News for Thursday, January 26, 2012


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Jam The Jungle at Alcovy

COVINGTON -- Prizes and giveaways will be part of the festivities during Saturday's game at Alcovy as they take on the Bulldogs of Chamblee starting at 3:30 p.m.. Some of the prizes include gift cards from Zaxby's, Wendy's and Aaron's as well as a drawing for a chance to shoot

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Roddenberry hits bit of a skid for Harding

Zach Roddenberry recently had a rare off night for Harding University. The former Salem basketball standout was held to just two points and missed all three of his field goal attempts in the Bisons' 69-57 loss to Arkansas Tech on Monday.. It was the junior forward's lowest point total of

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Don't kick a Southern gal while she's down

If you are familiar with Paula Deen's recipes you know that she likes to cook with butter. Lots and lots of butter. What's wrong with that?

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Oxford gets big conference win

OXFORD -- A impressive offensive game by Alex Ordu and an equally impressive defensive game by Samuel King allowed Oxford to put a mark in the conference-win column over Southern Crescent Technical College on Thursday.. Ordu scored 21 points to lead the field with Kim bringing down a game

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Eagles enter critical phase of conference play

The Oxford Men's basketball team enters a critical phase of the season, with the second of a pair of games against Georgia College Athletic Association foes looming. Fortunately, the Eagles will wade into battle with the momentum gained from a five-game winning streak.

Plant Washington project in question after EMC drops support

Officials with Snapping Shoals EMC said Thursday they are still committed to moving forward on a billion-dollar, coal burning power plant after Cobb EMC decided to leave the partnership on the project.

Snellville motorcyclist dies in Newton County crash

A man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday.

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The Timekeeper: Daniel Jeffries keeps courthouse clock ticking

Daniel Jeffries is the timekeeper of Newton County.

FILM FANS: Action-packed scenes still no help for 'Haywire'

Local Film Fans reviewed, "Haywire," the movie of the week.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Close brings life to 'Albert Nobbs'

Michael Clark reviews Glenn Close's new movie, "Albert Nobbs."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Swinton gives best performance yet in 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'

Michael Clark said, "'We Need to Talk About Kevin' is a visceral, throttling and take-no-prisoners type of movie that imagines two radically different methods of child-rearing present since the dawn of time."

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Door: Mr. Mojo Risin' — The Story of L.A. Woman'

Michael Clark spotlights "The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' -- The Story of L.A. Woman" Blu-ray disc.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Grey' proves to be a pulse-racing thriller

Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at Liam Neeson's new action flick, "The Grey."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ingenious plot of 'Man of a Ledge' puts audiences on edge

Michael Clark reviews director Asger Leth's movie "Man on a Ledge."

Newton, Rockdale end 2011 with higher unemployment rates than state

Newton County ended 2011 with an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Rockdale County fared slightly better with a rate of 10.6 percent.

Newton theme School to hold info session, soon to be accepting applications

Newton County parents interested in learning more about the parent involvement theme school can attend a special meeting next week.

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Gingrich reveals income, but not how he earned it

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich beat his main GOP presidential rival, Mitt Romney, to the punch by releasing his most recent tax return. But Gingrich still hasn't revealed how he earned most of his $3.1 million.

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Ga. police would auction guns under new proposal

Law enforcement agencies would be required to auction off confiscated or abandoned guns to the public under a proposal from a Georgia lawmaker.

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Hillary Clinton dodging political 'high wire'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants to step off the "high wire of American politics" after two decades and is again tamping down speculation that she might stay in government if President Barack Obama wins a second term.. Clinton told State Department employees on

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JOHN PEARRELL: Church offers us chance to strengthen our faith by being with each other

It seems that we live in an age where many who profess that they are Christians see no reason to attend church. I hear it all the time from various people. "Oh, I worship with my family at home." Or "I get my church from watching Dr. So and So on television." Or "I worship on the golf course or in my hunting stand... I don't need to be in church to worship."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Moss verbena a metaphor for how to find righteousness with God, neighbors

The diversity of the wildflower kingdom is minor compared to the diversity of humanity. Every individual is unique although he or she dwells within a family, a community or a culture.

