News for Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Darrell Huckaby: Heading down the aisle with precious memories

Despite all the planning and parties and preparations — and check writing — it has just hit me this week that the day is upon us. You really are getting married.

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ROBINSON: The new al-Qaida menace

Al-Qaeda turns out to be like a pool of mercury. Hit it with a hammer and you end up with ten little blobs instead of one big one.

Football schedules for three Rockdale County high schools released

The high school football season is right around the corner and the schedules for the three Rockdale County teams have been released.

Lady Rams counting on experienced youth as they prepare for 2013 season

Newton’s softball team is in another rebuilding season with four freshmen and four sophomores listed on the 11-player roster. But just because they’re freshmen and sophomores, that does not mean that they’re inexperienced.

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Furyk back on high after a season of some lows

Jim Furyk has seen it all during a long PGA Tour career, giddy highs and painful lows, and he was delighted to build on a recent uptick in form by charging into contention for the PGA Championship on Thursday.

McGwire supports for stronger penalties for drug users

With unprecedented discipline handed down to 13 players for violating Major League Baseball’s prohibition against performance-enhancing drugs, Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire knew he would be asked about his reaction to the news.

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Murray beaten by Gulbis in Montreal

Andy Murray suffered his first defeat in nearly three months on Thursday when he was beaten by Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Relax about anti-gay law, says Russian minister

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law is attracting widespread condemnation but the country’s sports minister and the head of world athletics were unconcerned on Thurday about its potential impact on the world championships.

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UGA offense building on last season

Last year, Georgia’s defense was supposed to be a known quantity. After a much improved 2011 campaign, the summer of 2012 was spent talking about potential All-Americans Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo. The bulk of Todd Grantham’s defensive unit was returning — save for cornerback Brandon Boykin and defensive end Deangelo Tyson — and the Bulldogs were poised for greatness. By many measures, the end result was disappointing.

Douglas pins pay raise on fellow commissioners

Commissioner John Douglas said he would bring up the pending salary increase for commissioners Tuesday night, making a motion that would require them to vote on a pay raise versus it being automatically tied to the sheriff’s salary, which increases once certain population thresholds are reached.

Rain location for Wannabeatles concert is Covington First Baptist Church

Rain location for Wannabeatles concert is Covington First Baptist Church

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Water world

These are the winners of the Citizen’s summer vacation photo contest.

Newton, Rockdale hospitals rank high on surgeries

Both Newton and Rockdale medical centers scored the second highest rating possible on a Consumer Reports rating of hospitals based on how patients fare during and after surgery.

Armed robber strikes Newton County Marathon gas station Wednesday night

Armed robber strikes Newton County Marathon gas station Wednesday night.

Students can register for September ACT

Registration is now open for the September administration of the ACT.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Aug. 9, 2013

Newton County Jail Blotter for Aug. 9, 2013

Community Calendar for Aug. 9, 2013

Community Calendar for Aug. 9, 2013

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