News for Wednesday, July 17, 2013


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SOWELL: Is this still America?

The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors. They showed that this is still America — at least for now — despite politicians who try to cheapen or corrupt the law, as if this were some banana republic.

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CEPEDA: College yes, but boot camp first

For some young people, July is a month for getting in a few last weeks of relaxation before enrolling in college. For others, it’s also the lead-up to what could be one of the worst experiences of their lives. The luckiest of this latter group are steeling themselves against all that could go wrong.

GAB: Reconstruction company sponsors construction safety fair

Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of North Atlanta will serve as a sponsor for the Georgia Hispanic Construction Association’s Construction Safety Fair on July 28.

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TONY WILSON: More taxes, fees headed under Healthcare Reform

This week’s offering comes with a warning — if you forgot to take your blood pressure medication this morning, please do so before proceeding. Today, we will continue our look at just some of the $700 billion in new taxes and fees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA

Apollo Staffing named to 2013 list of fastest-growing firms

Covington-based Apollo Staffing, Inc. is the third-fastest growing staffing firm in the United States, according to a new survey by Staffing Industry Analysts.

Mistakes earn Rockdale Post 77 first area loss

Mistakes get Post 77 its first area loss.

Social Circle charges Decatur man with armed robbery of Shell Food Mart

Social Circle charges Decatur man with armed robbery of Shell Food Mart on July 4.

Government meetings for July 18, 2013

Government meetings for July 18, 2013

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Groovin' at camp

Students in the Arts Association of Newton County’s Musical Theater Camp rehearse in Porter Memorial Auditorium for their Friday evening performance of “Let the Sunshine In.” At center is Danysha Lamadieu, soloist on the”Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” number. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at Porter Auditorium, on the campus of Newton College and Career Academy at 140 Ram Drive. Tickets are $5. Fifty-nine campers have been studying music, dance, stage terminology and acting technique with a focus on the music of the 1960s. The camp runs July 8-19 in two sessions divided by age group. Junior campers are ages fourth through seventh grade and senior campers are ages eighth through twelfth grade. Camp directors are Mary Lynn Luke, Jay Tryall and Ashley and Peter Swann. (Staff Photo: Crystal Tatum)

Rockdale to consider prorating alcohol license fees

The first reading of an ordinance that would allow proration of county alcohol license fees is slated to be on the Board of Commissioners’ July 23 agenda.

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Public protests millage rate

A rally to oppose the adoption of the rollback millage rate drew about 30 peaceful protestors prior to the public hearing.

Community Calendar for July 18, 2013

Community Calendar for July 18, 2013

BOC approves rollback rate

BOC approves rollback rate

Newton school board approves same millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education has approved the same millage rate that it had last year.

Trust accepting health care grant applications

Health Trust Rockdale, the grant-making division of the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County, will accept applications Aug. 12 through 23, kicking off its second grant cycle for 2013.

Riptides quartet set for state meet

Riptides swim team set for state meet.

Newton, state scores low on high school math tests

Most math scores in Newton County on the End of Course Tests were failing.

Oaks Club Championship up for grabs

Oaks Club Championship is up for grabs.

Nick Jr.’s Pocoyo celebrates back-to-school at Stonecrest Mall

Nick Jr. star Pocoyo is celebrating back-to-school at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, July 27 at noon. Children of all ages are invited to join Pocoyo in his first Atlanta appearance.

Salem trio gives back

Salem basketball players give back to community.