News for Wednesday, December 21, 2011


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Local teams pick up 2nd-place trophies

The Heritage girls basketball team recently finished second in the Chuck Miller Classic at Henry County High School. The Patriots fell in the championship game 66-45 to Douglas County, a Class AAAA semifinalist a year ago. In the first round, Heritage (6-4) knocked off Eagle's Landing 60-39 and then behind

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Citizen's 2011 All-Area Softball team

2011 Citizen all-area softball team. First teamAmanda Hawkins, senior, catcher, Eastside. Excellent numbers in every category, including average (.406), on-base percentage (.551), doubles (17), home runs (7) and RBIs (30).. Taylor Causey, senior, pitcher, Eastside. In 93 innings pitched, went 11-4 with an 0.83 ERA. Also hit .338

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'War Horse' a mediocre film

Michael Clark takes a look at Steven Spielberg's new movie, "War Horse."

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Midnight in Paris'

Michael Clark spotlightthe "Midnight in Paris" Blu-ray disc.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Adventures of Tintin' is for you only if already a fan

Michael Clark reviews "The Adventures of Tintin."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Artist' harkens back to silent-film era

Michael Clark reviews 2011's silent, black and white film, "The Artist."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Damon, Jones relationship steals 'We Bought A Zoo" spotlight

Michael Clark reviews Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson's family flick, "We Bought a Zoo."

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'Tintin' thrills the younger audience members

Two local school students review "The Adventures of Tintin."

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Movie Trivia Contest 12/23

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

Film Fans not impressed with new 'Sherlock Holmes'

Local Film Fans reviewed "Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows."

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DOT continues roadwork

The DOT continues paving the intersection of Hazelbrand Road and U.S. Highway 278 and has announced another local road closure for the first week in January.

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Chiropractor retires after five decades

Dr. W.E. Jackson and his wife Vicki have retired after 51 years of practice.

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BOC approves redistricting map

Commissioners approved a redistricting map Tuesday night.

Elks Aidmore receives $5,000 grant

Elks Aidmore Children's Center announced it has received a $5,000 grant to support capital improvement projects at its 141-acre campus in Rockdale County.

Conyers VFW post seeking new members

The Conyers VFW post is looking for new members from Rockdale, Newton and DeKalb counties.

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Just in time for Christmas goodies

Oxford resident Grady Spradley has mastered the art of picking up pecans without stooping over. Though a tiresome chore, which must give way to an even more tiresome chore of shelling the tasty nut, the end result is well worth the effort when the nuts are added to favorite holiday

Blue Willow in Social Circle reopens after shutting down due to customers' illness

Several customers became ill after eating at the Blue Willow Restaurant in Social Circle Friday. The popular eatery was closed down briefly and reopened after undergoing sterilization and inspection by the Northeast Georgia Health District.

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Thompson shines for Eagles

Bernard Thompson had one of his finest games as a collegiate Monday.

LETTER: Thanks for support of park event

Please accept official thanks from the Friends of Newton Parks Inc. for granting us the space to promote the fourth annual "Twilights at Chimney Park" held Dec. 4. Your support for this growing Christmas tradition helped to turn out more than 1,500 attendees who celebrated the start of the season in an enchanting woodland lit with thousands of strands of lights in unique displays. Giant nutcrackers made by volunteers working under artist Ann Wildmon set the stage for a number of new elements, including the elaborate decoration of the old house foundation and Mack McKibben playing Christmas tunes in the imagined foyer. An exciting new addition to the park, located behind the Newton County Library, is the handsome bridge built as an Eagle Scout project by Sam Hay IV, connecting the front and back of the park.

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Hawks aim for conference finals with slimmer Smith

ATLANTA -- For a team that looks so familiar on paper, the Hawks look much different on the court.

Newton Community Calendar

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LETTER: State patrol cautions against impaired driving

The Georgia State Patrol has joined law enforcement officers from across the United States in a concentrated effort to stop impaired driving. Now through the end of New Year's Day, Georgia state troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and road checks with local police officers and sheriffs' deputies during the peak hours for impaired driving in Georgia.

Dye leads Salem girls cross country

COVINGTON -- Every time Salem's Jamara Dye hit the course she seemed to get a little better which is why she was able to hold off the competition to become the Citizen's All-Area Girls Cross County Runner of the Year.

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Tech men win third straight

DULUTH -- It wasn't pretty, but the Georgia Tech men's basketball team will take it. Glen Rice Jr. had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Mfon Udofia added all 16 of his points in the second half and the Yellow Jackets defeated Alabama A&M, 65-54 Monday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Citizen's 2011 All-Area Softball team

2011 Citizen all-area softball team

Rockdale/Newton Government Meetings

Government Meetings

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Why are toys selling out? Might be mommy blog buzz

Emily Vanek is not buying up a bunch of LeapPad Explorers herself, but she may be at least partly to blame for some stores selling out of the $99 children's tablet this holiday season.

Lovie Jones

Lovie V. Jones, age 60, of Covington, GA passed away December 19, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) ...

James Creech

Mr. James Lee Creech, age 80 of Stockbridge died December 19, 2011. He is survived by wife, Thelma Creech, Stockbridge; daughters & sons-in-law, Sheila & Allen Rico, Mossy ...

Charles Inniss

Mr. Charles Benjamin Inniss, age 87, of Covington, GA, passed away December 17, 2011. Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the Arrangements. (770) 786-7111.

David Hunt

David Lewis Hunt of Covington, passed away December 19, 2011, at the age of 55. Mr. Hunt worked for C&D Batteries for 34 years. He enjoyed spending time ...

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CAL THOMAS: Death of an atheist

Perhaps not since Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Carl Sagan has there been such an “evangelical” atheist as Christopher Hitchens, the writer and social commentator who died last week after a long and public battle with esophageal cancer.