News for Thursday, January 12, 2012


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Armstrong leads No. 19 Georgia past Florida

The inside-outside combination of Wesleyan grad Anne Marie Armstrong and Khaalidah Miller scored 19 points apiece to lead No. 19 Georgia to a 61-55 win over Southeastern Conference rival Florida on Thursday night.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Friday the 13th gets a bad rap

There's no real evidence that Friday the 13th is unlucky.

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JACK SIMPSON: Remembering the life and times of Mr. Gray

Often we think of Mr. Gray and we miss his visits in spite of the fact that he was wild and stand-offish and not the least affectionate.

LETTERS: America declines with every step she takes away from her Christian principles

America has taken God out of everything and we wonder why all the calamity takes place.

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Georgia tight end Orson Charles enters NFL draft

ATLANTA -- Georgia right end Orson Charles is entering the NFL draft.

Eastside looking to wrestle its way to top

COVINGTON -- Eastside's wrestling team will try to get back into the ranks of the elite as it competes in the Class AAA State Duals tournament starting today at noon against North Hall at the Macon Centreplex.

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Greatest's latest fight: Ali center part of legacy to nearly 70-year-old heavyweight's social activism

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Muhammad Ali's fists made him famous, but his plight as a social activist was perhaps his biggest fight.. At the Muhammad Ali Center, visitors see the three-time world heavyweight champion railing against war, segregation and poverty. They also see the softer side of a man embracing

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Yellow Jackets hold off Wake

DULUTH -- With 2:30 to play in Thursday's game against Wake Forest, the Georgia Tech women's basketball team had seen a 10-point lead shrink to just two. But after struggling all game at the free throw line, the Yellow Jackets put away the pesky Demon Deacons.

Newton kids to shoot it out hoops-style

COVINGTON -- The field has been narrowed from more than 2,200 elementary school students to the top 42 for the Elks Shoot Out held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Newton High School gym.

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Weadick lauded with R.O. Arnold Award

Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. Jim Weadick, administrator of Newton Medical Center, walks to the podium Thursday night to accept the R.O. Arnold Award from the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at their annual meeting at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center. Considered to be the most prestigious

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Halers win Small Business of the Year Award

Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. The Dick James Small Business Award was given to Chris and Teri Haler (center) of Current Events Productions. Making the presentation are (left) Chamber President Hunter Hall and (far right) Small Business Committee Chairman Ric Burnette. Founded in 2002, Current Events helps businesses

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Ga. leaders mark King's birthday at Capitol

King's actual birthday is Jan. 15. The Georgia native, who was born in Atlanta, would have been 83 years old.

Senate proposes ending ban on silencers in hunting

Senate Bill 301 is sponsored by Sen. John Bulloch, who says allowing hunters to use silencers would keep them from disturbing their neighbors.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Iron Lady' acts as a showcase for Streep

Michael Clark takes a look at director Phyllida Lloyd's latest film, "The Iron Lady."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wahlberg shines in 'Contraband,' plot does not

Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at Mark Wahlberg's new action flick, "Contraband."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dream cast can't save Polanski's 'Carnage'

Movie critic, Michael Clark reviews the first English-language comedy from controversial director Roman Polanski, "Carnage."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Pariah' a good first effort

Michael Clark reviews "Pariah" by writer and director Dee Rees.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Joyful Noise' never really sings

If some incarnation of "Glee" were to be developed for the Christian Broadcasting Network, it would probably look a lot like "Joyful Noise."

Projects sought for "Hands Across Rockdale"

Organizers are looking for projects for volunteers to work on for the first "Hands Across Rockdale" community event this spring.

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Conyers resident Alford tapped for Board of Regents

Conyers resident Dean Alford has been named to the Board of Regents.

Okla. woman, pet kangaroo may again be on the move

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma woman who owns a partially paralyzed kangaroo as a therapy pet may be on the move yet again, a day after leaving town over a spat with city officials about keeping the animal.. Christie Carr and Irwin the kangaroo moved from Broken Arrow to

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Judge declares missing teen Natalee Holloway dead

An Alabama judge signed an order Thursday declaring Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Holt bill inspired by Mansfield power line battle

State Rep. Doug Holt has filed legislation related to the ongoing battle between citizens in Mansfield and Georgia Transmission.

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Conyers Food Lion among 113 stores shut down

The parent company of Food Lion announced Thursday that the Conyers store will be among 113 locations to close as part of a broad restructuring.

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Newton County deputies assist families at Christmas

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office gave gifts to more than 400 needy children at Christmastime. Plans are to expand the program for next year.

Porterdale to apply for Community Development grant

The city of Porterdale is preparing an application for a Community Development Block Grant.

Altercation leads to gun play on Dry Pond Road in Newton County

A man was shot in the head Tuesday night around 11:45, but fortunately the bullet only grazed his skull, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office

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Newton County man wins $52K with lottery scratch-off

Newton County resident wins $52,000 in lottery scratch-off.

Jan. 13 Newton Blotter

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Coupon expert to share her savings secrets

As a teenager, Rachael Mercer shopped for the family's groceries after school while her mom worked. Mercer's mother gave her coupons to use and told her she could keep any money she saved.. "One week I saved $17 and bought a blue and white polka dot dress," Mercer said

Cancer Specialists collecting backpacks, suitcases for foster kids

Georgia Cancer Specialists is asking the public to donate new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases for foster children in Georgia. The collection date is Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GCS office at 1501 Milstead Road, Suite 110, in Conyers

Ohio landlord fights 'White Only' pool sign ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A state civil rights commission is weighing whether to reconsider its decision that a Cincinnati landlord discriminated against a black girl by posting a "White Only" sign at a swimming pool.The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein, who's white, violated the Ohio

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Romney tells SC voters he's 'pro-life' candidate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is insisting he's "pro-life" and questions his Republican presidential campaign rivals are raising about his reversal of positions on this issue are expected.

Georgia foreclosures down in 2011

Georgia saw a nearly 16 percent decline in foreclosures in 2011 from the previous year.

Richard Davis

Richard Dale Davis, Sr., of Covington, passed away January 10, 2012, at the age of 57. He enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking on the grill, cutting grass, hunting ...

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Mary Jo Williamson

Mary Jo Williamson of Oxford, passed away January 8, 2012, at the age of 84. Mrs. Williamson was a loving, compassionate, Christian mother who smiled easily. She cared for her ...

Lillie Mae Lovins

Lillie Mae Warren Lovins “Granny Lovins”, age 93, of Loganville, GA passed away on January 10, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. ...

Ruth Rennie

Mrs. Ruth Rennie, age 97, of Lithonia, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411,

Doris Keesee

Mrs. Doris Keesee, age 90 of McDonough, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Keesee, Sr. and sisters, Irene Glass and Carlene Bunn ...

Robert White

Robert L. “Pete” White, age 59, of Conyers, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He was preceded in death by his son, Jesse White; sister, Loretta Moon; brothers, Jim ...