News for Saturday, December 22, 2012


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Letter to the Editor: Sharing the joy of Jesus' birth

Sharing the joy of Jesus' birth. As we approach the apex of the holiday season, the observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Baha'is of Newton and Rockdale counties would like to share our goodwill and love on this sacred occasion. The Baha'i faith is not well known in

Letter to the Editor: Major media not telling us what we need to know

Major media not telling us what we need to know. In another news publication, I read recently that General Motors (GM) is in the process of buying back some of the 500 million shares of stock that the US government owes from its bailout back in 2008-09. Remember, our government

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Rob Jenkins: Finding that old Christmas spirit

Here are four strategies to invoke the Christmas spirit.

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Darrell Huckaby: Anticipation and appreciation for another Christmas

Anticipation. What a wonderful thing. Often the buildup and the wait are better than the event itself.

Salem hoops teams split two games in Gray

GRAY -- In its first two games of the Jones County Christmas Tournament, the Salem boys were two completely different teams from the free-throw line. In a Thursday win over Georgia Military, the Seminoles hit 18 of 20 from the line in a 68-62 victory.. Things changed in a

Holsey, Carter lead Georgia Tech to 73-41 victory over The Citadel

ATLANTA -- Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech's defense stifled The Citadel in a 73-41 rout on Saturday.. Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (8-2

Steelers unveil immaculate monument

PITTSBURGH -- Franco Harris and former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates ignored chilly conditions Saturday during a ceremony unveiling a monument on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.. At a tent adjacent to Heinz Field on Saturday, the monument was unveiled at the exact site of Harris' famous

Prep Basketball Roundup: Too many missed shots doom Eastside

COVINGTON -- Eastside's boys basketball team had its chance to beat Rutland to start the holiday season but the Eagles sealed their fate losing a close 70-69 decision on Thursday.. Unfortunately, Eastside missed too many easy shots putting itself in a position where it had a 50-plus shot to

Georgia Southern beats MVSU 63-52

LAS VEGAS -- Eric Ferguson scored 19 points and Georgia Southern defeated MVSU 63-52 on Saturday in the Las Vegas Classic.. Ferguson was 8 for 11 from the field for the Eagles (5-6), who never trailed and led 33-19 at halftime. C.J. Reed had 12 points and eight rebounds, and

Rhode Island holds off Georgia State 65-60

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Nikola Malesevic scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Rhode Island held off a late rally by Georgia State in a 65-60 victory on Saturday.. Xavier Munford finished with 17 points for the Rams (4-7), who won their second straight game.. Rhode Island took a 57-47

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Hot Dawgs: Caldwell-Pope, Georgia defeat Southern Cal

ATHENS -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kept hoping that Southern Cal would keep using one man to defend him in the second half.. The Trojans didn't disappoint.. "It was shocking to me that they didn't double me," he said. "Most teams, when I'm hot like that, will try to double

Levett names transition team

Rockdale Sheriff-elect Eric Levett has named a five-person transition team.

Arts district proposed for Washington Street

An arts district is being proposed for Washington Street.

On the Beat: Beware of mad, bad drivers

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties.

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Retiring Rockdale school board members preside over last meeting

Three of Rockdale County's Board of Education members presided over their last meeting on Thursday.

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Trees, manger scenes centerpieces for festively decorated home

CONYERS -- Teresa Garmon begins pulling out her Christmas decorations at the end of September and doesn't finish putting up her 12 indoor trees, 12 mangers scenes, two Christmas villages, house lights and yard decorations -- including Santa, several reindeer, snowmen, candy cane arch, manger scene, and additional lit trees