News for Thursday, October 17, 2013


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Murphy double helps Alcovy advance to second round of Class AAAAAA softball tournament

One inning made the difference between winning and losing as Alcovy scored two runs in the fifth inning in their 3-0 win over North Cobb in the deciding game of the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoff on Thursday.

Balanced Lassiter eliminates Rockdale

The Lassiter volleyball team has a number of exciting freshman on its roster, but one of the team’s top seniors help close out a playoff win Thursday.

Huckaby: Funerals not what they used to be

I went to a funeral the other day of a good friend who was alarmingly close to my own age. It was a simple dignified service at a funeral home in his hometown.

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Cardinals return to St. Louis with playoffs past lurking

For the third time since 1996, the St. Louis Cardinals claimed a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals are also winless, with a seven-game losing streak, in the three series, including the 2013 NLCS, after reaching that precipice of the World Series.

Running game key to a homecoming win for Eastside

Eastside is at a turning point in their season as Lumpkin County comes to Homer Sharp Stadium tonight. Even though the Indians are 1-5 for the season, 1-2 in Region 8-AAAA, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst knows that if his Eagles (3-3, 1-2) aren’t careful they could fall victim to Lumpkin County.

Newton teen detained in alleged ice pick threat

A 16-year-old Newton County boy has been detained in a juvenile facility for allegedly threatening a man with an ice pick.

Expo to aid Newton County seniors

There are plenty of resources out there for senior citizens, but many may not know where to go to get help. That’s why Newton County Senior Services is hosting a Grandparent Fest and Senior Expo for all county residents age 55 and older on Oct. 25.

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Alcovy High School reality wreck shows danger of texting while driving

It’s one thing to read in the newspaper about an accident that occurred because someone was texting. It’s another to watch one classmate lie bleeding on the pavement and another being zipped into a body bag.

Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler will sponsor Youth Town Hall Meeting

State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia, in partnership with the East Suburban Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta sorority, will sponsor the third annual Youth Town Hall Meeting to give area young people an opportunity to meet elected officials.

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Salem UMC hosts its annual pumpkin patch

Salem UMC’s pumpkin patch is now open through Oct. 31

Newton County arrests for week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 15

Arrests in Newton County for week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 15, 2013

GBI hands case of former Newton County resident and disqualified mayoral candidate Olivia Ware to the Secretary of State.

GBI hands over case of former Newton County resident

GBI hands case of former Newton County resident and disqualified Conyers mayoral candidate Olivia Ware to Secretary of State

Lady Eagles advance with sweep over Redan on the road

Region 8-AAAA No. 3 seed Eastside softball team won the first round of the softball tournament run-ruling Redan 10-2 and 12-3 on the road on Wednesday.

Newton Citizen Poll for Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest.

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TONY ELDER: We have a responsibility to stand up for our faith

Last weekend, I attended a Christian Apologetics Conference. That doesn’t mean that I came back having learned a hundred different ways to say “I’m sorry” or “forgive me” with a more sincere, Christlike spirit. As many of you know, apologetics has to do with defending the faith.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Loss of a loved one means less joy during holidays

Another October is almost over, and I can’t help but be excited about Halloween coming up in several weeks. It’s one of my favorite holidays. There’s something about the fun and fantasy, the candy and candlelight, the storytelling and lure that gets me as giddy as my 5-year-old around this time of year.

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CrossRoads Baptist Church hosts Life Week revival

CrossRoads Baptist Church hosts Life Week revival

Bringing in ministers of the gospel from far and near, CrossRoads Baptist Church invites the community to its upcoming Life Week, a time of fall revival at the church located at 227 County Road 229 in Social Circle. For four days, the church will host services featuring the theme “Focus” as it seeks to help worshipers center their hearts and minds on God. Life Week is Oct. 20 to 23, with a service Sunday morning at 10:30, and services Sunday through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Field thistle's height can exceed six feet

One should approach all thistles with caution. This field thistle does not have spines on the stem like the bull thistle or the nodding thistle but the leaves are armed to make life miserable for intruders.

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JOHN PEARRELL: Blame government turmoil on erosion of Christianity in our society

What we are seeing today in our country is not primarily a problem in politics but a problem of our hearts. The further we drift from the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded, the more our freedoms will erode.

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JAMES BEHRENS: The poor give us insight into the church’s purpose

The pope learns from the poor. He has lived with them, dined with them, held them, pondered them. And he has asked us to do the same. It is the poor who offer the deepest insight to the church’s quest for identity and purpose.

Covington FUMC holds Change the World Day

Covington First United Methodist hosts Change the World Day on Oct. 26. The event provides a venue for organizations, services and churches to come together to bring awareness to what Newton County has to offer its citizens, to give assistance to those in need, to work together on community service projects and to provide a free, fun-filled day for families.

Community Calendar for Oct. 18, 2013

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