News for Monday, September 30, 2013


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Lester no-hits Gainesville again, ‘Noles head to region quarters

It’d be fair to say the Gainesville softball team has seen about all it wants to from Whitney Lester.

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Red Sox, Cardinals top seeds for MLB’s second season

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are top seeds in Major League Baseball’s playoffs but they take a back seat on Monday as the postseason line-up will be completed with a Texas-Tampa Bay tiebreaker game.

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Patriots-Falcons: What we learned

Tom Brady is still getting used to his new receivers, but it did not matter Sunday night.

Conyers claims former mayoral candidate Olivia Ware's lawsuit is 'abusive litigation'

Conyers claims former candidate Olivia Ware’s lawsuit is ‘abusive litigation’

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Motorcycle ride to benefit baby with cancer

Lucas Cronan is only 15 months old, but he knows what it’s like to fight for his life. Lucas was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at 9 months old, and he’s been away from home getting treatment for the past three months.

Two stray pit bulls attack and kill smaller dog

Two stray pit bulls attack and kill smaller dog

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Cancer survivors honored by Newton Medical

Sixty-two breast cancer survivors are telling their stories in Newton Medical Center’s Portraits of Hope this October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Haden: USC needs ‘to be great again’

Greatness isn’t always easy to see, but it was clear to athletic director Pat Haden that USC was nowhere near greatness under Lane Kiffin.

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JAMES BEHRENS: We can find our home in God, and each other

We are born with an instinctive longing for the place we feel most at home. For some, that place is a room with a nice reclining chair and a remote. For others, a mansion might fit the bill.

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TONY ELDER: Use God’s keys to open the door to joy, meaning

Recently, a couple of spare keys were made for the lock on the door of our church building. But when those new keys were tested, they didn’t open the door. Blame for this failure was naturally ascribed to the keys and to the individual who had cut them out.

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Stone Mountain Baptist Association commemorates its 175th anniversary

The Stone Mountain Baptist Association of Churches will celebrate their 175th Anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 3 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Emmanuel Community Church, 1400 Highway 212 in Conyers.

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JOHN PEARRELL: For direction in life, try God’s map

Psalm 19:7-11 reads, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

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Monastery holds Fall Festival and Health Fair

From hayrides and face painting to free health screenings and classic cars, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s Annual Fall Festival and Health Fair offers a day of fun and activities for people of all ages.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Flowering spurge tolerates dry weather

The 104th Psalm was used by the Hebrew people to praise God for the abundance of the fruit of the earth. “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth.” (v. 14)

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Saying you believe in God isn’t enough

In an article in The Atlantic Monthly, author and editor-at-large Jonathon Rauch recalled a time he attended a dinner party and was asked about his religion. Rauch, a self-proclaimed atheist, considered what to say and realized that atheists were no different than theists in that both sets of people try to convince others of their beliefs, seek converts, and build ideological communities.

Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest

Georgia Farm Bureau members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2013 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

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TONY WILSON: Comply with Health Care Reform mandates, even if penalty is suspended

You’ll recall we recently dedicated this space to discussing the PPACA requirement that employers — whether they offer health insurance coverage or not — are required to notify their full- and part-time employees of the Health Insurance Exchange (also referred to as the Marketplace) by Oct. 1.

Newton Citizen Top Five Stories for Sept. 23 to Sept. 29

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

Kohl’s hiring more than 50,000 for holiday season

Kohl’s Department Stores announced it anticipates hiring more than 50,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores and growth on

Burned car stolen in Fulton County

A burned car found by a Newton County deputy was stolen in Fulton County.

Police look for two who stole lottery money

The Covington Police Department is looking for two men who hammered their way into a convenience store and robbed lottery machines.

Burn ban to be lifted Sept. 30

The burn ban will be lifted in this area on Monday.

Community Calendar for Oct. 1, 2013

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

Local teams fail to finish strong in cross country meets

With just over a month left until the state cross country meet, nobody really showed that they were ready for it as local team competed in cross country events on Saturday.