News for Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Oxford College appoints Stubbs as AD

OXFORD -- Oxford College has plans to change its athletic landscape with newly appointed Rodderick Stubbs at the helm as their athletic director.

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Ex-Hawk Smith now officially a Detroit Piston

The Detroit Pistons signed free-agent forward Josh Smith to a multiyear contract on Wednesday, the team announced.

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ROAD TRIP'S ROUGH END: Braves lose to Marlins 6-2

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins scored four first-inning runs and held on to defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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American Idol auditions coming to Gwinnett

Aspiring musicians in Gwinnett and around the region should mark July 26 on their calendars: American Idol auditions are coming to The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

P'dale official wants ban on smoking in cars with minors

A Porterdale city councilman is proposing an ordinance banning smoking in vehicles while transporting children.

Man faces charges in April fatal crash on Ga. Highway 162

The Georgia State Patrol has charged William Andrew Spain in connection with the crash that killed a 59-year-old Covington man on Ga. Highway 162 in April.

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Missing Newton County woman believed to have fled to Seattle

Sarah Hannah York, who had been reported missing from her Social Circle home, is believed to have traveled voluntarily to Seattle, Wash., according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Oxford expected to pass rollback rate

The Oxford City Council is expected to approve the rollback millage rate at a special called meeting Monday.

Waffle House staff help raise funds for funeral

The staff at the Waffle House located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and Bypass Road are helping out a fellow employee with funeral expenses for her husband.

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Golden brushes: Seniors discover artistic talent

Seniors enjoy art class at Newton Senior Services.

OSHA cites Rutledge company for violations

An indusry in Rutledge has received numerous citations from OSHA.

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Mother-son team gearing up for Marine Corps Marathon

Conyers resident Justin Knight has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, but that hasn't stopped him from joining in 5K races and even triathlons.

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Novice bodybuilder wins state competition

Newton County resident Crystal Marcum proved to have more than beginner's luck when she decided to take part in her first-ever bodybuilding competition.

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RONDA RICH: Everyone has a story to tell

Over lunch the other day with friends -- all in the newspaper business -- I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.. "Everyone has a book in 'em," I commented, something I most surely believe though they all looked surprised.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Rebellion of Miss Lucy' an adventure yarn with a twist

In your lifetime, you've wished upon many stars.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Insects nourish the carnivorous pitcher plant

Most branches of science are thought to be precise and consistent. This is especially believed about chemistry, physics and astronomy and least precise in the social sciences. In between these two groups are the many branches of biology, including botany.

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JAMES BEHRENS: We create wondrous memories each day of our lives

We create wondrous memories each day of our lives. My friend was telling me how often he dwells on the past. I know him fairly well and he impresses me as one who lives in the present quite well.

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Victorious Life hosts health fair

Victorious Life Church will hold a health fair.

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TONY ELDER: We're free to do good works, not because we must, but because we want to

As we celebrate the concept of liberty this week in relation to our nation, let's also take a moment to rejoice in the liberty that we possess through Christ.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Church should make outsiders feel welcome

Churches must make outsiders feel welcome. Last week, we began to look at the subject of the appeal -- or lack thereof -- of the church in general. We can accept the lie that people are not interested in our church because "these are the last days".

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LAGUARDIA: Rejoice in the confidence that God has a purpose for your life

Rejoice in the confidence that God has a purpose for your life. Have you ever confronted a Scripture verse that makes you wonder how to live up to God's Word?

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United Bank hires, promotes Covington natives

United Bank announced that Lauri Irvin has joined the organization as vice president and card product manager, overseeing debit, credit and prepaid cards.. Irvin has a bachelor's degree of business administration in finance from the University of Georgia.

New chief probation officer named for Rockdale Judicial Circuit

Georgia Department of Corrections recently announced the promotion of Jasmin Hill to chief probation officer for the Rockdale Judicial Circuit effective July 1. Hill will be responsible for the oversight of 13 staff members and the supervision of felony probationers in the Rockdale Judicial Circuit.

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Curves weight loss center client Melanie Adams, who recently lost 44 pounds, models clothing by Cato’s during a fashion show sponsored by Curves and Cato’s and held at Mama Maria’s Restaurant in Covington. The event showcased 15 women who have lost significant weight, including one of the models who has lost more than 100 pounds.

Conyers subcontractor wins Ajax Building Award

Ajax Building Corporation has named APEX Painting & Decorating Inc. of Conyers as a Subcontractor of the Year in the Finish and Trades category for its commitment to teamwork, safety and a high level of quality in building the College of Coastal Georgia Teacher Education and Learning Center.

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TONY WILSON: Human resources department can provide guidance with health care reform

Have you ever had that moment in your career when struck by an epiphany you stopped and thought, "Wow, I should have gone into acting, modeling, finance, computer programming, professional bull riding,"... well, you get my point.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Astronauts Wives Club' transports readers back in time to Space Race

You'd pack your bags in a heartbeat.. Yep, if they ever come up with a commuter bus to outer space, you'll be first in line for tickets.

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RONDA RICH: 'Last Lap' follows lives of early stock car racers

Somehow I ran across an out-of-print book called "The Last Lap." It is now 15 years old, but tells an intriguing, timeless tale of the early days of America's first stock car racers.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Indian Americans, early physicians used birdfoot violet to treat lung diseases

My inward spiritual journey continues with the constant reminder that I am a sinner.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Too many of us busy ourselves to keep from experiencing God's love

In last week's column, I mentioned that a team of us from Trinity Baptist went to New York for a mission trip.

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TONY ELDER: Christian mannerisms should reflect honest devotion to God

Recently, I was sitting in a park observing Alice and the White Rabbit.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Express love for others with a phone call, not a post

Brian was the first of my nieces and nephews to be born. His mom and dad -- my sister Mary and brother-in-law Brian -- lived up in Syracuse in those days.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Church must risk change if we are to reach those not attending

I recently received a very alarming statistic. In a 10-mile radius from our church, I am told by researchers that 80 percent of the populace does not attend church on any given Sunday.

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St. Pius priest, Father John, retires

After almost 17 years as the beloved priest of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, Father John Kieran will retire next month, leaving behind hundreds of friends both in and outside the local parish church who will miss the man they all call "Father John."

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Covington financial planner named to Forum 400

Covington financial planner named to Forum 400. Brian Byars, founder of Advanced Retirement Planning, which has an office in Covington, has been asked to join the Forum 400 organization, comprised of leaders in production and innovation in financial services.

BB&T provides grant to arts council

BB&T recently awarded a $1,800 grant to the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts to fund supplies and a pizza party for the non-profit's Artsmart Camp held June 17 to 20.

Twelve Oaks named top bed and breakfast

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Covington has been selected as a Top 10 Luxury Inn by BedandBreakfast.com. The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is recognized as a top inn around the world providing the best travel experience in this category.

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Rockdale County dentists, from left, Dr. Wayne Kerr, Dr. Doug Torbush and Dr. Ron Cavola volunteered their services for the Georgia Mission of Mercy, a two-day, free dental clinic hosted by the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation for Oral Health. The GMOM provided free dental services to more than 1,600 patients during the event at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. The dentists were among the approximately 900 dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and dental laboratory technicians who donated more than $1.5 million in dental care to patients who would normally not receive this treatment due to Georgia lacking a dental safety net for dental services. To maximize the number of patients served each day, the clinic opened at 5 a.m. both days and completed patient treatment at 6:30 p.m.

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Local eye doctor performs live surgery at American Society of Cataract Annual Meeting

Ophthalmologist Dr. Lawrence Woodard recently earned the prestigious opportunity to perform a live surgery at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting.

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