News for Friday, September 16, 2011


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Seminoles Get Back to .500 With Win Over Wildcats

In a game where neither team moved the ball much, nor was able to create its own momentum, Salem caught a huge break from its opponent that turned out to be the difference. A key fumble early in the fourth quarter led to the go-ahead touchdown and the Seminoles defense held Apalachee to 39 second-half yards as Salem evened its record at 2-2 with a 14-7 win over Apalachee.

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Engle-Brucker Engagement

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Harry Wells 102nd birthday

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Costley Family Reunion

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McGunigal-Green Engagement

McGunigal-Green Engagement

Church Anniversary

Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CPR Class at Rockdale Medical Center

Sept. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Conyers Housing Authority meeting

Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Lunch Bunch Social

Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Heritage Hills Fall Festival

Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant Festival and Sale

Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

40th Annual Barbecue at Union United Methodist

Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monastery Open House

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pastor Appreciation Sunday at Lily of the Valley

Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Satisfy your curiosity with 'Ripley's Strikingly True'

You are a smart kid.. With math, you fear no fraction, you're a geometry genius, and you're awesome at algebra. You're a walking dictionary, a map on two legs, and the bomb at bees. You do science experiments for fun.. Yep, you're one smart cookie, but your teacher doesn't know

RONDA RICH: Simple things in life bring so much

One morning in Sunday School class, members were requesting prayer for those who were facing trials and tribulations. Solemnly, Billy, our teacher, nodded at each then asked if there were more. After a couple of minutes of silence, I raised my hand and smiled.. "I have a praise report."

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Conyers resident a dedicated participant in Veterans Wheelchair Games

Donald Young rides in his motorized wheelchair through the halls of the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, and out the front doors. He parks himself next to a bench at the patio entrance to the center, making sure not to block the way.. He's setting himself up for an interview, and

Metro Atlanta residents hope for redevelopment

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) -- Community leaders in south Cobb County are planning several projects they hope will spark redevelopment in their part of metro Atlanta.

Gwinnett center could garner work as postal service eyes possible cuts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Processing centers in Kentucky and Tennessee could be shut down and hundreds of local jobs lost as the U.S. Postal Service looks for ways to cut costs and restore its fiscal health.. The facilities in Lexington, Ky., and Chattanooga, Tenn., are among 250 centers nationwide being studied over the next three to four months as the Postal Service looks for ways to save money.

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NARI offers tour of remodeled homes

The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 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

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

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

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Giving children instructions once is enough

Q: Our 8-year-old son isn't overtly rebellious, but he definitely has "selective hearing." We have to demand that he get ready for bed three or four times, for example. Is it worth waging war to make him comply instantly?. Jim: Yes, it's probably worth "waging war,"

JAMES BEHRENS: Street photography reveals beauty in unexpected places

I arrived rather late on the scene of street photography.. 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

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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 community wide 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

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.. In the religious South, so many of us have heard that so many times that

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

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.. My grandfather, Martin Freeman, was one of those people. He has left a permanent mark in my life

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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. The early kudzu plants lived up to their expectations, but in

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

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.. After seven years at the same place, her agency's relationship with

Man killed on I-20

A 53-year-old Morgan County man was killed in a single vehicle crash Friday morning.

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HUCKABY: The once (and future?) wedding photographer

The voice on the other end of the line sounded so innocent and sincere that I almost said yes without thinking.

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Troy Davis in spotlight as execution nears

ATLANTA-- Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying behind Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis -- not just because they oppose capital punishment but because they believe the state could put an innocent man to death.. The case is fraught with drama: The murder of an off-duty police officer

Ex-NBA player Crittenton returned to Atlanta, faces murder charge

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Fulton County sheriff's office says former Washington Wizards basketball player Javaris Crittenton has been returned to Atlanta from Los Angeles to face a murder charge.. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said Thursday night that Crittenton had arrived and was in custody. The jail's website showed Crittenton

Man charged in Ga. as being unlicensed pharmacist

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- A 49-year-old man is accused of working as a pharmacist in DeKalb County without having a license.. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports authorities say Jonas O. Mireku of Snellville was arrested on Wednesday. He had been working at a DeKalb County CVS.

Federal judge removes Atlanta jail sale deadline

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge has removed the Nov. 1 deadline for Fulton County to buy the Atlanta city jail.. Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob, who had imposed the deadline because of the county jail's chronic overcrowding, said Thursday the sale is now off the table.

Georgia unemployment rate rises to 10.2 percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months, state officials announced Thursday. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.1 percent in July, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.

Fallen Marine honored in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson Jr., who died in Afghanistan two years ago, was honored for his service on the day a fellow Marine who tried to rescue him was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.. About 50 family members, friends, members