News for Monday, March 11, 2013


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Rockdale boys win track meet at Loganville

LOGANVILLE --- The Rockdale boys track and field team won the Running With The Devils Invitational at Loganville High School last weekend, thanks to a pair of individual champions in Lawrence Crawford in the 100-meter run (10.77) and Chaz Mapp in the 800-meter run (2:07.05).. Newton, which finished

Heritage soccer wins, ties at Habersham

MOUNT AIRY -- It was a bounce-back day for the Heritage girls soccer team Saturday. Faith Shelton and Haley Wells each had a goal and assist, and the Patriots defeated Habersham Central 3-0.. Heritage, which had its five-game winning streak to start the season snapped with a Thursday

Red Cross recognizes 'Everyday Heroes'

March is Red Cross Month.

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Fire levels home on Woodland Ridge Circle Sunday

A fire leveled a home on Woodland Ridge Circle over the weekend.

More than 600 could be impacted by ZIP change

Newton County residents with Social Circle addresses living south of I-20 may soon have a Covington ZIP code.

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Little lady, big impact: Grace Spradley taught for two decades at Little Red Schoolhouse

Grace Spradley looks back with joy at her time as a teacher at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

School board chair explains SPLOST projects

The school board chair hopes to clarify with voters some issues surrounding the upcoming SPLOST election.

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RONDA RICH: The Lord inspires wise witty prose

Before I say this, just know that I am not bragging. I am sure that this is not anything to brag about. But you and I are friends and I always endeavor to be honest with you so you should know the truth.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Holy Spokes' the perfect bike reference book for teens

Dad said you can't have the car this weekend.. That's OK.

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Rockdale Special Olympics holds 5K fundraiser

Erika Sellers said she can't talk about Rockdale County Special Olympics without tearing up because the program, for which she's volunteered since 2008, means so much to her.

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Legal Society names officers

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Instant Imprints expands in Newton County

Instant Imprints, with three locations in the north Atlanta area, announced that it is expanding its presence in Newton County.

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Gash promoted to associate at architecture firm

Covington resident JoVaun Gash was recently named an associate at Atlanta architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent.

Snapping Shoals holds Relay for Life golf tourney

Snapping Shoals EMC will hold its second annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament on March 23, to benefit the Relay for Life cancer education and research fundraising event.

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TONY ELDER: Be grateful to God for the path He's chosen for you

Talk about a rude awakening. I guess you heard about the poor guy in Florida who was asleep in bed when a sinkhole opened up, swallowing him, his bed and practically the whole room.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Many reject God because they believe He shouldn't be allowed to proclaim right from wrong

My last few columns have attempted to deal with the age-old problem of suffering, pain and evil in this world.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Lent a time for us to grow closer to the grace of God

Many of the parables of Jesus use examples He took from nature to stress the nature and importance of the human heart. It is not merely an organ that wondrously pumps blood through the body, sustaining life.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Green and gold grows in locations from New York to Florida

The more I look for and study the wildflower kingdom, the more I am inspired by what the Psalmist wrote, "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches" (Psalm 104:24).

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First Baptist Covington welcomes worshippers to the Covington Square on Easter

Chairs to seat as many as 1,500 people will be set up soon for the fifth annual Easter on the Square, which is anticipated to be the largest outdoor worship service in Newton County on Easter Sunday morning.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Cleaning a church can be prayerful, meditative experience

I am convinced that every pastor needs to do the custodial duties in his or her church for a few weeks.

Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for March 12, 2013

Health Reports for Newton and Rockdale counties for March 12, 2013.

Newton Citizen Top Five Stories for March 4 to March 10

These were the Top Five Stories on the Newton Citizen website last week.