News for Thursday, February 16, 2012


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McIlroy says his improved swing will click at Masters

Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he's made to his swing will work in time for the Masters in April.

Florida, South Carolina among SEC favorites

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan couldn't believe he was saying the words. Just two years ago it would have been college baseball blasphemy: Pitchers are dominant in the Southeastern Conference.. "The pitching is as good as it's ever been," O'Sullivan said. "This league's always had the Friday night starters, but

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Spurrier, S.C. to meet with NCAA

Spurrier and 10 other university coaches, leaders and officials will be in Los Angeles this weekend to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The NCAA says the school received $55,000 in improper benefits for athletes -- mostly football players -- who stayed at a hotel for a reduced rate and for South Carolina's involvement with a mentoring group in Delaware.

Alcovy, Newton girls advance; Newton boys suffer upset

Both the Alcovy and Newton girls are headed to their basketball state tournaments while the Newton boys' season was ended abruptly by No. 7 seed Stephenson on Wednesday.

Seminole girls roll on to regional final

The Salem girls basketball team has come a long way in a year, and following a victory Thursday in the Region 8-AAAA semifinals, the Seminoles have the opportunity to take that journey a step further.

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Lost 'Kid': Gary Carter dead at 57

Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. He was 57.

D'Andrade get hat trick in Alcovy win

Alcovy's Uriel D'Andrade was on his mark scoring three goals in the Tigers' 6-2 win over Locust Grove on Thursday. The win makes Alcovy 2-0 on the season and one game away from tying its win record from last season.

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State House designates ‘Kindness Week’ in Georgia

At the urging of State Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough), the Georgia House of Representatives has approved, and issued, a resolution making the second week of November, “Kindness Week” in Georgia.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'This Means War' takes aim at charming Rom-Com, but misses mark

Michael Clark reviews Reese Witherspoon's new chick flick, "This Means War."

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FILM FANS: 3-D not needed for 'Star Wars: Episode I'

Local residents review the movie of the week, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" in 3-D.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Woody Allen: A Documentary'

Michael Clark spotlights "Woody Allen: A Documentary."

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Separation’ unique look at Iran, but audiences may be lost in translation

Michael Clark review new flick, "A Separation."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Borrowers' tale 'Arrietty' has warm charm

The Secret World of Arrietty (G). 3 out of 4 starsConsidering the eccentric, almost psychedelic fantasy worlds created in Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's tales, a story of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a house seems almost normal.. "The Secret World of Arrietty," from Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Please hang up and dial again

In the age of cell phones, wrong numbers aren't as common as they once were.

LETTER: Our young veterans' character, discipline represent America's hope for the future

There's hope for our country in those who were trained in the military.

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JACK SIMPSON: Adjusting to the new daily routine

Life's not so dull in a rehab facility.

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Jeff Meadors: Strong leadership is key to school performance

To ensure schools' success, we must rid leadership ranks of non-performers.

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Newton's Taylor recognized by AARP driver program

Matt Taylor, left, facility manager at the Newton County Recreation Department at Turner Lake Recreation Center, was recently presented a certificate of appreciation by James Hurt, an instructor with the AARP Driver Safety Program, for the department's longtime support and dedication to the program.

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Thompson-Baumann Wedding

Andrea Renee Thompson and Brandon Michael Baumann were married Dec. 9.

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Kylin Emery Magness Arrival

Kylin Emery Magness was born on Dec. 30 at Rockdale Medical Center, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 18 inches long.

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Joshua Rogers Arrival

Joshua Rogers was born on Jan. 17, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 19.25 inches long.

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Arbor Day offers best time to plant trees

Today is Arbor Day in Georgia and residents are encouraged to plant trees now to give them the best chance to establish themselves in time for warmer weather.

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Kiwanis recognizes top high school seniors

The Newton County School System and the Kiwanis Club of Covington honored the county's STAR students and teachers in a special program Thursday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church of Covington.

Social CIrcle considers changing payroll functions for employees

The Social Circle City Council is considering a change in the way employees are paid.

CIty of Covington employee chased with knife

A ciity of Covington employee was chased by man with a knife.


A photo caption that ran with the article "Newton designated WaterFirst Community," in Thursday's Citizen did not include the name of Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority. The Citizen apologizes for the error

Early voting underway for presidential primary

Early voting is under way for the March 6 Presidential Preference Primary.

