News for Friday, September 20, 2013

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Rockdale shut out by Langston Hughes

In just under 12 minutes of game action Friday in Fairburn, a close contest turned into a blowout.

Newton County deputy charged with selling marijuana to undercover FBI agents

Sheriff says deputy has been terminated

Newton County deputy charged with selling marijuana to undercover FBI agents while in uniform.

Local dentist wins award

Conyers dentist Dr. Doug Torbush was recently named the Northern District Dental Society 2013 Dentist of the Year at the Boots & Bling Ball held at Druid Hills Golf Club.

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Chamber chairman named to Leadership Georgia

Conyers/Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Chairman Barlay Thua is named to state leadership program.

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TONY WILSON: What is a Health Insurance Exchange?

A key component of the Health Care Reform law is the rollout of the Health Insurance Exchange, and although the Exchange for Georgia opens on Oct. 1, there still seems to be a lot of confusion as to what an Exchange is and how it will work.

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JOHN PEARRELL: God wants us all to be fishers of men

When Jesus called His first four followers, Andrew, Peter, James and John, His invitation to them was simple: follow me and I will make you something. That something was not what we might have expected.

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Smyrna Presbyterian offers garage sale items, kids activities at Harvest Jubilee

Smyrna Presbyterian offers garage sale items, kids activities at Harvest Jubilee

Smyrna Presbyterian Church is ready to usher in the season of fall with an outdoor celebration, the annual Harvest Jubilee. For more than two decades, Harvest Jubilee has offered family activities and other events to benefit a special home missions project at the Conyers church.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Image of crucified Christ offers solace in our grief

All of us have our own image of Christ ingrained in our imagination or our spiritual mind’s eye. It’s the image that confronts us when we close our eyes in prayer. It’s the one representing He whom we worship when moved by a particular hymn or praise chorus.

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JAMES BEHRENS: Power within us should be attributed to God, not ourselves

Consequences are the ingredients that make up the news fodder every second of every day. A live news feed does exactly that. It lives off a ravenous appetite for the consequent nature of events, both good and bad.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Knots uncoild to become flowers on the forget-me-not

In July 2007, our nation paid tribute to a lady who taught us a new respect for the environment — Lady Bird Johnson. Among the issues that she made us aware of were the visual clutter of uncontrolled billboards and the tons of litter thrown from passing vehicles along our nation’s highways.

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TONY ELDER: Avoid behavior that might endanger our relationship with God

I’ll admit that I’m not someone who often pays close attention to what people wear or their accessories. But recently I couldn’t help but notice the distinctive purse and shoulder strap of a lady I encountered. The strap was deep red with big black letters which repeatedly spelled the word “danger.”

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Examine end-of-life issues in 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'

Your mind’s made up. There’s no going back once you’ve made a choice between Door No. 1 or Door No. 2. You’re not a waffler, you weighed pros and cons, and you’re confident you picked correctly. Or not.

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RONDA RICH: Reaching career goal takes perseverance

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk, recognizing me, laughed and said, “What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!” She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men’s sweaters.

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Conyers native presents country music festival in Covington

Conyers native presents country music festival in Covington

Rockdale County native Adam Potts was born to work in the construction industry, but he’s got big plans to build a business of his own. The 29-year-old Potts, who is part of the family that owns and operates Conyers-based Potts Construction, has set his sights on working in the music industry as a concert and event promoter.

Newton Citizen Poll for Sept. 22, 2013

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

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Eagles succumb to Chestatee’s running game in 33-23 loss

Chestatee did what they do best and that run the ball as they gained more than 400 yards on the ground including a 78-yard run on a fake punt which helped seal the deal as they beat Eastside 33-23 in their Region 8-AAAA opener at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

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