News for Tuesday, December 3, 2013


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Newborn mayor dies after heart attack

Newborn mayor Roger Sheridan reportedly died Tuesday evening in the cardiac intensive care unit at Athens Regional Medical Center after suffering a massive heart attack.

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THOMAS: Black Friday another example of a darker turn

If things satisfied, wouldn’t Americans be the most satisfied people on Earth? We have more stuff than any generation before ours. The overflow we deposit in rented public storage units. The stock market is up substantially, but we want it to go higher with no bursting bubble this time. Then what?

Missed opportunities hurt Lady Eagles in home opener against Henry County

It wasn’t the home opener the Lady Eagles were hoping for as turnovers, missed layups and free throws helped cause Eastside to lose to Henry County 61-50 on Tuesday.

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Covington Police Chief names 5-year-old honorary officer

One five-year-old’s dream came true during the Covington City Council meeting on Monday. Morgan Steward always aspired to be a police officer and Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton helped make it happen by naming him an honorary officer.

CPD: Argument in car escalates into fight

Three people apparently driving to Augusta early Sunday morning got into an argument and decided to pull over at a business on Alcovy Road to hash out their differences. Not long after a police officer helped diffuse the situation, the argument evidently heated back up, and a woman received a busted lip and a man was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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The sound of giving

Salvation Army volunteers are set up at Covington and Conyers locations to take donations.

Covington City Council approves engineering firm for burn building

Covington City Council approved Elliot, LeBoeof & McEwain engineering firm to design a live fire burn building to be used by local and county firefighters.

Community Calendar for Dec. 4, 2013

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

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Twilights at Chimney Park will be on Dec. 8

Newton County families will gather on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Chimney Park for the annual Twilights at Chimney Park celebration.

JEFF MEADORS: RCA steering students toward right career pathways

Do some school programs prepare students better for the workforce than others?

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LETTER: The thrill of the holiday hunt

On Friday, Nov. 29, I bagged my best one ever.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Friendship brings calm to hectic season

I had a lot on my mind last week when I put on my long overcoat and Greek fishermen’s hat and started the long cold trek up my long driveway.

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RONDA RICH: Thank God for blessings, heartaches

Ronda Rich column

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Rockdale Emergency Relief welcomes new executive director

Rockdale Emergency Relief welcomes new executive director

Rockdale Emergency Relief has hired a new executive director, Andrew Peabody.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Thank God for both the joys, and sorrows in life

I have enjoyed writing letters for as long as I can remember. I like to think that letter writing is my modest contribution to the continued existence of the U.S. Postal Service. But I suppose some may say it is a compulsion.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Horseweed traveled by ship from the colonies to Europe

The spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday needs to endure all year long. America’s history with the American Indians is far from virtuous, though it began in mutuality. Colonists would not have survived without the natives’ help.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Let God turn a bane into a blessing

Let me share a story from my archives originally given by Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective of Nov. 4, 2005. I’ve shared it with you before, but it is a story worth remembering as we come through Thanksgiving.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Churches provide safety net for homeless families through Family Promise

The Bible tells us to “give thanks to the Lord, for God is good” (Ps. 107:1) As we come up to that special holiday set aside for giving thanks, what are you thankful for?

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Historic St. Paul AME Church leaving location on Stone Mountain Street in Covington

Historic St. Paul AME Church leaving location on Stone Mountain Street in Covington

St. Paul AME Church in Covington is moving from the location where congregants have met for 132 years.

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TONY ELDER: Keep trusting in God, even in the midst of tragedy

Did you hear the comment made by the mayor of one of the cities hit hard by the recent typhoon in the Philippines? Concerning this devastating event, he suggested, “God must have been someplace else.”

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JULIE WELLS: Be filled with prayer and gratitude this holiday season

The Bible states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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Santa comes to Stonecrest

Santa comes to Stonecrest Mall.

Chamber re-schedules health care reform session

Chamber re-schedules health reform session for businesses.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Fried green beans a healthy choice for Thanksgiving

Replace the usual green bean casserole with fried green beans this year at Thanksgiving.

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Pet of the Week: Toto and Scruffy are ready for adoption

Pet of the Week, pets, dogs, cats, adoption, Newton County, Rockdale County, Covington, Conyers

NCSO: Woman claims victim ran into her knife

knife, Heard-Mixon Elementary School, stabbing, aggravated assault, Mansfield, Newton County, Newton County Sheriff’s Office

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Willette finishes fourth at regional

Dax Willette continued his remarkable freshman season recently.