News for Friday, October 28, 2011


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Johnson-Knaus conversation the talk of NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson said it's "crazy" to suggest his reputation has been tarnished by crew chief Chad Knaus' instructions to mess up the rear bumper if he won at Talladega last week.. Knaus was recorded telling the five-time defending champion that if he won, he needed to

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JENKINS: Atlanta's passion for pro sports pales next to Boston's

Sports talk in Boston will burn your ears.

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Philadelphia UMC prepares 10,000 meals for poor children in Uganda

Since its founding in 1837, Philadelphia United Methodist Church has always been a mission-minded church, but nothing has been quite as unique as the mission work the Conyers church recently did to feed hungry children in Uganda.. Taking part in the international Stop Hunger Now campaign, Philadelphia UMC members

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Hometown Animal Rescue offers low-cost pet vaccines

A foster volunteer for unwanted dogs, Dianne Jaynes pulled a small terrier mix from Rockdale Animal Care and Control for rehabilitation and eventual adoption. Within five days, the dog died of parvovirus, a highly contagious but preventable disease.. "It just broke my heart," said Jaynes. "That's when we really

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Five myths about social media

The ever-expanding universe of social-media technologies -- including video-sharing, mobile phones, and networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that allow individuals to share and connect -- is as ubiquitous as it is misunderstood. Apostles hail its power to oust dictators and bring us together; skeptics worry

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Kids will snuggle under the blankets for "Staying Awake"

You might not remember but for many years, you slept in a crib. It had four high sides so you didn't fall out and soft places so you didn't bump your head.. These days, though, you sleep in a big-kid bed and it's huge. There's plenty of room for

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RECIPE BOX: Chicken melt sandwich a manly meal

This week's recipe, a chicken melt sandwich, is a man's meal, and it is compliments of my husband, Kevin.. As some of you know, we are expecting our first child and my cravings haven't gotten too wild or too frequent yet, but I have had a couple of them. With

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RONDA RICH: Don't listen to critics — find your peace

When word filtered out that she was gone, just packed up and disappeared like a vapor in the broad, bright light of day, I found no surprise in it.There was a substantial part of me that had expected it all along.. A woman who is restless with her serving of

Newton County student struck by vehicle

COVINGTON -- An Alcovy High School student was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning, according to the Newton County School System.. This happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. as he crossed the Ga. Highway 162 connector to board a school bus stopped in the southbound lane. The student was struck by

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Religious, secular experts warn that pornography can ruin families

Q: My neighbor's son has repeatedly been caught viewing pornography on their computer, and he almost has her convinced that it's just another form of entertainment and that "all the guys do it." How can I help her get through to her son -- and convince them both that

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DeGregoris-Fahey Wedding

Lisa Marie DeGregoris and Thomas Michael Fahey were married on May 29. Father Charles Zlock officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard DeGregoris Jr. of Syosset, N.Y. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor's degree in

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TONY ELDER: Strive to be an ambassador for Christ: enlighten others about God

Recently, I saw the premiere of a new TV show with an interesting premise. It is set in a modern town where all the residents are actually characters from a storybook. They were put under a curse by an evil queen and were relegated to an existence in which there

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ORRIN MORRIS: Devil's bite endangered in the North but not the South

The first time I was aware of Halloween, the children who visited our house in Omaha, Neb., frightened me. I was so scared that Mom had to hold me. Those big kids had scary faces and were dressed like ghosts, pirates, witches, and vicious animals.. Mom told me about Halloween

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JASON DEES: Though churches differ, all should be a picture of the Kingdom of Christ

It doesn't take many clues to know a lot about a church. I can usually tell you when a church was founded, where it is located in the town, and its demographic just by hearing the church name.. In Baptist life if the church is a First church it is

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Bald Rock Baptist celebrates 150th anniversary

The first shots at Ft. Sumter had just signaled the start of America's Civil War when, on a Georgia plantation, a group of slaves gathered under a brush arbor and prayerfully began what would become Rockdale County's first black congregation.. In November, Bald Rock Baptist Church will celebrate its 150th

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JOHN PEARRELL: God's love extends only to those who accept Jesus as their savior

Let's talk about love today. Rob Bell, former pastor of the mega-church Mars Hill, wrote a book that has caused a firestorm in the Christian community. The title of that book is "Love Wins" and basically what Bell declares is that in the end, love wins, and everyone gets

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JAMES BEHRENS: Seeds offer a window into the mystery of God

Big problems seemingly require big solutions. History has witnessed the growth of problems and their accompanying solutions. The times in which we live offer some very telling examples. Global warming, lasting peace, a cessation of violence, the elimination of poverty on a global scale -- these and more seem to

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Autumn is a time to re-awaken our sense of God's presence

In early October, I had the privilege of worshiping in the sixth oldest church in Georgia -- Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church. It is home to some good friends of ours whom we visit several times a year. This was my family's annual October trip, a time to enjoy changing leaves

JULIE WELLS: God's story for our lives is perfect

Christian artist Heather Williams recently released a new song titled, "God Is Still God." I've read several interviews concerning her message in the lyrics of the song and I couldn't agree with her more. She says it all in some of her lyrics that go like this:. "He's been

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Atkins Foundation unveils 'Wall of Hope' display at RMC

RMC officials and the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation unveiled the Wall of Hope display Thursday evening at the hospital which includes portraits of 12 local breast cancer survivors.

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Salem Closes Season With Loss To Flowery Branch

FLOWERY BRANCH - Class AAAA No. 4 Flowery Branch had no trouble with Salem, staying unbeaten with a 54-8 victory Friday. The Falcons, in their second season in Region 8-AAAA, moved to 9-0 and need only to beat Clarke Central next weekend to secure the 10-year program's first league title.

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RCHS Bulldogs: Clarke Pitches Shut Out in Conyers

On a cool, drizzly Friday evening in Conyers, one football team was making preparations for the postseason, while the other was headed in the opposite direction. Quenshaun Watson and Jalani Payne combined for four rushing touchdowns and the Gladiators’ defense held Rockdale to 77 total yards in a 44-0 victory in Region 8-AAAA play. The Gladiators, who won their seventh consecutive game and moved to 8-1, will try to knock off unbeaten Flowery Branch next weekend with a Region 8-AAAA championship on the line.

Trick-or-treaters invited to Covington Square, Olde Town Conyers

Trick-or-treaters are invited to the Covington Square between 5:30 and 7:30 Monday night for Halloween candy handed out by public safety officials. In Conyers, the First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to kick off treat-or-treating in Olde Town Conyers.

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Gov. Deal says no to casinos

Gov. Nathan Deal's office responded Thursday to reports about a Georgia Lottery Corp. study that suggested three casinos with a total of 10,000 gaming terminals could generate nearly $1 billion per year in revenue for the state as soon as 2014.

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Meruelo says he has 'ample resources' to buy Hawks

California pizza king Alex Meruelo -- the prospective new owner of the Hawks -- says that despite some speculation, he has "ample resources" to purchase the NBA franchise.

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Georgia Tech's special teams not so special

For anyone wondering where to point for Georgia Tech's last two losses, look no further than its struggling special teams.

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UF's Muschamp on new side in Gators-Bulldogs rivalry showdown

Georgia alum Will Muschamp once did his best to help the Georgia Bulldogs beat Florida, but as the Gators first-year coach, all that has changed heading into Saturday's showdown against his beloved school.

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Study: Casinos could net nearly $1 billion for Ga.

Casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually, a study released Thursday by the Georgia Lottery Corp. shows.