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Newton teams headed to finals of Holiday Bash

Both Newton basketball teams reached their respective championship games of the Wing Slingers Holiday Bash at East Jackson High School. The boys got a game-high 26 points from Stephen Croone and out-rebounded Banks County 41-19 in a 57-45 victory.

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Rockdale girls fall in Peach State tourney

Rockdale suffered its first loss of the season Thursday in the Peach State Holiday Invitational. The Bulldogs (9-1) fell to J.L. Mann (S.C.), 57-48 in the championship game of the silver bracket.

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Eagles reach tournament title game

It took an extra four minutes, but Eastside will play for a tournament championship. The Eagles held Monroe Area to one point in overtime, winning 72-67 in the semifinals of the Walnut Grove Christmas Tournament to set up a title game matchup against either Walnut Grove or Winder-Barrow tonight at 8 p.m.

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JACK SIMPSON: Sometimes a good deed draws the wrong kind of attention

The old timers have a ravine with a stream in their back yard. A place like this attracts critters of all kinds, including birds, squirrels, raccoons and deer. So the animals come for cover, food and water and the couple has taken to adding to the food supply with apples and corn.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Looking forward to a healthy 2012

You've heard the lyrics from that old Christmas carol that goes "fast away the old year passes?" Well the current "old year" can't pass fast enough for me and I'm making sure that sucker leaves right on cue. I am done with 2011 and don't want it to show its ugly face again.

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MARK SHIELDS: Down to blood relatives and paid staff

The continuing loss of confidence in our governmental and political institutions saps the already depleted national confidence and sours even more the nation's foul mood.

Library reduces staff, cuts hours

Nearly every staff member in the Newton County Library System has been affected by budget cuts.

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Celebrating 2012

Charlie Little says come get your collards and black-eyed peas and have a Happy New Year. Little, who has seen 15 New Years come around as an employee of Johnson Super Market on Washington Street in Covington, prepares for the large demand for collards from customers who come to

Rains help Poynter Lake rebound from low level

Recent rains have helped to replenish the water level at Randy Poynter Lake, the drinking water source and largest recreation area for Rockdale County residents.

Burglars take thousands in hair weaves from Conyers salon

Three suspects were caught on tape burglarizing a Conyers beauty salon.

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JASON DEES: Evaluate, set goals, implement a plan for the new year

I'm writing this from a park bench just off River Street in Savannah that overlooks the Savannah Harbor and Hutchison Island. It is a great little spot in this world and if you've never been down here, I highly recommend it.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Positive change in the world requires a change in the human heart

Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Years ago Alvin Toffler wrote in his book, "Future Shock," "The years skip by at an ever accelerating pace." When I read those words, I was a young man just beginning pre-medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I did not understand those words back then; I do today. My goodness where have the years gone?

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Trusting in God gives you hope for healing in the new year

Q: What is the secret to keeping New Year's resolutions? Do they ever work?

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Unity Church of Rockdale welcomes new pastors, plans concert events

Unity Church of Rockdale begins 2012 with a flurry of news and activities starting with the welcome of its new pastors this Sunday, a unique spiritual service and the kick off of its First Friday Concert Series featuring Grammy and other award-winning singers and songwriters.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Seek more of God, less of self in the coming new year

I like easy Christmases. You know, a Christmas with little or no fanfare -- simple Christmases with few bumps and issues.I knew trouble was on its way when I found out on Christmas Eve that a lasagna I was baking was the main entree for that evening's supper. To have it as the main course put undo pressure on my Italian cooking skills. It became inconvenient and a burden.

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TONY ELDER: Yield to the work of God's spirit to transform yourself in the coming year

I saw that one of the morning TV news programs was running a special feature this week entitled "A New Year, A New You." From the glimpse I got of it, this series of reports seemed to be focusing on some of those areas of change that we often resolve to make in ourselves as we replace our old calendars with new ones.

