaquille O'Neal doesn't like the Chris Paul trade; Charles Barkley says Commissioner David Stern made a mistake.

LETTER: BOC meetings need improving

My wife and I made a decision over two years ago to get more involved in our Rockdale County government. We began to regularly attend Board of Commissioners and Board of Elections meetings. After two years of attendance, we particularly find the meetings of the BOC to often be the most frustrating to attend. This frustration for regular citizens who attend is, in our opinion, due largely to the unsatisfactory format of the BOC meetings.

Newton Community Calendar

Dec. 16

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Rockdale library names new director

CONYERS -- The Conyers-Rockdale County Library Board of Trustees named Daryl Fletcher the new director of the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library last week after serving as interim director for the last six months.

Helping Hands holds health fair

What: Helping Hands' Healthy for the Holidays Health Fair

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Festive lights say 'Merry Christmas'

Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Locals in Senior All-Star Bowl

COVINGTON — Football is not over for several of the best senior players in Rockdale and Newton county as 13 local players have been selected to play in the Georgia High School Senior All-Star Bowl at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

Rockdale/Newton Church Activities

Dec. 16

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BISHER: Well, Bowl Me Over

So, how do you like your bowl game? Rare, medium or over-cooked? I almost said "unnecessary." It starts up right after noon in Albuquerque this coming Saturday and winds down right about midnight in Mobile 22 days later. Thirty-four games in between, and the rarest of these is the Fight Hunger Bowl, appropriately named because the coaches of both teams have been fired, and where is their next meal to come from?

Sara Jones

Sara Treadwell Jones passed away December 13, 2011, at the age of 91. Sara was born January 10, 1920 in Rockdale County. Sara was dedicated to raising her two daughters ...

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James Butterworth

Mr. James Butterworth, age 82 of Covington, died Tuesday, December 13, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Estelle Butterworth and sister, Jeanette Lunsford. He is ...

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W. Harold Kitchens

W. Harold Kitchens, age 72 of Woodstock, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM Friday, December 16, 2011 in the ...

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