JASON DEES: Performing community service allows us to follow Jesus' example

Over the next 10 weeks, the members of First Baptist Church of Covington are going to be out in the community serving our fellow citizens. This is all part of an annual effort at First Baptist called Bless the Community: 10 Projects in 10 Weeks.

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Christian Bowhunters use archery as a way to spread the word about God

Conyers resident Bryan White, along with his cousin and a couple of friends, enjoyed those visits outside shooting at targets and talking about their faith in God. Their time together grew into a desire to combine the two activities by forming the Christian Bowhunters of Georgia.

JULIE WELLS: Biggest hope for child is that she walks with the Lord

When my husband Kevin and I got married, neither of us wanted to leave our home churches. We both had invested a lot into our home churches, but moreso into the people we had worshipped with week after week and year after year.

JAMES BEHRENS: Neighborhood shopping district offered an idyllic setting for childhood

The place was called Watchung Plaza. It was a cluster of stores not far from the street where I used to live. We were kids and used to hang there a lot in our high school days.

JOE LAGUARDIA: Consider 'flip-flopping' a Christian virtue, rather than a weakness

I'm still confused as to why "flip-flopping," or the act of changing one's mind, is such a big deal in American politics. First it was John Kerry in 2004 who was accused of changing his mind (you remember, "I was for the war before I was against it," and so on); now it's GOP front-runner Mitt Romney who's getting all of the accusations.

TONY ELDER: God uses difficulties to bring good things into your life

"It could be worse," so I was told recently by the young man from the clean-up service that was sent out to our church by the insurance company. His comment came over the noise of commercial fans and dehumidifiers which were working tirelessly to try to erase the effects of an incident with the plumbing that had left our building virtually flooded.

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Grieving friend needs your presence, and a listening ear

Q: A dear friend of ours lost her husband over the holidays. We want to support her in any way we can, but don't really know where to begin.

Grand jury: No charges in attack on football coach

A Hancock County grand jury has decided not to indict anyone after a high school football coach was severely beaten after a game.

Gingrich donor is casino mogul, Israeli hardliner

He's an ardent supporter of Israel and a megabillionaire casino mogul whose empire is under federal investigation. And he's the self-proclaimed "richest Jew in the world."

Ga. Dems to hold public hearing on rural recovery

House Democrats plan to hold a public hearing to talk about rural recovery in the state. They say the path to rural recovery begins with the repeal of a tough law targeting illegal immigration that passed last year. But their small caucus lacks the votes to overturn it.

Heavy rain prompts fears of flooding in north Ga.

A flash flood watch has been issued for much of north Georgia as heavy rain was expected to push into the state from Alabama.

Judge considers whether to keep Obama on ballot

Barack Obama's attorney says he and the president will not attend a hearing in Georgia that seeks to keep Obama off the state's ballot over claims he is not a natural-born citizen.

Suspect in police officer's death to face judge

A Stone Mountain woman facing charges in the death of an Atlanta police officer is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 11 a.m.

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Without true home court, Ga. Tech men’s hoops struggling through terrible season

The Yellow Jackets men’s basketball team’s lack of a home gym — which draws a shockingly sparse crowd for every home game — seems to be adding fuel to the fire of Georgia Tech’s dismal season, which has the program just 8-12 overall and last in the ACC.

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Spurs rout Hawks by 22

San Antonio hands Atlanta an ugly, ugly road loss Wednesday night, 105-83.

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Pats, Giants masters of 4-minute offense heading into Super Bowl

If there’s one thing New York and New England do better than any other teams in the NFL, it’s stepping on the gas with a lead, rather than sitting back and hoping to run out the clock — a trend that will continue in Super Bowl XLVI.

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Gerald Pankey

Gerald Lynn “Jerry” Pankey of Covington, GA passed away January 14, 2012. He was a loving husband and father. A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be ...

Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett, age 63, of Covington, GA passed away January 23, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)