News for Monday, December 10, 2012


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Rockdale wrestling finishes third at South Metro

The Bulldogs had three individual champions and seven overall placers in finishing third at the South Metro Tournament at Mt. Zion-Jonesboro High School.

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Time for Santa to make final preparations

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Reception will honor outgoing BOC members

A farewell reception will be held in honor of Chairman Kathy Morgan, commissioners Tim Fleming and Mort Ewing next week.

Oxford to improve Cook Road water

The Oxford City Council recently approved a water system improvement plan for Cook Road.

IHOP to open in Covington in May

IHOP is coming to Covington.

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Relay queens participate in Christmas parade

Winners of the 2013 Relay for Life Pageant brought Christmas cheer to bystanders at the Covington Christmas Parade.

Two from Newton arrested by Rockdale authorities

Two Newton Countians have been arrested by Rockdale authorities in separate incidents.

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Step into Christmas

Citizen photographer Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith recently spent a Saturday focusing her lens on the Christmas parades in Rockdale and Newton counties.

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RONDA RICH: Family diary offers glimpses into Lincoln's personality

Thirty notebooks in pristine condition lay about me on the bed in Los Angeles after my husband had surprised me with the diaries of his great-great-grandfather, Charlie Tinker, a White House telegrapher who had been friends with President Abraham Lincoln.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Furry friend nudges an opening into solitary life of autistic boy

Once again, you can't find the wrapping paper.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The plain, weedy sunnybell is a reminder of God's love for us

At a passing glance, our many granite outcrops look like barren waste places. However, as we have discovered in this column, there are many wonders that testify to God's generosity and the diversity of His creation.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Live each day as best you can -- it could be your last

There are stories in the news these days about the soon-to-be end of the world.

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TONY ELDER: Don't fall short of being in God's end zone

"So close! So close!" That was the anguished cry of many of us in this area last weekend as one of our college football teams fell just short of achieving a significant victory.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Lyrics of 'Away in a Manger' might need adjustments

Last Sunday, Trinity began its annual Christmas liturgy, which includes Christmas music and sermons related to Advent and Christmas.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The most important gift this season is Jesus

We are coming into the Christmas season, and this past Sunday, in the liturgical calendar was Bethlehem Sunday.

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New Methodist church meeting at Peachtree Academy

The only new church started this year in the United Methodists' North Georgia Conference has been planted right between Rockdale and Newton counties.

Health inspections for Rockdale, Newton counties for Dec. 11, 2012

Health inspections for Rockdale and Newton counties for Dec. 11, 2012.

Banks giving cash incentives for short sales

Distressed homeowners can take advantage of cash incentives to sell the home they can't afford. Because of the unique nature of today's market, new bank and government programs pay relocation incentives to homeowners who undergo a foreclosure alternative -- most commonly short sales.

Santa to visit Conyers DQ

Santa Claus will be available for photos, and free face painting will be offered at the Dairy Queen in Conyers on Dec. 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring your own camera to take pictures with Santa. The Dairy Queen is located at 1235 Dogwood Drive.