News for Friday, August 9, 2013

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Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 11, 2013

Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 11, 2013

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TONY WILSON: Health Care Reform is costly to small businesses

Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at the specifics of the employer coverage mandate of Health Care Reform. This week I want to share with you some revealing information on the impact the mandate is having on businesses in 2013 even though the mandate doesn’t come into play until 2015.

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Help A Child Smile adds mini-mobile unit to fleet

Dr. Mark Shurett, of Shurett Dental Group in Conyers, recently announced the addition of a 17th unit to the Help A Child Smile fleet of mobile dental offices.

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JAMES BEHRENS: True success is accepting your faults, growing through God

A letter arrived in the mail a few days ago. It was written by a friend of mine and he was responding to an earlier essay I had written about my shortcomings.

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TONY ELDER: When the road of life gets bumpy, hold on to the Lord

“Papaw, can we ride on a bumpy road?” Such was the strange request coming from the backseat of my car. It originated from my 3-year-old granddaughter whom we were babysitting one Saturday. She asked that question as we were going to pick up a pizza for our lunch.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: We cannot domesticate God with our theology

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of talking theology with a Christian who is in the Reformed tradition. Actually, he asked me questions pertaining to theology, and I tried to keep up the best I could by fumbling through answers and trying to remember what I learned in seminary.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Jesus commissioned us to welcome all to church

Jacob Nuesner, in his book, “An Invitation to the Talmud,” points out that the only brand of Judaism to survive the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. was pharisaical Judaism.

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Redeeming Love aids elderly homeowners, youth during month of service

Redeeming Love Christian Church aids elderly homeowners, youth during month of service

For six years, Redeeming Love Christian Church of Conyers has called August its “month of service” and for six years, church volunteers have sought to bless others, but come home sharing how they were the ones who received the blessings.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Coreopsis, yellow daisy often mistaken for each other

One of the most important lessons I try to get across to my art students is to truly see what I am having them to draw. There seems to be a giant step for some students between “looking” and truly seeing an object.

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Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival lets public glimpse animals close-up

Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival lets public glimpse animals close-up

At 1,500 pounds and 7 feet tall, Rufus cuts an intimidating figure but don’t let his size fool you.

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RONDA RICH: A package should be pretty

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a package well-wrapped.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Help your child wind down his engine with 'Sleep Train, Dream Train'

Every day, from morning til night, you chug-chug-chug along. Yep, you’re a busy kid with lots of ideas. You help around the house, ride your bike, play with friends, read books, dig in the dirt, throw a ball, lay in the grass. There’s always something down the track to do — until you run out of steam.