Newton Fire Service buying rescue truck

Newton Fire will be using a rescue truck to answer emergency medical calls instead of the large pumper truck that is getting a workout these days.

Report: Charter schools trail others on standards

A new report says Georgia's charter schools have become less successful than traditional schools in meeting federally mandated goals.

Senate Democrats continue to spar on HOPE

Senate Democrats are continuing to hammer Republican lawmakers about the HOPE scholarship, reiterating their wish to revisit last year's overhaul of the program and pointing out its geographical and racial disparities.

LETTER: Don't overlook the good at Alcovy High School

There are many positives to celebrate at Alcovy High School.

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Newton school board approves teacher furlough days

During its monthly work session Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a recommendation by Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews for a calendar with 178 student days and 184 teacher days.

Rockdale/Newton Church Activities

To submit information for our church bulletin listings, visit our website at, call 770-483-7108, ext. 252, fax the information c/o Julie Wells at 770-483-5797.

Santorum to campaign in Georgia

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will campaign in Georgia on Sunday in advance of the state's March 6 primary.

Stroke, bone fracture screenings set for Feb. 29 in Conyers

Rockdale Baptist Church, located at 1295 Smyrna Road in Conyers, will host a Life Line Screening on Feb. 29 for those wishing to be screened for risk of stroke or bone fracture. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries, irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of

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Ezell's chooses top models

zell's Studios, a photography company in Conyers, hosted its fourth annual Top Model Contest in December and chose several local young women as top winners.

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Covington shop owner hopes antique lovers make his store a stop on their route

When Dan Morgan resigned from his job as deputy executive director of the Covington Housing Authority to search for another position, the economy began to sour and career opportunities dried up quickly. That's when the idea of running his own business entered his mind.. "I had a hard time finding

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JOE LAGUARDIA: When place blame, we deny forgiveness and the grief that leads to healing and hope

A wise pastor once told me to always have someone to blame. He told me that when I become pastor, always have a secretary to blame. Little did I know he told our secretary to always have a pastor to blame.. He was joking, of course. At least I think

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TONY ELDER: Don't get frustrated with your progress as a Christian, appreciate how far you've come

The repairs on our church building were completed this week following the flooding incident I wrote about a few weeks ago. We're thankful for how God has provided and worked in such a way as to make our facilities look better than they did before the water damaged the place

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JASON DEES: Have you really ever trusted the Lord for something great?

In 1827 and 1828, there was a huge revival that swept across Georgia. This revival was so great that church attendance in Georgia doubled between 1825 and 1830. Perhaps the most amazing story from this revival happened right here in Newton County.. In 1827, literally every person in the town

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ORRIN MORRIS: Find blue-eyed grass at Panola Mountain State Park

The warmer weather of this week instills hope in me. Spring is coming and winter's grip of last weekend is lessening.Already, the heleborous is blooming, the crocus and the periwinkle are budding, and very soon the blood root and dandelion will spread forth their leaves.. Yes, spring is coming. May

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Obsessive gaming on the computer can be a marriage-killer

Q: I worked at the same job for 23 years, and was just recently laid off. It's been so long since I've had to market myself, I don't even know where to begin.. Jim: I'm sorry to learn about your unemployment. This is a reality facing more and more Americans

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"Carolyn and the Cross" describes God's purpose behind tragedy

Five-year-old Jody Porter couldn't understand why his mother didn't show up to comfort him when he broke his arm and was rushed to the hospital.. He began to wake up night after night crying out for her and was becoming more dissatisfied with the answer he kept getting

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JOHN PEARRELL: Will you accept the authority of Jesus or follow what you want to believe?

Last week we began a written dialogue on the new spirituality, the idea that we can have our own designer gods. When one suggests that maybe such an approach is not right, immediately the names start to fly. He's "intolerant," "narrow-minded," "bigoted.". The problem comes when

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JAMES BEHRENS: Look for the kindness in people, whether in your own backyard or far from home

I was in Louisiana a few weeks ago, in the New Orleans area. I was there for some medical tests, all of which turned out fine.I had some free time, and one day I drove across Lake Pontchartrain to a town called Madisonville, where my mom and dad lived for

Atlanta hospital uses Facebook to ID mystery patient

An Atlanta hospital has identified a comatose patient with help from Facebook and a Spanish-language news organization.

Technical colleges get $50K to help with GED costs

The Technical College System of Georgia has received a $50,000 donation to help poor students pay to take the test to get their GED.