News for Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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Experienced players returning to Eastside baseball

COVINGTON -- Eastside's baseball team has a lot of experience coming back which should hopefully translate into enough wins to make it to the Class AAAA playoffs.. "I think we have the talent that we need to have success," Eastside head coach Jon Ayers said. "We're optimistic that we're

Lady Eagles punch ticket to state tournament

GAINESVILLE -- Eastside's Jazzmine Cook played one of her best games and helped lead the Lady Eagles past Lanier 61-51 in the Region 8-AAAA tournament play on Monday.. Cook paced all scorers with 21 points as well as nabbing eight steals.. "In our book, she is the player of

Salem boys secure spot in state tourney

The Salem boys basketball team has now spent the last three Februarys making history. Dedrick Turner scored 19 points and Demyon Greenwood added 18 as Salem defeated Winder-Barrow, 64-57 in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAAA tournament at Apalachee High School. The win secures a spot in the

Day one approaching for Austin

TAMPA -- Tyler Austin's baseball life is about to get a whole lot more interesting.. Austin will begin his first spring training as a professional when the New York Yankees began full camp Feb. 17.

Letter: Why is communication so tough for Rockdale commissioners?

I started attending meetings of the Board of Commissioners in October 2009. From the beginning, communication from the county administration to the county commissioners has been a constant concern. Y

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Darrell Huckaby: A visit to Beantown might change your mind about New England

I have decided to celebrate my upcoming retirement -- this one is for real -- by going back to Boston.

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Jeff Meadors: HB 397 lets the sun shine in

Georgia Sunshine Laws have been ambiguous, but Georgia's House Bill 397 parts some clouds.

United Way to benefit 21 agencies

The local United Way has desingated funds for 21 non-profits.

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Getting checked out

Newton Medical Center held a health event in the lobby of the hospital on Tuesday.

Newton students to get early release day, winter break

Newton County students will get a break from school beginning Friday and continuing until next week.

School superintendent holds last leadership forum

Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews held his last leadership forum with a group of educational stakeholders on Tuesday morning.

Covington Lions Club hosts annual Chili Supper

The Covington Lions Club is hosting its 12th annual Chili Supper on Feb. 28 at Academy Springs Park.

Norton Packaging bringing 90 jobs to area

Norton Packaging is opening a facility in Monticello, bringing 90 jobs and a $12 million investment.

Covington man pleads not guilty in gun-pointing incident

A Covington man pleaded not guilty last week for pointing a weapon at a state trooper.

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JOHN PEARRELL: A connection with God can fill the void of loneliness

At Gateway, we are in a series I've titled "Friends." I am told that we in Western society are more connected than ever through social media; we are more connected yet more isolated than ever before.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Find joy by sharing the light of God with others

Karl Rahner, the late German theologian, delivered a lecture on the Trinity. After the lecture, he opened the floor to questions.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Closing of Christian bookstore robs us of avenue to faith-building

For the last two weeks, I've spent a significant amount of time at the Cokesbury Christian bookstore in Decatur.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Extended drought makes rain lily scarce in metro area

As I reflect on more than 60 years of giving advice as a pastor, a supervisor, a father and a friend, I've erred more times than I want to recount (or admit).

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TONY ELDER: The only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus

In the north Georgia town in which I was born, one of the main thoroughfares was known as Atlanta Highway.

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Pastor with history degree takes helm at Good Shepherd Episcopal

Working in a brownstone on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for the American Historical Association, Father Edwin Beckham was on his way to becoming Professor Edwin Beckham when his own course of history changed.

Covington First Methodist adds service

Covington First United Methodist Church will begin offering a third worship service, REVIVE @ 5, a non-traditional worship service that will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays in Wesley Chapel, 2160 Church St. in Covington, beginning Feb. 17.

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Rockdale Medical Center promotes heart health with luncheon

Most people know that to keep their hearts healthy they must exercise, eat right, maintain proper weight and not smoke.

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RONDA RICH: Parents' wisdom passed down through mantras

Mama's favorite phrase when I was growing up -- particularly during the defiant teenage years, especially when I sassed her -- was "you're gonna pay for your raising one day, little lady.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Amistad Rebellion' is an exciting, horrifying, triumphant tale

History is filled with half-truths, especially about our heroes.. Lincoln, for instance, wasn't the stern, humorless man that old photos lead you to believe.

Physical therapist offers free fall risk assessment

Sovereign Rehabilitation, a physical therapist located at 1301 Sigman Road, Suite 220, in Conyers, will offer a free fall risk assessment on March 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Georgia Credit Union collecting food for needy

Georgia United Credit Union invites the community to participate in their annual Can Hunger food drive to benefit local food banks, now through March 31.

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Local realtors join homeownership rally

Several Realtors from Covington and Conyers were among hundreds who recently participated in the Georgia Association of Realtors Rally for Homeownership on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol.

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Big Red, Rudy looking for new homes

The Newton and Rockdale animal shelters have a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption this week.