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Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale County for Aug. 20, 2013

Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale County for Aug. 20, 2013

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Getting crafty

Rockdale County Parks and Recreation’s therapeutic recreation held a crafts event.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yellow star-grass a solitary plant that prefers open woods, meadows

Several years ago, astronomers announced the discovery of a new planet. It is named Gliese 581 and orbits its sun 20 light years away. Of the 200 or so planets outside our solar system it is the smallest; however, every discovery like this adds to the wonder of the universe.

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Strike up the bands

High school bands spend summer preparing for season

The band members from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools have spent the end of their summer break preparing for the upcoming season.

Health inspections for Newton, Rockdale counties

Health inspections for Newton, Rockdale counties for July 30, 2013

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'When We Talk about God' a helpful, uplifting sermon

For most of your life, you’ve had a good relationship with God.

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RONDA RICH: A spoiled child can grow into a troubled adult

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can’t help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

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Conyers Boy Scout troop backpacks through New Mexico mountain range

Scout troop backpacks through N.M. mountains

On a rainy day, Sam Carter summited the 11,000-foot Black Mountain with a full backpack. He carried his sleeping bag, two tents, six liters of water, food, first aid kit, bear rope, mess kit and two days worth of trash.

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Moves2Inspire Fitness Center offers Zumba, self-defense, hip hop

Moves2Inspire Fitness Center offers Zumba, self-defense, hip hop

Making her clients physically fit isn’t the only goal for Cherisse Atwater with her new business Move2Inspire. The mother of three also wants to help her clients strengthen their inner selves.

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To market, to market: Area farmer's markets open to residents

If you need to restart your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, now is a good time.

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: 'Four Legged-Miracles' good news for anyone who's lost a pooch

You looked everywhere. Why is it that when you put something away for safekeeping, it ends up being safe — from you? Why is it that you always find whatever you’re looking for in the last possible place you’d think to look?

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RONDA RICH: Don't forget to thank a farmer

There’s nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can’t find a way to escape it for it’s all they’ve ever known.

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Making their rounds: Newton high schoolers experience hospital departments

High schoolers experience hospital departments

Nearly 60 high school students are participating in Newton Medical Center’s Junior Volunteer program this year.

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Spiritual hero didn’t take sides in ministering to those on both sides of the racial divide

One of the greatest pieces of advice I received in seminary came from a veteran pastor who told us to have some good heroes and mentors. He knew that vocational ministers get lonely at times and that we need people to look up to who understand our profession.

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Community invited to gather and pray for academic year

Community invited to gather and pray for academic year

Pulling together what she calls a “community of faith,” Claudia Minge and other volunteers are getting ready for the second annual Community On Our Knees event on the Square in Covington. More than a dozen churches are working together for the prayer event, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 in downtown Covington.

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