News for Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Rams improve despite loss to Luella

COVINGTON -- Winning was not the goal in Newton's golf match against Luella at The Oaks Course on Thursday.. Even though the team got swept by Luella -- the boys losing 184-233 and the girls falling 171-178 -- some of the players improved as individuals.. "As always, we're playing to

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BRAVES NOTES: Venters to see James Andrews about elbow

The Braves know that they will have to open the season on Monday without Jonny Venters in their bullpen. They still don't know how long he will be missing, though.. Both the Braves and Venters are hoping for the best.. The left-handed reliever will be visiting noted sports surgeon

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Cal Thomas: The dangers of public opinion

History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles.

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Darrell Huckaby: Another sign that the world has gone crazy

Just when I thought it was safe to glance at the news again I confirmed my growing suspicion that the world has gone slap dab crazy.

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Jack Simpson: Hoover's No. 3 man has left us

He's gone, and I shall join the ranks of family and friends who will miss him.

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Salem Overlay approved

The Salem Overlay has been approved.

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Covington Lions chicken bbq set for April 10

The Covington Lions Club will sponsor its annual Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, April 10. Tickets are $8 each.

Unemployment down in Newton, Rockdale

Unemployment rates in Newton and Rockdale continue to decline.

School Crime Report for March 19, 2013

The School Crime Report for March 29, 2013.

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Flint Hill students get special gift from soldiers

Students at Flint Hill Elementary School wrote letters to soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this school year, and they received letters and a flag in return.

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East Newton celebrates China

East Newton Elementary School recently celebrated China.

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CPD donates $1K to Special Olympics

The City of Covington Police Department recently donated $1,000 to Newton County Special Olympics Equestrian team.

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Eastside literacy team competes

Eastside High School recently competed in the Region 8-AAAA Literary Meet.

Broun announces Liberty Day project

U.S. Congressman Paul Broun has invited students in the fifth grade of the 10th Congressional District to participate in a project.

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Conyers resident opens art gallery and frame shop in Olde Town

For almost a decade, Aaron Reed has been selling his artwork at festivals up and down the East Coast and across the South.

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Special Photo Neita Jones, right, is awarded Top Individual Sales Associate for the Rockdale/Newton office by Metro Brokers Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Levent at the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers Awards Celebration. Other members of the Rockdale/Newton office receiving awards for their performance included: Carol Moore and John Reich with the Silver Award; and Johnny Lanford, Kerry Gibson and Vicki Vandiegriff with the Distinction Award.

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Special Photo Project Open Hand/Atlanta Coordinator Felicia Martin receives a check from BJ’s Community Affairs Assistant Manager Susie Meacham and BJ’s Operations Manager Uveimar Sandovar as part of the BJ’s Charitable Foundation grant program. BJ’s Charitable Foundation recently donated $110,000 to 16 charitable organizations in Georgia. The Foundation disperses funds to organizations focused on hunger prevention, self sufficiency, health care and education. The grants in Georgia are part of the Foundation’s quarterly cycle to provide donations to charitable organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located. Locally, Newton County Reads of Oxford was awarded $2,500 in support of programs that address the needs of undereducated adults/teens by providing adult literacy, GED preparation and English as a Second Language programs.

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Victorious Life Church presents 'Messiah' drama

Walking into Victorious Life Church this week feels like stepping into the world where Jesus walked more than 2,000 years ago.

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JOHN PEARRELL: The Resurrection of Christ turned doubters into believers

Easter is just around the corner. People who don't normally go to church will be in church on Easter Sunday -- I think that is great.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Sweet white violet is named after its pleasant fragrance

Sweet white violet is named after its pleasant fragrance. When we examine the characteristics of a person committed to follow the commandment Jesus repeated several times to "love your neighbor as yourself," we become aware of a very important contrast to the norms of our society.

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JAMES BEHRENS: No need to wait for God, He's already here

No need to wait for God -- He's already here. I have taken a lot of photographs over the years.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Easter allows us to clothe ourselves in the love of the Lord

Easter clothes us in the love of the Lord. Like most ministers, I look forward to Easter every year at church.

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TONY ELDER: Evidence of the Resurrection lives as love in our hearts

"It just can't be.". "What can't be?". "Well, you can't be. You're gone."

Newton County Jail Blotter for March 29, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for March 29, 2013

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