News for Thursday, January 5, 2012


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Gym renamed to commemorate late coach

COVINGTON -- The gymnasium at the old R.L. Cousins High School could have fallen by the wayside long after the school was abandoned when Cousins Middle School was built. Instead, the former site is being transformed and its history being remembered as the gymnasium floor was recently renamed for former

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Rockdale's Ware steps up in the Big Apple

Kevin Ware picked the world's most famous arena to make his first significant contribution to the Louisville basketball team.. In the Cardinals' first Big East victory of the season, a 73-58 win over St. Johns at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Ware had four assists and added two points and

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McCray shines in first year of JUCO ball

Portia McCray continues to make a huge difference in her first season of junior college basketball.. The former Rockdale star, who led the 2010-11 state tournament team in scoring, is off to a great start with Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington, Wyo.). McCray is averaging 15.1 points and eight rebounds, both

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Jimmy Wright commemorated in renamed gymnasium

COVINGTON -- The gymnasium at the old R.L. Cousins High School could have fallen by the wayside long after the school was abandoned when Cousins Middle School was built. Instead, the former site is being transformed and its history being remembered.

Movie Trivia Contest 1/6

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.


This week, Michael Clark spotlight "The Guard" Blu-ray disc.

CLARK: The Death of 3-D

Michael Clark talks about the future of 3-D movies.

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FILM FANS: 'We Bought a Zoo' had heart, but not much else

Local residents reviewed the movie of the week, "We Bought a Zoo."

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HUCKABY: Put down the junk food and face the issue of childhood obesity

Billboards addressing childhood obesity are stirring up controversy in Georgia.

Ga. Perimeter receives driving safety grant

Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus has once again received a $7,500 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety earmarked to raise awareness of how alcohol affects operation of motor vehicles.

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Rep. Doug Holt announces he'll seek third term

State Rep. Doug Holt will seek a third term.

Newton Sheriff offers drivers education course for teens

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is offering three free driver's education programs for teens and their parents.

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Past Covington mayors gather to honor Kim Carter

A rare photo was snapped recently when two former mayors, one current mayor and one incoming mayor were together for a celebration of Mayor Kim Carter's term of office. They are (l-r) former Mayor Bill Dobbs (1970-1995); former Mayor Sam Ramsey (1998-2007); former Mayor Kim Carter (2008-2011); and current

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John Douglas will run for seat on Newton Commission

Former State Senator John Douglas will seek the Newton Commission seat to be vacated by Commissioner Mort Ewing.

Family expresses thanks for Christmas gifts from Newton County deputies

Recipients say thank you because their Christmas was made brighter by the generosity of Newton County deputies.

Thurbert Baker to swear in Porterdale's new mayor

Porterdale's new mayor and council member will be sworn in Monday night.

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Oxford tries to shoo the buzzards away

OXFORD -- Oxford's buzzard problem may soon be solved.. For some time, the residents in the small town have been plagued with a large population of vultures that have settled on the water tower and in trees.. "The buzzards swarm in here about 4 p.m. every day and drape all

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John Douglas says he'll run for Newton Commission

Former State Sen. John Douglas has announced plans to seek the seat to be vacated by Commissioner Mort Ewing on the Newton County Commission.

Jan. 6 Newton Blotter

Newton Blotter

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JASON DEES: Take time to observe all the details in life God has provided us

Let me tell you about a friend of mine. Her name is Laura Wisner. She was a long time FBC choir member and is still a faithful member. Laura lives at the Remington House in Conyers and has to be one of the most colorful women there.

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JAMES BEHRENS: We all know the allure of the resistance to God

A friend of mine wrote to me recently; the letter arrived a few days ago. She writes of many things, among them the family gathering at Christmas, sending Christmas cards, a novel she has finished writing.

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JOHN PEARRELL: We must have a loyalty to Christ, which grows from our love for Him

Recently I have been inundated with a flux of materials whose common theme is the imminent demise of the church. Let me just use the words of Mark Twain here who, upon hearing that the New York Times had published his obituary, said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Seek a trained therapist in cases of sexual abuse suffered as a child

It's common for victims to blame themselves for offenses perpetrated against them, whether consciously or subconsciously. Remind yourself daily that you are precious in the sight of God -- regardless of what happened to you at the hands of others.

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New Heritage Hills Baptist preacher holds a passion to help people embrace God

It might take a few years, but certain church members at Heritage Hills Baptist are hoping to convert their new pastor. Dr. Doug Ferguson is an all-out Clemson fan ministering among a host of Bulldogs.

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TONY ELDER: Appreciate objects helpful to our faith, but don't worship them as we do God

A couple of months ago I pursued my penchant for old books by picking up a few interesting looking volumes at the annual big sale at the local library.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Oconee bell reminds us of the diversity of God's world

One of the most frequently repeated verses in the Bible was first recorded by King David when the Ark of the Covenant was finally brought to Jerusalem -- his song of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. In verse 34, we read "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever."This very phrase is repeated five other times in the Psalms (106:1, 107:1, 118:1 and 29; and 136:1).

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JOE LAGUARDIA: The Spirit works in people many different ways

I remember the first time I got a taste of the charismatic movement inspired by the Brownsville and Toronto revivals of the mid-1990s. I was walking into a family friend's healthfood store and interrupted the friend and another person in prayer. She looked up at me and said, "Hi, Joe, we're glad you're here. Come and catch my friend as I pray for her."

Yahoo names PayPal exec as its CEO

NEW YORK -- Yahoo Inc. has named Scott Thompson, president of eBay Inc.'s PayPal division, as its CEO, the fourth one in less than five years for the struggling Internet company.. Yahoo, which announced its choice Wednesday, has been without a permanent CEO since early September. It fired Carol

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Tasty Treats Italian Ice merges with Soups on the Side sandwich shop

Patrons of the Roly Poly, formerly located on Ga. Highway 138 S. in the Kroger Shopping Center, can now find similar sandwiches, though under different names and with some variations in the ingredients, at the Tasty Treats Italian Ice just across the road.

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Citizen Shopper reaches more readers

The Citizen Shopper unveils new distribution boxes this month that will be located at several locations in Rockdale and Newton counties. The blue boxes are part of the Shopper's ongoing efforts to be a cost-effective marketing tool for any business looking to reach customers in Conyers, Covington, Oxford and Social Circle.

Covington 1st UMC hosts Dave Ramsey class

Covington 1st UMC hosts Dave Ramsey class

Newton Baptist hosts gospel singing

Newton Baptist hosts gospel singing

Gateway Community hosts showing of movie "Courageous"

Gateway Community hosts showing of movie "Courageous"

Pleasant Hill CME hosts 140th anniversary celebration

Pleasant Hill CME hosts 140th anniversary celebration

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West Virginia sets FBS record with 70-33 romp vs. Clemson in Orange Bowl

West Virginia's offense explodes like none other in the history of college football Wednesday night, hanging 70 points on Clemson --- including 49 by halftime --- to etch its name in the record books as the highest scoring bowl team of all time during an Orange Bowl rout.

Juanita Jordan

Juanita A. Jordan, age 74, of Covington, GA passed away January 3, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) ...

Jerry Brent

Jerry Ronald Brent, 79, Conyers GA. 01/02/2012 Preceded in death by father John Brent, mother and step father Inez and Horace Rucker, wife Betty Brent ( Greene). Surviving are sister Sherry ...

Brianna Benton

Brianna Nicole Benton, age 6 weeks, of Conyers, GA passed away January 2, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)