News for Friday, May 10, 2013

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Farmer gets no-decision in Tech's walk-off win

Buck Farmer wasn’t at this best Friday against one of the nation’s top hitting teams, but he was good enough to allow his team to get a big come back victory.

RCSO sgt. arrested, fired

An officer with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has been charged in connection with a traffic accident and dismissed from the force.

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Bard employee honored for her work with new hires

Fran Holland, senior sales administrator at Bard Medical Division in Covington, recently received the prestigious Charles Russell Bard Award, an honor recognizing outstanding character, abilities and achievements. Company leaders praised Holland for her warm-hearted and kind leadership, in a press release provided by Bard.

Moe's named top Mexican chain

Moe's Southwest Grill, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant, with more than 480 locations worldwide, including one in Conyers, has recently been named the top Mexican chain in the Technomic Consumer Restaurant Brand Metrics Report. Technomic is the leading fact-based consulting and research firm serving the food industry.

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Discount Tire opens in Conyers

Special Photo Discount Tire, a tire and wheel retailer, announced the opening of its new store at 1665 Ga. Highway 138 S.E. in Conyers, near the crossroads of Ga. 138 and Old McDonough Road. It’s operated by 10 employees and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.

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RMC employee honored by United Way

Special Photo At Philips Arena. Rockdale Medical Center employee Vanessa Dameron is congratulated by Milton J. Little Jr., president of United Way, for her outstanding leadership in coordinating Rockdale Medical Center’s annual United Way campaign. Out of the 1,000 Atlanta area organizations that participated in the 2012 annual campaign, only five volunteer leaders, including Dameron, were honored as Be Greater Atlanta Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager/Leadership Chairs. In 2012 under Dameron’s leadership, through fundraisers and employee donations, Rockdale Medical Center raised just more than $35,000 in support of the United Way, representing a 50 percent increase over last year’s result.

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TONY ELDER: If we work together, we can aspire to greater spiritual heights

Did you hear about the fight that broke out on Mount Everest a couple of weeks ago?

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ORRIN MORRIS: Make pies, jellies, wine with elderberry

I'm stretching the wildflower definition again and including another shrub or small tree because of the attractiveness of the bloom.

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Gospel musical encourages audiences to find hope in God

Already a successful singer and songwriter who has opened for such groups as The Commodores, Sh'Aunta "Quinette" Moore of Conyers can now add the mantle of playwright to her list of accomplishments.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Amidst stress of daily schedules, deadlines, remember that love is patient

Paul's first letter to the Corinthians informs us that love is patient (1 Cor. 13:4).

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JOHN PEARRELL: God commands us to love our brothers and sisters

Author Anne Rice, in "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession," has a powerful personal story about her relationship with Jesus.

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Local photography club invites new members

Members of the Conyers-based Sharp Shooters photography club contributed these photographs to the Citizen images page.

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RONDA RICH: Mama knew the importance of education

Mama was stubborn. "Set in her ways," is what country folks call it and boy, was she.

Newton Citizen Poll for May 12, 2013

Newton Citizen Polll for May 12, 2013

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Jacobi - Faust Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Jacobi of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Rachael Jacobi, to James Corey Faust of Dawson., son of Melanie and Todd Kegler and Jim and Valerie Faust, all of Dawson.

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Wilbanks-Bennett Wedding

Wilbanks-Bennett Wedding

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Brockman - Brado Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. James Brockman of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Nicole Brockman, to Mark Allen Brado, son of Daniel Brado of Sacramento, Calif., and Cindria Brado of Monroe.

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KCNB names Trash to Treasure winner

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful recently congratulated 2013 Trash to Treasure art contest winner.

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Principal, coach raise money for Relay for Life

Porterdale Elementary School recently raised money for Relay for Life.

GSP: Two killed in racing accident on I-20

Two people were killed and three injured in an accident that apparently resulted from racing on Interstate 20 westbound early Friday morning.

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Pratt breaks ground on transfer station

Pratt Industries, a Conyers-based recycled paper and packaging company, recently broke ground at the site of the soon-to-be-constructed solid waste transfer station at the company's corporate campus, 1920 Sarasota Business Parkway.

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Risk Management wins Citizen drawing

Special Photo Risk Management Associates owners, from left, Ben Payne and Jason Payne display the new iPad they won at a drawing sponsored by the Citizen newspaper for local business owners who attended a free marketing presentation by NRS Media.

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Apollo Staffing honored

Apollo Staffing, Inc. employees, from left, Connie Price, Kelsey English, Melissa Nash, Flora Tillman and Jamie Cummings pose with the 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle's Pacesetter Award, an honor the business earned as one of Atlanta's fastest-growing companies.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Sometimes we must put aside our 'rights' to minister to others

A few weeks ago when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the youngest brother of two suspects, was captured for bombing the Boston Marathon, a public debate erupted about the type of rights he was afforded.

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TONY ELDER: Let Jesus shoulder your spiritual burdens

Recently, one of our daughters used our home for the purpose of holding a two-day garage sale. She considered it to be a better location for such an event than her residence.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for brilliant red, orange flame azaleas in May

One day, Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep in the Sinai Desert and he saw a unique phenomenon.

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Pastor urges community to turn to God in 'Sermon You Missed'

As a young unmarried father, Larry Bryant lived a troubled life. He worked during the week but on weekends used drugs.

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JAMES BEHRENS: After weary road trip, monk happy to come home to monastery

The rain started falling early in the morning and continued all through the day. It was a downpour for a good part of the day.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Jesus' greatest commandment is simple: love God, each other

What is the goal of the church? Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers to that question.

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Insectival for those who love, or loathe, insects

Tiffani Alexander has a collection of 20 different insects and a separate collection specifically of 15 beetles.

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RONDA RICH: No need for foul language

Recently, I was in a bookstore with a friend.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Take a peek behind the palace walls in 'Serving Victoria'

Happily ever after.. That's how things go at the end of a fairy tale. The handsome prince weds the beautiful princess, dragons are slain, wicked witches become dust, peasants rejoice, and they all live ... well, you know what comes next.

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