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My favorite passage in all of Scripture – the one I want to make certain is read at my funeral – is Romans 8:31-39. It is the height of Paul’s language, enthusiastically proclaiming that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Paul’s words are so powerful and so inspiring that I would encourage you to read and pray the words daily. Perhaps you can even memorize these verses. Make these words a part of your life.

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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 July 28-Aug. 3, 2020:

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The stories are iconic and now so is the FBI man who was there doing his duty and witnessing what would become so much of America's history. As the oldest investigator in the nation, Jack Simpson of Rockdale County passed away this week at the age of 96, still working after more than half a century in law enforcement.

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Newton County’s inability to get its high legal fees under control has prompted Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes to issue a call for the county to move quickly toward creating a legal department and hiring an in-house attorney.

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Manufacturers that use the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide face new restrictions in Georgia under legislation Gov. Brian Kemp has signed into law.

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Congratulations Tennessee, you’re getting national attention. Out of all the states holding elections this year, you are holding “The Nastiest Primary in the Country,” according to Politico.

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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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 Newton County Fire Service Station 4 will be located on Big Woods Road in the eastern portion of the county after the Board of Commissioners voted July 21 to purchase 5 acres of land for the station.

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More than 190 dogs, the majority of them Chihuahuas, were rescued from a Butts County home on Friday, July 31. Butts County Animal Control and volunteers from Butts Mutts went to the home, where the owners surrendered the dogs and helped catch and calm the dogs down.

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COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have their hands full with four shootings in the last eight days. The first was a drive-by shooting that occurred on July 25, and the other three all happened on Aug. 1. In one of those incidents, one man was seriously wounded.

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COVINGTON — With COVID-19 numbers greatly increasing in Newton County and no signs of a slow down any time soon, the Covington City Council unanimously voted Aug. 3 to cancel the city’s annual Stars and Stripes Fest for this year and reschedule it for July 4, 2021, with promises of an even b…

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Voters in the Fieldstone Precinct in Rockdale County will vote in another location on Aug. 11 due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at Chief Cornerstone Community Church, which serves as the voting location for the Fieldstone Precinct.

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Somewhere sitting within 6-by-8 feet doing hard time is someone who probably wishes Sammy Ozburn had followed his first dream and become a dentist.

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that Georgia-based The Home Depot will build a total of three new warehousing facilities in DeKalb, Fulton and Henry counties. This expansion project will deliver approximately 1,000 jobs to greater metro Atlanta.

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Traditionally, funerals are supposed to serve at least three purposes: honor the life of the deceased, comfort those who mourn his passing and preach a message about eternity and the brevity of life.

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ATHENS — First-day jitters are common, but students returning to in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic will face all sorts of unknowns that could lead to heightened anxiety.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Thursday with defrauding at least 100 investors in a now-bankrupt energy development company.

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We’re not the first believers to experience unfriendly conditions. Many have had to deal with far worse than what we’re facing at the moment. Those first disciples encountered opposition, imprisonment, persecution, and even death as they fulfilled their purpose and ministry. 

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In my most recent articles I have been writing on what in theology is known as the Substitutionary atonement; namely, that Jesus the Christ came as a willing and sufficient sacrifice for our sin.

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EATONTON — Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, families and young people struggled to find time in their busy schedules to be outside. Coined in 2005 by Richard Louv, nature-deficit disorder is a nonmedical term used to describe the disconnect more and more humans are experiencing with nature. Hunter-gatherer and agrarian societies were directly tied to the land. With the industrial age and advancements in technology over the last two centuries, humans are spending less time outside and more time on electronic devices.

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Politicians and various social justice groups have long used labels that have nothing to do with the real intent of legislation, or an organization, to dupe the public. But, to paraphrase Shakespeare, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Numerous “civil rights” bills have been passed by…

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In Matthew 13:44 (KJV) Jesus illustrated the excitement of discovery of God’s love and grace. He said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” (KJV)

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Recently I tuned in to part of the last round of a PGA tournament on TV. As I observed the golfers that day, something odd struck me. It seemed like no one on the course was actually enjoying what he was doing.

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Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott has granted an extension for petitioners to submit briefs in support of or opposition to removing the Confederate monument from the Covington Square.

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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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Newton County will receive $4.8 million in funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress in March.

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Newton County voters will see a referendum for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales tax earmarked for transportation projects on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot.

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The Conyers Police Department is asking motorists to keep an eye out for a pickup truck stolen from a local auto sales business.

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ATLANTA — A German auto parts manufacturer is bringing its first manufacturing plant in the Southeast to Northwest Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced late last week.

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