News for Wednesday, January 11, 2012


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Indiana snaps Hawks’ winning streak, 96-84

Atlanta had won three games in a row before it went to Indianapolis, where the Pacers crushed the Hawks behind Danny Granger’s 24 points.

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Turner's big quarter helps Seminoles top Patriots

CONYERS -- Dedrick Turner sure picked a good time to get hot. The junior guard for Salem scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Salem defeated county rival Heritage 59-45 Tuesday in Region 8-AAAA play.

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Another Falcons winter gone south

ATLANTA -- Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday he is disappointed the team is "not where we need to be," but he said turnover on the coaching staff may help.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The unique and exotic pool sprite exists in our own front yard

Charles Darwin's observations have made a profound impact on modern thought. There are at least two issues his theory of evolution did not address: how, when or where life began and how to explain gravity.

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JASON DEES: Follow the example of Tim Tebow: stand up for your belief in Jesus

Well, 42.4 million Americans tuned in on Sunday to watch the Denver Broncos in a stunning 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. That made Sunday's game the highest rated NFL wildcard game since 1994, 18 years ago.

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JULIE WELLS: Music, whether it be traditional hymns or Christian rock, can help you worship God

There is something about the old hymns that just bless my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the worship songs and contemporary Christian music we have nowadays. But just to reach down and pick up a hymnal does something for my soul.

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TONY ELDER: God should be our candidate of choice as the ruler of our lives

One of the questions we will be answering before the end of this election year is who will be leading our country as its president for the next four years. It's been interesting to see the various candidates rise and fall in the polls, often in conjunction with either accusations about their personal lives or their performances in debates.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Peace will come, it is the hope of God's promise

"Helluva Town," published by Powerhouse Books, New York, is a collection of black and white photographs taken by Vivian Cherry in the 1940s and '50s. All of the pictures were taken in New York City.

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Monroe Episcopal church invites community to Taize service

A unique worship service with roots tracing back to Europe's recovery after World War II will take place at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Monroe on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. Known as a Taize (pronounced "tah-zay") service, this worship experience is open to all people of faith or even those without any and is noted in particular for its unstructured design.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Experience the full joy of worship: attend church

"I'm a Christian but I don't believe in the church; I can worship at home." As a pastor, I cannot even begin to count how many times I have heard statements like this. Let's examine that concept a little. Can a person really be a Christian and yet not be involved in a local fellowship?

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JOE LAGUARDIA: 'Twilight' worth examining from a Christian perspective

One would think that by now the whole "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" movie hype would have died down. After all, the movie -- about vampires and werewolves and centering on a love story involving a girl named Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) -- was released nearly two months ago.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY; Paying children for special chores can teach money management

Q: My wife has had multiple affairs over the past 10 years. She wants to put things back together; we still love each other. I'm having a hard time trusting her due to the fact that it has happened more than once. What are some things we can do to mend our relationship?

YMCA offers open house

Covington YMCA is hosting an open house.

Porterdale lifts furloughs for employees

The Porterdale City Council has decided to eliminate employee furloughs.

Mathews: No big cuts next school year

Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews doesn't want to make any drastic budget cuts next school year, like this year, but furlough days are still under discussion.

Deputy city manager named for Covington

Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon has been named deputy city manager for the city of Covington.

City to loan Miracle League $1.5M

The city of Covington has agreed to lend Miracle League of Newton County $1.5 million to construct a baseball field for special needs children.

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Covington firefighters battle Monticello St. fire for 3 hours

A Monticello Street home was engulfed in flames when a passerby notified the fire department. The first floor of the two-story home and many possessions were saved by the Covington Fire Department.

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Jackson flew the "Wampus Cat" B-17 bomber in WWII

Newton County resident Britt Jackson spent 15 months as a prisoner of war in the infamous Stalag 17 during World War II. Known by many Americans as the setting for the hit TV sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," Stalag 17 was certainly not a situation comedy to the airmen imprisoned there.

Kutcher wants to return to 'Two and a Half Men'

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A clean-cut Ashton Kutcher says he's interested in continuing with "Two and Half Men" beyond this season -- and CBS wants him, too.. Television's most popular comedy has succeeded beyond most expectations this season, up 20 percent in viewers from the final season with Charlie

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Covington firefighters battle Monticello Street house fire

Firefighters with the Covington Fire Department are battling a house fire on Monticello Street, between Ivy and Conyers streets, which began just after noon today. The frame, two-story house is engulfed in flames which appear to be widespread throughout the house. Check for updates

Calvary Baptist to hold Revival

Calvary Baptist to hold Revival

Cornish Mt. Baptist hosts Ham and Egg Supper

Cornish Mt. Baptist hosts Ham and Egg Supper

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Big changes coming to the BCS?

The commissioners of all the major college football conferences meet Tuesday as more than 50 ideas are tabled about changes that need to be made to the Bowl Championship Series starting in 2014.

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Cold-shooting Georgia falls at Florida, 70-48

After getting smacked around by Alabama over the weekend over the weekend in its SEC opener, Georgia gets crushed by rival Florida on Tuesday, 70-48, to remain winless in conference play.

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Four pollsters vote Oklahoma State No. 1, while one gives LSU nod in final AP Top 25

Erik Gee, of KNML-AM in Albuquerque, N.M., is the lone media member to give LSU a first-place vote, and Gee said it wasn't a "publicity stunt."

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Falcons worried about re-signing big names headed for free agency

The Falcons are about to take it on the chin in free agency as a handful of the team's playmakers are likely headed elsewhere.

Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg, age 62, of Covington, GA passed away January 9, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)

Jackie Westmoreland

Mrs. Jacqueline Lee Vinson Westmoreland, age 58 of Covington, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at her home after a 2 1/2 year battle with breast cancer. She was a ...

Madonna Register

Madonna (Donna) Carleen Holcombe Register, age 81, of Covington, Georgia, passed away on January 7, 2012. She was predeceased in death by her husband, Robert R. (Bob) Register and her ...

Harold Nelson

Harold W. Nelson age 78 of Stockbridge passed away January 5, 2012. Mr. Nelson was a retired dispatcher for Complete Auto Transit with 30 years of service. He was an ...