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JACK SIMPSON: The good old days of small-town life

It seems to an old-timer that things are far removed from what they used to be. The current news of the day makes one believe that our civilization and our planet are doomed and everyone will go down together.

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DAVE BELTON: Budget work under way; major issues looming in Legislature

This week, budget committees in the General Assembly have been working on a balanced budget. Believe it or not, a balanced budget is the only Constitutional requirement of Georgia’s General Assembly. It’s a pity the same cannot be said of our government in Washington.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Time to bring back the biscuit

When my sister-in-law, Terry Lynn, came into the family she used to talk about “whomp biscuits” and I had no idea what she was talking about. Then I heard her explain that they were the kind you peeled out of a can after you had “whomped” the can on the side of the counter to pop those suckers open.

Monroe man arrested in connection with April 2014 armed robbery of O'Reilly Auto Parts

A Monroe man has been arrested in connection with an April 2014 armed robbery of O’Reilly Auto Parts in Rockdale County.

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Conyers police charge roommate with murder of 72-year-old man

A Conyers man is in the Rockdale County Jail on charges that he murdered his roommate early Thursday morning.

Prescribed fire alert may present smoke in Newton County

A prescribed fire Thursday in Jasper and Jones counties may present smoke to residents of Butts, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Newton, and Walton counties.

LETTER: Roadway trash in Rockdale County due to those who don't care

Let’s get right to the heart of the roadway trash matter, which is that we now have trashy people who have moved here and use our byways as their personal trash heap.

Community Calendar for Jan. 29, 2015

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

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Georgia State Patrol Post 46 statewide leader in 2014 Toys for Tots campaign

The 2014 Toys for Tots campaign was deemed a success and Cpl. Richard Thacker, who coordinated the campaign for Georgia State Patrol Post 46 in Monroe, was recognized as the statewide leader for having collected more than 4,000 toys and $5,000 just out of the post that serves Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties.

Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus to have representation on GSU-GPC consolidation committee

After deciding to combine into one school on Jan. 6, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State University have appointed a consolidation committee.

Rockdale sweeps county swim meet again

Rockdale High School dominated the county pool once again.

Annual report: Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center dispatched more calls in 2014 in shorter amount of time

Even with an increased number of calls in 2014, the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center dispatched calls more quickly than the previous year.

Newton Medical Auxiliary to hold Dillard's vendor sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Dillard’s vendor sale on Feb. 3 and 4 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will take place in the Main Lobby of the hospital.

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Sen. Rick Jeffares to chair Senate Regulated Industries Committee

Sen. Rick Jeffares, R – McDonough, has been named chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee for the 2015- 2016 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

Newton County Sheriff's Office arrests second person in connection with beating of elderly man

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second person in connection with the nearly fatal beating and robbery of an elderly Newton County man last week.

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Simms’ career-high 24 points give Rasmussen gets 200th win

Newton’s basketball team was on fire in the first quarter making 82 percent of the shots on their way to a 64-37 win over Lovejoy while giving head coach Rick Rasmussen his 200th career win on Tuesday.

Strong 3rd sends Alcovy past Rockdale

It was a tight first half between the girls basketball teams of Rockdale and Alcovy Tuesday night. The second half, though, belonged to the host Tigers.

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Rusty but smiling Woods reveals a full set of teeth

Tiger Woods, set to compete at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week for the first time in 14 years, was in a humorous mood on Tuesday as he spoke about his rusty game and a repaired set of teeth.

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Seahawks’ Lynch: ‘I’m here so I won’t get fined’

Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who shuns the media the same way he avoids tacklers, is a man of few words and he had just seven of them at his Super Bowl Media Day appearance on Tuesday.

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Down-home values: Ride-along with John Douglas reveals roots

Respect for land, history and hard-working families shape county commissioner’s political style

A ride-along with Newton County Commissioner John Douglas reveals a man whose political style is shaped by the land, its history and its hard-working families.

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