News for Thursday, December 5, 2013

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ROBINSON: Drones morally questionable go-to weapon

In Afghanistan, it is hard to attempt a count because there is an actual war going on, with no agreement on who qualifies as a civilian. The Los Angeles Times wrote recently about a Sept. 7 drone strike in Kunar Province. U.S. officials told the paper that 11 people died, most of them Taliban fighters; grieving local residents, however, insisted that 14 civilians had been killed. When does a village cease being a village and become a “Taliban stronghold”? When we say so, apparently.

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'Tis so sweet

Patrick’s offers over 50 tons of candy for the holiday season

Korver ties record in Atlanta win

Kyle Korver scored 23 points and tied an NBA for consecutive games with a 3-pointer as the Hawks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 107-97 Wednesday.

Covington man killed in accident at Pratt Industries

A 31-year-old employee with Pratt Industries in Conyers has died as a result of an industrial accident Wednesday.

Marshall’s big night leads Tech women past Illinois

With its leading scorer struggling to find her shot Wednesday, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team showed its got plenty of other weapons.

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South African leader Nelson Mandela dies

Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

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Anniversary

Ralph and Doris John were married on Dec. 6, 1948

FSU’s Winston will not be charged

The Sports Xchange

Davis-Harris engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Sanders announcement the engagement of their daughter, Metissa L. Davis, to Lance T. Harris of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Churchill-Elder engagement

Brian and Cheryl Churchill of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Angel Marie Churchill of Conyers, to Marvin Glen Elder, son of Cindy Norwood of Social Circle and Richard Elder of Covington.

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Porterdale's TUBACHRISTMAS set for Sunday

Tuba players will have the opportunity to take center stage on Sunday during the fifth annual Porterdale TUBACHRISTMAS event.

Newton Jail Log, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

Newton Jail Log, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

Seatbelt violation turns to arrest on drug charges

A man pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt said he took it off because a chemical used at work irritated his skin. It was a different kind of substance, however, that landed him in jail.

EPA: Air quality in metro Atlanta improves

Counties still must meet tighter 2008 standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the metro Atlanta region has met clean air standards for ozone levels set by the federal agency in 1997.

JACK SIMPSON: Bold move — or historic mistake?

It is a cold, wet, dreary day with even some snowflakes reported in the local area. And, as of this writing, it is a few days before we celebrate Thanksgiving. People wonder if we should give thanks for the recent deal with Iran, where they get relief from sanctions and the world gets a promise that Iran will not develop a bomb and open up its nuclear program.

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Covington-Newton County 911 blood drive collects 17 pints

Covington-Newton County 911 Center hosted a blood drive at Oxford City Hall on Wednesday gathering 17 pints for the American Red Cross.

The Miracle League to benefit from Oaks Course Christmas tournament

The Oaks Course is will again open their greens to benefit others as they hold their annual Christmas at the Oaks Course tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14 regardless of the weather.

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New Depot Players present Christmas comedy 'Southern Belles'

New Depot Players present comedy ‘Southern Belles’

“Christmas Belles” coming to Center Street Arts theater.

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The Recipe Box: Roasted vegetables a healthy side dish

Roasted vegetables are an easy and healthy side dish.

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Autobiography describes how God is source of strength in difficult times

Autobiography describes how God is source of strength in difficult times

Conyers woman pens Christian autobiography.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Holy Spirit brings comfort to the lonely

Joe LaGuardia column

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East Metro Board of Realtors inducts officers for 2014

East Metro Board of Realtors inducts officers for 2014.

Caribbean restaurant Golden Krust opens in Conyers

Golden Krust opens in Conyers.

Woman charged in Christmas shoplifting

Instead of trying to get some Christmas shopping done, one Covington woman allegedly decided to try her hand at some Christmas shoplifting.

Covington man struck and killed on I-285

A Covington man was struck and killed Tuesday when he was standing next to his truck on Interstate 285.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Help the Marines — and a child — this Christmas

As Christmas fast approaches children are inundated with television commercials showing all the shiny new toys that all the cool kids will be getting for Christmas. Television specials tout Santa Claus and the magic he performs on Christmas Eve. We used to have the Sears-Roebuck catalogue. Today’s kids have the airwaves, but other than that, little has changed.

LETTER: RCSO deserves pat on the back

I would like to drop a shout out to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

Willette to swim in three events in Atlanta

Delaney Willette is headed to Atlanta.