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You almost always know a bridge builder when you meet them. They bring people together, share aspirations and inspire others. DeKalb County government's CEO, Michael Thurmond, is a bridge builder.

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We were making tacos for dinner one day when I opened the package of shells to place them in the oven to be warmed up. Normally I have to carefully situate those hardened tortillas in two slightly overlapping rows in order to get them to fit in this particular pan. However, on this occasion I quickly noticed that those taco shells slid into place with room to spare. There was no doubt about it – they were smaller than they used to be. 

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Kittanning, Penn., is about an hour north and east of Pittsburgh, situated along the Allegheny River. Here as elsewhere throughout the state, we experienced a beautiful countryside with rolling hills covered in trees, that my son Sam said reminded him of a Van Gogh painting.

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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 from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21, 2022:

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A rezoning request that would have allowed development of more than 100 single-family build-to-rent homes off McGuirts Bridge Road was denied by the Covington City Council Sept. 19. 

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Joan DeMarest Collins and Armand Collins celebrated 71 years of marriage on Sept. 15. They were married Sept. 15, 1951, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterbury, Conn. They have four children: Elizabeth, Robin, David, and Mary Lou. They have eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. …

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LeAnne Long, with RE/MAX Around Atlanta East, has been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents who have completed at least seven years of service with the company.

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CONYERS — Carol and Donald Vaughn will soon have a new address to call home. Following a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony planned for Thursday, the Conyers couple will be handed the keys to the newest home constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Conyers/Rockdale Inc.

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Supreme Court justices return to work next month following a tumultuous last session in which the majority issued some controversial rulings, most notably the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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The annual arrival of pumpkin-spice flavors and cooler temperatures has many people eager for fall getaways. To help leaf peepers plan their autumn escapes, Georgia State Parks has launched “Leaf Watch 2022” to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State. Found at GaStateParks.org/Le…

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CONYERS — The Political & Civic Action Committee of the Conyers-Covington Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. invites the citizens of Rockdale, Newton and surrounding counties to its Kappa Koffeehouse Town Hall meeting, Political Forum Night, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at …

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COVINGTON — The cost of Newton County’s property, casualty and liability insurance coverage has doubled over last year due to several large claims, including the settlement of two discrimination lawsuits against the Board of Commissioners. Total insurance costs have gone from $986,000 last y…

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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 Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, 2022.

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that remains found inside a vehicle off Interstate 20 Sept. 12 are those of a missing Covington woman.

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CONYERS — The arrogressive 5K Trail Run/Walk, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, will be virtual only. This means you can run/walk in your own comfort zone at a time that is convenient for you on Oct. 1st or 2nd.

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There are thousands of different kinds of orchids. In fact, botanists generally consider this to be the largest plant family, with upwards of 30,000 different species. This really is a bewildering number of organisms and suggests that there are plenty of evolutionary pathways being “tried ou…

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The New Depot Players will open their fall show on Thursday, Sept. 22. Dedicated to women everywhere, “The Wild Women of Winedale” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is a sassy romp through the lives of three exuberant and hilarious women who are facing various crossroads in their lives.

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A group of Conyers youngsters was treated to a Bike Rodeo at Big Haynes Creek Nature Center Saturday. The event included a bike safety check performed by Sgt. Peggy Franklin, who talked to participants about the importance of wearing a bike helmet and showed the kids how to check tires for p…

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COVINGTON — An inmate at the Newton County Detention Center was found dead in his cell Friday afternoon.

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The next time your loved ones crave a comforting dish that’s warming from the inside-out, turn to an all-time classic with a touch of southern flair.

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II, preceded by husband Prince Philip last year, is generating worldwide condolences. They personified continuity of important institutions, and relationships, in a turbulent time. Most personally, they were married for 70 years.

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The 104th Psalm was used by the Hebrew people to praise God for the abundance of His creation. The Psalm praises God for the earth’s surface of hills and valleys (v.8). 

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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth and the coronation of King Charles III, there has been much attention directed toward royalty, monarchs, and kingdoms over the past week. These subjects drew my attention to something Daniel saw in one of his prophetic visions. He saw a throne on which one sat who is described as the Ancient of Days. It was a picture of the eternal God.

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This past weekend we had a memorial service for Bob Lange, a member who had died 18 months ago. We waited this long because Bob had been such an important part of the music and worship life. We wanted to wait when choirs could be fully gathered, and his life fully celebrated.

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Newton County has suspended any remaining federal COVID-19 aid that was to be disbursed through the Covington Salvation Army Service Center following an announcement Thursday that the organization had found evidence of fraud in its application and disbursement process.

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Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Conyers welcomed the Rev. Dr. Lahronda Welch Little to the church on July 10 as pastor. 

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From cabins to campsites and “glamping” yurts, Georgia’s State Parks offer a variety of accommodations where leaf peepers can stay in the heart of autumn scenery. Officials advise visitors to make reservations as soon as possible, even for the fall of 2023, since it is common for cabins to b…

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Americans are not the only ones suffering from high fuel and food prices, along with rapidly increasing costs for housing and rising mortgage rates.

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COVINGTON — The distribution of Newton County’s American Rescue Plan Act funding by the Salvation Army is under investigation by local law enforcement agencies after the Salvation Army notified the county it had found evidence of fraud.

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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 from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2022:

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Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Harvesting when they are fully ripe ensures the best flavor for eating fresh, cooking, and preserving.

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Our family, particularly on my father's side is of Scotch/Irish/Welch descent. I have long considered myself a bit of an Anglophile.

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