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Abiding Grace Lutheran holds Thanksgiving Eve Service

Abiding Grace Lutheran holds Thanksgiving Eve Service

Thanksgiving travel to rise at Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is expecting a 3 percent increase in Holiday travel, during the seven-day Thanksgiving period this year, over last year, according to Katena Carvajales, spokeswoman for Atlanta’s airport.

Sugar canisters instead filled with coffee creamer recalled

Georgia-based Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. is recalling sugar canisters that were inadvertently filled with non-dairy coffee creamer.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Learn the stories behind each Michael Jackson album in 'Man in the Music'

In the new book "Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" by Joseph Vogel, you'll read about what went into those songs and everything in between.

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RONDA RICH: Fine china, silver shouldn't be saved for special occasions

When Miss Virgie, my beloved mentor on all things Southern proper, came to visit with her husband, Bill, she lovingly lectured me whenever I fell short. "Oh my goodness, what a cook you are," she said, smiling approvingly as I set a platter of country fried steak on the table then pulled a pan of homemade biscuits from the oven. "Those are the prettiest biscuits I ever saw."

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Conyers Garden Club: November Yard of the Month

Conyers Garden Club members from left, Joyce Andrews, Melinda Cowan and Susan Dodd stand at the edge of Dodd's newly installed pond at her home. Certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a provider of a wildlife habitat, Dodd gave a presentation on how to install water features in the

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Chelsea Sawyer 12th birthday celebrated

Chelsea Sawyer will celebrate her 12th birthday on Nov. 30. She is the daughter of Jamie Sawyer of Conyers. Chelsea will celebrate her birthday by going out to dinner with her mother

Report: Black Dems lose clout in southern capitols

Black lawmakers have lost clout in Southern state capitols as their overwhelming allegiance to the Democratic Party has left them without power in increasingly GOP-controlled state legislatures, a new report says.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Lasting peace, purpose and hope is found only through God's unchanging truth

I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).. Perhaps this passage in Ecclesiastes is

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GREG SMITH: Try these seven steps to building customer loyalty

Most businesses spend more time and energy trying to find new customers than retaining and making their current ones happy.

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Wells Fargo supports local programs during "Days of Giving" event

Left to Right: Derrick Tyler with Wells Fargo stands with Jim Killman with ALCOVY CASA, Carol Wyre with The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Paul Dailey with Project Renewal Domestic Violence Intervention Program and Bob Stansfield with Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence during the Wells Fargo "Days of

Woodland Trace holds Toys for Tots program

Woodland Trace Apartment Community is a Toys for Tots collection site. Any new, unwrapped toys will be accepted from now until Dec. 18. All donations go to the U.S. Marine Corps to help less fortunate families with Christmas. For more info call 770-929-8988 or visit 1669 Iris Dr. in Conyers

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Sullivan, Schlieman named to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta fund committee

Andrew Sullivan and Josh Schlieman, co-founders of Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management LLC in Conyers, have been appointed members of the Annual Fund Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).. In this role, Sullivan and Schlieman will help raise awareness and procure resources to further the mission of CHOA, a

Bank of North Georgia hosting holiday toy drive

The Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from Nov. 25 through Dec. 16 in which customers and local residents can participate by bringing new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to local Bank of North Georgia branches.. Toys brought to the Conyers/Parker Road Branch will

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Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms gearing up for the season

Sugarland Tree Farm owner Jim Smith planted his first Christmas tree in 1983 and began selling them in 1988. He's watched generations of families walk the paths through his farm, searching for just the right tree. Though he's getting older and realizes that he won't be able to

RECIPE BOX: Sweet potato casserole can be a tasty side dish

You can’t have Thanksgiving dinner without turkey. And you certainly can’t have Thanksgiving dinner and turkey without the sweet potato casserole either.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Find out if self-employment is for you in 'It's Your Biz'

You're not going to do it anymore.. You're not going to haul your carcass out of bed at 5 o'dark in the morning, throw down some coffee and dash out the door so you can make it look like you slept at your desk. You'll no longer grin til your

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JASON DEES: At its core, Thanksgiving is a simple day of gratitude to God

I love gratitude, and being grateful for all that you have been given. Gratitude, real gratitude, is at the pinnacle of existence. I believe that to be grateful for something is one of the best feelings you can have in this life.This month we celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I

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Thirteen local churches join together for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

For 22 years, three churches have led the way in hosting an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Rockdale County and this year that special service promises to be the largest one yet as now 13 churches will gather to sing, pray, worship and fellowship together Nov. 22.. The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

