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It's often a challenge on cold, dreary days to pull yourself out from under the warm covers. Even though you know the importance of a satisfying breakfast before heading to work or dropping the kids off at school, that cool chill may keep you hitting snooze.

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The other day, I ran into someone who was too discouraged to give thanks for much of anything. He’s convinced the world is going to end and the USA — led by what the politicians running California are doing to ruin this once great state — is going to hell in a handbasket.

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The Conyers City Council approved changes to the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and zoning ordinance to allow construction of a self-storage development at 2101 East View Pkwy.

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Newton County has signed off on an updated revenue sharing agreement that will provide Social Circle with a portion of the revenue generated by Stanton Springs North, where it has been speculated that electric vehicle maker Rivian may develop a massive assembly plant.

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Southern Belle Farm in McDonough and Miller Veterinary Services in Conyers are included in the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2022 Bulldog 100, a list of the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. UGA received 367 nominations for the 2022 list.

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What can I say? It’s that time of the year again! Thanksgiving! A time we gather around the table with family to share a meal, to share love, to share hugs and sometime even tears. To share all that we can give of ourselves to the people we love.

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When my sons were teenagers, my wife worked an early morning shift for a period of time, so I was responsible for getting them ready for school. This included breakfast duty, so I prepared a nutritious daily feast of Graham crackers, covered with peanut butter and chocolate chips. (That’s me, Mr. Health Food.)

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Once upon a time, you had piles of comic books. Well-loved, well-thumbed-through, you even read the ads on the back, didn't you? Yeah, and with plenty of nostalgia and cultural touchpoints, "American Comics" will remind you of those rainy Saturdays spent fighting pixelated crime in POWs, BAMs, and WHAMs.

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Recently several of us in our congregation met out in the church yard to cut down and remove a half-dead tree that had become something of an eye-sore in the landscape. In spite of chainsaws malfunctioning at times, we finally managed to accomplish our goal. However, a day or two later I noticed an itchy rash on my arm.

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It is amazing how we craft words to suit our own desires. Probably the most notable example of this practice is a modern Humpty Dumpty who skirted not only responsibility but ultimately prosecution by arguing successfully, “That depends on what your definition of “is” is.”

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 A winter wonderland is taking shape at World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta. Through Jan. 7, visitors to the Atlanta attraction can experience thousands of twinkling lights, larger-than-life decorations and festive photo ops throughout the facility.

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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.16-22, 2021:

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Big Haynes Nature Center (BHCNC), a community wetlands and recreational site at the Georgia International Horse Park, has partnered with the Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Prescribed Fire Council to complete its first controlled burn designed to have long-lasting ecological benefits for the conservation site.

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While a disbelieving nation is focused on the endless border crisis, more immigration sleight of hand is ongoing in Washington. Cloaked in Congress-speak, the troubling details of the Build Back Better Act are being hidden from a bad-news weary public.

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The Conyers City Council has denied a special use permit request to operate a personal care home in the Woodbridge subdivision, while acknowledging it was a difficult decision.

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Despite legal advice that a vote to hire an interim county manager would not be allowed under Newton County’s charter, two commissioners voted Tuesday night to hire a former county employee who left amid controversy more than a year ago.

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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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Before the right to keep and bear arms is stated in the Second Amendment, the Founders wrote why they believed it necessary for people to arm themselves as part of a "militia." They said it is a "necessity to the security of a free state." The Founders knew that liberty is not the natural state of humanity and must be defended against government authorities and lawbreakers who try to limit or abolish it.

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I have never purposefully littered. I pick up trash frequently along sidewalks, roads and trails. We’ve switched out all light bulbs at homes for LEDs, conserve water and energy whenever practically possible, and generally try to live a life of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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Wide, sun-dappled, leafy trails are wending their way from one side of the county to another and through the heart of Covington. Walkers, runners and bicyclists make their way at their own pace, most of whom know nothing of the battles and struggles it took to make trails in this community a…

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CONYERS – The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners is hosting the second Vaccine Gift Card Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rockdale County Health Department, 985 Taylor St. SW, Conyers. This event is to encourage Rockdale County residents to be vaccinated and prot…

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Remember those "shovel-ready jobs" promised by the Obama-Biden administration in 2011? When many failed to appear after passage of this spending boondoggle, President Obama joked, "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected."

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Speculation is growing on the potential for Rivian Automotive to build a facility east of Covington in the vicinity of the Newton, Walton and Morgan county lines.

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Part of our family recently had to deal with the eye infection known as “pink eye.” One of our grandchildren initially contracted the condition. Within a week, it had been passed along to his sibling and eventually to both parents. This infection is described as being very contagious. It certainly lived up to that reputation as it spread rapidly throughout the family.

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ATHENS -- The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia have announced the 2021 Classic City Award winners from the hundreds of varieties tested over the long, hot summer.

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TIFTON — Sixteen students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been selected to participate in one of the most prestigious organizations on campus, the ABAC Ambassadors.

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There are few things better than festive holiday celebrations. Everyone is gathered around the table, ready to eat and enjoy the company. The atmosphere is joyful, the decorations are beautiful and the food is absolute perfection.

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After two weeks of negotiations, leaders from around the globe gathered in Glasgow for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change announced an agreement. Critics immediately pounced, complaining the accord amounts to diplomatic good intentions, not guaranteed action.

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One of the Biblical descriptions of a thanksgiving celebration is made by the prophet Jeremiah. He predicted the return of the Hebrew people from Babylonian captivity in these terms: “And they shall come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they shall be radiant over the bounty of th…

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I do not think that I had ever noticed the end of Hebrews 10 before. I love Hebrews 11. It recounts story after story from Scripture about examples of faith, each one illustrating the theme that the chapter begins with: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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SOCIAL CIRCLE – Georgia waterfowl hunters can now head to their favorite wetland locations with duck season now open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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Spiritually, many people are like those ill-fated victims of the Titanic tragedy. They have heard the good news of Jesus, his death and resurrection as an atonement for our sins, but they decide to trust other things instead.

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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.9-15, 2021:

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Covington and Newton County gave a warm welcome to the holiday season Thursday with the annual lighting of the Historic Square. Holiday music filled the air, courtesy of the Oxford Singing Children and the Oxford Youth Singers. The finale of the evening came when Santa arrived and pulled the…

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