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As I'm writing you now, books are being written about the magical political calculus which "turned the Red State of Georgia ... Blue."

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Publix Super Markets will open a new store Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 a.m. in the Shoppes at Ola Crossroads Center in McDonough at 3479 Ga. Highway 81 east. 

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Recently I heard someone refer to the movie "The Poseidon Adventure," not the remake but the original film that I remember going to the theater to watch in my early teens.

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An 11-year-old boy who went missing at about 7:30 Friday night was found safe about four hours later following an extensive search by area public safety personnel.

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Ossabaw Island Foundation offer sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West, who died on Jan. 17 at the age of 108. Both the Georgia DNR and the Ossabaw Island Foundation have worked closely with West over the past several decades.

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This was not supposed to happen. At this point, we should not have to worry about the future of our nation. We have had more than 240 years to work out the kinks of this beautiful experiment. Where have we failed?

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The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Conyers Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, and Georgia Pardon and Parole for the period of Jan. 12-18, 2021:

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These muffins are so delicious your kids may not even realize they are eating vegetables. Read the recipe carefully before beginning. Some of the vegetables go IN the batter; some will be added as toppings just before baking.

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Georgia officials overseeing the state’s COVID-19 vaccine program are awaiting word from the new Biden administration on whether more doses will head their way amid an early shortage.

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The Newton County Board of Education unanimously elected new officers at its Jan. 19 meeting, naming Abigail Coggin as chair and Trey Bailey as vice chair. The new officers will serve through the school board's 2022 meetings.

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Newton County’s new coroner presented a litany of complaints to the Board of Commissioners at the board’s Jan. 19 meeting, claiming that the county has not provided the supplies, equipment and funding she needs to do her job.

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COVINGTON — The list of projects requested by three members of Newton County’s Public Facilities Authority covers a wide range with a total price tag that is largely conjecture.

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The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardons and Parole.

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Nurse Leah Leslie picks up COVID-19 doses to administer to patients. The Piedmont Healthcare clinic expected to give 287 doses on Wednesday.

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Kelly Blankenship readies the COVID-19 vaccine by first diluting it, then drawing doses into a hypodermic needle.

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COVINGTON – City of Covington Assistant City Manager Freddy Morgan recently announced the promotion of Joel Smith to the position of electric director. Smith will assume full management responsibility for the electric function. He will exercise supervisory, administrative and professional wo…

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For the past few years, I’ve had the luxury of starting the new year with a happy pronouncement about how great things are. Obviously, I won’t be doing that this year.

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ATLANTA – Members of the Rockdale County House Legislative Delegation recently met on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to elect new officers to lead the legislative delegation during the 2021-2022 legislative term. State Rep. Rhonda Taylor, D-Conyers, was elected to serve as chair of the Rockdale County Hou…

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Pete Mecca, author of A Veterans Story, is taking a leave of absence from his column for a while. Pete plans to resume his columns in the near future. In the meantime, here are some of his previous columns you may have missed.

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SOCIAL CIRCLE — For kids who enjoy nature as well as creating artwork, Georgia’s 16th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest.

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Voices from the Newton County community, interspersed with prayers and excerpts from the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., expressed the theme of the 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance — “The Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community.”

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On my first trips to Latin America nearing 15 years ago, I always made a point of visiting capital cities and whenever possible, their seat of government and occasionally the residence of their president or prime minister.

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ATLANTA -- Georgia recorded its third straight day of high numbers of COVID deaths, with the 142 reported last week bringing the state’s three-day total to 424.

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Piedmont’s Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Division has opened a comprehensive COVID-19 Recovery Clinic to help patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection, but continue to experience lingering symptoms.

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CONYERS — Rockdale County has issued a 48-hour boil water advisory for areas of south Rockdale County, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The affected customers are in any area south of Ga. Highway 212. Specifically, the area affected is from Ga. Highway 138 at the South River Bridge and north o…

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The highest form of worship is the expression of gratitude for God’s creativity, for His love, and His grace that redeems us from sin. Not only did Jesus teach us to love God completely but He commanded us “to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).

The wildflower for today depicts an important truth, that is, righteousness is both vertical (to God) and horizontal (to our neighbor).

I first saw this wildflower along Interstate 16 from Macon to Savannah many years ago. Later I saw it along roadsides in our area. When rainfall is normal it blooms abundantly but because of the draughts of the past decade it is not as common as it once was.

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