News for Thursday, August 23, 2012


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Letter: Liberal cartoon was repugnant

Liberal cartoon was repugnant.

Letter: Transition from welfare to workfare

It could cost about $200 billion a year to put every unemployed person in America back to work at the minimum wage.

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Darrell Huckaby: Here's a football plan to get excited about

Here's a story about courage and friendship and love and about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

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Jack Simpson: Obama grants 'amnesty' for political purposes

If the government grants a pardon to a special group of people for political reasons, you can call it Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you want to, but chances are it is amnesty.

Braves get 5-1 win over Nationals, break streak

WASHINGTON -- Kris Medlen understood the enormity of his latest start and he delivered.

Rams looking to capitalize on youthful experience

COVINGTON -- Newton's football team has just missed heading to the Class AAAAA playoffs the last two seasons, losing one region game too many and finishing in fifth place. However, Rams head football coach Cortez Allen feels that this year could be their year to break that barrier.. "We're excited

Georgia's Mitchell set to play both sides of ball

ATHENS -- Life is good for Malcolm Mitchell as he prepares for a season in which he won't have to choose between offense and defense.. Georgia has big plans for the talented sophomore on both sides of the ball. Mitchell was the Bulldogs' second-leading receiver as a freshman, and

Rockdale softball knocks off Cedar Shoals

CONYERS -- All Rockdale's softball team needed to get back on the winning track was a little home cooking Wednesday. Miasia Mayer threw a complete game and struck out seven and the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated Cedar Shoals, 6-2 in non-region play.. The former

2012 Newton Rams Football

2012 Newton Rams Football schedule

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Workhorse slowdown? Turner's role may diminish with 2012 Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Turner, who has the most carries in the NFL the last four seasons, is facing the possibility of a diminished role this season.

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Harrington races out to 64 at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Thursday. He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead.

Newton Sheriff's Office searches for hit-and-run driver

Newton Sheriff's Office looks for hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian Wednesday night on Ga. Highway 81.

Council approves railroad moratorium

The Covington City Council has approved a moratorium on issuing permits for work along railroad rights of way.

City of Covington helps residents save energy, money

The city of Covington is helping customers conserve energy and save money through its Green Street Program.

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Eat your veggies! Schools offering more fruits, vegetables

New federal guidelines require more servings of fruits and vegetables for students, and less calories.

Cameras are rolling to catch motorists who don't stop for school buses

The Newton County School System and the Newton County Sheriff's Office began traffic enforcement this week using cameras to catch motorists who fail to stop for school buses.

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Gonzalez-Trevino Engagement

Stephanie Gonzalez and Juan Antonio Trevino, both of Conyers, announce their upcoming marriage.

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Cockman-Gattis Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Walker McGinnis of Huntsville, Ala., and H. Dean Cockman of Alton, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Donessa Dawn Cockman, to Clayton Edward Gattis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Gattis Jr. of Conyers.

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Hays-Tredeau Engagement

Danny and Noemi Hays of Loganville and Jennifer and Scott Trammel of Athens announce the engagement of their daughter, Destiny Lynn Hays of Loganville, to Cody Michael Tredeau, son of Gary and Kim Tredeau of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Shirley and David Courey of Dimondale, Mich.

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Scrapbook: Rotary Club welcomes new president

Rotary Club welcomes new president

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Smith Twins Birth

Twin brothers James Everett Smith and Jasper Elliott Smith were born on Jan. 18 at Newton Medical Center.

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Burdell - Wolfe Wedding

Julia Starr Burdell and Reagan Herschel Wolfe were married June 16 at Saint Simons United Methodist Church.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Finding the right church takes time

Trying to find a new church can be a daunting, overwhelming, and exhausting task. Whether a person is new to the area or simply searching for a new place to worship, finding that "perfect" community takes time and prayer.

Church Activities

Aug. 25 Church Barbecue and Stew Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Red Oak UMC, off Highway 36, next to FFA Camp, the church hosts a barbecue and stew sale, eat-in or carry-out or sold by the quart or pound.

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TONY ELDER: Remind yourself, others about the Good News of Jesus

Hola, y'all. No, I'm not writing this from some exotic location where they speak Spanish. It might be nice to be vacationing in Madrid or Rio, but about the closest I usually get to such a place is eating lunch at Frontera.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians are called to love enemies, not slaughter them

The new atheists are fond of claiming that all the wars in the world have been caused by religion, yet when you challenge them to name the wars waged in the name of religion, they stumble over themselves at a loss to name more than one war: the Crusades.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Prophets still live among us, fighting for justice, equality

The claim of Jesus that everyone in His midst were and are his brothers and sisters is a statement that can be taken as one of the most potentially explosive in the gospels.

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Taylor first female pastor to lead Starrsville UMC

Spend a few moments with the Rev. Dr. Susan Martin Taylor and it becomes clear how much this mother and stepmother of five and grandmother of two enjoys talking about her family.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Black mustard cooked, eaten as greens during Colonial days

I call today's species a roadside wildflower because it thrives in some of the most barren habitats.

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Georgia author to sign books at Conyers antique store

Monroe author Vickie Bley will sign copies of her books, "Coming Home" and "Ethel's Song," on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hen House 'Tiques and Uniques, 1026 S. Main St. in Conyers.

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Covington Diner specializes in Greek food but menu choices run the gamut

The Covington Diner boasts well more than 100 menu items and restaurant manger Dave Tzikas said should someone get a hankering for an item not listed, he'll do his best to fulfill the customer's request.