News for Saturday, July 9, 2011


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Newton Phone Poll - 07-09-11

"I don't remember a vote or poll being taken on the railroad purchases. Our family lives directly by the tracks and would love to have them turned into running/bike paths."

Group seeking school supplies

A long-time educational event is looking for some help from the community this year.

Peachtree adds 2 grade levels, more programs

COVINGTON — Peachtree Academy's Covington location is expanding in several ways this year.

Animal planet: Newton native returns to share her veterinary skills

Tricia Fowler Suttles recalls that while growing up on her family's farm in Oxford, she always wanted to be a veterinarian.

Program surveying Olde Town

CONYERS — The Conyers Main Street program began surveying Olde Town businesses last week to develop a Web marketing plan to attract customers and highlight business opportunities in the city's historic district.

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Cheers for the cows

Friday was designated Cow Appreciation Day by the folks at Chick-fil-A and customers who showed up dressed as cows ate free.

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Library system cuts undecided

The director and Board of Trustees of the Newton County Library System are still contemplating how to reduce expenses following budget cuts by both the state and local governments.

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Weekend family fights keep CPD busy

Covington police officers were kept busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend primarily with a series of family fights.

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JOHN PEARRELL: It seems a troubled culture has managed to silence, stymie the church

"Whose fault is it?" With those words the blame game begins. We see it in childish arguments, we see it in current politics (almost a little redundant) and we see it in culture in general. Instead of looking for real solutions, it seems that we are fixated on identifying who is to blame for any particular problem.

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JEFF BEHRENS: Love can be a strange thing

It was a lazy afternoon. We had a good lunch and I headed back upstairs, took off my habit and crawled into bed. I had been up since four in the morning and the lack of sleep was catching up to me.

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ORRIN MORRIS: God is always present to comfort, guide, restore

Through centuries of speculation many different concepts have evolved that are called religion. These religions are a vital part of the culture that has nurtured them. In general, each religion describes the good behavior to be rewarded and the bad behavior to be punished.

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JULIE WELLS: Friend's mission went beyond just the walls of her home

"It is evident that she was a lady who truly loved the Lord and others." said Pastor Howard Greer, interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Lithonia.

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TONY ELDER: Enjoy spending time seeking God and hearing from Him

During our recent vacation at the beach, I noticed the differences in the way various species of birds went about the task of finding food.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Song reminds us how intimately God longs to be with each of us

I can't pinpoint any one embarrassing moment in my life, but I can say with all confidence that attending the movies with my parents was a comprehensive experiment in the art of embarrassment.