News for Thursday, July 18, 2013

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ROBINSON: For Obama, mum should be the word

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

Rockdale Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

Rockdale Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

Senior living, retail complex to develop in Newton

A senior living and retail development is planned off U.S. Hwy. 278 and Turner Lake Road.

Local racer heats up area circuits

Local racer heats up area circuits

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Jack Simpson: All this rain not necessarily a good thing

It is becoming depressive. All this rain, day after day. Night after night. I’m sure the plants are loving it, but folks are wearing out with all the weather radio warnings given throughout the day and night.

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HUCKABY: Churning up memories at Salem Camp Meeting

Salem Camp Meeting and homemade ice cream go hand in hand.

Braves the midseason break

A closer look at the Atlanta Braves’ midseason status.

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Making their rounds: Newton high schoolers experience hospital departments

High schoolers experience hospital departments

Nearly 60 high school students are participating in Newton Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer program this year.

Oxford schedules second meeting for millage

Oxford schedules second meeting to set millage rate

Newton County sees no significant damage due to Wednesday night's storm

Newton County sees no significant damage due to Wednesday night’s storm.

Work begins on Mystic Grill

The work required to turn fiction into fact in downtown Covington has begun. Renovations have started on the historic Clark Street building used in exterior shots as Mystic Grill on “The Vampire Diaries.”

Newton County Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

Newton County Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

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ORRIN MORRIS: Dwarf dandelions can grow from May to September

Psalm 115:13-14 says, “He will bless those who fear the Lord, the small together with the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children.”

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JOHN PEARRELL: Bring others into the church be accepting them, regardless of appearance

Recently I was listening to a sermon by Justin Grunewald, pastor of the College Ministries at Buckhead Church, and he made this startling statement, “Church people keep people from church.”

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TONY ELDER: God strengthens us to accomplish His plan

Right foot blue. Left hand green. Left foot red. No, I’m not describing the appearance of my grandchildren after they’ve been allowed to use paint or markers, although such a portrayal is not out of the realm of possibility. Those aforementioned phrases are actually a few of the instructions which could be given to players in the game of Twister.

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Community invited to gather and pray for academic year

Community invited to gather and pray for academic year

Pulling together what she calls a “community of faith,” Claudia Minge and other volunteers are getting ready for the second annual Community On Our Knees event on the Square in Covington. More than a dozen churches are working together for the prayer event, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 in downtown Covington.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Spiritual hero didn’t take sides in ministering to those on both sides of the racial divide

One of the greatest pieces of advice I received in seminary came from a veteran pastor who told us to have some good heroes and mentors. He knew that vocational ministers get lonely at times and that we need people to look up to who understand our profession.

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