News for Tuesday, April 16, 2013


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Pena proving his worth to Braves

In an offseason of big moves, the Atlanta Braves' signing of Ramiro Pena as a free agent in December drew little if any attention. But the utility infielder has already more than proven his worth and the Braves are just two weeks into the season.

Reports: 'Major' violations in Oregon football

The University of Oregon agreed Monday with an NCAA investigation that cited "major" violations committed by the football program, according to multiple reports.

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Jeff Meadors: Thatcher also left her stamp on education

Margareet Thatcher left her mark on public education, especially higher ed.

Rams sit atop region standings

COVINGTON -- Newton's track team put itself in a spot to take the Region 2-AAAAAA championship after the first day of the tournament at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Monday.

Heritage baseball wins third straight

CONYERS -- Heritage baseball coach Jason Borcherding summed up Monday's win over Cedar Shoals, and a lot of what the sport of baseball is all about with a simple phrase: "It doesn't have to be pretty, just find a way."

Eastside boys in 2nd after Day One

COVINGTON -- The Eastside boys track team left itself in a good position to win the Region 8-AAAA championship, coming in second after the first day at Lanier on Monday.

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Darrell Huckaby: In the wake of tragedy, America must unite

I had such a warm and wonderful column planned for today ... That story will have to be postponed until Sunday.

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Cal Thomas: Thatcher reviled for attempts to strengthen the individual

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has prompted reactions from Britain's far left that takes bad taste to new extremes.

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Remembering the victims

Brian Burgoyne, vice president of loans with Newton Federal Bank on U.S. Highway 278 in Covington, lowers the American flag Tuesday shortly after President Barack Obama issued a proclamation ordering that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of those who died and were injured at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

DeKalb man's trial begins in Newton court

The trial of one of the three codefendants accused of killing and burning the body of an Atlanta man in Newton County began Tuesday.

Newton Sheriff's Office seeks suspects in home invasion, robbery by intimidation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking suspects involved in a home invasion and a robbery by intimidation.

Superintendent not satisfied with Alcovy High applicants

The Newton County School System and the Newton County Board of Education are continuing a search for a permanent principal for Alcovy High School next school year.

Covington council, mayor firm up laundry list of initiatives to pursue

Covington Mayor and City Council agree to pursue several initiatives in near future to enhance Covington.

Mayor breaks tie on sign ordinance vote

THe Covington City Council was divided over an amendment to the temporary sign ordinance.

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Locals make cameo in faith-based film

A movie could actually be made about their lives, but for now Brad and Renee Rutledge of Covington are just happy having cameos in a new film that will open April 19 in theaters across the U.S., including at Carmike's Crossroads 16 Theater in Conyers.

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MATT COOK: Don't use God as an excuse for selfish, poor choices

In February, I read about an unfortunate situation that occurred in Arizona.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Follow Jesus' example by accepting everyone into your church

"Dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus' sermons; but this caused complaints from the Jewish religious leaders and the experts on Jewish law because he was associating with such despicable people -- even eating with them!" (Luke 15:1 2, The Living Bible).

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JAMES BEHRENS: Our lives change, but God in His love remains constant

Recently we had our annual retreat, and we enjoyed it.

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Minnesota native serves first pastorate at Newton's Bethany Presbyterian

As a young man of 18 on a mission trip in Egypt and Israel, Daniel Commerford said he felt God had placed a call on his life to go into the ministry.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Christianity implores us to fight for social justice

This April marks the 50th anniversary of one of the best treatises written during the Civil Rights movement: Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from the Birmingham jail.

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TONY ELDER: Following Jesus may not be the popular pathway, but it's the best one

Last weekend I made it a point to steer clear of downtown Atlanta.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Thorny hawthorn blooms through May

I am departing from featuring my pretty wildflowers so that I can include flowering shrubs and trees.

JOHN PEARRELL: It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Christ

It's OK to doubt the Bible on your journey to Jesus Christ. Doubts are interesting things.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Climbing milkvine a special treat for butterflies, dragonflies

In the book of Deuteronomy, the Hebrew people were given a very interesting instruction about harvesting their grapes.

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TONY ELDER: Bible promises us new, transformed bodies when our earthly forms finally quit

Bible promises transformation when earthly form quits.

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TERRI SHCLICHENMEYER: 'The Prom Book' offers advice on how to have a princess-perfect evening

You always wanted to be a princess.. Growing up, that's what you told people when they asked.

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RONDA RICH: Miss Eudora's doors finally open

In the past several years, I have had as much luck visiting the historically preserved home of Southern iconic writer, Eudora Welty, as I would have had when she was alive.

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Oxford Youth Singers presents operatic 'Les Miserables'

Mary Lynn Luke, musical director of the Oxford Youth Singers for the past nine years, minces no words when describing the rigor of the vocal ensemble's upcoming production, the epic, award-winning musical "Les Miserables.".

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RONDA RICH: Southern gentleman's passing hard to bear

To be just downright honest, I never expected to miss him this much.

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Local restaurant fare, car show, scout demos on tap for Conyers Main Street event

Food lovers, auto enthusiasts and families looking to spend a few hours of affordable fun are invited to check out the annual Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show.

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Tootsie, Tiger looking forward to new homes

There are a variety of pets availale this week at the Rockdale and Newton animal shelters.