News for Thursday, December 26, 2013


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ROBINSON: A different choice for Person of the Year

I can’t think of any individual who had more influence in 2013. Edward Snowden is person of the year.

Community Calendar for Dec. 27, 2013

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

Newton Jail Blotter for Dec. 27, 2013

Newton County Blotter, Dec. 18-25

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Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies graduate from law enforcement academies

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies graduate from law enforcement academies

Police Taser two juveniles on Christmas Day

Three young males are facing juvenile charges for allegedly obstructing police officers after two of them had to be subdued by Tasers on Christmas Day.

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CPD names Employees of the Year

Covington Police Department names Sgt. Chuck Groover, Officer Anthony Walden and Lerea Neely as Employees of the Year

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton have dropped

According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Labor, the state’s unemployment rate for November 2013 was 6.3 percent, a slight decrease from October’s rate of 6.9 percent and much lower than the November 2012 percentage of 7.6.

Rockdale, Newton Chambers to kick off new year with annual meetings

The Chambers of Commerce in Rockdale and Newton counties will continue their traditions of hosting annual meetings at the start of the new year.

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Falcons TE Gonzalez leaving with records, class

This is not what Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez had in mind when he decided back in March to return for a 17th NFL season.

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JULIE WELLS: Old friend leaves legacy of kindness

Julie Wells column

JACK SIMPSON: Crime marches on

It struck me as common sense that a professional car thief would plan each caper carefully. Having stolen before, some degree of efficiency would be expected. Even if he was a pickpocket, a shoplifter, scammer, his goal would be to plan, pull off the theft and stay out of jail.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Here's hoping wishes come true in the new year

The year was 1960. We still liked Ike, as a nation, but were on the brink of electing John F. Kennedy to the presidency. I was in the second grade and didn’t know a Roman Catholic form a Ramen noodle.

Walk by Faith focuses on uniting the community

It’s not just a walk from one destination to another, the Walk by Faith event unites the community with an effort to fill local food pantry shelves.

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Have an Ice Day is open through February

Locals take advantage of the ice skating rink set up at the pavilion in Olde Town Conyers

Benton, Johnson lead 2013 All-Citizen football teams

Big strides were made by the Tigers during the 2013 season as Alcovy’s Curtiss Benton was named the 2013 All-Citizen Defensive and Kirk Hoffman getting the 2013 All-Citizen Coach of the Year with Newton quarterback Romario Johnson getting the 2013 All-Citizen Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Cyclones off to best start in program history

The Diamond Head Classic was the only college game in town on Christmas Day, and the eight-team field provided four competitive games.

Westbrook and Co. cruise to holiday win in New York

It was a festive Christmas for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Covington musician uses rap to convey Gospel message

Covington musician uses rap to convey Gospel message

Big Chris the Evangelist raps with a Christian message.

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Whitney 60th anniversary

Robert Whitney Jr. and Eleanor Whitney of Oxford will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.

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Cason Youngblood birthday

Cason Youngblood celebrated his 6th birthday on Dec. 18.