News for Saturday, July 2, 2011

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Summer Santas: Local Clauses network in the offseason

The reindeer are grazing in local gardens and the elves are at the beach, but Santa's work is never done. Summer finds him spreading cheer on a cruise.

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CPD ready for traffic on Fourth

CONYERS -- The popularity of the Fabulous 4th event at the Georgia International Horse Park has prompted the Conyers Police Department to implement some changes to traffic planning for the event to make it easier for visitors to enter and exit the horse park.

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RCA program earns national accreditation

CONYERS -- Rockdale Career Academy's early learning program is gaining national attention.

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Covington officers called to domestic dispute

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties.

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RICH: A trip that brought my destiny to me

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of north Georgia.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Freedom parfaits add to festive Fourth

What is fruity, creamy, sweet (but not too sweet) and has a graham cracker crust? A freedom parfait.

Newton Phone Poll - 07-02-11

"Will the city of Covington please evaluate the parking of vehicles at the intersection of Church and Conyers streets? Any time the Methodist Church has a service or an event, someone always parks directly in front of address 1189 Church St., blocking the view at this intersection.

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Chamber hears Oden on T-SPLOST

CONYERS -- Chamber officials here are like a lot of local residents who are taking in all the information concerning the proposed 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation projects before making a stand on the issue.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Can we accept our nation was founded on Christian principles?

"Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they cannot be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever." Those are the words of Thomas Jefferson.

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JEFF BEHRENS: God gives his heart away over and over again, using every language

I know that there is a Sacred Heart parish in the Vailsburg section of Newark, N.J. It was once a large parish, with a cathedral sized church. The area fell on hard times and the church was closed a few years ago. In its day, not that many years ago, it was a thriving parish of mostly blue-collar families. The Vailsburg section was home to a lot of fireman and policeman. After the Newark riots in the 1960s, the area changed drastically and the church struggled for years until it was closed.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Church is where Godly virtues are nurtured

Attitude is determined by how you look at life. Some people complain because God put thorns on rose bushes. Others praise Him because He put roses on thorny bushes.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Christianity rises, falls on our faith

It has been a week since the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship met in its annual General Assembly in Tampa, Fla. The Fellowship, which is made up mostly of moderate Baptists representing nearly 1,800 churches and hundreds of organizations, met two weeks after the Southern Baptist Convention had its own annual convention in Phoenix.

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TONY ELDER: God wants us to draw our wisdom, strength and life from him

Last week we were able to enjoy a little vacation time at the beach with our grandchildren. On one occasion as we ventured out into the ocean the waves were a little rough for my five-year-old grandson. At first, he held tightly to either his daddy or me as the swells of water passed by. Nevertheless, as time went on, he got a little braver. he would let go for a moment, wanting to stand on his own. But as soon as he saw a big wave heading toward him, he would look to grab one of us to help support him or to lift him up high enough so that it wouldn't splash over his head.

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