News for Monday, September 10, 2012


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Andy Murray finally wins a Grand Slam with U.S. Open title

NEW YORK -- His considerable lead, and a chance at history, slipping away, Andy Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set U.S. Open final Monday.. It had been 76 years since a British man won a Grand Slam singles championship and

Newton still looking for first score

COVINGTON -- Newton's defense found a way to slow down Lowndes from its first game but its offense is still scoreless as the Vikings won 31-0 at Martin Stadium on Friday.. "We're really pleased with the effort our kids gave," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. "That's a positive

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Falcons' offense meets expectations in opening win

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Now that's more like it.. After a confounding up-and-down season that ended with a dismal playoff loss, the Atlanta Falcons were determined to take advantage of their myriad offensive weapons.. They sure looked impressive in a season-opening win over Kansas City. Led by Matt

UVA needs a running game at Ga. Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia has the 2-0 start it was looking for, and now things get a lot harder.. The Cavaliers head to Georgia Tech on Saturday, the start of a tough three-game stretch that also takes them to No. 16 TCU the following week and then back home

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LPGA marathon: Shin tops Creamer on 9th extra hole

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Jiyai Shin needed only 20 minutes Monday to do what she couldn't in eight hours a day earlier.. The South Korean made a two-putt par on the ninth playoff hole, beating Paula Creamer to win the Kingsmill Championship and end the longest playoff between two players

County, cities to decide on excise tax

County and municipal governments have to decide whether to levy an excise tax to replace lost revenues resulting from a sales tax exemption on energy use by manufacturers.

Newton man stabbed in Conyers during 'play-fighting'

A Conyers man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of a Newton County man that occured when 'play-fighting' got out of control.

Supreme Court of Ga. upholds Riley verdict in murders of his three children

The guilty verdict handed down to William David Riley for the arson murder of his three children has been upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court.

College, career academy serving more students this year

More students are enjoying the Newton College & Career Academy this year.

Prevent Child Abuse loses funding, keeps going

Prevent Child Abuse Newton has faced smoe tough challenges over the last six months but volunteers are striving to keep it open.

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Paving the trail

Paving is underway on the Library to Eastside Trail.

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RONDA RICH: Books are my treasures

In this house of wood and stones that I call home, there are books scattered and stacked hither and yon.Some might say this house is cluttered with books but I would never be that irreverent, for cluttered seems to mean "unnecessary" or "junk."

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: "Fire in the Ashes" follows the not-so-happy-ending stories of poor families

Everybody looks different, but they haven't changed a bit.. The classmates at your reunion got older, that's for sure. Some have gotten a little wider, a bit grayer, too, and more lined than they were decades ago.

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Local professionals showcase artwork at Olde Town Gallery

An art exhibit opening on Friday features people known locally for their professional accomplishments -- a lawyer, a retired non-profit director, a graphic artist, and a retired insurance executive -- but not necessarily for their artistic abilities.

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JAMES BEHRENS: God gives us everything we need to get through life and come out shining

JAMES BEHRENS: God gives us everything we need to get through life and come out shining.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: The church should combat modern-day malaise with imaginative hope

When was the last time you hosted a tea party and invited a bunny, a doll, a witch, stuffed bears, and your younger brother?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Have hope that Jesus can transform you

Look around you. Crosses are everywhere. They decorate our houses of worship; they are used as art in our homes; we wear them as pieces of jewelry; and in a new trend, I see many young people displaying crosses as body art.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Cherokee rose is beautiful to behold but its thorns are torturous

The central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God's love.The message is that God loves each of us to the highest degree that we humans can understand; that is, every effort to establish fellowship with us is for our well- being.

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Homeless ministry opening headquarters in Newton County

Homeless ministry opening headquarters in Newton County. As he approached a man sitting in a wheelchair in Woodruff Park in Atlanta, Joel Crumpton was carrying a large cross as part of his ministry to Atlanta's sick and homeless.

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TONY ELDER: Our hope for a good future is based on the promises of God

Following a recent Sunday worship service, our family headed to a local Chinese restaurant to enjoy the lunch buffet. After filling ourselves with the tasty cuisine, our server left us the check along with the traditional treat of a fortune cookie for each patron.

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FirstLight offers seniors assistance in the home

Statistics show that about 10,000 people in America will turn 65 each day, said Ed Ukaonu, owner of FirstLight Home Care, a care provider for seniors. That means greater pressure on the "sandwich generation," younger people caring for both their children and their aging parents.

Health reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for Sept. 12, 2012

Health reports for Newton and Rockdale counties for Sept. 11, 2012.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Buffalo chicken dip is a great dish to kick off the football season

We had our own little football kickoff party here at the Citizen office last Friday.

Newton Citizen Top Five stories for Sept. 3 to Sept. 9

These were the Top Five Stories on the Newton Citizen website last week.