News for Friday, January 13, 2012


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Homeless NY teen up for science prize gets a house for family

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. -- Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a Long Island shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist had made it to the semifinals of the prestigious national Intel science competition.. Now, with donations coming in and the

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Obama: Big government 'has to change'

WASHINGTON -- Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.

Patriots bounce back on court

The Heritage girl’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday in Conyers, and got their first Region 8-AAAA victory, holding off Loganville, 44-43.

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JENKINS: Combining math with other subjects isn't necessarily a bad idea

My take on real-life questions.

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Clovers & Company brings country, rock 'n' roll, gospel to Covington

Newton County resident Mary Lathem is going to have a busy year on stage.. The Eastside High junior will assume the role of Audrey in the Drama Club's staging of "Little Shop of Horrors" in late February and will also appear in the Oxford Youth Singers' spring production of "Grease

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Gov. Deal: Georgia close to landing megaproject

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal says the state is very close to a landing a deal that could bring what he described as Georgia's largest business project since automaker Kia opened a massive plant in West Point.. The Times of Gainesville reports that Deal said state officials are in

Troopers to patrol State Capitol after carjacking

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say they plan to increase security around the Georgia State Capitol after a state employee was carjacked in a nearby parking lot.. Reports say that 22 state troopers will walk a beat in and around the Gold Dome to free up Capitol police to increase patrols

Sloppy commute as Midwest gets first big snowstorm

CHICAGO (AP) -- It's finally looking like winter in the Midwest as the season's first big snowstorm crawls across the region, leaving skiers and snow-reliant businesses giddy but greeting Friday commuters with a sloppy, slippery drive.. After starting as one of the warmest and brownest winters in recent history

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Deal: Consider adding sales tax to online shopping

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he's considering a plan to extend the state sales tax to online purchases.

Georgia judicial branch is hopeful about budget

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials with Georgia's judicial system say they are hopeful that this year's legislative session will bring a modest funding increase.. Rising tax revenue and support from Gov. Nathan Deal, an attorney whose son is a judge, has buoyed the judiciary's hopes that the budget cuts that forced

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RECIPE BOX: Vegetable chowder has a creamy base, great flavor

While hanging out with the in-laws and watching some college football one Saturday afternoon not too long ago, my mother-in-law Janie stirred up a delicious pot of vegetable chowder for all of us to eat.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Futuristic fairy tale 'Cinder' leaves reader wanting more

Once upon a time, you loved princes and princesses, gnomes, and castles with moats and dragons. There was magic in a fairy tale, there were monsters and evil queens, and you had to use your imagination to see it all.

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New 4-H agent a former Rockdale County club member

As a middle schooler, Brittany Johnson opted to make breakfast tortillas for a 4-H cooking competition rather than pursue a 4-H public speaking project. Judges visited her stove and asked her questions about her dish, one-on one interaction that suited Johnson just fine. "I was extremely shy and didn't want to stand in front of people and talk," she said.

Newton school board considering theme school sports

Students at the Newton County Theme School might get a chance to participate in more sports next school year.

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Hawks lose Horford for 3-4 months with shoulder injury, then go out and blast Bobcats

Atlanta announces before Thursday's game against Charlotte -- an 111-81 rout -- that All-Star center Al Horford has a torn muscle in his shoulder and likely won't return for any of the Hawks' regular season.

Fannie Fields

Fannie Jane Fields of Oxford, passed away January 11, 2012, at the age of 88. Mrs. Fields was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church, and loved her church family ...

James Brown

Rev. James S. Brown, age 92, of Porterdale, GA passed away January 11, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)