News for Thursday, September 15, 2011


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Alcovy bests Union Grove in OT

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's defense bent but never broke as the Tigers started Region 3A-AAAA play with a 20-17 overtime win over Union Grove on Thursday.. The Tigers (2-2, 1-0) gave up 155 yards on the ground with Union Grove's (2-2, 0-1) Derrick Craine gaining 136 of them.. But in

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Patriots rout Bulldogs

CONYERS -- For all intents and purposes, Thursday's showdown between county rivals Heritage and Rockdale was over before the first 12 minutes could be completed at Reid Stadium. Class AAAA No. 10 Heritage scored 14 first-quarter points, all off Rockdale turnovers, and was never challenged in a 41-0 victory

Eastside tries to go 2-0 in Region 4-AAA against Jackson

COVINGTON -- Eastside quarterback Cameron Boyd had a turnaround game against Locust Grove last week throwing for 205 yards while completing 77 percent of his passes. The Eagles are hoping to get another performance out of Boyd and the rest of the team if it wants to remain unbeaten in

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SIMPSON: Don't be part of the littering problem

A fellow came home from work the other day to find the front of his property covered with litter. Among the cigarette butts, bottles, plastic containers and discarded fast-food bags was a dead dog wrapped in black plastic.

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THOMAS: President Obama's folly

Nearly every time President Obama delivers a speech about the economy or jobs, something bad happens. His speech to Congress last Thursday night is the latest example. The next day, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages plunged 303 points, a decline replicated in other indexes in the U.S. and overseas.

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Stewart Baptist craft/bake sale benefits prayer blanket ministry

The first ever Stewart Baptist Church Craft and Bake sale already has 40 vendors taking part in its communitywide event coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Sponsored by the Women of JOY (Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last) ladies' ministry in the church, the craft and bake sale features the talents of men and women from across the region.

JOHN PEARRELL: Evil in our hearts makes us question God

A business man was having a conversation with a minister about faith. The business man stated, "I would like to believe in God, but I just can't. There is just so much evil in the world, and I can't get past that.". The minister was not sure how to

JOE LAGUARDIA: Involve God in all aspects of children's lives

Jesus once told his disciples, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Mt. 19:14 NRSV). Although we know that Jesus has a special place in his heart for children, it is rather difficult for us to include children in a life of faith in creative and positive ways.

JASON DEES: Consider that God became a man to save you

Incarnation. God incarnate, God made man, God becoming a man. Do you ever think about that, I mean really think about it? God the creator of the universe became a man and lived among us.

JULIE WELLS: Papa loved the Lord and people

There are those people who leave lasting impressions on your heart. You know, the kind that often brings a smile that stretches across your face when thoughts of them flood your mind.

JAMES BEHRENS: Street photography reveals beauty in unexpected places

I have taken pictures for years, but it is only in the last few years that I have discovered the joys of street photography and street photographers. There are many of the latter. There are books and lectures, websites and seminars, college courses and gallery exhibits all on the techniques and art work of street photography.

TONY ELDER: Praying for others does make a difference

Recently, a longtime member of our church was facing the prospect of being without a job. She works for a company similar to a temp agency, although some of her positions have turned out to be far from temporary.

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NARI offers tour of remodeled homes

The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry will present the Second Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, Oct. 1 and 2. Homes throughout metro Atlanta that have been remodeled by NARI member organizations will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday

Young Rockdale Republicans sought for club

Rockdale Republicans are seeking to establish a Rockdale Young Republicans Club.

Car washes, Rotary Clubs launch clean drinking water campaign

Several independent car wash operators in the Atlanta area have joined together to provide clean drinking water to those in need throughout the world.. The campaign, called Wash Away Thirst, anticipates approximately 100 car wash locations to join the cause starting with an invitation to all metro area facilities to

Gas South offers Pay-As-You-Go program

For the third year in a row, Gas South is offering its Pay-As-You-Go Program, a program designed for credit-challenged customers that does not require customers to make a deposit or other prepayment before being accepted for service.. The program is also designed for customers who may

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Harrison announces run for Rockdale BOC seat

Local businessman Tom Harrison said he will officially launch his campaign Saturday for the Post 1 seat on the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.

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Rockdale bands to perform exhibition

The marching bands from all three Rockdale County high schools will join together for a special event, the fifth annual Rockdale County Marching Band Exhibition, at 7 p.m. Monday at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium at Heritage High School.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Drive' takes a real look at mobster life

Michael Clark reviews "Drive."

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Film Fans are infected with 'Contagion'

Film Fans review "Contagion."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'How She Does It' delivers laughs for the over-30 crowd

Michael Clark reviews "I Don't Know How She Does It."

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County dedicates South Rockdale Park

Rockdale County officials will hold a dedication ceremony Monday recognizing upgrades and improvements to South Rockdale Community Park.

Newton Schools Calendar

Today - 6-10 p.m. Col. Cobb's Corn Maze Fundraiser for the Newton County Theme SchoolTuesday - 7 p.m. Newton County Board of Education meeting

Flu shots available in Rockdale, Newton

Flu shots are now available at health centers in Rockdale and Newton counties.

Register now for October ACT

Registration is now open for the Oct. 22, 2011 ACT, a college entrance exam and achievement test.

Tips for keeping college students from identity theft

In 2010, 8.1 million Americans or 3.5 percent of the population became victims of identity theft.

Sprite seeks to help schools win playgrounds

The Sprite Spark Parks Project for Schools program is giving local schools across the country the opportunity to liven up areas on their campuses where students can play, stay fit and be refreshed all school year long.

Newton, Rockdale receive C grade for websites

Newton and Rockdale counties received a C grade on their websites from a pro-government transparency advocacy group.

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Two Newton school buses involved in accident

Three students from Veterans Memorial Middle School were transported to Newton Medical Center with minor injuries on Thursday morning after two school buses were involved in an accident.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Kudzu a serious problem in the Southeast

The Psalmist wrote, "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds" (145:17).Some of you will find it hard to associate that verse with the kudzu vine; however, its original purpose was noble.

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Rockdale drug store cashier robbed at knifepoint

A man armed with a knife robbed the Walgreen's on Milstead Avenue of an undisclosed amount of cash Thursday.

Two school buses involved in accident

Three transported to hospital

Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision this morning.

Two School Buses Involved In Accident Three transported to hospital

Three students were transported to Newton Medical Center this morning after two school buses were involved in an accident.