News for Thursday, March 8, 2012


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Simpson: Stay active even if your overall mobility decreases

Stay active in your own way and you will be happy you did.

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Cal Thomas: A sincere apology

Rush Limbaugh's political enemies have never demonstrated anything approaching contrition when it comes to their desire to destroy him.

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Darrell Huckaby: Grand memories of birthdays gone by

This weekend I will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 10th birthday.

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Scott and Dufner tied for lead in Cadillac Championship's first round

DORAL, Fla. -- Playing only his sixth round of the year, Adam Scott faced a strong test Thursday at Doral and never looked better. Scott kept the ball in play and then hung on for dear life for a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Cadillac Championship.

Local Newton sports briefs

COVINGTON -- The Newton girls tennis team remains perfect after playing its fourth match to go 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Region 2-AAAAA with a pair of 4-1 wins.. The Lady Rams beat Langston Hughes in region play on Tuesday before beating Arabia Mountain on Wednesday.. Newton struggled at

Bulldogs win on diamond

The Rockdale baseball team blew out Douglass 13-0 Wednesday, behind four innings of one-hit ball from Phillip Anschutz.. The Bulldogs (3-2), who bounced back from a shutout loss to Peachtree Ridge with their second consecutive victory, got three hits and three RBIs from John Martin and two hits and

Cuban paracyclist sets sights on London games

Damian Lopez was 13 when he tried to untangle his kite from electrical wires dangling over a street corner and accidentally touched a high-voltage cable.

Phillips, Alford lead Panthers

Georgia State's softball team is off to a fine start at 16-5, and former Heritage players Whitney Phillips and Callie Alford are a big reason why.. Phillips, a junior infielder leads the team with a .413 on-base percentage and is hitting .325 (13 of 40) in 19 games. And

Eastside bats come alive in 11-6 win

COVINGTON -- Eastside's bats came alive with 13 hits, including six for extra bases, as the Eagles got past Sandy Creek with an 11-6 win.

Minor pitches three scoreless in Braves' 2-1 loss

The Atlanta Braves have started off their exhibition season horribly, and manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't liking it.

Women's conference set for weekend

Women in the Newton and Rockdale communities are invited to attend a conference designed just for them this weekend.

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Former Newton educator to run for school board

Franklin Perry, who is currently an educational consultant living in Newton County, plans to run as a Democrat for the District 4 seat on the Newton County Board of Education.

Covington-Newton 9-1-1- Center's call volume increases by 6 percent

The Covington-Newton County 9-1-1 Center has seen overall calls for service increase by nearly 6 percent with 112,712 calls in 2011.

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Showing their 'True Colours'

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City considers natural gas as fuel option

Covington officials are considering investing in a compressed natural gas station.

Girl Scouts march to observe 100th anniversary

Girl Scouts will march across Parker Road Bridge to commemorate their anniversary.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Learn how not to worry in "Freeing yourself from Anxiety"

You barely got a wink of sleep last night.. It started when the boss, on her way out the door, said she needed to meet with you.

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Cruise ship comedy teacher headlines Conyers show

Gid Pool didn't become a comedian until the age of 61.

RONDA RICH: Cook up some comfort for a friend

A friend, en route from Charlotte to Atlanta, stopped to spend the night with me.

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RECIPE BOX: Tater Tot casserole is comfort food

This week's featured recipe is Tater Tot casserole, and whoever came up with the original version of this dish sure did make my husband happy.

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Local child's heart defect inspires state study

A Newton mom is behind a bill that would require testing of blood oxygen levels for newborns.

Volunteers needed for Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup is set for March 24.

Newton County Jail Log for week ending March 9

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol.. -- Rasheem Vincent Agostino, 38, 2069 Swan Court, Riverdale, stop signs and yield signs, driving while license is suspended or revoked.. -- Bernard

Dismissed Rockdale deputy charged by GBI

A former Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged by the GBI.

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Rock Eagle hosts program on solar system March 17

Rock Eagle's 4-H Center in Eatonton hosts its "Saturday at the Rock" program for March which will feature a look at the sun and how it is studied.

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let history steer you away from God

While sitting in church on Sunday, Pastor Charles Hodnett was really bringing forth some of what I like to call golden nuggets of wisdom.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Our search for God in the mundane makes life fulfilling

The Christian journey has its ups and downs, peaks and valleys.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Couples must work to reconnect after spouse returns from deployment

Q: My husband just returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan.

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TONY ELDER: Life may not be fair on earth, but it will be on our day of reckoning

A current TV commercial depicts a variety of situations in which people are treated unjustly.

Church Activities

March 10 at 5 p.m., Bible Church of God-Atlanta, 2124 Boar Tusk Road, Conyers, the church hosts a gospel concert featuring The Original Florida Spiritualaires, Mighty Sons of Zion and Lady Marsha Tarver during "The 2012 Hallelujah Tour"

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ORRIN MORRIS: Be careful when taking beauty berry seedlings or cuttings

At the end of the sixth day of creation the writer of Genesis noted, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (1:31).

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JOHN PEARRELL: The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ

There is a growing myth that needs to be exposed.

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Conyers Garden Club

Conyers Garden Club

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Noah Fountain first birthday

1st birthday. Noah Fountain celebrated his first birthday on March 3 with a Noah's Ark-themed party with family and friends.

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Supporting youth baseball

As part of the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program, John Miles Chevrolet Owner Kim Miles, left, presents a check for $500 to Cherie Allen, Rockdale Youth Baseball Association community relations representative, to support the baseball organization. John Miles Chevrolet also contributed 10 baseball equipment kits which included equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. As a third bonus, baseball players have the option to raise money by selling raffle tickets for the chance to win a free Chevrolet vehicle.

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Covington business sells discounted tools, hardware

When Chuck Ozburn sold most of a tractor-trailer full of discounted tools and other work supplies within three days in December, he realized that in this economy a business like that might do well.. "I thought maybe Covington needs a true-blue liquidation close-out wholesale store to the

Oak Hill Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Oak Hill Elementary School First Semester Honor Roll

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Poster contest winner

The winner of the Oxford Lions Club Peace Poster contest Alexia Harper, an Indian Creek Middle School student, is shown with her art teacher Jack Meacham. Harper received a cash prize, and the art department received a donation from the Oxford Lions.

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Purpura-Oliver Wedding

Leslee Marie Purpura and Jonathan Hunt Oliver were married on Sept. 24, 2011.

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Covington Elkadettes

The Covington Elkadettes donated four clothes baskets, each filled with a pair of twin bed sheets, a pillow case, a bath towel, wash rag and a bottle of hand lotion to residents at Elks Aidmore Children's Center, a residential facility in Conyers for at-risk youth.

Cousins Middle School - Honor Roll

Cousins Middle School — Honor Roll

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February Yard of the Month

Conyers Garden Club yard of the month for February.