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Georgia Tech set to launch Brian Gregory era

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech has a new coach, a new if only temporary home arena and a mostly new team."It's like a reset button," said guard Mfon Udofia.. Brian Gregory is hoping the reset includes some new scoring for his debut as coach on Friday night against Florida A

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Palo signs with Georgia College

Staff Photo: Manny Fils. Alcovy's Kate Palo became the first Alcovy girls basketball player in school history to sign with a four-year college after inking with Georgia College and State University. Palo averaged 9.6 points with two assists per game last season and is just 86 points away from

Defense key for Alcovy vs. Tri-Cities

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's first opponent in the Class AAAA football playoffs may be big and strong, the Tigers know what they have to do to win their first postseason game tonight at 7:30 at Homer Sharp Stadium.. "We'll have to execute," said Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman. "That's what

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Steele selected to GADC all-state team

COVINGTON -- Even though the high school softball season is over, a select group of players have the opportunity to wear their uniform one more time. One of those players is Eastside right fielder Erin Steele.. Steele was recently selected to the Georgia Dugout Club all-state team and will

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UGA, Auburn square off after testy 2010 game

AUBURN, Ala. -- So much for those neighborly Georgia-Auburn get-togethers.. The rivalry billed as the oldest in the Deep South got nasty last year with 10 personal foul penalties, two suspensions of Auburn players for throwing punches and a couple of injury-causing hits on Georgia quarterback Aaron

OUR VIEW: Public input needed before county manager vote

Newton's Board of Commissioners should seek input from residents before instituting a county manager position.

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HUCKABY: A true friend -- by any name -- is a true joy

We've all known a few "Bubbas," but Bubba Hendrickson is special.

MECCA: Veterans Day will find me at the Wall

This year, Veteran's Day will be spent honoring those whose names appear on The Wall.

Honey Creek to hold Holiday Mall

The Honey Creek neighborhood will hold a Holiday Mall sale on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Honey Creek Golf Club, 635 Clubhouse Drive in Conyers. Sale items include jewelry, decorative holiday items like wreaths and centerpieces, Pampered Chef cookware, Longaberger baskets, handmade crafts, a book

Little Mountain Christian earns accreditation

Little Mountain Christian Academy was recently given the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation for its early childhood education program, staff and facilities.. During the NECPA accreditation process, all areas of the south Rockdale County school were reviewed including administration, staff development, working environment, developmental program, outdoor and indoor environments, health

Local realtor awarded CRB designation

Local realtor awarded CRB designation. Kelly Adams Cooley, owner of Adams Asset Management of McDonough, was awarded the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager, or CRB, designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, a professional organization for brokerage management.. The Council

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Antiques and collectibles shop opens in Olde Town

If you walk into Pamela Spearman's antiques and collectibles shop, Something Old, Something New, expect a little conversation. Spearman admits she is a people person who relishes acquainting herself with customers.. For those interested, she'll share exactly where each item in her shop originated.. "Ninety-nine percent of my things

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JOHN PEARRELL: If you are looking for happiness, give God a chance

Every one of us longs for happiness. Not just the superficial happiness that is momentarily experienced in certain surroundings and then vanishes quickly like a puff of smoke, but a deep abiding happiness with our lives.. Years ago a young teen wrote these words to columnist Ann Landers, "Happiness is

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragile Indian pipes live only a few days, and die when touched by humans or animals

When I was a child back in Nebraska we spent class time reviewing the significance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The first lesson was how the early European settlers were aided in many ways by the natives who taught them how to live from this new land. After the first harvest was completed, a feast was held.Whether fact or embellished lore, the feast was a celebration to give thanks for the abundant crop made possible by mutual support between families, clans, tribes, races and religions.

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TONY ELDER: Let a sinful past remind you to be thankful for the grace of God

The recognition of our past sinful lives should also give us a greater appreciation for God's mercy and grace. It reminds us of how unworthy we are to receive the wonderful gift of eternal life. It stirs up a greater love in our hearts for the God who would love us and save us in spite of who we were and what we had done.

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LAGUARDIA: Weekly church attendance marks a special moment when God moves in our lives

A recent Christian Century article asks the question as to whether someone can be saved without having to go to church. Although the answer to this seems obvious -- a person can be saved anywhere, lest the Gideons be out of business -- this question is actually more compelling than it might seem at first.Christians talk about the "unchurched," but what do we do about "unchurched" Christians?

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Candler Singers kick off holiday season with Covington concert

Covington First United Methodist Church kicks off a busy holiday season with a free community-wide concert featuring the internationally renowned Candler Singers at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Death compels us to knit a living web of hope for each other

In the last parish where I served, right before I came here, there were a lot of funerals. We had about 90 or so every year. I thought it interesting that the number did not vary that much from year to year. The pastor took a share of them. Roughly

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JULIE WELLS: Now is the perfect time of year to unplug and connect with family

As I shopped this week for items to fill up some of the Operation Christmas Child boxes we would be making this weekend at Greater Love Baptist, I thought about how the simplest of toys would bring such joy to those kids who would be receiving a box this Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is a nonprofit program which provides gifts to needy children throughout the world.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Parents should counteract the effects of bullying on children

Q: My fifth-grade daughter has always loved school, but not this year. She cries every morning, begging to stay home. A group of girls who used to be her friends have started teasing and excluding her. It breaks my heart. What can I do?. Juli: When they hear the

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JASON DEES: Let's get on mission to make Jesus great across the globe

Church life can often be frustrating because it often seems that we spend more time arguing with one another about small things than we do making disciples. We have an enemy and it is not our brothers and sisters in Christ, it is Satan and he is not sitting still. He is on the move and he wants to destroy the Church and the life of believers.

