News for Tuesday, April 30, 2013


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Heritage's Kennedy signs with Troy

Heritage track and field athlete Ben Kennedy II signed a scholarship with Troy University.. Seated: B.J. Kennedy, Ben Kennedy II., Anselynn Kennedy. Standing: Ladele West, Brian Kicklighter, Jeremy Easley, Josh James, Chuck Landy

Neb. indoor team offers Tebow a deal

The Omaha Beef indoor football team has a job for Tim Tebow, if the recently unemployed quarterback is interested.. The Nebraska team called the office of Tebow's agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract, which includes a salary of $75 a day. Beef assistant GM Andrew Mather told

Striders send 10 to state

CONYERS -- Ten local track and field athletes from the Rockdale Striders are headed to the parks and recreation state meet after standout performances at the district level.. The Striders, based out of Rockdale County, placed in the top 3 in a number of events at the Georgia Recreation and

NBA's Collins finds reaction 'incredible'

NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first gay man to come out while playing in one of America's major professional leagues, said he has been startled by the positive reaction.. "Its incredible, you just try to live an honest genuine life and the next thing you know, you've got

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Alcovy girls fall in PK's

COVINGTON -- It came down to penalty kicks on Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium before Douglas County was to get the 2-1 (3-2) win and head to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.. Douglas County (10-5-1) led for most of the game until Morgan Edelman definitely gave Alcovy

Letter: Heartfelt thanks for prayers and support

Heartfelt thanks for prayers and support. The outpouring of love and support following the death of my wife, Barbara N. McCarthy, has been overwhelming.. We, to include her children and siblings, cannot adequately express our heartfelt gratitude for every person who has assisted and ministered to us. We have been

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Jeff Meadors: STEM Institute matches student skills with workplace needs

Can public school leaders hatch innovations for students within minimum competency guidelines set by the state?

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Darrell Huckaby: May 1 brings a Porterdale rite of spring

May 1 was a day we all looked forward to when I was a little linthead growing up in Porterdale.

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GPTC director McCann graduates from FBI Academy

Georgia Piedmont College's Law Enforcement Academy Director Harry McCann graduates from FBI Academy.

Derby Day set for Saturday at horse park

Derby Day to raise money for Shepherd Center, takes place Saturday at Georgia International Horse Park.

Men enter guilty pleas in 2011 murder; Newton man's trial set for June in Walton County

Three men have entered guilty pleas and another is awaiting trial in connection with the 2011 murder of a Covington man.

Rutledge celebrates 30th fair

The 30th Annual Rutledge Country Fair takes place Saturday, May 4.

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Mopsy, Ebony are just waiting to be picked up

There are a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption this week at the Newton, Rockdale animal shelters.

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New Depot Players presents Pulitzer prize-winning 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Just talking about her latest undertaking, "Driving Miss Daisy," causes director Cathe Hall-Payne to choke up.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Where Did Our Love Go' examines relationships in black culture

The song always pops up when you least expect it.

Miss Daisy box

What: "Driving Miss Daisy". When: April 25-27 and May 2-4 at 8 p.m.; and April 28 and May 5 at 3 p.m.. Where: Center Street Arts, 910 Center St. in Olde Town Conyers.

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African children's choir to perform at Salem UMC

Thunder is on its way, but it's the kind of thunder one wants to hear. The world-renowned Ugandan Thunder choir from Africa is coming to town next month, and everyone is invited to the free concert sponsored by Salem United Methodist Church.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Springtime renews our hope in Jesus

Spring renews our hope. Every spring brings with it the promise of new beginnings.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Tiny, strange flowers adorn the littleleaf buttercup

Tiny, strange flowers adorn the littleleaf buttercup. According to the Weather Channel, 27 degrees Fahrenheit is the record low for April 19. I remember a strange spring in 2007 when an Easter freeze created a new agenda for planting our gardens.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Bible is proof enough for the Creation account

Bible is proof enough for Creation account.

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TONY ELDER: Don't let beauty distract you from God

Don't let external beauty distract you from God.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Pets provide comfort, encouragement not unlike a pastor

Pets provide comfort, encouragement not unlike a pastor.

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Harrison honored by Georgia College Alumni

The Georgia College and State University Alumni Association recently awarded Roger Harrison, a 2009 graduate, the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Golden State Foods honors Conyers facility

Golden State Foods, one of the largest diversified food processors and distributors in the U.S., recently announced that the Conyers facility, located at 1525 Old Covington Road, is the winner of its 2012 Chairman's Challenge award.

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Newton County resident Bobby Waldrop, third from left, shown here with family members, recently retired from Dart Container Corporation, formerly Solo Cup, in Conyers after nearly 46 years with the company. Waldrop began his tenure with the business when the Conyers facility opened in November 1967. Waldrop’s future plans include spending time with his family and his church, through which he’ll attend a mission trip to the Philippines.

Rockdale Medical Center introduces voice recognition software

The Rockdale Medical Center information technology and radiology departments recently implemented PowerScribe 360, a voice recognition software that has replaced the standard dictation of patient imaging results by a physician and report typing by a medical transcriptionist.

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Local law offices encouraged to support food banks

The Georgia Office of the Attorney General, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Georgia Food Bank Association have joined forces to create the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Childhood home brings back fond memories

Visit to my childhood home brings back fond memories. A few years ago, I returned to the house where I had spent much of my youth.

Hospice holds cancer, Alzheimer's fundraiser

Providence Hospice, located at 100 Corporate Center Drive in Stockbridge, is having a yard sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Alzheimer's Association and the Breast Cancer Association.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Every person deserves some recognition of his life when he dies

Everyone's life deserves some recognition when it's ended. What seems like a boring list to us was very meaningful to the ancients. Even the lists of ancestral names in the New Testament -- like those found in the gospels recording Jesus' ancestry -- carried great meaning.

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Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs at Monastery

The historic Monastery of the Holy Spirit will host the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the group's first-ever concert at the monastery in Conyers on May 5.

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TONY ELDER: When we think we know better than God, moral chaos ensues

Ditching. the Lord's way leads to chaos. I've been enjoying watching Little League baseball games again this spring, as two of my grandsons participate in that pastime.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Always-changing honeysuckle follows the cycles of nature

Always-changing honeysuckle follows the cycles of nature. Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?

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JOHN PEARRELL: Effects of sin are far-reaching

The effects of sin, forgiven or not, are far-reaching. There is a misconception that many in the church seem to hold today; a misconception regarding sin and its consequences.

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Country singer Chris Massey makes a stop in Conyers before nine-city tour in June

When singer/songwriter Chris Massey takes the stage Friday, May 3 at the Whistle Post Tavern in Olde Town Conyers, he'll do so with considerable momentum.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'My Parent Has Cancer' a volume of support for teens, young adults

'My Parent Has Cancer' a volume of support for teens, young adults. Truthfully, the bad news came as no surprise.

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RONDA RICH: A dear friend is at peace, but I'm not

It seems too many loved ones recently have said good-bye to this vale of grief and sorrow and said hello to sweet eternity. Heaven is blessed, but I am distressed.

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RONDA RICH: Shape-note singing integral to Southern culture

Shape-note singing key to culture. of the South. One day over lunch, my new-to-the-South-but-thoroughly-loving-it husband commented on the choir singing at our church which is led by my brother-in-law, Rodney.

Correction for Tea Party reservations

For tickets to Mother's Day Tea, call 770-760-1020.