News for Saturday, July 16, 2011


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Two Conyers families are hosting teenage orphans from Latvia for the summer through the Christian non-profit New Horizons for Children.

Newton Poll - 07-16-11

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RCPS looks for vendors for parent academy

CONYERS — Officials at Rockdale County Public Schools hope local organizations and businesses might be able to help out with the first district parent academy.

Schools deal with testing scandal

CONYERS — After nearly 200 educators in Atlanta Public Schools were accused of cheating on the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, parents from all over Georgia are concerned that it could happen in their local school systems.

With love, from Latvia: Eastern European orphans spend summer with Conyers families

Carol Bowden hasn't had children in her house for several years. Her two daughters are grown and live on their own. But for a few weeks this summer, she and her husband Steve are once again taking the role of parents — to children who have come half way around the world to experience the love of a family.

Car show to benefit the military

COVINGTON — Rose King knows all about sacrificing for the greater good. She has six family members in the military, including one son serving in Afghanistan and one set to deploy in January.

JOE LaGUARDIA: Weeds teach us that it really isn't our business to judge

I told my wife that we were finally going to cultivate a beautiful garden this year.

JULIE WELLS: It's good to get stuff cleaned out from your life

A few days off and being "unplugged" does something great for the soul.

JEFF BEHRENS: All words reflect the presence of God's life in us

Last weekend, we offered a retreat here on writing and spirituality.

JOHN PEARRELL: We are all related to Adam and Eve through Noah

Growing up in the inner city in the '60s, I recall with horror the violence of race riots that swept across this country from East to West and from North to South.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Sacred lotus reminds us of spiritual thirst

Today we examine a wildflower that lives in water.

TONY ELDER: Unclutter your life

There is a certain store I've seen advertised, but have not yet visited.

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RECIPE BOX: Veg-All pockets are an easy, delicious dinner

This recipe -- Veg-All pockets -- was created on a whim.