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Conyers DAR Chapter celebrates 90 years

Conyers DAR Chapter celebrates its 90th birthday.

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Josiah Frazier birthday

Josiah Frazier celebrated his first birthday on Nov. 2.

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Conyers Garden Club: Yard of the Month

Conyers Garden Club Yard of the Month for October 2011

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Hokies come back to beat Yellow Jackets

In a high-scoring ACC Coastal Division showdown in Atlanta, a defensive mistake gave the visitors all the momentum it would need. Logan Thomas had three passing touchdowns and a pair of rushing touchdowns and No. 10 Virginia Tech came from behind to beat No. 21 Georgia Tech, 37-26 Thursday.

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Billy Crystal tweets that he's hosting the Oscars

Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards. The 63-year-old comedian and Oscar-hosting veteran said Thursday on Twitter that he is "doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions."

Covington Empty Stocking applications start Monday

The Rotary Club of Covington wil begin taking applications for its Empty Stocking program on Monday, Nov. 14.

Mansfield Elementary School student found with knife at school

A 10-year-old boy reportedly brought a knife to Mansfield Elementary School.

Expected birth of 11th child makes 11-11-11 more unique for Covington family

A Covington family will welcome its 11th child on 11-11-11.

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Vietnam vet makes trip to Taiwan to honor father's WW II service

Jack Coyle recently took a trip of a lifetime to honor his father, a World War II veteran.

Teen bilked in counterfeit bill scam

An Eastside High School student was defrauded when he sold his dirt bike for cash -- some of which was counterfeit.

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Senate approves jobs benefits for veterans

A united Senate emphatically approved legislation Thursday intended to help unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, endorsing a measure that includes the first small slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.

Newton Federal joins effort to protect senior veterans

Local bankers are working to ensure the safety of elderly veterans.

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As Cain, Perry scramble, Gingrich seeks an opening

Mitt Romney chugged ahead Thursday as the conservative-fueled drive to deny him the Republican presidential nomination reached a difficult new phase: Once-surging rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain scrambled to control serious damage, while an old face sought new ways to exploit their problems.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Eastwood plays it safe with controversial Hoover in 'J. Edgar'

Michael Clark reviews Leonardo DiCaprio's new drama "J. Edgar."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Felicity Jones wins hearts in 'Crazy Love'

Michael Clark reviews the new flick, "Like Crazy."

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Little Big Man'

Michael Clark reviews the Blu-ray disc of "Little Big Man."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Banderas brings his best in nearly flawless 'Skin'

Michael Clark reviewed "The Skin I Live In."

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Film Fans like robbery comedy 'Tower Heist'

Local Film Fans reviewed the weekly movie, "Tower Heist."

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark and his weekly movie trivia contest.

Nov. 11 Newton Blotter

Newton Police Blotter

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Rick Perry says his campaign won't end

Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" when he couldn't remember the third federal department he would abolish if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn't force him out of the Republican presidential field.

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Applications for unemployment aid drop to 390,000

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level since April, a sign that employers could be stepping up hiring.

Newton Community Calendar

Nov. 11

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JASON DEES: Let's get on mission to make Jesus great across the globe

Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus challenged 11 men to get on mission with Him for the sake of His Kingdom.

Basketball season about to get underway for six programs

CONYERS -- The basketball season has arrived for six teams in Rockdale County.

Defense key for Alcovy vs. Tri-Cities

• Who: Tri-Cities Bulldogs (8-2) at Alcovy Tigers (6-4)

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Joanne O'brien

Sister Joanne O'Brien of Covington passed away November 5, 2011, at Rockdale Health Care Center at the age of 77. Sister Joanne is survived by Elizabeth Loescher, Jeff and Suzy Quinlan and family, all of Covington. She retired in Covington and expressed her deep commitment to peace and justice through her work with St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Augustine Catholic Church, League of Women Voters, and will be remembered for her service to the poor. Sister Joanne is a member of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, and was a teacher, elementary school principal, and community organizer in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Colorado. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Covington, with Rev. Fr. Roberto A. Orellana and David Hyman, O.F.M., officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation of the Humility of Mary, 820 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA 52804-1900. Services will be held later at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport, IA, with burial following in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Davenport. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

11-11 Church Activities

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Palo signs with Georgia College

Staff Photo: Manny Fils

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Vietnam vet makes trip to Taiwan to honor father's WW II service

OXFORD -- It was a once in a lifetime event, and Jack Coyle of Oxford had a front row seat.

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Film Fans like robbery comedy 'Tower Heist'

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features residents reviewing the film of the week, "Tower Heist." Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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UGA, Auburn square off after testy 2010 game

AUBURN, Ala. -- So much for those neighborly Georgia-Auburn get-togethers.

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Conyers Garden Club: Yard of the Month

Conyers Garden Club Yard of the Month for October 2011.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Little Big Man'

Little Big Man Blu-ray (PG-13)

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Josiah Frazier birthday

Josiah Frazier celebrated his first birthday on Nov. 2. He is the son of Shurika Dyer and Kejaun Frazier of Covington. His grandparents are Sharon and Ronald Dyer of Covington and Alicia McIver of McDonough.

Patrick Acree

Rev. Patrick Timothy Acree, age 53, of Loganville, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at The ...

Thomas Steakley

Thomas "Tom" Steakley, age 70, of Conyers, GA, formerly of Huntland, TN, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November ...

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