News for Thursday, February 23, 2012


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HUCKABY: In the spirit of the Oscars, I've got a few movie awards of my own

Sunday night is Oscar Night. They will roll out the red carpet in Hollywood and all the beautiful people will show up, hoping against hope to go home with one of the golden statuettes.

LETTER: Is America on the road to destruction?

As a nation we are now 225 years old. The average age of the great nations before us has been 200 years. Are we destined to self-destruction as all those great nations before us?

AP Interview: Oscar nominee Demian Bichir

MEXICO CITY (AP) Demian Bichir learned an important lesson when he left his native Mexico to launch a U.S. acting career and ended up working in a Mexican restaurant in New York: How to live the invisible life of an illegal immigrant with dignity.It's a subtle quality he brings

DUI charges against Steelers' Ward dropped

DECATUR -- Prosecutors have dropped DUI charges against Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and Dancing With the Stars winner Hines Ward.

Newton area teams begin playoff runs

COVINGTON -- Both Alcovy basketball teams get to host the first round of the playoffs while both Eastside squads and the Newton girls are on the road.

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Duerson's family sues NFL over his suicide

CHICAGO -- The family of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL on Thursday, claiming the league didn't do enough to prevent or treat the concussions that severely damaged his brain before he killed himself last year.

Tournament time for three local teams

The Class AAAA state basketball playoffs begin for three county teams this weekend. Here's a look at the trio and their first-round opponents.

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Ex-lacrosse player faces 26 years in murder trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- In a trial that revealed the lives of elite athletes at a top-notch school, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player faces 26 years in prison for the beating death of his former girlfriend amid a swirl of betrayal, distrust, anger and a culture of drinking.

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Riptides headed to state meet

Although the Rockdale Riptides swim team had nine competitors qualify for this weekend's 2012 Georgia 14 & Under Short Course Championships at the Georgia Tech Natatorium, the Conyers-based team figures to be a small fish in a big pond.

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Stern: Nothing like frenzy around Lin

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan. Nobody can match the buzz that Jeremy Lin has created in such a short amount of time, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday.

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Elijah Owens Arrival

Elijah Wade Owens was born on Jan. 5 at Rockdale Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

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Kaydence Farthing Arrival

Kaydence Farthing was born on Dec. 30 at Newton Medical Center, weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 16 inches long.

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Landyn Long Arrival

Landyn Bryan Long was born on Feb. 6 at Rockdale Medical Center, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long.

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Clayton Ellis first birthday

Clayton Ellis celebrated his first birthday on Feb. 18 with a farm animal-themed party with family and friends. He is the son of Clint and Krystal Ellis of Newton County.

Community Calendar

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties. To submit information, visit our Web site at and click on the "submit news" link at the bottom of the home page. Submissions can also be made by phone at 770-483-7108, ext. 252, or by email at Please include an event description, sponsoring organization, date, time, place, phone number and contact person. Announcements are printed as space is available in date order.

Oscar-nominated actors tell favorite movie moment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Many of this year's Oscar-nominated actors first experienced the magic of movies as children.. When asked on to reflect on their favorite movie moments, nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman and Octavia Spencer immediately went back in time.. "My favorite was

A nun, football coach and Marine going to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At least one person on the Oscars red carpet won't have to worry about what to wear: Mother Dolores Hart.. The 73-year-old nun, who left Hollywood in 1963 to join a monastery after starring in films with the likes of Elvis Presley and George

Movie critic Michael Clark makes his Oscar predictions for 2012

In far more ways than one, the Oscar ceremony this coming Sunday will be a grand celebration of the past and should provide more competitive drama than the last ten telecasts combined. In all six major categories there is not a single clear-cut, runaway favorite and it's unlikely even

AP critics pick 'The Artist' for top Oscar wins

LOS ANGELES -- Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire are boringly in lockstep on their picks for this season's top Academy Awards categories, depriving them of their usual snide debate over who's going to win.. Both predict the silent film "The Artist" will win for best-picture

T-SPLOST may not be on ballot this year

Members of Rockdale County's legislative delegation answered questions at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

Oscars to drop Kodak name from awards show

Oscar organizers have agreed to drop mentions of the Kodak Theatre from Sunday's broadcast.

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Eastside High presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

Eastside High School's drama department presents "Little Shop of Horrors" next week.

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Wade challenging Schulz in BOC race

Republican Kevin Wade wiill challenge incumbent Nancy Schulz in the 3rd District BoC race.

City explores prepay utility program

City officials have approved a pilot program to allow customers to prepay for electricity.

Social Circle sets July vote on Sunday alcohol sales

The Social Circle City Council voted on Tuesday to place a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the July 31 general primary ballot.

Feb. 24 Newton Blotter

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Long-time friends open Elite Sporting Goods in Covington

The lives of friends Britt Mask and Richie Cleary have continued on similar paths over the years. They both graduated from Newton High School in 1996. They both married Newton County school teachers. They each have three children, with both men being the fathers of an 8-year-old and

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TONY ELDER: Jesus intends for us to be trees bearing good fruit to the glory of God

Last weekend we celebrated my wife's birthday. More emphasis than usual was placed on this event due to it being one of those milestones in which she turned an age which ends in zero.

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JOHN PEARRELL: To become a child of God, you must have faith in Jesus

How often have you heard someone exclaim, "We are all children of God"?. If you accept the authority of the Bible, then you recognize that statement to be false. Generally, those who express this wrong belief do so under the also mistaken belief that everyone goes to heaven anyhow.

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Living Way Worship Center International holds three-day crusade

When Bishop Tim Needham gave his business card to a street preacher on the boardwalk in Daytona Beach, Fla., three years ago, he had no idea what God would make possible.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Co-sleeping with baby increases risk of sudden infant death

Q: Our daughter just recently started to cut herself. We are in counseling and trying to get help for her. What are your thoughts on why teens want to hurt themselves in this manner?. Juli: Human beings are wired to avoid pain. So it is difficult to understand why your

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JULIE WELLS: Our Almighty Savior gives us the ultimate peace, comfort in times of loss

Kevin and I have a group of friends we used to get together with most every weekend. We would all hang out, eat, watch the kids play, watch football, and such.. As life goes sometimes, we don't all hang out that much anymore.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Take a hike in moist, open woods to find Virginia bluebell

The scripture verse, John 3:17, has greatly impacted my life and ministry. It reads, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Time-tested tradition of Ash Wednesday reminds us we are human in need of God's grace

The other day I went into a local Christian bookstore and asked if they carried any children's trinkets for Ash Wednesday -- things like stickers and pencils and stuff.


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JASON DEES: Meet us at the Soap Opera for prayer, fellowship, clean laundry

For one year now, members of First Baptist Church in Covington have been meeting on the last Saturday of the month at the Soap Opera Laundromat on Washington Street. They meet there with a simple purpose: to pray with people and to pay for their laundry.

Chili's holds fundraiser for animal rescue group

Chili's restaurant, located at 1570 Dogwood Drive in Conyers, will contribute 10 percent of sales to Hometown Animal Rescue Inc. (HARI) on March 6, 7 and 8 from 4 to 11 p.m.