News for Friday, December 16, 2011

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Fire causes evacution of horses from GIHP

Spark from power lines suspected as cause of brush fire

A brush fire burned several acres Friday afternoon and caused the evacuation of horses at the Georgia International Horse Park.

GBI Bomb Squad called to Rockdale house

Suspicious container found to be empty

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to a house in south Rockdale County Friday after law enforcement discovered what appeared to be a munitions container.

Ga. not a winner in education grant competition

Georgia is not among the winners of the U.S. Department of Education's grant competition for early learning programs, federal officials announced Friday.

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Penn St. coach: I saw molestation and reported it

A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that he believes he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy on campus and that he fully conveyed what he had seen to two Penn State administrators.

Honey Creek Baptist offers 'Old-fashioned Christmas'

Honey Creek Baptist offers 'Old-fashioned Christmas'

East Newton Baptist holds annual Live Nativity

East Newton Baptist holds annual Live Nativity

Bethlehem Baptist presents Christmas Concert

Bethlehem Baptist presents Christmas Concert

Grace Covenant Presbyterian hosts Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Grace Covenant Presbyterian hosts Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Calvary Community hosts Candlelight Service

Calvary Baptist hosts Candlelight Service

Trinity Baptist holds Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Trinity Baptist holds Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death. CANTON -- The mayor of Canton is calling for a review of how police responded during the search for a missing 7-year-old girl who was later found dead.. Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood said he wanted an independent investigation into

New parts of Ga. immigration law to take effect

With the arrival of the new year, a key section of Georgia's new law targeting illegal immigration will begin to take effect.

Dec. 18 Newton Poll

Newton Phone Poll

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Staying alive

Ryan connects with White, Jones in win over Jags

Matt Ryan throws three touchdown passes and the Falcons rip Jacksonville, 41-14 to improve to 9-5 and strengthen their hold on the wild card spot.

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Report answers questions of Wheldon’s fatal crash

A 49-page report released Thursday absolved all officials of any blame in the Oct. 16 fatal car crash that took the life of popular Indy car driver Dan Wheldon.

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It’s Teague time

If Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague can play this year the way he did in the playoffs, he could be a key to Atlanta’s season.

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Paul arrives in L.A — finally

After days of confusion and frustration, Chris Paul, who was traded first to the Lakers, then then to the Clippers, arrives in Los Angeles Thursday to begin his new career with the L.A. Clippers.

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Bears’ receiver Hurd charged with setting up a drug-dealing network

Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was in federal custody Thursday, charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network after authorities arrested him with a kilogram of cocaine during a sting.

GBI Bomb Squad called to Rockdale house

CONYERS — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to a house in south Rockdale County Friday after law enforcement discovered what appeared to be a munitions container.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Hartsfield-Jackson's passenger traffic increased in October

The world’s busiest airport recently announced it has experienced another increase in passenger traffic.

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

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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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!"

Lithonia man charged in Thanksgiving Day shooting

CONYERS -- The suspect sought in the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Conyers man is in custody and charged with aggravated assault.

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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?

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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 Olde Town Conyers at 939 Bank St. in a renovated home.

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

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

2-year-old bitten by dog

CONYERS -- A 2-year-old girl was bitten in the face by a Rottweiler-mix Monday at house on Meadow Brook Lane.

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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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Newton County Homebuilders provide aid to needy

Newton County Homebuilders Association members Mike Smith, Scott Neely, Bob Goucher, Kim McNary and Steve DuBois display some of the gifts provided for the Builders Giving Tree, supported by Association members and sponsor by Pinnacle Bank.

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

Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol

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It's Teague time

ATLANTA — The Hawks are counting on Jeff Teague to prove he can play in the 2011-12 season like he did in last season’s playoffs.

Fire causes evacution of horses from GIHP

CONYERS — A brush fire burned several acres Friday afternoon and caused the evacuation of horses at the Georgia International Horse Park.

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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.

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

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray (PG-13)

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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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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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Gravel truck flips over on Klondike, two other accidents ensue

CONYERS -- 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.

Merriam-Webster picks 'pragmatic' as Word of Year

When the time came for Merriam-Webster to pick its top word of 2011, its editors decided they needed to be pragmatic.

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

"And they shall name him Emmanuel" (Matt. 1:23).

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Woman fighting cancer wants treatment center in Rockdale

CONYERS -- 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 built in Rockdale County.

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

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Sitter." Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Report answers questions of Wheldon's fatal crash

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar executive Brian Barnhart wonders every day whether he could have done something to save Dan Wheldon’s life.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian hosts Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec. 24 at 6 p.m., Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2900 Salem Road, Conyers, the church hosts a Christmas Eve candlelight service, 770-786-0111. Info: www.gracecovenantpresbyterian.atlpcusa.org.

Honey Creek Baptist offers 'Old-fashioned Christmas'

Old-fashioned Christmas Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., Honey Creek Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Honey Creek Road and Ebenezer Road, Conyers, the church hosts an Old-fashioned Christmas celebration featuring professional harpist, Kristi Pass. Info: 770-760-7088.

Trinity Baptist holds Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec. 24 at 6 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek Road, Conyers, the church hosts a Christmas Eve candlelight service, 770-922-8944. Info: www.trinityconyers.com.

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death

CANTON -- The mayor of Canton is calling for a review of how police responded during the search for a missing 7-year-old girl who was later found dead.

Otto Norton

Otto Lamar Norton of Covington, GA died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Sacred Journey Hospice. He was born on May 14, 1938 in Griffin, GA to William Thomas and Irene ...

Sammy Kimble

Sammy Charles Kimble of Oxford, GA died Monday December 12, 2011. He was born on October 13, 1952 in Covington, GA to James Oran and Nell Pearle Brand Kimble. He ...

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