News for Thursday, September 5, 2013


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ROBINSON: Not in the national interest

Are we really going to do this? Are we going to wade into a struggle we don’t really want to fight? Are we going to mire ourselves in a senseless, grinding conflict whose possible outcomes range from bad to worse?

Heritage softball, Rockdale volleyball win Thursday

The Heritage softball team is one step closer to clinching a spot in the state playoffs. Kierra Camp drove in three runs and allowed one hit on the mound as the Patriots crushed Gainesville 14-0 in four innings Thursday.

Alcovy takes advantage of Rockdale errors in 10-2 win

Five Rockdale errors resulted in seven Alcovy runs as the Lady Tigers run-ruled the Lady Bulldogs 10-2 in six innings of play on Thursday.

Salem softball routs Clarke Central

A visit from Clarke Central was just what the Salem softball team needed to end a losing streak. Whitney Lester threw a no-hitter and a pair of freshmen led the way at the plate as the Seminoles pounded Clarke Central 12-0 in four innings in Region 8-AAAAA play Thursday.

Covington police arrest an armed man without incident

Covington police officers defused a potentially violent situation this week and arrested a man wanted on charges of drug and gun possession.

NCSS tells students to turn off cell phones during standardized tests

Some NCSS students will be taking standardized tests later this month, and the school system is reminding them to turn off their cell phones and other electronic devices during testing or, preferably, to leave them home.

Dump truck spill results in charges

The owner of a dump truck that spilled rocks along U.S. Highway 278 in late August is unhappy about reimbursement charges for clean up from the city of Covington.

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Second-graders grill Covington mayor

Mayor Ronnie Johnston was put on the hot seat by second graders at Middle Ridge Elementary School Thursday.

Newton Jail Blotter for Sept. 6, 2013

Newton County jail log for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

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Pilot of the Year awarded to Mary Leston

Mary Leston is the receipent of the Pilot of the Year award for 2012-13.

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Mason-Meltz Engagement

Mason-Meltz Engagement

Locals graduate from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C

Military news for the month of August

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Falcons say they’re ready for the regular season

Experimentation period is over for the Falcons. Falcons coach Mike Smith paid lip service to the exhibition games while his staff was experimenting in several different areas.

Tigers regroup after overtime loss

Alcovy is hoping to correct some mistakes after losing to Jones County 17-14 in overtime last week when they go up against Perry at 7:30 tonight at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Heritage, Rockdale get reacquainted Friday

Points may be at a premium when two old rivals get together Friday in Conyers. Rockdale will visit Heritage to highlight week two of the football season, and each team will showcase a stout defense.

Kroger offers rewards program for charities

Kroger Plus Card customers throughout the Atlanta Division — which includes Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee — can now contribute to charitable organizations of their choice with each in-store transaction.

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Advance Retirement Planning hires new financial planner

Advanced Retirement Planning (ARP), a financial services firm with offices in Covington and around the metro Atlanta area, recently added Janine Cobb as an advisor. Formerly with Financial Independence Group, Inc., Cobb brings 18 years of experience working with financial case design organizations and consultants to ARP.

Joint Commission renews Newton Medical Center Lab facility accreditation

After a recent two-day visit from The Joint Commission, staff at the Newton Medical Center Lab learned that the lab will maintain its accreditation for two more years.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Climate change should be a global concern, especially for Christians

The extraordinary and history-making cold spell we experienced several weeks ago reminded me of a time that one of my good friends posted on Facebook that, with all this cold weather, human-induced climate change is certain to be a hoax.

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CHiPs star Erik Estrada to visit Conyers for Christian film premiere

CHiPs star Erik Estrada to visit Conyers for Christian film premiere

Fans remember Erik Estrada as one of TV's biggest 1970s and '80s heartthrobs, but today the father of three is the national spokesman for a group that aims to protect kids from Internet predators.

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James Behrens: Doing good helps us to endure hardships

A group of students from the Galloway School in Atlanta were here at the monastery recently. It was s small group, chaperoned by Gordon Mathis and Jill Weinstein, two instructors and very capable guides for the students.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bladder campion a beautiful flower with the exception of one unusual part

Peter often posed questions to Jesus. One of those times he asked if forgiving a person seven times was the limit. Jesus said that was not enough and proposed 70 times seven (Matthew 18:22).

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JOHN PEARRELL: Insecurity of non-believers at the root of assault on Christians

Dr. R.C. Sproul gives the following illustration. “A few years ago one of the leading golfers on the professional tour was invited to play in a foursome with Gerald Ford, then president of the United States, Jack Nicklaus, and Billy Graham. The golfer was especially in awe of playing with Ford and Billy Graham (he had played frequently with Nicklaus before).

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TONY ELDER: Take a road trip with Jesus and discover limitless joy

Road trip! What kind of a picture does that phrase bring to mind? Maybe you think of a family heading out for a week of fun at the beach. Or if you’re single, you might think of a wild and crazy adventure with several of your best friends.