News for Friday, December 9, 2011

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Calhoun stuns Buford to win state title

Nothing is guaranteed, especially in football. Buford found that out the hard way on Friday.

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Hawks sign veteran McGrady to one-year deal

Tracy McGrady says he is ready to surprise skeptics who believe he no longer can perform as an elite NBA player.

Flag disposal ceremony rescheduled

Organizers of the U.S. flag disposal ceremony at the Georgia Veterans War Memorial has rescheduled the event for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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Rockdale Fire Dept. recognized by PETA for dog rescue

Last week's rescue of a Rockdale County dog that had been trapped in a well for a week garnered national attention, with the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recognizing county firefighters with an award presentation.

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Rockdale Development Authority funds promotional video

The Development Authority of Rockdale County agreed to fund a promotional video that will bring former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback and NFL hall of fame member Terry Bradshaw to tout the business opportunities in Rockdale County.

Dec. 11 Newton Poll

Newton Citizen Poll

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RECIPE BOX: Reindeer Cupcakes

Today, we honor some of Santa's helpers by making this Christmas treat -- reindeer cupcakes.I can't remember where in the world I first saw the recipe for reindeer cupcakes. It may have been online or in a magazine. Either way, the recipe has stayed in my memory long enough for

Georgia tax revenues show another monthly increase

For the 17th straight month, Georgia's tax collections rose 7 percent last month and are nearly 7 percent ahead of last year.

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Ballew-Sorrells Wedding

Nikki Sheree Ballew and Nicholas Sean Sorrells were married Sept. 30. Dr. John Pearrell officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Pauline Ballew of Covington. She is employed with Newton Federal Bank.. The groom is the son of Wade and Joan Sorrells of Covington. He is employed with

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Sikes-Kennedy Engagement

Steven and Linda Sikes of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gail Sikes of Bryon, to Walter Anthony Kennedy of Warner Robins, son of Lonnie and Susan Kennedy of Long Branch, N.J. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mat and Ann Turner of Conyers and the late Lewis and Quita Sikes of Brunswick.

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Westbury seeks donations for Angel Tree

Westbury Health & Rehabilitation residents, from left, Lorenzo Raston, Paulette Heinz and Kelly Smith pose by the Angel Tree in the front lobby. Each resident of the facility has an angel on the tree with their Christmas wish and the community is invited to come and adopt an angel.

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Mattox-Hotchkiss Wedding

Catharine "Cassie" Tiffany Mattox and Travis Carlson Hotchkiss were married Oct. 8 in Charleston, S.C.. The ceremony took place on the Great Lawn in front of the South Carolina Aquarium and the reception was held inside the aquarium.. The bride is the daughter of Charles and Emily Mattox of San

Survivor says he can't recall US soldier slayings

A soldier who survived a bullet creasing his head during shootings that left two of his Army roommates dead at their base camp in Iraq told a military judge Friday that he can't remember being shot or who pulled the trigger.

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As he campaigns, Gingrich also works for profit

Newt Gingrich loves selling himself — both as a presidential hopeful and as a for-profit author.

Friends mourn death of former state senator

Friends were mourning the death of former Georgia state Sen. Robert Brown, the fiery leader of the chamber's Democrats for six years, who was found dead at his home Thursday.

Man gets life in prison in Gainesville killing

A Gainesville man has been sentenced to life prison in connection with a deadly shooting at a housing complex in the northeast Georgia city.

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Teen beauty pageant winner inspires other contestants to donate 400 toys

The Toys for Tots program gained a few hundred more toys last weekend thanks to the efforts of one Conyers teen. Anna Barnes, who holds the title of Miss Georgia Teen America, organized what she called "A Queen for Claus" event which drew about 40 other pageant contestants and their

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas'

You kind of know what you want for Christmas.. Truthfully, you hadn't thought much about it before now. You've been so busy decorating, checking off your gift list, and wrapping presents that you never stopped to consider what you wanted to find beneath the tree. But everybody's been asking lately

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RONDA RICH: Wit, humor require a comic muse

I guess it had been more than a year that I had been thinking that I wasn't as funny as I used to be. When you make your living with witty observations and entertaining stories, this isn't an asset you want to lose.I fretted a bit, thinking that stress and problems were slowing the quick draw of my wit.

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Depleted Panthers D-line faces big test in Turner

Falcons running back Michael Turner has rushed for 651 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last six games against the Panthers.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Shame'

SHAME

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Debt'

The Debt Blu-ray (R)

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'New Year's Eve'

NEW YEAR'S EVE

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Ballew-Sorrells Wedding

Nikki Sheree Ballew and Nicholas Sean Sorrells were married Sept. 30. Dr. John Pearrell officiated the ceremony.

Rockdale wins quad meet

Conyers — The Rockdale swim team took care of a trio of teams Thursday at Johnson Park. The Bulldogs won the overall event 407-to-321 over Heritage with the boy's winning handily over Eastside, 207 points to 172, and the girl's having to sweat out a 200-197 victory over the Patriots.

Thirteen players named to Region 8 football team

The accolades keep rolling in for the Heritage football team. After head coach Chad Frazier was named Region 8-AAAA coach of the year and defensive lineman Ryan Watson was picked as the defensive player of the year, the Patriots put nine other players on the all-league lists Friday. The first team was littered with Patriots as linebacker Chase Alford was one of five unanimous first-team selections. Alford was joined by running back Quami Stanley, offensive lineman Harrison Baize, linebacker Dustyn Moore, defensive back Jamaal Lane and kicker Harrison Kulp.

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Mattox-Hotchkiss Wedding

Catharine "Cassie" Tiffany Mattox and Travis Carlson Hotchkiss were married Oct. 8 in Charleston, S.C.

Rockdale/Newton Club Calandar

Mondays

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The Recipe Box: Reindeer Cupcakes

Julie Wells

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Sikes-Kennedy Engagement

Steven and Linda Sikes of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gail Sikes of Bryon, to Walter Anthony Kennedy of Warner Robins, son of Lonnie and Susan Kennedy of Long Branch, N.J.

Mamie Lou Scarborough

Mrs. Mamie Lou Scarborough of Oxford, passed away December 7, 2011, at the age of 93. She was born in Wrightsville, GA, on March 6, 1918, to the late Dr ...

Joe James

Mr. Joe Robert James, age 69 of Conyers, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Gladys James. He is survived by his ...

Daisy Arnold

Daisy Watkins Lord Arnold, age 83 of Loganville, GA passed away December 5, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)

Joseph Ward

Joseph “J. C.” Ward, passed away December 8 at age 100. He was a much-loved and longtime resident of Covington, having moved here in 1950 to establish ...

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