Religion news in brief

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) Low rates of vaccinations in Ashland prompts study requestASHLAND, Ore. (AP) Southern Oregon University and Jackson County health officials are hoping to get money for a study of Ashland's low rate of child vaccinations, due largely to religious exemptions.. In 2010, 25 percent of Ashland students didn't

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JULIE WELLS: This new year focus on loving one another, spreading the good news of God

It is so easy to get caught up in resolutions in January, only to have forgotten about them by February. But maybe this new year we should just focus on doing what God truly created us all to do, and that is to love one another and spread the good news of Him.

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JAMES BEHRENS: On New Year's Eve, our hearts brim with goodness, hope for the future

New Year's Eves are always quiet here at the monastery. I do not know of any monks who stay up through midnight. If there are, they welcome the New Year unnoticed.. Most of us are long asleep by the time the New Year rolls into town.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragrant virgin's bower can trigger allergies, cause dermatitis

The concept Jesus taught us when instructing us "to love our neighbor as ourselves" is of divine dimensions. We are to relate generously, putting the well being of those who are the objects of our love above our personal desires and pleasure.

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FILM FANS: Raves for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Local Film Fans reviewed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," this week's movie.

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The best (and worst) of 2011

Michael Clark's best and worst movie moments from 2011.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Knightley, Mortensen stimulate audiences in ‘A Dangerous Method’

Michael Clark reviews director David Cronenberg's new movie, "A Dangerous Method."

MOVIE REVIEW: Oldman’s performance unnoticed in convoluted ‘Soldier Spy’

Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," a movie based on the novel by John le Carre.

Dec. 30 Newton Blotter

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Dollar General opens in Newborn

Dollar General recently opened a new store at 4049 Highway 142 in Newborn and is hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 a.m.. At the grand opening event, customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes.

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Youth Villages hires counselors with Conyers connections

Donald English, a Conyers resident, and Jasmin Dior Wilson, a native of Conyers who lives in Atlanta, have recently joined Youth Villages. Both serve as teacher-counselors at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville, which provides residential treatment services for children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues

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Porterdale Perk and Cafe a new coffee-breakfast-lunch option

As a skin care specialist, Joy Patterson spent her career making people feel better. Now that she is the owner of the new Porterdale Perk and Cafe, her goals are not much different. Instead of pleasing people by enhancing their beauty, she aims to make them happy with her culinary skills.

Rockdale announces finalists for community relations director

Rockdale County announced two finalists for its community relations director to replace Erica Fatima, who resigned in September.

Ga. gets $5M in federal money for PeachCare boost

It's the first time Georgia has received a performance bonus since the insurance program was reauthorized in 2009.

Sheriff probes new report of syringe at Walmart

In the most recent case, authorities say a family purchased items in the girl's clothing, electronics and grocery departments.

House fire that killed 4 believed to be accidental

Sheriff Lynn Anderson says the cause of the fire is under investigation by the office of the state fire marshal.

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Georgia military bases shedding civilian jobs

In the decade of wartime that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Georgia's military bases have seemed nearly recession-proof. Not anymore.

Watch Night Service planned at Rock Temple AME

Watch Night Service planned at Rock Temple AME

Victorious Life holds New Year’s Eve Service

Victorious Life holds New Year’s Eve Service

Trail to Christ holds Watch Night Service

Trail to Christ holds Watch Night Service

Macedonia Baptist holds Watch Night Service

Macedonia Baptist holds Watch Night Service

Rock Temple AME holds New Year’s Day Service

Rock Temple AME to hold New Year’s Day Service

Loves and Hugs hosts "Royal Love Monday"

Loves and Hugs hosts "Royal Love Monday"

Loves and Hugs offer New Year’s Eve Service

Loves and Hugs offer New Year’s Eve Service

Newton Baptist hosts gospel singing

Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., Newton Baptist Church, 720 Jack Neely Road, Covington, the church hosts a Gospel singing featuring the Tribute Quartet, 770-788-7868.

Technology aids in return of stolen phone

CONYERS -- A local man discovered it is difficult to escape the long arm of the law, especially when officers have new technology to assist them.

Watch Night Service planned at Rock Temple AME

Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., Rock Temple AME Church, 1021 Bryant St., the church hosts a Watch Night Service, the Rev. Alfred Vaughn speaking, 770-922-5707.

