News for Saturday, December 1, 2007


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Glitch affects stormwater bills for Nov.

COVINGTON - About 1,000 Covington property owners received erroneous stormwater bills in November.

Cotton to run for sheriff Covington chief of police announces '08 campaign

COVINGTON - Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton announced Friday morning on the steps of the historic Newton County Courthouse that he will run for sheriff of Newton County in the 2008 general election.

Newton Board of Education to discuss issues with legislators

CONYERS - The Newton County Board of Education will present its legislative priorities to members of the legislative delegation at its December board meeting.

Doug Holt - 2008 Legislative Preview Certificate of Need, transportation, water at top of to-do list

"Please fasten you seat belts, as the pilot expects mild turbulence." We all know that means we're in for a bumpy ride! The same warning applies to the 2008 legislative session. Since there's little doubt what the "hot button" issues will be, I'll give you a brief summary.

Newton Citizen Poll 12-01-07

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line ...

Barksdale holds walk-a-thon

Earlier this month, Barksdale Elementary School students participated in the first annual walk-a-thon sponsored by the PTA. Students, family members and staff members walked more than 1,100 laps around the track. In addition to walking, students enjoyed refreshments and a guest deejay. Students earned T-shirts and certificates. Those who walked the most laps and collected the most donations were recognized. The money raised will be used to purchase playground equipment and other instructional resources for the school, as well as provide funds for other PTA events.

Happy 100th Birthday

Family and friends will be celebrating Ruby Franklin's 100th birthday today, Nov. 30, 2007. A party will be given by her children: Molly and Stewart Roberts, Norman and Katrina Franklin and Carol and Neal Harrelson, at the Rockdale Healthcare Center in Conyers.

Horn: Falcons still have chance at playoffs this year Falcons notebook

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joe Horn insists that the Atlanta Falcons have far more at stake than building momentum for 2008.

Local Scout executive talks with college students

Karmen N. Thornton visited New Orleans to meet with college students on Nov. 22. Thornton, a professional Scouter with the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, spoke to students at Loyola University in New Orleans about careers with nonprofit organizations. Thornton, a senior district executive with the Sweetwater District, met with the Introduction to Mass Communication class. She talked about job opportunities within the nonprofit arena, particularly with Boy Scouts of America.

UConn coach in the mix Huskies' Randy Edsall reportedly interviews with Jackets

ATLANTA - Randy Edsall has led Connecticut to a 9-3 record this season and a berth in the Dec. 29 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 12-01-07

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line ...

Woman beaten severely with broken cup

COVINGTON - A Stone Mountain woman is recovering from injuries she sustained to her head and face after a female acquaintance reportedly attacked her with a broken cup.

Darrell Huckaby - CNN botches YouTube Republican Debate

Once upon a time if you wanted to be heard in print you could become a writer or write a letter to the editor - less than 150 words, please, and keep your tone civil. Oh, yes. Be sure to include your name and address.

Lorraine students go West

Earlier this month, Lorraine Elementary School fourth-graders presented a play in which they headed out West on a vintage wagon. Students who dressed as cowpokes, miners, farmers, trappers and adventurers of all kinds sang and danced their way to the West to chase the American Dream. Pictured here are, top row, Sarah Brown, Melissa Simpson, Na'imah Bryant, Jamar Belcher, Adam North, Asa Walden, Moleshia Little, Lindie Spray, Cole Gillespie; bottom row, Mariah Hicks, Ania Kiett, Jaylen Baker, Chad Beck, Cohen McElligott and Ryan Gaylor.

DHR's heating assistance for elderly, homebound and low-income Families, began November 1

With winter approaching the Department of Human Resources (DHR) will again provide heating assistance for low income Georgians through LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The $20 million federally funded energy assistance program will help low-income families, the elderly and the disabled with heating bills.

Hawks amass 20 turnovers in 92-86 loss

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Hornets like playing on the road this season. They like playing the Atlanta Hawks anywhere.

Report Card Briefs 12-1-07

SHS presents play

New Arrival 12-1-07

ANDREW WILLIAM YORK was born Oct. 16, 2007, at Newton General Hospital, weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz. His parents are DAVID and MELINDA YORK of Covington. Andrew has a 7-year-old brother, Alex York. His grandparents are Nancy Harp of Rutledge, Seclema James of Conyers and Barry York of Conyers. His great-grandparents are Walter and Yvonne Shores of Douglasville.

Letter - We must save our at-risk youth

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Miles, LSU try to focus on football

ATLANTA - Les Miles tried once, twice, three times to deflect talk about Michigan. The more he dodged, the more he was quizzed.

Newton Citizen Poll 12-1-07

"Would someone please tell me why Covington does not have a movie theater? If we want to see a movie we have to drive to Conyers or elsewhere. This is pouring money into another community and not our own. I think the old Wal-Mart building would be a great place for a movie theater."

C.J. Hicks Elementary School Fabulous Falcons

C.J. Hicks Elementary School has announced its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month for November. The following students were selected: Amen Klougan, Lizette Ibarra, Monserrat Vazquez, Cameron Jones, Parth Patel, Sheena Larry, Milana Holmes, Angie Carmona, Prinsten Woodard, Zalyn Baker, Brianna Gonzales, Saul Morales, Jermaine Smith, Daren Erazo, Cesar Bautista, Michael Gordon, Javier Coleman, Issah Traylor, Joi Nobles, Bre'one Adkins, Jorden Jenkins, Jennifer Ponce, Antonio Najera, Kynesha Jones, Rickayla Mitchell, Mona Wallace, Taj James, Jazmeen Dure, Jelon Harris Tookes, Barisien Mtuawni, Zaib Momin and Aurainis Fallin.

Eagles enjoy first winning season since 2001

COVINGTON - The Eastside Eagles didn't achieve all their goals in 2007, but they are a far cry from the Eastside teams from a few years ago.

J.H. House names Students of the Month

J. H. House Elementary School named the following students as Students of the Month for the month of November: Jose Alvarado, Crystal Alvarez, Abbigail Bohanan, Brennan Byars, Cecilia Carlos, Jose Castillo, Brenda Cazares, Arely Cervantes, David Chavolla, Liliana Cruz, Holly Ergle, Juana Garcia, Diana Garibay, Andrea Gomez, Brandon Gonzalez, Dejanique Knighten, Jessica Lopez, Ramon Lopez, Niara McDonald, Ashailyn McGill, Laura Mendez, Banesa Ortiz, Natali Pimentel, Emmanuel Pointdujour, Alejandra Rodriguez, Mayra Sepulveda, Thalia Trujillo, Deion Turner, Maribel Vargas, Cielo Vasquez, Carlos Vazquez, Edgar Vazquez, Timothy West and Fabian Zendejas.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bechtel of Mt. Vernon, Ill., announce the marriage of their daughter, Emily Joyce Bechtel, to David Mitchell Henderson, son of Steve and Cathy Brown of Monticello, and the late David Richard Henderson.


Marty and Michelle Moon of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Moon, to Travis Hambrick, son of Debbie Cook of Social Circle and Chuck Hambrick of Conyers.

Covington radio station widens range

COVINGTON - Covington's locally licensed radio station, WGFS 1430 AM, will be expanding its footprint in the metro Atlanta area.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 12-1-07

This week's citizens' poll was an open line ...


Summer Leigh Bradley and Jason Daniel Little were married in an early evening wedding on Nov. 17, 2007, at Christ Church, Frederica on St. Simons Island.

Events 12-1-07


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