News for Thursday, March 1, 2012


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Darrell Huckaby: A grand time sifting through memories of the beach

To spend four days at Jacksonville Beach with family and friends was as close to heaven as a little lint-head boy could get in 1959.

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Mark Shields: Republicans must 'Cowboy Up" on saving U.S. auto industry

It is time for Republicans to take responsibility by publicly acknowledging the reality of success.

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Jack Simpson: Just call me lucky; injury could be worse

Thanks to all the well-wishers and visitors who aided in my recovery.

Bazzani starts strong for Colonels

Eastern Kentucky's baseball team may be off to a tough start in 2012, but Anthony Bazzani hasn't suffered the same fate.. The former Heritage hurler has made three appearances out of the bullpen for the Colonels and in four innings pitched has allowed four hits and one walk while striking

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Furman Bisher: When retirement is really retiring

Well, guess you heard, Bobby Cox is retiring. That's what I heard. Then I heard a report from spring training.

Country's Jason Aldean works out with Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Aldean circled the bases, touched home plate and collapsed next to the batting cage, pulling his cap over his face.. "After lunch, let's come back and do it again," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked.. Sprawled on the ground and struggling to catch his breath

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Love leads early on in Honda Classic; McIlroy closes on no. 1 ranking

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Love made a hole-in-one and finished with two birdies to tie the course record at PGA National with a 64.

Rockdale tennis moves to 2-0

ATHENS -- The Rockdale tennis team remained unbeaten as both the boys and girls teams won 5-0 in Region 8-AAAA play against Cedar Shoals Thursday.

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Ponder, Malcolm help their golf squads win vs. county rivals

COVINGTON -- Rockdale's Kaleb Ponder and Newton's Logan Malcolm were able to shoot the low score to help their teams win in a dual match at The Oaks Course on Thursday.

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Murphy named publisher of Rockdale, Newton Citizen papers

Southern Community Newspapers has announced J.K. Murphy has been named the publisher of the Rockdale and Newton Citizens.

Fire reported at Kids Zone in Conyers

A fire caused the evacuation of Kids Zone Wednesday evening.

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Body found in tent near U.S. Highway 278 in Covington

The body of a 60-year-old man was found inside a tent in a wooded area behind Checkers restaurant Wednesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department.

Newton Sheriff's Office Mark Mitchell finalist for Morrow police chief

Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mark Mitchell is among three finalists for the Morrow police chief position.

Three Newton principals set to retire

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis, Newton County Theme School Principal Ruth Anne Smith and Eastside High School Principal Dennis Roddenberry have announced that they will retire at the end of the school year.

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Newborn man accused of deliberately striking teen with his vehicle

A Newborn man has been charged with deliberately striking a teen with his car.

Church Activities

March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. nightly, Living Way Worship Center International, 4051 Ga. Highway 81 South, Covington, the church hosts an "Anything Possible Crusade," Bishop Tim Needham, Pastor Chris Sarno and Pastor Allen Bruton speaking, 770-728-0280.

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JASON DEES: When we date we should honor Christ

With spring just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to give you aspiring lovers out there some tips on dating.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Rugosa rose reminds us of the crown worn by Jesus

The season of Lent has begun, and the second Sunday of the season is this coming Sunday.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Family mealtime is worth the sacrifice of rearranging schedules

Q: My husband left our four young children and me a few years ago. I recently met a wonderful man who wants to get serious very quickly.

Local attorneys support food drive

LaMalva, Geoffroy & Oeland, a law firm based in Conyers with offices in Covington and Atlanta, announces its participation in Georgia's Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food and fund drive hosted by the Office of the Attorney General and the State Bar Association, in partnership with the Georgia Food Bank Association.

Curves holds annual food drive

Curves International is kicking off the 2012 Curves Food Drive today with a challenge to all Curves clubs to meet or exceed last year's donations.

Georgia prostate cancer awareness license plate released

The Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition recently received its official prostate cancer awareness license plate, according to a press release by Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia, a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Coalition.

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Newton Chamber of Commerce promotes businesses via T-shirts

Newton County Chamber of Commerce members get lots of perks.

Conyers Cracker Barrel hires new manager

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced the transfer of Alan Ludlow to the position of general manager of its Conyers location, 1182 Dogwood Drive.

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TONY ELDER: Christian music can be a wonderful, effective means by which God speaks to us

On a couple of occasions recently, I found myself at places where '70s music was being played.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: There is much work left to be done in spreading the Gospel

This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of the commissioning of North America's first missionary, Adoniram Judson, and his wife, Abigail.

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JOHN PEARRELL: A world without God may not be as rosy as some think

More and more we are hearing the phrase "freedom of worship" coming from the White House. Few see the danger in this subtle change of words by our current administration from the traditional "freedom of religion."

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JULIE WELLS: Trusting the Lord means putting your heart in His hands

I am beginning to learn a whole new dimension of faith.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Friendship a favorite theme in the teachings of Jesus

Not long ago a lot of gifts and cards were exchanged on Valentine's Day.

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Red Oak UMC holds Prom Dress Swap

Spring cleaning can do more than just straighten the house this season.

Georgia spared by major damage as storms diminish

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say they had no reports of major damage as strong storms moved through north Georgia, which had been under the threat of possible tornadoes as a large weather system pushed through the state.. Much of north Georgia was under a tornado watch for several hours Wednesday

Ga. unemployment rate down for 6th straight month

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state's unemployment rate has declined for the sixth month in a row.. January's jobless rate was 9.2 percent, compared to a revised rate of 9.4 percent in December. Butler said that figure is the lowest rate since March

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Steelers release ex-UGA star, WR vet Hines Ward

Former UGA great Hines Ward is officially released Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers after an unproductive season.

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Warriors upset Hawks at home

David Lee scored with 30 seconds left to lift the Warriors past the Hawks, who were held to a season-low 33.7 percent shooting as they missed 61 of their 92 shots from the field.

Carl Lung

Carl Irvin Lung, Jr. of Conyers, passed away February 17, 2012, he was 32 years old. Carl was preceded in death by his wife Ashley Abbott Lung; father Carl Irvin ...

Deborah Burns

Deborah “Debo” Burns, 46, of Covington, GA passed away February 27, 2012 at Dekalb Medical Center. Born in Atlanta, GA on December 22, 1965, she was the daughter ...