Rock Temple AME holds New Year's Day Service

Jan. 1 at 9 a.m., Rock Temple AME Church, 1021 Bryant St., Conyers, the church hosts a New Year’s Day service, 770-922-5707.

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JAMES BEHRENS: On New Year's Eve, our hearts brim with goodness, hope for the future

New Year's Eves are always quiet here at the monastery. I do not know of any monks who stay up through midnight. If there are, they welcome the New Year unnoticed.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragrant virgin's bower can trigger allergies, cause dermatitis

What will the new year hold for you and me? We don't know, but hope is vital to our daily activity. We hope for improvement in our health, our income and our security. We hope to maintain strong family ties, enduring friendships, and stable communities.The New Testament writer Paul, in First Corinthians 13, concluded "now abideth faith, hope and love: but the greatest of these is love" (v. 13). Faith, hope, and love are interdependent. The true attitude of love always reflects in tangible actions.

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TONY ELDER: Yield to the work of God's spirit to transform yourself in the coming year

I saw that one of the morning TV news programs was running a special feature this week entitled "A New Year, A New You." From the glimpse I got of it, this series of reports seemed to be focusing on some of those areas of change that we often resolve to make in ourselves as we replace our old calendars with new ones.

Trail to Christ holds Watch Night Service

Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., Trail to Christ Worship Center, 132 South Cherokee St., Social Circle, the church hosts a Watch Night service, the Rev. Eugene Inscore preaching, 770-385-3380.

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Fran Elizer

Mrs. Fran Hardy Elizer of Covington, formerly of Oxford, died December 17, 2011 at the age of 95. She was born in Molena, GA on November 9, 1916 to the late William Marvin, Sr. and Annie Kate “Hawkes” Hardy. Fran met her late husband, Marshall Ridley Elizer, while he was serving as a teacher and principal at Molena public school during the years 1937 - 1941. Fran was the middle daughter of 5 children, her father owned a store and a farm. Her mother was an invalid, and for 9 years Fran sacrificed her opportunity for further education to care for her mother. Fran made her mark on those who worked in and used the Oxford College Library, where she worked as a library assistant for 23 years. She processed books and helped in the reference and special collections areas. But it was the personal, caring touches that she brought to the job that made her special in the eyes of her fellow staff members and Oxford students. She would adorn the library with fresh flowers from her garden. And it was not unheard of for her to mend the ripped-out knees of a student’s jeans. In the year 2000, Marshall Ridley Elizer and Mrs. Fran Hardy Elizer were the recipients of the R. Carl Chandler Award for a lifetime of service to Oxford College, and in the same year an endowed scholarship was established in her honor. Fran was a faithful member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church for 65 years, a charter member of the Amitie Club,and a member of the Oxford Historical Shrine Society. Fran is preceded in death by her brothers, William Marvin Hardy, Jr., Sutton L. Hardy; sister, Hazel H. Fowler. Fran is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Robbie E. and Ross Piper of Terre Haute, IN, Marcia E. and Don T. Floyd of Covington; grandchildren, Roxanne P. Davis, Lea P. Hollowell, Michael S. Floyd, Thomas M. Floyd; great-grandchildren, Casey Shaw, Andrew Floyd, Emma Floyd, Patrick Davis, Levi Hollowell, Sarah Floyd, Lucia Davis, Lexi Hollowell; sister, Katherine H. Bell. A Memorial Service for Fran will be held on Monday, January 2, 2012, at 2:00 P.M., at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford, with Rev. Lyn Pace and Rev. Max Vincent officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the library expansion project at Oxford College, 100 Hamill Street, Oxford, GA 30054 or to the Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117, Oxford, GA 30054. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

Dolores Welling

Dolores (Dee) A. Welling, age 67, of Covington GA passed away December 24, 2011. Dee was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bob) Welling. She is survived by her son Bryan Greenwalt (Angela). She also leaves behind a host of friends and co-workers who will dearly miss her. Dee was an avid reader, loved to travel, and was a thoughtful and giving person. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home hospice at 760 Pollard Blvd. Atlanta GA. or the Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318. Memorial services will be held Saturday December 31, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward, 376 Fairview Rd. Stockbridge 30281 770-474-1231.

