News for Monday, September 9, 2013


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Salem beats Rockdale in softball for 5th straight time

Salem’s recent domination of Rockdale on the softball field continued Monday.

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Serena lucky in love on the tennis court

Serena Williams admits that having love in her life has been a key to her rousing success over an exhilarating 13 months in which she has won Olympic gold, two U.S. Open titles and a French Open.

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NCSO searches for man missing since Thursday

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a man who has been reported missing since Thursday.

SEC’s dominance slipping away?

Is the Southeastern Conference loosening its stranglehold on football in the South?

Miracle League holds second annual motorcycle ride fundraiser

Motorcycle riders rev up your engines and get ready for a smooth ride at the second annual Miracle League Poker Run. A fundraiser for the Miracle League, which aids in the construction of baseball fields for disabled children, the rambling ride starts off in Conyers, traverses south to Lovejoy, heads north to the city of Atlanta, takes a jaunt west to Douglasville and then motors back to Conyers.

Deer season begins

Deer hunting season is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year for many in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Archers get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday.

Pit bull attacks reported in Rockdale, Newton over weekend

Two incidents of pit bull attacks were reported in Rockdale and Newton counties this weekend and another report was made of a pit bull acting unpredictably in a public park.

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RONDA RICH: Hanging brought closure to Lincoln’s death

It is the summer of 1865 and, according to Charlie Tinker’s diaries, it has been a summer of oppressive heat, its airless steaminess made more miserable by the heavy sorrow that he and his colleagues have shouldered since the death of their Commander-in-Chief, Abraham Lincoln.

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Magical menagerie

Photographer Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith captured these images of live plant sculptures, or mosaiculture, on display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens through October. The process involves planting thousands of annuals into soil-and-sphagnum moss filled netting covering steel forms. The plants are watered through an irrigation system beneath the surface of the sculptures and trimmed regularly to maintain their shapes. The display, staged by International Mosaiculture of Montreal in conjunction with Atlanta Botanical Garden, and dubbed Imaginary Worlds, is the first major exhibition of this kind to be presented in the United States.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'No Pirates Allowed' leads little ones to a treasure of a story

Would you please be quiet for a minute? How many times a day does your Mom, Dad, teacher, or grandma say that to you? Probably really often, even though they were kids once, not too long ago, and even though they know how hard it is to keep your mouth closed and your ears open when there’s so much to say.

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TONY WILSON: Employers must notify workers of new insurance options

While the employer coverage mandate of the health care reform law has been delayed until 2015, there is one employer requirement that remains in place for 2013: Exchange Notices.

Rockdale Medical unveils mobile monitoring for pregnant women, cardiac patients

Rockdale Medical Center is the first healthcare facility in the metro Atlanta area to acquire a mobile patient monitoring solution that allows obstetricians to keep a closer eye on their labor and delivery patients, and gives cardiologists immediate access to electrocardiograph (ECG) data, RMC officials announced in a release.

Covington updates alcohol ordinance

The Covington City Council has approved the first reading of an update to the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow licensing for on-premises wine and beer tastings, licensing for caterers to serve alcohol off-premises and temporary permits for non-profits to sell alcohol at events to benefit a charitable or civic organization.

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Pastor Chupp brings NASCAR to Theme School's Good News Club

Philadephia Baptist Church Associate Pastor Ken Chupp is the tire specialist on the Number 49 NASCAR Sprint Cup team. He brought the car to the Newton County Theme School on Thursday to speak to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students who are members of the school’s Good News Club.

Newton Citizen Top Five Stories for Sept. 2 to Sept. 9

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

Community Calendar for Sept. 10, 2013

Community Calendar for Sept. 10, 2013