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JAMES BEHRENS: Sometimes those who have the least are the most thankful

'Tis the season of, or for, Thanksgiving. Many of us have much for which to be thankful. And as many, if not more, have little reason to express gratitude. Or so it may seem, on the face value of things. Upon a closer look, things are not what they seem

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JULIE WELLS: Find your calling in this life and follow it

Aren't you glad to know that Jesus isn't finished with you yet?. I mean, if you are reading this column, then your time on earth hasn't expired yet and there is still work for you to do.. Isn't it great knowing that no matter how many times you've messed up

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JOHN PEARRELL: Trust God to transform your life, as He has done for others

Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective (at www.breakpoint.org) on Nov. 4, 2005, relates an interesting story. Let me share it with you.. Colson said, "Most of us know the account of that first Thanksgiving from the Pilgrim's perspective, but without an Indian by the name of Squanto. Historical accounts of

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TONY ELDER: Uphold the traditional values that keep families strong

Every so often my mom's birthday will fall on Thanksgiving, as is the case this year. When that happens, it always serves as a good reminder that one of the biggest blessings for which I have to be grateful is our family. It's not just my mother, but my dad, my sister and her husband, my wife, our children and grandchildren, and yes, even my in-laws.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Son's fight at school calls for exploring alternatives to solving conflicts

Q: My son got in trouble for fighting at school. My husband doesn't think it's a big deal -- in fact, I think he's proud of him for being tough. How do we resolve this?. Juli: Both you and your husband may have valid arguments. Your husband's desire to instill

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Some find Common English Bible's Greek translations puzzling, regrettable

The new Bible translation, the Common English Bible, published by a variety of mainline Protestant denominations, is said to rival the New Revised Standard Version in accuracy and usage. As readers get deeper into the translation, however, some find a few nuances puzzling or regrettable.. One such nuance is the

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ORRIN MORRIS: Primarily found in Texas, autumn sage grows well in Georgia

When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a celebration at the end of the harvest. The fields were filled with shocks of corn, and the snow fences were installed across the prairie landscape. The shelves in the cellar were filled with "canned goods" and bushel baskets were brimming with Irish

Nov. 20 Newton Citizen Poll

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by emailing poll@newtoncitizen.com or by calling 770-787-7303 ext. 1349. Please remember that the

Lawsuit: Georgia man fired for refusing to wear '666'

A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a '666' sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation.

Groups rally at Ga. immigration detention center

A year ago, Pedro Guzman was inside a federal detention center in southwest Georgia as his wife, mother-in-law and young son joined an annual vigil at the gate. This year he was outside, participating in the rally Friday, and said it felt amazing.

Stewart Baptist hosts Christmas Drama

Stewart Baptist hosts Christmas Drama

“Hanging of the Green” event set at Heritage Hills

“Hanging of the Green” event set at Heritage Hills

Toy Give Away at Be Thou Healed Global Church

Toy Give Away at Be Thou Healed Global Church

Heritage Hills presents Children’s Choir Presentation

Heritage Hills presents Children’s Choir Presentation

Newton Minister’s Unions hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

Newton Minister’s Unions hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

Man accused in Georgia sex cases caught in Texas

Officers in South Texas have captured a Georgia fugitive who's facing more than a dozen counts related to the alleged abuse of children.

Ware County ends Heritage's season

Conyers — The best season in the history of Heritage High School football came to an end Friday in Conyers. Josh Bennett and Xavier Tobler accounted for all three touchdowns and the Ware County defense was dominant in defeating Heritage, 24-3 in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Evans Memorial Stadium.

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Inez Owens

Inez Cannon Owens, 88, formerly of Spartanburg, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in Covington, GA at the home of her son, Gene. Born May 30, 1923 in Spartanburg, she was ...

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Evelyn Myers

Evelyn Hawkins Myers of Forest Park, GA died Wednesday November 16, 2011 at her residence. She was born on November 27, 1926 in Cordele, GA to John and Mary Roberts ...

Lonnie Jones

Lonnie Faye (Sysk) Jones of Covington, GA, died Sunday November 13, 2011. Born November 29, 1928 in McKinley, Alabama to Jake Charles Sysk and Mary Downing. Ms. Lonnie Faye (Sysk ...

Catherine Pearson

Catherine Pierce Pearson, age 73, of Stockbridge, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011. A graveside service was held Thursday at Hillandale Memorial Park. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411,

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