News for Friday, December 2, 2011

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Walk of Heroes plans flag disposal ceremony

The Walk of Heroes Foundation is seeking old, worn out United States flags for a flag disposal service to be held at the Veterans Memorial Park in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Olde Town Gallery to close its doors this month

Board members of the Olde Town Gallery cited the tough economic times in announcing Friday they will slash operating hours of the arts center in the coming weeks and shut down on Dec. 17.

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Conyers Mrs. Claus makes this her last season by Santa's side

After 15 years playing the role of Mrs. Claus, Jessie Brown will hang up her red dress and cap for the final time. The 74-year-old said she's enjoyed her run, which has included standing by Santa's side for at least a decade in the Conyers Christmas parade.

Newton FFA selling poinsettias

Newton High FFA is selling poinsettias this holiday season.

Homeless man shot in Newton

A man who told officials he was homeless was shot early Friday morning.

Newton officials to meet on redistricting

The public will have a first chance to view proposed reapportionment maps at a meeting Tuesday night.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Teen struggles to do the right thing in 'On the Come Up'

You're a good kid. You are. You're smart, decent, and loyal but every now and then -- especially when you're not asking for it -- it seems like trouble jumps on your back for a ride and there ya go. You hate that because it's times like those that just about ruin your life. Times like those make people think badly about you.

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RECIPE BOX: Nutter Butter Santas as much fun to make as they are to eat

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and at Kelly Richard’s house, it has begun to smell like Christmas, too.

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Country music radio personality Moby teams up with local author Darrell Huckaby to produce audio version of 'Need Two'

For author/educator Darrell Huckaby, "Need Two" is the gift that keeps on giving. The Newton County native's first novel, a humorous account of two small-town friends who defy all odds to attend the 1981 Sugar Bowl -- where Huckaby's beloved Georgia Bulldogs won the national football championship -- was published in 1995, and several years later the book was re-released in paperback.

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RONDA RICH: The art of storytelling from the very best

Out of the blue one day, I got an email from an old, beloved friend from my NASCAR days. In the days when first I met him, Jim Freeman was the public relations director at the Talladega track. That was when the publicity at all the tracks was run by

Cain making announcement about bid Saturday

His campaign all but over, Herman Cain said Friday he would make an announcement Saturday in Atlanta about the future of his White House bid.

Dec. 4 Newton Citizen Poll

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Citizen website up and running after equipment failure

Due to an equipment failure during an overnight upgrade by the site's host Internet service provider, the Newton Citizen website was down for much of Friday morning and into the afternoon. The issue was resolved at about 1:30 p.m.

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Salem girls remain unbeaten with lopsided win

The Thomson girl’s basketball team probably saw all it wanted to see of the freshman duo of Ayanna Mitchell and Shay Tarver.

Unemployment rate falls to lowest since March 2009

Small businesses that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

Toys for Tots desperate for donations

COVINGTON -- It's the mission of Toys for Tots to give children in need something to smile about during the holidays, but this year, if donations don't pick up, some little ones may get nothing for Christmas.

Two men sought in home invasion, armed robbery

COVINGTON — A Princeton Way man was robbed at gunpoint by two men after he answered a knock at his door shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

Citizen website up and running after equipment failure

Due to an equipment failure during an overnight upgrade by the site's host Internet service provider, the Newton Citizen website was down for much of Friday morning and into the afternoon. The issue was resolved at about 1:30 p.m.

Salem girls remain unbeaten with lopsided win

Conyers — The Thomson girl’s basketball team probably saw all it wanted to see of the freshman duo of Ayanna Mitchell and Shay Tarver. Mitchell had 22 points and six rebounds and Tarver added 13 points and four assists as the Seminoles remained unbeaten at 6-0 with a 59-24 victory Friday in Conyers.

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

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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