News for Thursday, October 13, 2011


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Newton in must-win situation

COVINGTON -- Newton's playoff hopes are all but diminished unless it can find a way to beat GACA Class AAAAA No. 3-ranked M.L. King on the road at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. today.. For Newton (3-3 overall, 0-3 in Region 2-AAAAA) to have a chance to make

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Patriots host Falcons in marquee match up

It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that Oct. 14 is shaping up to be one of the biggest days the Heritage High School football team will ever experience.. As the sun sets on Granade Road this evening, two unbeaten teams -- Class AAAA No. 4 Flowery Branch and the No

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Tigers bite back

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander helped save Detroit's season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away from Texas in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.. Delmon Young hit two of Detroit's four homers

Eastside hopes to end two-game skid

COVINGTON -- The Eagles are hoping that a big and boisterous home crowd will help to turn things around after losing two games as they play Stockbridge for homecoming at 7:30 p.m. today.. "The crowd is going to be good, whether they're there to see us or halftime; I think

LETTERS: Thanks to local churches helping kids in need

A heart-felt thanks goes out to churches who helped children in need.

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SIMPSON: Signing one's name a problem for the computer-savvy

Cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art.

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HUCKABY: Even sleepless nights can bring signs of encouragement

Even on sleepless nights we know a better day is coming.

JOHN MEYERS: My love for cats doesn't extend to the feral variety

My love of cats goes only so far.

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State commission yanks licenses for Atlanta educators

A state commission voted Thursday to yank the teaching licenses of eight teachers and three school administrators in the Atlanta Public Schools, imposing the first sanctions in the nation's largest-ever school cheating scandal.

Bulldogs Rally To Oust Vikings

It took all five games, but the Rockdale volleyball team is moving on. Behind a key, 5-0 run and three clinching kills down the stretch of a deciding game five, Rockdale defeated Northgate 15-11 to win 3-2 in a first round match of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

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Cain’s nontraditional strategy — unlikely, too?

Reveling in the national spotlight, Herman Cain is pledging to bolster his fledgling White House campaign.

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Sigman arrested in campaign sign sting

Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of campaign signs belonging to his opponent, Ronnie Johnston.

Mathews: 'There has to be a safe learning environment'

The Newton County School System superintendent is vowing to punish students who make school environments unsafe.

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National 4-H Month celebrates youth leadership

October is National 4-H Month.

Newton County woman victim of home invasion

A Kirkland Road woman reported a home invasion Wednesday and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a suspect.

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Breast cancer survivor promotes self checks

In May 2009, Sandra Tucker was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now she is a survivor.


An article in the Wednesday, Oct. 13, edition of the Citizen, "Newcomer Biggs runs for mayor of Social Circle" contained an error. Biggs' daughter, Reagan, is 15 months old. The Citizen regrets the error

Oct. 14 Newton Blotter

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Footloose' remake doesn't miss a step

Movie critic Michael Clark looks at the remake of the '80s classic "Footloose."

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

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Warrant comes to Wild Bill's

Rock band Warrant comes to Wild Bill's Friday night for their "Rockaholic" tour.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Thriller 'Love Crime' filled with felony, but lacks in passion

Michael Clark reviews "Love Crime."

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Sigman arrested in campaign sign sting

Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of campaign signs belonging to his opponent, Ronnie Johnston, according to the Covington Police Department.

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Covington mayoral candidate arrested for alleged theft of campaign signs

Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of campaign signs belonging to his opponent Ronnie Johnston.

Local H&R Block donates to youth athletic associations

Adoma & Associates H&R Block, owned by Osei and Diane Adoma, will present a sponsorship check of $1,500 to the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association today at 5 p.m. at the Earl O'Neal Sports Complex in Conyers and an additional $1,500 donation to the Rockdale Youth Football Association on Oct. 15

BBB: Debit card users should watch for new fees

Recent changes in banking laws capped the "swipe fee" that banks can charge retailers for debit transactions. The average fee was 44 cents per transaction, but the new law caps the fee at 21 cents.. Banks estimate they will lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year in debit card

Internal Medicine of Newton joins Emory Specialty Associates

Internal Medicine of Newton County, a primary care physician practice in Covington, will become Emory Internal Medicine of Newton and a component of Emory Specialty Associates, a subsidiary of Emory Healthcare.. Emory Internal Medicine of Newton will continue to provide services through its five-physician practice and staff. Services include

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Georgia Sports Center offers sports performance training program

Teenage athletes looking to be better, stronger and faster than their opponents might be well served to check out the Georgia Sports Center's Speed Killz sports performance training program.. Scott Ward, president of Georgia Sports Center in Loganville, announced that his business has recently partnered with former NFL practice player

Georgia ranks 4th in foreclosures

Georgia ranked fourth nationally in foreclosure filing rates during the third quarter of 2011 and foreclosures could start climbing again after months of drops, according to the CEO of RealtyTrac.

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Falcons' WR Jones won't play against Panthers

Atlanta rookie receiver Julio Jones suffered a hamstring injury last week against Green Bay and will miss the first game of his NFL career.

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NCAA ends probe into Auburn, clears Tigers, QB Newton

Nearly a year after the inquiry began, the NCAA rules Wednesday in the case of Cam Newton's recruitment to Auburn, saying the university did nothing wrong.

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MLB PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Cardinals edge Brewers; Rangers win again in extras

The Rangers take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS, while the Cardinals' 4-3 win gives them a 2-1 lead in the NLCS.