News for Thursday, January 19, 2012


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Freestyle skier Sarah Burke dead at 29

Sarah Burke was an X Games star with a grass-roots mentality -- a daredevil superpipe skier who understood the risks inherent to her sport and the debt she owed to it.. The pioneering Canadian freestyler, who helped get superpipe accepted into the Olympics, died Thursday.

LETTER: Dysfunction just a universal fact of life

Maybe the best thing for us to do is just accept each other's dysfunction and go on enjoying our craziness.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Capt. Schettino off course in more ways than one

Throughout the ordeal of the sinking of the Costa Concordia, Capt. Francesco Schettino maintains that he did nothing wrong.

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JACK SIMPSON: No matter how careful you are, the bug can still get you

No matter how careful you are, the bug can still get you.

LETTER: Today's GOP too reminiscent of Confederacy

No one should be surprised by the sentiments voiced by the candidates and crowd's response in the South Carolina Republican primary.

Jeff Meadors: It's time to preserve and protect our classroom teachers

It's time to value the contributions and skills of our classroom teachers.

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Watch some hoops, maybe win a Harley

Fans of the Rockdale High School athletic department can be part of an exciting promotion in the early part of February.

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Roddenberry shines for Bisons

Zach Roddenberry continued to have one of his best stretches as a collegiate basketball player for Harding University.. The former Salem standout collected his second double-double of the season, scoring 23 points and adding 10 rebounds in the Bisons' 85-67 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma. Roddenberry scored a team-high

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Ordu leads Oxford to 82-53 win

OXFORD -- Great defensive play by Oxford's men's basketball team allowed the Eagles to easily take care of business on offense in their 82-53 win.. After Bryan College JV (Dayton, Tenn.) hit the first basket for 3 points, the Eagles (11-6) went on a 23-0 run. Even though the Lions

Absentee voting begins today for presidential primary

Absentee voting by mail begins today for the Presidential Preference Primary and two local referendums on Sunday alcohol sales.

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Oden to focus on what lies ahead in 2012 for State of the County address

Rockdale County Commission Chairman Richard Oden plans to focus on the future in his fourth State of the County address next week with the theme "Reuniting, Rebuilding and Reenergizing Rockdale."

Murdoch to pay Jude Law, 36 others for hacking

sLONDON -- Rupert Murdoch's media empire apologized and agreed to cash payouts Thursday to 37 people including a movie star, a soccer player, a top British politician and the son of a serial killer who were harassed and phone-hacked by his tabloid press.

Michelle Obama heading to Leno's 'Tonight Show'

First lady Michelle Obama is headed to Jay Leno's stage later this month.

CDC: Many teen moms didn't think it could happen

A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.

Deadly storm grips Northwest in ice, snow

A monster Pacific Northwest storm coated the Seattle area in a thick layer of ice Thursday and brought much of the state to a standstill, sending hundreds of cars spinning out of control, temporarily shutting down the airport and knocking down trees.

Body parts scattered near Hollywood sign in LA

An investigation unfolding near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles is playing out like a gory movie script, as police worked to identity a man whose body was found in parts over the past two days.

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Maintenance man convicted of killing Ga. girl found dead in apparent suicide

A prison official announced today that the maintenance man convicted of killing Ga. girl found dead in apparent suicide

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Dillard considers run for Congress

Former candidate for Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Courtney Dillard announced he was forming an exploritory committee for a possible run at Congressman Hank Johnson's seat in the upcoming primary election.

Peachtree Academy holds open house

Peachtree Academy will host its annual Open House for enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On the Beat: Man must have had DUIs before

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles.

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College chaplain joins Oxford council

Lyn Pace is the latest resident to join the Oxford City Council, when he replaced outgoing Councilman Hoyt Oliver this month after running unopposed in the Oxford election in November.

Fire destroys home on Settlers Grove Road

Newton County Fire Service firefighters had three fire calls Wednesday night. The most serious one was a house on Settlers Grove Road.

FILM FANS: Embrace timeless classic "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D

Local Film Fans reviewed the movie of the week, "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' opens up 9/11 wounds without merit

Michael Clark reviews director Stephen Daldry's new movie, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

Mansfield hires attorney in power line dispute

The city of Mansfield has hired an attorney to represent its interests as Georgia Transmission Corporation continues its quest to run transmission lines through town.


A story in Thursday's Citizen incorrectly stated the date of the Presidential Preference Primary.

Casino night to raise money for art programs

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. is hosting Monte Carlo for the Arts, its annual fundraiser, Feb. 4.

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Piedmont Academy announces first semester Honor Roll

Piedmont Academy announces first semester Honor Roll

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Amanda Moreno earns American Miss title

Amanda Moreno, daughter of Al and Phyllis Moreno of Conyers, recently earned the National Title for National American Miss for the All-American Miss age division.

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Destiny Starr, Omega Psi Phi host Christmas charity event

Destiny Starr, Omega Psi Phi host Christmas charity event

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Conyers Garden Club displays Christmas arrangement

Conyers Garden Club displays Christmas arrangement

Radiotherapy Clinics offers prostate cancer lecture series

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia, with locations in Conyers and Covington, will offer a Prostate Cancer Lecture Series in February at its Decatur auditorium, 2339 Lawrenceville Highway.

Chick-fil-A hosts Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Atlanta area Chick-fil-A's, including the restaurants at 1610 Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers and at 3130 U.S. Highway 278 in Covington, will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Newton Medical team represents a century of service

Newton Medical Center recently announced a milestone in its history -- 100 years of executive longevity. The hospital boasts a four-person executive team that has more than 100 years of combined experience in medical operations at the facility.

Georgia’s jobless rate decreases to 9.7 percent in December

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the third straight month in December.

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Southwest continues changes as Atlanta debut nears

Southwest Airlines continues to evolve as it prepares for flight services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.