News for Thursday, September 13, 2012


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County championship at stake in Alcovy/Eastside match

COVINGTON -- The main question facing Alcovy's struggling offense is can it find its rhythm while keeping Eastside's potent defense on its heels in the county-rival game today at 7:30 p.m. at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Seminoles, Patriots get together on gridiron

CONYERS -- While the Heritage football team heads into week three of the 2012 season at 2-0, not all is perfect with the defending region champions.

UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun retires

STORRS, Conn. -- Jim Calhoun retired as Connecticut's basketball coach Thursday, closing a 26-year career at the school with thanks to everyone who helped him turn UConn from an athletic backwater into a national power that won three national titles.

UGA's Jarvis Jones never relishes success for long

ATHENS -- Coming off perhaps the greatest game of his college career, Jarvis Jones could've savored all the accolades. Instead, he wanted to go over what he did wrong.

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Falcons' Nolan still trying to solve Manning

FLOWERY BRANCH -- As a defensive coordinator and head coach, Mike Nolan has just one victory in seven tries against quarterback Peyton Manning.

Letter: Take time to observe Constitution Week

The purpose of Constitution Week is to promote study and recognition of the constitution.

Letter: Aten's advertising misleading

Candidate Phinia Aten's signs are misleading.

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Darrell Huckaby: A little advice for a new member of the SEC

Ever since the news broke last winter that Missouri and Texas A&M would be joining the SEC, I have been determined to be a part of the welcoming party.

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Jack Simpson: Recounting the pleasures of a Southern oasis

After so many years of being southernized, we can no longer brag about being damned Yankees -- and maybe we no longer care for the title!

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GPC Newton Campus boasts more full-time high school students

Local students continue to enroll in Georgia Perimter College's Dual Enrollment program.

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Boblenz-Brewster Engagement

Boblenz -- Brewster. Brad and Cindy Boblenz of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Nicole Boblenz of Sandy Springs, to Beau James Brewster of Sandy Springs, son of Jack Brewster of Fort Collins, Colo., and Deborah Tate Brewster of St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Community on Our Knees event

An unidentified group of people gathers to pray for the school year at the Community on Our Knees event, sponsored by the Covington First United Methodist Church and held on the Square in Covington.

Porterdale responds to landlord complaints

The Porterdale City Council has taken action in response to landlord complaints.

Oxford hires new city manager

The city of Oxford has hired a new city manager to replace the current manager who is retiring this year.

Newton High student attacks teacher, administrator

Sixteen-year-old Newton High student attacks teacher and administrator; a private school is burglarized; and several face sexual assault charges.

Literacy Fest set for Sept. 23

the 10th annual Literacy Festival will take place Sept. 23 in downtown Covington.

School crime reports for Sept. 14, 2012

School crime report for Sept. 14, 2012

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Jack Nelms Birth

Jack Baron Nelms was born on Aug. 24 at Newton Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 20 inches long.

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Creel-Fuller Engagement

Creel -- Fuller. Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Kathy Creel of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Bethany Jean Creel of Atlanta, to Christopher Mark Fuller, son of Cheri Fuller of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Mr. N. Mark Fuller.

Burn ban ends Oct. 1

The end of the summer burn ban is Oct. 1.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Touch a young sensitive briar and watch the leaves close up

Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

Church Activiites

Sept. 15Scarecrows and CasserolesSept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heritage Hills Baptist Church, off Ga. Highway 212, Conyers, the church hosts a Scarecrows and Casseroles Fall Festival -- inflatables, dunk tank, hay rides, entertainment, games, classic cars and food. Free, 770-922-2027.Safety PresentationSept. 15, 10 a.m., Salem United Methodist

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Churches hold fall festivals

Falling leaves and fall festivals are in the air this weekend as two local church festivals offer food, fun and family entertainment Saturday in Conyers.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Christians must believe in the virgin birth, Christ's miracles, the Resurrection

Let me begin this column with an illustration. Please understand that what I am writing is only for illustrative purposes.

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TONY ELDER: God is interested in shaping us all as unique individuals to serve Him

Recently, someone introduced me to a new world -- the world of electric trains.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: God works miracles through the most unlikely of people

There once was a guy named Jairus. He was a real faithful churchgoer and leader in his community.

Newton deputies complete drug recognition course

Deputy Sheriff Jacob Rice and Deputy Sheriff Matthew Holbrook, both of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, completed a Drug Recognition Expert School conducted by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

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Conyers Wendy's transforms into a more contemporary venue

Order. Sit. Relax. That's what company officials hope you'll do at the newly renovated Wendy's in Conyers.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Sept. 14, 2012

The Newton County Jail Blotter for Sept. 14, 2012

Man who ingested drugs during traffic stop dies

Man who ingested drugs during traffic stop dies.