News for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Uribe’s late blast sends Dodgers into NLCS

Juan Uribe can’t bunt, but the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t mind.

Soccer-Eto’o changes mind over Cameroon retirement

Striker Samuel Eto’o is to join up with Cameroon’s national team in France after going back on a decision to retire from international football, he told reporters on Tuesday.

Alcovy rolls past Rockdale in region tournament opener

If Tuesday afternoon was any indication, the Alcovy softball team is going to be awfully difficult to beat this postseason.

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THOMAS: A Republican response to healthcare

If the United Kingdom, whose population of slightly more than 62 million people, is experiencing severe problems and potential insolvency with its 65-year-old National Health Service (NHS), why would anyone believe a government-run health insurance system in the United States and the health care monstrosity that must inevitably follow will be any more successful with a population more than 300 million?

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Feeling bubbly

Bubble-making was one of the activities at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s Fall Festival this past Saturday.

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Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

State still tracking flu data during shutdown

Georgians need not worry that the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has ceased providing a weekly flu report and surveillance of influenza data due to the government shutdown, because the state is tracking flu cases, according to a spokeswoman for the Newton and Rockdale health departments.

Walmart employees accused of more than $50k in fraudulent refunds

At least seven Walmart employees are suspected of pilfering more than $50,000 through fraudulent refunds.

City adjusts PEG rates

The city of Covington has adjusted rates for its three Public, Educational and Government, or PEG, channels to give users more flexibility.

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Teacher's new wheels

Newton County’s Teacher of the Year receives keys to new car

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Beaver Manufacturing founder dead at 87

Funeral services for community leader and Beaver Manufacturing founder Ed Needham are today.

Meadors: Searching for answers to Newton's test score anemia

In its 2013 national press release of SAT scores the College Board found “only 43 percent of SAT takers in the class of 2013 graduated from high school academically prepared for the rigors of college-level course work.”

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Mobile Bug Zoo visits Cousins Middle School

Mobile Bug Zoo visits Cousins Middle School

Rockdale/Newton Community Announcements

Looking to volunteer? Check out the list of organizations in the surrounding areas that need volunteers.

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TONY WILSON: Do your homework before choosing a health care plan on the Exchange

Tuesday marked the much anticipated October opening of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) for Georgians. The FFM (also referred to as the Exchange) is a cornerstone of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Only Jesus has the power to enact lasting change

Only Jesus has the power to bring real hope and change because only He can heal that hopelessly dark and deceitful heart. We who claim to be Christ followers need to stop wringing our hands and whining about what Washington did now, and start praying for our leaders and our nation.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Show your pastor appreciation with personalized presents

Every October marks pastor appreciation month. It is a time when many parishioners wrestle with that all-important question: “What do I get my pastor?” Well, I’m glad you asked.

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TONY ELDER: Life's purpose can only be found in Jesus

There are many good things we can do with our lives, some of which will give us a sense of meaning and usefulness. But we aren’t going to discover the true and greatest purposes of our lives apart from Jesus. We aren’t going to discover what we were made to do until we get our lives in line with the One who made us.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Canada thistle is showy, but watch out for those thorns

The Canada thistle is the epitome of the good and the bad, the showy and the offensive. This is the most common and widespread thistle in the U.S. However, it is not that common in the Southeast.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Brother Alphonse embodied the honesty, purity found in a true monk

There is a saying that good things come in small packages. And so it is that a small package, say, a gift, can contain something of no great size but of immense value. People can be the same kind of gift. Such was Brother Alphonse. He passed away last week and we rejoiced in his going home to God and, at the same time, mourned his leaving us.

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Shiloh UMC holds Christian music event for community

Shiloh UMC holding Christian music event

To prove that church can be a joyful celebration indoors or outdoors, Shiloh United Methodist Church will hold Celebrate Jesus, an outdoor music and worship event later this month at the Almon ball field in Covington.

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RONDA RICH: Southern women take pride in their casseroles

Any self-respecting Southern woman has a list of casserole recipes a mile long ready to bake at a moment’s notice. You got a sickness or a death in your family, we’ve got just the casserole for you.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Revel in the magic of theater in ‘Drama High’

Terri Schlichenmeyer book review of “Drama High.”

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Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Lost in Yonkers' opens this week in Conyers

“Lost in Yonkers,” directed by Weldon Durham for the New Depot Players, opens this week and runs at 8 p.m., Oct. 10 to 12, and 17 to 19 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 20. Tickets are $20, and $16 for seniors 60 and over and students with ID.

Community Calendar for Oct. 9, 2013

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

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