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As we approach what some are calling the “dark winter” of this pandemic, I can only hope it is our one and only such winter. Like so many others, I’m hopeful that the Pfizer vaccine, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or whatever vaccine may follow, is indeed the magic bullet.{div}I can’t help but think of the time already lost. So much stolen time, some of which we will never recapture. Those of us who have already taken dozens of journeys around the sun don’t have that many left. How many more soccer games, piano recitals and visits with old friends can we afford to miss?

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The holiday season has arrived, and the most wonderful time of the year is quickly becoming a concerning time of year for many of us. COVID-19 is still present in our community, and we have to remain vigilant to keep the virus at bay. By following the recommended guidance, we can still safely celebrate the holidays with our families.

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In Georgia this week, state and local election officials will be conducting a second recount of nearly 5,000,000 ballots, this time by machine scan, as is allowed by law, and as requested by the President's legal team. Georgia's election results were certified last week by the secretary of state and governor, designating Georgia's 16 Electoral College delegate votes for Vice President Joe Biden, with an in-state margin of victory of 12,700 votes. Most every path to any potential shift in Election Day outcomes continues to close for the President, his re-election campaign and legal team.

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Manufacturers that use the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide, include BD Bard in Covington, could face additional restrictions in Georgia under legislation pre-filed in the state House of Representatives.

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ATLANTA — While the coronavirus may have changed many of our holiday gatherings, the need to protect ourselves from cooking fires continues. The Georgia Red Cross urges people across the state to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season this year by utilizing five tips to prevent cooking fires, which is the leading cause of home fires across the U.S.

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ATLANTA — As a travel nurse, Denise Robinson of Atlanta takes assignments on a temporary basis in hospitals in Georgia and elsewhere.

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Everywhere one looks there are warning signs, from labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking causes cancer, to ridiculous labels on thermometers that read, "Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.

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Where are we in America today? After 20 years of divisive politics we now are (to no one’s surprise) in the midst of the most divisive election this country has known, in my lifetime at leas

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SOCIAL CIRCLE – With waterfowl hunting season opening Saturday, duck hunters are settling into their favorite wetland location, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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ATLANTA – The most wonderful time of the year has begun at World of Coca-Cola. Now through Jan. 1, the attraction is showcasing its holiday best and welcoming guests into a true winter wonderland. The twinkling lights, larger-than-life decorations and seasonal beverages are all back as part of World of Coca-Cola’s annual celebration.

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A bipartisan group of Rockdale residents is working to revise the county’s 1% Homestead Option Sales Tax legislation in order to provide greater tax relief to county homeowners.

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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 Nov. 10-16, 2020:

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Year-end standardized tests for Georgia public schools are poised to count for zero this school year after state education officials moved Thursday to lower the weight those scores have on students’ final grades from 20% to 0.01%.

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s unemployment rate for October decreased by 1.8 percentage points to reach 4.5%. Prior to the pandemic, Georgia’s unemployment rate was at an all-time low of 3.1%. Georgia has seen an 8.1% drop in unemployment since A…

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While this year has been challenging for cities to host their regularly scheduled holiday events, with a little bit of creativity and adaptation, the spirit of Christmas is very much present in Porterdale as the city prepares to carry on two of its annual holiday events.

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In a year when very little is the way it once ways, where traditions, customs and rituals have had to be rearranged or discarded, we may be wondering just how festive our holiday season will be with a global pandemic continuing to hold sway.

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Newton County has approved two intergovernmental agreements for two small paving jobs on the eastern side of the county.

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“Then too the bitterness that would be engendered by such a maneuver on my part would, in my opinion, have done incalculable and lasting damage throughout the country,” from his memoir book, “Six Crises,” by President Richard M. Nixon, on why he did not contest or demand recounts in the stat…

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If I am deficient in my knowledge about chemistry, or a medical issue, or what kind of car to buy, I consult people who know more than I do on these subjects.

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Christ is love; Christ is forgiving; Christ is patience; Christ is kind; Christ is empathy; Christ is unity; Christ is peace; Christ is joy; Christ is happiness; Christ is compassion; Christ is inclusive; Christ is justice. Jesus in his time on earth exhibited all of these characteristics.

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In every neighborhood bar, there's a guy like Chick Donohue warming a stool and telling stories. Stories like, f'rinstance, the time in '67 when Donohue was at his "favorite bar in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan," and the bartender, the "Colonel" (who wasn't a colonel, but that's another story) said he was tired of the disrespect that soldiers got when they came home from Vietnam. The Colonel said those boys – his neighborhood boys – deserved to know that folks at home were supporting them. Somebody, he said, needed to take those boys a beer and give them a hug from home.

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Psalm 46:10a reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; . . .” Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surrounds me every day? Overhead we hear the rumble of passing aircraft. Add to that the trucks shifting gears to climb the surrounding hills, sirens from emergen…

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