News for Saturday, September 3, 2011


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Locals share stories on their toughest jobs

Most people will get a break from the work-a-day world Monday, Sept. 5. With more than 154 million workers in the U.S., according to U.S. Census data, the Citizen wondered: What is the toughest job you've ever had? Citizen staff posed the question to folks on their way

Rockdale Fire battles Ga. 20 blaze

CONYERS -- A Thursday evening blaze shut down a portion of Ga. 20 North in Rockdale County and sent two firefighters to Rockdale Medical Center for treatment of heat-related injuries.. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Morgan with Rockdale County Fire and Rescue said the two firefighters were treated and released

College fairs to attract students in Rockdale, Newton

Area students have a chance to learn more about colleges from all over the nation at college fairs this month.

Social Circle defends itself against lawsuits by police officers

The city of Social Circle has settled one lawsuit brought by a former police officer, while a second lawsuit remains unresolved.

Qualifying results are in for Municipal Election

Qualifying results are in for the Nov. 8 Municipal Election.

Alcovy falls to Harris County 35-20

HAMILTON -- Alcovy's football team led for most of the game in its matchup on the road against Harris County. But the home team was able to take the win late in the final frame, beating Alcovy 35-20 on Friday.. Alcovy (0-2) led 14-6 at the end of the first

JOE LAGUARDIA: Find joy by giving all to God

Although I was a young boy at the time, I remember all the excitement when Robert Ballard discovered the underwater remains of the HMS Titanic in 1985. Ballard invested everything he had for seven long years before he found it.. Have you ever longed for something so much that you

JASON DEES: Submitting to the Lord leads to a bright future

One of my hopes for this town is that Covington would be a benchmark in Georgia for integrity and righteousness. This will only happen through the ministry of strong churches in our area.. At First Baptist we recognize that the problems of society run deep, all going back to the

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ORRIN MORRIS: God has created a world of unique creatures, including us

This fall, Jennifer Baker and I are teaching about 50 children at the Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers. Perhaps the most important principle we teach them is, "You are unique.". No two students develop at the same speed, so we try to lead them not to compare their

JULIE WELLS: Lead by example for your child to know God

With the news still spreading to people of mine and my husband Kevin's announcement that we will be parents soon, we've been getting a lot of parenting advice.. The best part of partaking in all the new advice is watching the people's eyes light up as they talk about their

JOHN PEARRELL: We cannot be good apart from God

Last week I broached the subject of whether or not we can be truly good without God. I stated in that column that your answer to that question really depends on your standard for goodness.. If your standard is human comparisons, then yes, we can be good without God. But

TONY ELDER: God instructs us to believe, trust, love

My daughter's former bedroom in our house is slowly being transformed into a study for my wife. It provides a quiet space for Cheryl to work as she pursues her further education by taking some on-line classes.. Part of that room makeover recently involved the purchase of a desk

JEFF BEHRENS: The simple things are the most beautiful

My doctor told me that I should walk every day. In the heat of the summer, I could have done better. When I was in Manhattan recently, maybe I made up for it. I must have walked miles every day.. I love everything about Manhattan. You cannot walk 5 feet

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Let husband makes his own choice about weight loss

Q: Our son is going through a divorce, and it's a terrible thing to witness, especially since we still live in the same city. How can we, as his parents, support him during this process? We don't want to meddle.. Jim: We often read about the negative impact of divorce

Sept. 4 Newton Citizen Poll

"To the cat hater: If you get caught (which I hope you do) harming that cat you will be charged with a felony animal abuser. You have a real problem!"