News for Thursday, November 24, 2011

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Seasonal shoppers on the prowl for bargains

The shopping countdown has begun with only one month left until Christmas.

Bulldogs wrestling opens strong

Rockdale got its wrestling season off to a great start Wednesday.

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SIMPSON: The battle is on to keep stink bugs at bay

The battle is on to keep stink bugs at bay.

LETTER: Letter of praise didn’t need an editor’s note

Editor's note was unwarranted in letter of praise.

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HUCKABY: Recipe award will be among the most cherished

Try this "Southern Eatin'" recipe to feed 5,000 of your closest friends.

Railroad crossings temporarily closing

Motorists are advised to be prepared for closings of five railroad crossings beginning Monday.

Rockdale approves first reading of $55.7 million budget

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners has approved the first reading of a $55.7 million budget.

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Loss of vision hasn't slowed Newton County athlete

Despite his struggle with a rare eye disease, Alcovy High School junior Jesse Head says he has much to be thankful for.

Hunters for the Hungry program helps food banks this holiday season

Deer hunters can again this year help put food on the table for those in need through a donation to the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program.

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Residents seek to revitalize Shady Grove neighborhood

A group of residents in the Shady Grove neighborhood is looking for ways to keep the community together.

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Wholesale club aims to stop hunger

BJ's Wholesale Club of Conyers took part recently in the Tell Hunger to Hit the Road campaign, a company-wide initiative to help end hunger.

LETTER: Letter of praise didn't need an editor's note

In the Nov. 18 edition of the Citizen, I read a letter to the editor from a prisoner who wanted to give thanks and praise to Michael and Emanuelle Castellana for the wonderful food, hard work, and compassion they present at the Newton County Jail. In the first paragraph, Mr. Thompson stated that he was a prisoner and had been in quite a few jails. This alone should have been enough to let the readers know who was writing the letter of thanks.

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THOMAS: Searching for the perfect candidate

Now it’s Newt’s turn. Having risen to the top in some opinion polls, the former speaker of the House is taking heat for large consulting fees paid to him by the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac for wisdom a New York Times editorial said was so simplistic it might have come from a fortune cookie.

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SIMPSON: The battle is on to keep stink bugs at bay

Janet Ruth, for a moment I thought they were here. Those pesky stink bugs you told me had infested your northern Virginia home last fall. I did see six or eight of them and felt they were advance scouts crawling on the south side of my house seeking entry.

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Loss of vision hasn't slowed Newton County athlete

COVINGTON -- A man's character is often revealed in the way he handles adversity. When Jesse Head was diagnosed with a rare eye disease, he decided he would not be defeated.

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HUCKABY: Recipe award will be among the most cherished

I watch the classic Jimmy Stewart movie every year about this time, but I don’t need Clarence the guardian angel to remind me that I’ve had a wonderful life. When I was growing up in the little mill village of Porterdale, wearing the same pair of overalls every day and digging for doodle bugs under the house, I could never have dreamed of the places I would have been and the roads I would have traveled by this point in my life.

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