News for Thursday, October 6, 2011


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As NHL season opens Thursday, Atlanta replaces Thrashers with minor-league team

The Gwinnett Gladiators become the new draw for ice hockey fans in Georgia as the NHL season began Thursday night without the Thrashers, who bolted for Winnepeg and marked the second time in the modern era Atlanta has lost a professional hockey team.

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Force release 2012 schedule

AFL team's nine-game home slate for the 2012 season includes a rare Monday night appearance at the Arena at Gwinnett Center

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Murray shrugs off stats as long as UGA wins

QB aims to keep Bulldogs rolling this weekend in Knoxville

Washington gives boost to Georgia Tech's attack

Passing game much improved over past years for Jackets

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Denzel Washington movie filming in Newton

A production crew is constructing a church at Green Valley Farms in preparation for a film shoot Tuesday on the movie "Flight" starring Denzel Washington.

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Farmers put in the middle of debate, Ga. ag commissioner says

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said federal guest worker policies must be revised or completely rewritten to address concerns he's hearing from farmers, ranchers and dairy operators about an unstable work force for agriculturial jobs.

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A living miracle: Breast cancer survivor believes divine intervention saved her life

Apryl McCullough was 37 and two weeks away from her wedding day when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Miracle League gets $10,000 donation

Miracle League of Newton County is $10,000 closer to reaching its goal of constructing a baseball field for special needs children.

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Top teacher: Live Oak educator wins Newton TOTY

Rothell Lewis was named Newton County's 2012 Teacher of the Year during a special reception at Newton High School's Porter Auditorium on Thursday.

Newton County Cyber Safety Summit set for Oct. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring a free program open to the public titled, ""Reality Bytes: Cyber Safety Summit 2011" at The Church at Covington on Ga. Highway 142, on Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m.

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Obama challenges GOP on jobs bill

WASHINGTON -- Defiant and frustrated, President Barack Obama aggressively challenged Republicans Thursday to get behind his jobs plan or explain why not, declaring that if Congress fails to act "the American people will run them out of town.". The president used a White House news conference to attempt to

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SIMPSON: Goodbye, Andy Rooney

The retiring Andy Rooney will be missed by those who enjoyed his wit and wisdom.

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HUCKABY: Nothing better than a return engagement

It's time once again for the Taste of Home Cooking Show.

THOMAS: Only 'we the people' can save ourselves

GOP candidates should tell voters that no government has the power to save them.

LETTERS: Family violence not just a 'family matter'

Family violence extends beyond the boundaries of the home.

LETTERS: Voting 'no' to unfair transportation tax

The proposed division of transportation SPLOST funds is unfair to Rockdale County.

Bulldogs survive scare in Area 8-AAAA volleyball

MT. AIRY -- The defending champions got a scare in their opening match of the Area 8-AAAA volleyball tournament Thursday.. Rockdale, the top seed from the south division, lost its first match to Cedar Shoals, 27-25, but rallied for 25-19 and 25-22 victories to advance to Saturday's semifinals. Rockdale

Bulldogs come home to try to end streak

Sometimes assessing a football team's first six games is as easy as looking at the numbers. Such is the case for Rockdale, as it limps into its week 7 home game against Apalachee. After last week's 27-14 loss to crosstown rival Salem, the Bulldogs sit at 1-5, having lost five

8th time the charm?

COVINGTON -- Even though the Newton Rams have yet to win a game in region play, they feel that this could be their week despite playing AP Class AAAAA No. 4 ranked Stephenson at 7:30 tonight.. In their previous seven meeting, Stephenson (5-0, 2-0) has always found a way to

Eastside seeks to avenge last season's loss

COVINGTON -- The Eastside Eagles are in a bit of a predicament : They are trying to forget their loss last week to Sandy Creek while remembering that they were upcoming opponent Drew's first-ever varsity win last year.. "I've preached about it all year. We were their first varsity win

Patriots look to avoid letdown against winless Winder

With the Heritage football team already past the halfway point of what could turn out to be a historic season, today presents a classic trap game.. The undefeated Patriots, fresh off a 36-19 win over Cedar Shoals in Athens and sporting the first 6-0 start in the program's 36-year

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Dream trying to avoid being swept by Lynx in finals

Lynx, Moore can lock up WNBA title in Atlanta on Friday night

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Georgia seeks court approval for new voting districts

The state Georgia has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking for approval for voting districts the state Legislature redrew in August.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Real Steel' lacks teeth

Michael Clark reviews "Real Steel."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Margaret' contender for worst movie of the year

Michael Clark reviews "Margaret."

MOVIE REVEW: 'Restless' a dreary, downer of a movie

Michael Clark reviews "Restless."

Movie trivia contest

Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

Newton Blotter for Oct. 7

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Credit Union offers free financial seminars

Georgia United Credit Union representative Vickie Loeper will present the first of two fall financial seminars at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County. The presentation will offer basic money managing skills for individuals and families and tips on saving

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Property management business specializes in home rentals

Though the real estate market continues to limp along, former home builder Roger Snow is managing to make a living off of it. Only today he doesn't build new houses, he rents out existing ones. He and his wife Lisa Snow operate Property Management Complete, a Covington-based business which rents out primarily private residences.