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In light of Gov. Brian Kemp closing all schools for the remainder of the academic year to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and his C.H.A.M.P.S. Division will continue to provide school-aged children with the tools they need to face any situation that may come their way.

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CONYERS — The Conyers Police Department is looking for the driver of a car that struck a bicyclist in Olde Town on March 15.

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MCDONOUGH — Following social distancing guidelines put in place due to COVID-19 doesn’t mean you have to stop being active, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist Ali Berg.

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A North Carolina man was killed Monday evening when he apparently drove an ATV into a parked vehicle on Jefferson Village Drive.

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A strong storm with straight-line winds blew through Rockdale County shortly after noon Tuesday, bringing down a few trees, damaging signs and downing some power lines.

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It is not cognitive dissonance -- the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously -- to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearing $24 trillion and counting) will do to the country.

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In recent days we’ve witnessed various responses to the current crisis we’re facing – some we might frown upon and others we might applaud.

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More often than not, the "Shooters" didn’t carry weapons since their shooting equipment was heavy and cumbersome. If they did arm themselves, a holstered .45 caliber automatic was their weapon of choice. Yet, everyone understood if a Shooter ever needed to use his weapon it was most likely too late to save the day.

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The book of Habakkuk is one of the shorter books in the Old Testament, having only three chapters. In the middle of the book is a promise many of us memorized in VBS years ago. It reads, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).

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SOCIAL CIRCLE – Out of safety concerns regarding the coronavirus, Georgia’s 15th annual Youth Birding Competition has been postponed from April 24-25 to Aug. 29-30.

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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 Pardon and Parole.

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He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life.

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COVINGTON — A South Carolina man is in jail facing numerous assault and traffic charges after allegedly shooting a man in another vehicle and then fleeing from deputies. He was arrested after a high-speed chase ended in Porterdale.

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JONESBORO—If you feel like the COVID-19 emergency is messing with your mind, you’re not the only one. Nicole Albert, a licensed psychotherapist with Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta, says that feelings of shock, worry or stress right now are perfectly normal. The News asked Albert to explain some behaviors affecting many people during this crisis and to suggest some coping strategies.

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Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.

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