News for Monday, October 14, 2013

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New Rec Commission director named in Newton

New Newton Recreation director named.

Willette finishes Golden Eagle Invitational in top 10

Rockdale’s Dax Willette was the only local runner with a top-10 finish in the cross country Golden Eagle Invitational at Nash Farms Battlefield in Hampton on Saturday.

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Revived Red Sox prep for Verlander

The Detroit Tigers insist nothing changed. For the Boston Red Sox, it’s a whole new series.

Covington hosts Harvest Festival Saturday

It’s time to celebrate fall in downtown Covington. Harvest Festival 2013 takes place on the Square Saturday.

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Veterans share strong views at Rockdale rally

As the partial federal government shutdown dragged on, about 100 area veterans, family members and supporters gathered Sunday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County for a peaceful rally against the closing of war memorials in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

NCSO arrests three on drug charges after traffic stop

After being pulled over on a routine traffic stop, the driver and a passenger were apparently willing to admit they had drugs.

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Bitter ending once again

The Braves won 96 games despite a glut of injuries and led the National League East for all except one day in taking their first division title since 2005.

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Jones out for year as Falcons’ problems grow

The Atlanta Falcons placed Julio Jones on injured reserve a day after announcing the wide receiver will undergo season-ending foot surgery.

Schools rally to support afterschool programs

Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together at 5 p.m. Thursday for Lights On Afterschool at Newton High School to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs.

NCSO makes series of gang-related arrests

A number of young adults were recently arrested in Newton County in connection with incidents allegedly involving gang activity.

Newton College and Career Academy named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Ceremony scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today

Newton College and Career Academy named Ford Next Generation Learning Community

Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for Oct. 15, 2013

Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for Oct. 15, 2013

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Conyers gears up for 33rd annual Olde Town Fall Festival

Conyers gears up for 33rd annual Olde Town Fall Festival

The streets of Conyers’ historic district will come alive Oct. 26 when the 33rd annual Olde Fall Festival brings crafts, food, live music and children’s activities to Commercial and Center streets.

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O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O'Hannah's Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square

O’Hannah’s Hair Studio and Boutique relocates to the Covington Square.

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TONY WILSON: Exchange website users must 'Try again later'

Oct. 1 marked the official rollout of the much-anticipated health insurance exchange for Georgians and citizens in 30-plus other states. The exchange is also referred to as the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), and it is the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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RONDA RICH: Family pessimist overflows with generosity

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying. He likes to help people. It’s something as deeply born in him as his constantly smiling blue eyes or wit that is quicker than a summer storm that brews when it comes up a cloud. He helps us all, so much so that there is often little time left to help himself.

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Ghost tours of Gaither Plantation feature both history, hauntings

Ghost tours of Gaither Plantation feature both history, hauntings

The Central Georgia Paranormal Society is pairing up with the East Georgia Paranormal Society for the second year in a row to present Halloween at Gaither’s Plantation Ghost Tours on Oct. 25 and 26 from 4 to 9 p.m. Cost for the tours is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

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Covington FUMC Steeple Chase 5K benefits special needs community

Covington FUMC 5K benefits Newton's special needs community

Covington FUMC will holds its annual Steeple Chase 5K to benefit special needs students in Newton.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: All churches grapple with the generational divide

For now, I’m sure that many churches can’t help the generational divides that exist in their communities. With a concerted effort and some intentional faith sharing, however, I am confident that we can grow closer to one another and together grow closer to Christ even when it is difficult to do so.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Find peace in a balance between active, contemplative actions

More to the point, in the human person, the two worlds become one. We live from active and contemplative ways of being in the world. Yet there are still tensions between individuals who rally for the primacy of one way (active) over the other (contemplative) or vice-versa.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Rockdale is home to largest sourwood in the state

The most cherished words ever uttered are, “I love you.” They express the ultimate devotion of two people. The Psalmist had that phrase in mind when he expressed praise to God in Psalm 119: 103, “How sweet are Thy words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

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TONY ELDER: We can only receive redemption from sin through Jesus

We can testify to the same truth about Jesus. Our being delivered from spiritual and eternal death is due completely to Him and what He did for us. It’s all about Him and His sacrificial act of love on our behalf.

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JOHN PEARRELL: We can be close to Christ by loving, serving each other

When a group of Christ-followers get together and start loving and serving one another the way Jesus did, and where the church is actually being the church, the barriers that many have are broken down, rough edges begin to smooth, and hearts begin to soften to the message, and life change begins to take place.

Newton Citizen Top Five Stories for Oct. 7 to 13

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

Community Calendar for Oct. 15, 2013

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

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