News for Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Kyle Busch signs long-term deal to stay with JGR

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday that Kyle Busch has signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry.. In addition, JGR will field the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the Nationwide Series for at least 25 races with Busch as the primary

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Braves acquire Upton from Arizona in 7-player deal

PHOENIX -- Justin Upton is joining older brother B.J. Upton in a new-look Braves outfield he expects to be called the best in baseball.. He said he's not willing to endorse that label until it is proven in 2013.. Arizona traded Justin Upton to Atlanta in a seven-player

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Newton's Diaz signs to play at Andrew College

Newton softball star signs to play with Lady Tigers.

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Darrell Huckaby: Culinary tour of Athens works up an appetite

I wouldn't say I travel to Athens all that frequently, but when I crank my car, I have a hard time steering it in another direction.

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Doug Holt: Legislative session off to smooth start

The 2013 legislative session started smoothly on Jan. 14, with the House re-electing Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones.

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Jack Simpson: Glad my snake-hunting days are over

I'm not the slightest interested in trying to make big bucks hunting pythons.

School Crime Report for Jan. 25, 2013

The School Crime Report for Jan. 25, 2013.

School system names co-chairs for SPLOST election

Bea Jackson, director of the Washington Street Community Center, and Danny Stone, manager of Economic Development for Snapping Shoals, are the co-chairs for the upcoming education SPLOST IV election.

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Oxford College students serve over MLK weekend

Oxford College students spent the weekend helping out in the community garden.

Baxter earns 'Deal of Year' award from top economic development magazine

Business Facilities magazine has announced that Baxter International's decision to make a $1.3 investment at Covington's Stanton Springs has earned them the magazine's Gold Award as the 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year.

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Jackson earns MLK I Have A Dream Award

Director of Washington Street Community Center Bea Jackson is the recipient of the 2013 MLK I Have A Dream Award.

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Conyers neighborhood featured on OWN Network Sunday

A Conyers neighborhood will be featured in an episode of "Trouble Next Door" on the Oprah Winfrey Network Sunday at 3 p.m.

Two arrested on drug distribution charges at local hotel

Two Covington residents were arrested on drug charges in Conyers.

NCSS: Bus had no mechanical defects; disciplinary action, charges pending

A bus involved in a traffic accident earlier this week that sent more than 40 students and staff to the hospital had no mechanical defects.

Newton Jail Blotter for Jan. 25, 2013

Newton Jail Blotter for Jan. 25, 2013.

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Alcovy Family and Cosmetic Dentistry relocates to new space in Covington

When a patient walks through the door of Dr. Travis Hampton's office, the longtime Covington dentist doesn't see just another person seeking dental care. He sees a mother, a grandfather, a sister, an uncle.

Remington House holds men's breakfast

The Remington House, a senior living community at 1504 Renaissance Drive in Conyers, will hold a Morning Men's Breakfast at 9 a.m. every Tuesday for all men 65 and older.

Conyers fitness center holds ribbon cutting

Team 3 Personal Training & Fitness is holding its ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Rockdale facility at 1136 Dogwood Drive in Conyers at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 and the grand opening at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. The public is invited.

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JAMES BEHRENS: God thrives on our individuality

We all have different likes and dislikes. I like handwriting. I like using a pen and paper.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Our understanding of grace should move us closer to Jesus every day

A few years ago the working definition of tolerance changed.

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Seventh Day Adventist Church grows, moves to new location

Conyers Seventh Day Adventist Church will celebrate moving into its new home by inviting the community to attend a concert Feb. 9, featuring world-renowned singer Charles Haugabrooks and the 35-member group I Cantori from Tennessee.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: For the sake of the Gospel, we should treat each other as brothers and sisters

In 1942, the Second World War was raging throughout Europe. During that time, the villagers of a little town of Le Chambone, France, decided to re-define who their neighbors were and save Jewish refugees from Nazi genocide.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Versatile bloodroot used in toothpaste, dyes

In Genesis 8:22, God is responding to Noah's offering, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

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TONY ELDER: If we stumble, it's because we didn't rely on God to uphold us

You never know what you might hear when you receive public prayer requests during a church service.

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Lindsay-Burch Engagement

Margaret and Mark Lindsay of Highland Park, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Lindsay of Atlanta, to Brock Burch, son of Vickie and Doris Burch Jr. of Lake Spivey.

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Hightower Trail gives gifts to families in need

Hightower Trail Elementary School sponsored its annual Gift of Loving Tree in which parents, students and business partners chose a gift listed on a tree ornament and purchased and wrapped the gift for a family in need at the school.

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Rotary Club honored with Paul Harris Society award

Rotary Club of Conyers members were recognized for their contributions to Rotary programs and received the Paul Harris Society award, which is named after the founder of Rotary.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Meatloaf can be made to suit your taste

As a child, my grandmother had to force me to eat meatloaf.

Weather advisory issued

Forecasters say large parts of north Georgia could be coated with ice from an approaching winter storm.

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