News for Thursday, November 29, 2012


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Alex Grady and Antwonette Thomas take Citizen cross country honors

COVINGTON -- Newton's Alex Grady and Rockdale's Antwonette Thomas proved that they were the ones to beat claiming the Boys and Girls Citizen's All-Area Cross Country Runners of the Year.. Grady averaged a time of 16 minutes, 32 seconds in his 11 races aided with a pair of sub

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Jack Simpson: There's gold at the end of the rainbow -- if you work for it

How many young people do you know who have college degrees and have no jobs?

Patrick Best: A walk in the park

I went for a walk with my 18-year-old daughter, Morgan, the other day.

Newton students improve, outpace state writing scores

More Newton County high school juniors are passing the Georgia High School Writing Test.

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Berry's Tree Farm donates trees to state

Berry's Tree Farm is donating 10 Christmas trees to the state to be displayed at the Governor's Mansion and the Capitol.

Porterdale to fund grant match rejected by BOC

Porterdale will apply for a grant to fund a trail.

Pets as Christmas gifts not the best idea

Experts agree: Don't give pets as surprise Christmas gifts.

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Drama dreams fulfilled

When Kevin and Shante Ragin produce a play, they not only want to entertain audiences, they also aim to send a message.

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Tisdale completes GBI course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

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TONY ELDER: The more time you spend with Jesus, the better life gets

One day last week I received a gift one of my daughters had promised me for my birthday a couple of months ago.

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JAMES BEHRENS: As monks age, they enter into a realm of sainthood

When I was in graduate school, I had a vague sense of discomfort that grew and nagged at me as the years passed.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for marsh-mallow in a marshy habitat

Psalm 46:10a reads, "Be still, and know that I am God." Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surround me every day?

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Arrival of Christ central to the Southern Folk Advent music

Celebrating its 20th year as a holiday tradition, the unique service of the Southern Folk Advent will once again take place at Old Church in Oxford.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Entry into heaven is not dictated by our good deeds, but by God

One of the great misconceptions many hold when it comes to the idea of heaven is the belief that if one's good works outweigh their bad deeds, they will get into heaven.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Nov. 30, 2012

Newton County Jail Blotter for Nov. 30, 2012.

Herschel Walker to help open Athens restaurant

Legendary University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker plans to help open a new restaurant, Herschel's Famous 34 Pub & Grill in Athens.

2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot.