News for Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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Letter: ZIP code change would be disruptive to many

I am one of the 616 households south of I-20 in Social Circle that will be affected by the proposed ZIP code change from 30025 to 30014.

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Jeff Meadors: A primer on dual enrollment

Dual enrollment represents public school choice at its very best for Georgia's high school juniors and seniors.

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Doug Holt: 'Big budget' gets scrutiny in House

The most important bill we saw last week was HB 106, which contains the 2014 fiscal year budget, also known as the "big budget."

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Darrell Huckaby: Composing my own song of the South

Thi is what I like about the South.

Heritage girls battle to tie in top-10 match up

CONYERS -- Neither team was able to gain an upper hand as Class AAAAA No. 6-ranked Lakeside, DeKalb and the No. 7-ranked Lady Patriots battled to a scoreless tie at Heritage on Tuesday.

Falcons could have bargain in Jackson

When running back Steven Jackson signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons last week, some questioned whether a team should pay that much money to a running back that will be 30 years old in July.

NBA Roundup

Using a dramatic comeback in the final eight minutes Monday night, the Miami Heat stand alone with the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

NFL passes two safety-related rules, waits to vote two controversial proposals

The NFL owners passed two safety-related rules Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, but tabled two more controversial rule changes.

Newton County Voters approve SPLOST extension

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast a vote for the education SPLOST IV referendum.

Chase Cain Memorial Ride set for Saturday

The Ninth Annual Chase Cain Memorial Foundation Motorcycle Ride begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sharp Gymnasium on Newton Drive, across from the Covington YMCA. The cost is $20 per bike with additional riders asked to make a donation.

Man crashes dirt bike into house; limps away from scene

NCSO: Dirt bike crashes into home; driver leaves scene limping.

Covington Council approves mayor's economic development plan

The City Council approved several proposals to spur economic development at the request of Mayor Ronnie Johnston.

New program will help locals be work ready

A program to help residents obtain and keep employment is being proposed by city officials.

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Serving the community: Montessori students serve up chili

The Montessori School of Covington held its 12th annual Community Appreciation Luncheon.

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A look inside the capitol

Third-grade students at the Newton County Theme School are touring the state capitol this month.

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Conner Smith Realty moves to downtown

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Chick-fil-A hosts fire safety clinic

The Chick-fil-A at 1610 Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers invites families to a Home Fire Safety Clinic on Monday, March 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of the evening's proceeds willbenefit the Rockdale County Fire and Rescue's Fire Safety Education initiatives.

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ABWA hosts local women's workshop

The Rockdale-Newton local chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), a Kansas City, Mo. based association, is hosting the first of a three-series workshop at the Wall Street Conyers Conference and Event Center, located at 2375 Wall Street, Suite 140 in Conyers on April 13.

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Conyers represented at Georgia Downtown Association Annual Retreat

Conyers Main Street Manager Monica Coffin, a member of the Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) Board of Directors, recently participated in the organization's annual planning retreat Feb. 26 and 27, at the Currahee Club in Toccoa.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Drought tolerant periwinkle is difficult to contain

The Psalmist spoke of the shelter God provides when he wrote, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust" (Psalm 91:4).

Kroger asks customers to support MDA fundraiser

With neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans, Kroger's Atlanta Division is urging customers to support its annual fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) from March 17 to 30.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Pastors must maintain delicate balance of leader, friend

Several months ago, an article by M. Craig Barnes in The Christian Century caused a stir when he asserted that it is impossible for pastors to befriend parishioners.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Meaning of life can be found in acceptance, forgiveness of others

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8).

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JOHN KIERAN: St. Patrick's Day honors 'father' of Christianity in Ireland

Sunday, the world will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. People in cities and towns all over the globe will revel in green.

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TONY ELDER: It's wise, not weak, to seek help from God

Recently, I was out and about with two of my grandsons when we stopped for lunch at a fast food restaurant.

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Redeeming Love Church presents Christian drama, 'Final Flight'

As a child, Presephoni Fuller witnessed her mother suffer through a series of abusive relationships with men. At age 12, Fuller lost her mother to suicide.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God serves as our moral compass

Last week in my column I introduced you to Linda and Bob (not their real names).

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RONDA RICH: Don't let life's demands defer your dreams

It has long been my belief that the dreams tucked into our hearts are the compass we're given to find our direction in life. Children know at an early age what they're called to do.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Vatican Diaries' details eye-opening stories of scandal, politics behind papal walls

You and God had a little talk this morning.. You told Him about your day ahead: what you wished for, the people who needed Him especially today, the ideas you had and troubles you carried.

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Newton County singer-songwriter makes headway in country music industry

Newton County native Gannon Adams has been able to gain considerable traction -- and attention -- in the country music business, thanks in no small part to a pair of American cultural icons.

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Fred, Daisy are looking for new homes

The Rockdale and Newton animal shelters have a variety of pets available for adoption this week.