News for Monday, October 3, 2011


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New comedy club opens in Olde Town Conyers

If laughter is the best medicine, then Conyers may have a new health center.. The Mixed Nuts Comedy Network, a comedy club, opens for business on Oct. 8, with performances at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. At the historic Depot on Railroad Street in Olde Town Conyers.. Admission is $7 online

Robber grabs money bag in Conyers parking lot

An employee of a West Avenue car title finance office was robbed of the business' bank deposit Monday morning after she was physically accosted in the parking lot.

Rockdale County to revise sign ordiance

Rockdale County officials are reviewing the sign ordinance to bring the county ordinance more in-line with the sign ordinance recently passed by the city of Conyers.

Rockdale BOC portraits not the same as Vaughn's, some say

Members of the local Bar Association sought to clarify that other portraits hanging in the Rockdale County Courthouse were not paid for using county funds, following comment by County Commission Chairman Richard Oden that suggested otherwise.

Candidates forum slated in Porterdale

A forum for candidates in the upcoming mayoral and City Council elections in Porterdale will be held Oct. 25

GBI investigates Newton County deputy after shooting incident

A Newton County Sheriiff's Office deputy is on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the firing of his service weapon during an arrest.

Voter registration deadline nears

The voter registration deadline for the Municipal Election is nearing.

Operation Sandbox hosts Ride for Troops

The annual Ride for the Troops takes place Saturday.

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Falcons looking for groove against Packers

Atlanta faces big obstacle and must rebound from up-and-down showing in Seattle

Eastside advances in region championship with 5-4 win

JACKSON -- Eastside's Taylor Causey was the hero in Monday's Region 4-AAA tournament game as they Lady Eagles erased whatever mental block they had against Jackson with a 5-4 win.. The Lady Red Devils seemed to have Eastside's number the over the last two seasons beating them all four

Alcovy ousted in region tournament

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Alcovy softball team started on the right foot but quickly slipped up losing the forcing Whitewater, the GACA Class AAAA No. 4 ranked team, to three games before losing in the Region 3-AAAA tournament.. The Lady Tigers had Whitewater with their backs against the wall winning

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Ides of March' superbly acted political thriller

Michael Clark reviews "The Ides of March."

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DeKalb Tech rolls out new name, colors

DeKalb Technical College unveiled its new logo and a new name -- Georgia Piedmont Technical College -- on Monday during a bus tour that took school officials from the Clarkston Campus to Conyers, Covington and Madison.

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New evidence cited in Johnson case

Marcus Ray Johnson is set to die by lethal injection Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson.

Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection Wednesday in Jackson.

Church Bulletin

Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oxford Baptist Church, 305 N. Emory St., Oxford, the Women's Ministry hosts a craft and bake sale -- crafts, vendors, homemade baked goods and more, 770-786-3829.40th Annual BarbecueOct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, 4600 Highway 138

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Determine why daughter prefers boys to girls in friendships

Q: One year ago, my husband admitted to an affair with someone at his office. He's truly sorry and has made every effort to restore my trust in him. But I don't trust him.. Every time the phone rings, I wonder if it's another woman. I've even considered driving to

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BEHRENS: Old photos inspire gratitude for friends

I have taken pictures all through the years. I have my slides, prints and negatives. I have been scanning them so that I can share them with my family and friends.. It is taking a long time, but it is worth it. I am glad I kept everything -- there

Woodlake Baptist hosts inaugural 5K

The 2011 Woodlake Leaving A Legacy Inaugural 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. on the church's new property located at 3940 Georgia Highway 138, Covington in the Walnut Grove community near Loganville.. Sponsored by Woodlake Baptist Church, the cross-country race and 1

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LAGUARDIA: Don't miss the daily treasures offered by loved ones

A short story by John Connolly is about a recently widowed gentleman who visits a hotel room that he and his wife of 46 years frequented every year.. As the story goes, he falls asleep on the easy chair and wakes up to find a red suitcase that belonged to

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JULIE WELLS: Students shouldn't be afraid to pray at school

The annual See You At The Pole event was held all across the nation on Wednesday.. Some of you may be familiar with the annual event, which was started in Texas in 1990 by a group of 10 or so students. What they did was gather around their flag pole

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TONY ELDER: We should look forward to Jesus' return

Were you keeping an eye on the sky recently as a satellite fell out of its orbit and re-entered the earth's atmosphere?. It would have been hard not to have known about it with all the news coverage given to this event in the days preceding its occurrence. The

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DEES: New child will give greatest of joys, deepest of pains

I found out a few weeks ago that I am having a baby girl and I am so excited. She is due in January and, as it might be expected, a flood of thoughts have been running through my mind.The thing that has been most striking to me about having

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ORRIN MORRIS: Virginia creeper reaches high into trees, provides ground cover for animals

The drought has been hard on the wildflower kingdom, as it has been in every other facet of nature. Most of the trees are finally showing good color, but for some, the leaves are brown and curling.I checked weather records and found that the average first frost for this area

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New Calvary Baptist pastor aims to network with other churches

Childhood was a tumultuous time for Kyle Berry, who grew up in a home where drinks and drugs were in charge. Married multiple times, his mother was a long-time alcoholic and drug addict, who was doing everything from "cocaine to whatever," he said.. When Berry was 18, his

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JOHN PEARRELL: We have two choices: accept or reject Jesus

There is often in our society a chasm between what we profess to believe and what we know to be reality. For example, many, if not most, believe that we as humans are basically good. One person quipped once, "I am basically good, it is only my behavior that lets

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Race the Wild Wind' is much more than a picture book

Imagine what it would be like if you were dropped -- thunk! -- on a desert island with a bunch of other kids.. Would you miss your comfortable bed and your favorite blanket? What would you eat? Where would you go if it got too cold outside, or too hot

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RECIPE BOX: Warm up a cool fall night with chicken casserole

You may not think it is quite time to make a chicken casserole, and if so, that is fine. But I'd save this recipe if I were you, and use it at a later date.. A lady who I call my second mom, Patricia Richardson, gave this recipe to me

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RONDA RICH: We could all use more kindness

Larry, an aspiring writer, wrote me the other day and asked if I would read a synopsis of a book he is working to complete. Like me, he writes of Southern people, especially those who rise up from the crooks and hollows of the mountains.Though it troubled me to do

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'Splittin' the Raft' puts new spin on classic 'Huck Finn Adventures'

As a veteran actor, director and instructor, Harrison Long has been involved in more than his share of productions that light up stages.. But rarely has the former Rockdale County resident been so struck by a play as he has been by Scott Kaiser's "Splittin' the Raft," an adaptation