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Dogwood blooms -- four petals that make the shape of a cross with a center that resembles the crown of thorns -- are a perennial Southern symbol of Easter. The legend of the dogwood tells that the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from a dogwood tree. God decreed that the dogwood tree would never again grow large enough to be used to make a cross. Despite chilly weather last week, a few dogwood trees in Rockdale and Newton counties were coming into bloom in time for Easter. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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