Jan Barbre

Jan K. Barbre age 65 of Scottville, MI passed away at home on December 15, 2011. He was a former AT & T employee. The family has entrusted Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Ludington, MI with arrangements.

Loves and Hugs offer New Year's Eve Service

Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Loves and Hugs Christian Tabernacle Inc., 1701 Klondike Road, Conyers, the church hosts a New Year’s Eve service.

Victorious Life holds New Year's Eve Service

Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m., Victorious Life Church, 1615 Old McDonough Highway, Conyers, the church hosts a New Year’s Eve service, 770-602-0960.

Hawthorn Suites at Horse Park under new ownership

CONYERS -- The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotel at the Georgia International Horse Park has been acquired by Centennial Resorts LLC of Raleigh, N.C., and will soon undergo renovations and upgrades.

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Thomas Leathers

Thomas Beacher Leathers, age 88 of Conyers, died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Merryvale Assisted Living in Oxford, Georgia. Beacher graduated from Boys High and then went into the Navy during World War II serving as a Motor Machinist 3rd class on the Destroyer USS Dale W. Peterson. They were on convoy duty traveling between Italy, England and then transferring to the Pacific. Upon return from the war he worked for the Atlanta Fire Department. He trained at Station 7 in West End, was assigned to Station 4 and then worked in the Signal Office for the remainder of his career. He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Whatley Leathers to whom he was married for over 50 years. They were both active at Mt. Carmel Christian Church for most of their married life. Later he attended Crosspoint Christian Church, Browns Bridge Christian Church and Conyers First United Methodist Church and the family joke was that dad wanted to cover all his bases on the church side. Beacher was devoted to his family and the service of others. He traveled on many church building trips with Mt. Carmel over the years. On behalf of the family we wish to extend our deep gratitude to the many that helped us during dad’s journey, Dr. George Smith, the entire Merryvale Assisted Living Staff, Brightmoor Hospice and Mrs. Annie Price who gave care in the last days of dad’s life. They have been a blessing to each of us. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Thomas and Susan Leathers of Covington, son and daughter-in-law, William Beacher and Laura Leathers of Lilburn, daughter and son-in-law, Debra Anne and Guy Robinson of Decatur, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Scot Ward’s Green Meadow Chapel with Rev. Curt Zehner, Rev. Bill Rollins, and Rev. Ron Watson officiating; a reception will follow service. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crosspoint Christian Church, Browns Bridge Christian Church or Furkids animal rescue www.furkids.org. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

Loves and Hugs hosts "Royal Love Monday"

Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Loves and Hugs Christian Tabernacle Inc., 1701 Klondike Road, Conyers, the church hosts a special event titled “Royal Love Monday”.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Oldman's performance unnoticed in convoluted 'Soldier Spy'

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R)

Covington 1st UMC hosts Dave Ramsey class

Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., Covington First United Methodist Church, the church hosts a Dave Ramsey class, visit: www.covingtonfirst.org or 770-786-7305.

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FILM FANS: Raves for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

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

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Rockdale girls fall in Peach State tourney

ATLANTA — Rockdale suffered its first loss of the season Thursday in the Peach State Holiday Invitational.

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Dec. 31

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JACK SIMPSON: Sometimes a good deed draws the wrong kind of attention

Better watch out. Better not shout. I’m telling you why. You just might find yourself in trouble just like the 80-year-old couple in Elyria, Ohio. They are being sued by the city and it isn’t for not paying taxes. No, it is (are you ready for this?) for feeding wildlife in their backyard. Now how about that? Christian charity.

Glenda Potts

Glenda Ann Potts of Covington went to heaven on December 25, 2011 at the age of 62. She has now reunited with her true love and companion, Raymond G. Potts ...

Mark Gilbert

Mark S. Gilbert Sr. age 57 of Conyers Ga. passed away December 24, 2011. Mark was predeceased by his mother Jamie Huggins. Survivors are his wife Pamela L. Gilbert, daughter ...

Leila Gary

Leila Gary, age 87, of Conyers, GA died on December 27, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Kenneth Casteen

Kenneth Casteen Sr., age 60, of Covington, GA died on December 24, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

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