News for Friday, December 14, 2007

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Rainbow Center hosts Christmas in Porterdale

PORTERDALE - Rainbow Community Center is hoping to make the holidays a little happier for residents of Porterdale again this year.

Coalition gets new member Chamber joins group

COVINGTON - The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has joined the Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta, a nonpartisan, nonprofit consortium of 16 chambers of commerce representing 13 counties and more than 16,000 businesses.

Joyful giving

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn Smith

Burglar filches children's Christmas gifts

COVINGTON - The Grinch seems to have stolen Christmas for several local children this year.

Covington to reduce cost of postage with new software

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is investing in new software that will reduce the cost of mailing bills, resulting in a savings of up to $12,000 per year.

Rockdale Police Blotter 12-14-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Dec. 3 and Monday.

Board of Education to consider new names

COVINGTON - Like Santa Claus, the Newton County Board of Education has its own list to deal with this holiday season.

8-AAAA All-Area softball team includes 15 local players

CONYERS - Several local softball players have been named to the 8-AAAA All-Area softball team.

Vick wrote to judge from jail pleading for leniency

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick declared 'I am not the bad person or beast I've been made out to be' and asked for leniency in a letter to the federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy.

Lorraine Elementary names SOM

Lorraine Elementary School has named its November Pick of the Pride students. Winners include: (kindergarten) Alex Goldman, Faith Frederick, A.J. Tafesse, Odessa Sennett, Mackenzie Bosworth, Micah Hope; (first grade) Lauren Alford, Jarvis Martin, Kallie Casey, Madison Damone, Charlie Minnix, Jayden Jenkins; (second grade) Devin Gladden, Mark Wiggins, Chandler Coleman, Michael Lennen, Tierra Wise, Jeebe Diop; (third grade) Haley Thellman, Noah McDonald, Tristin Campilango, Brittany Roberts, Jewel Wan, Wes Dawson; (fourth grade) Dominique Anderson, Montana Terral, Tristen Foster, Lindie Spray, Matt Studdard; (fifth grade) Brandon Bates, Levi Lund, Ashley Russell, Elizabeth Hwang, Janice Wright, Jack Reach; (special education) Jose Alvarado.

Events 12-14-07

Friday

Remembering the Ancestors Brown shares Cherokee legends

Conyers resident Carol Brown is a retired Rockdale County educator. She taught eighth grade math and Georgia history at Conyers Middle School for most of her 34-year tenure. Her husband Robert Brown was a coach and taught health and physical education at Conyers Middle School just as long. In fact, if you put together the years of service by Carol and Robert, it would be more than half a century.

Scholarship applications now available

From staff reports

Rockdale Blotter 12-14-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Dec. 3 and Monday:

Newton Police Blotter 12-14-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department.

Middle school visits assisted living home

Seventh grade students at General Ray Davis Middle School visited the Magnolias Assisted Living Home earlier this semester. Team 7-Gamma provided goody bags, homemade cookies, toiletries and warm holiday wishes to residents of the facility. Pictured here (left to right) are Frank Wright, teacher Caroline Snell, Morgan Hamer, Ruth Jones, Miki Shinmura, Anna Barnes and Kristen George.

'Cheating of the worst sort' MLB doping investigation reveals long list of big-name suspects

NEW YORK - Roger Clemens turned out to be Exhibit A in the long-awaited Mitchell Report, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark - if not an asterisk - next to some of baseball's biggest moments.

Barksdale Elementary names Super Buccaneers

At the Dec. 4 PTA meeting, Barksdale Elementary School recognized its second quarter Super Buccaneers. Students earning this award have shown positive character and citizenship during their daily activities at school. Students pictured left to right are: (front row) Ashlyn Thompson, Randall Tinsley, Chelsey Tinsley, Sarah Burkey, Lexie Ledbetter, Robbie Vaughan, Connor Huff, Kennedy McNarry, Brandon DeJesus, Rain Sparks, Kate Meade, Clay Kidd; (second row) Christina Shvets, Joshua Farrell, Trevor Nelson, Nathaniel Buck, Jose Garibay, Lizbeth Aguirre, Madeline Burkey, Laney Norton, Kyra Chinnery, Nghia Nguyen, Shanya Morrow, Dalton Dimsdale, Damion Chaffin, Destiny Goodman, Raynor Morant, Tiana Momon; (third row) Samantha Nichols, Morgan Harper, Nicholas Wilson, Justice Root, Marzelle Patterson, Madelyn Le, Carissa Myers, Ivy Gonzalez, Hannah Fox, Jacob Allen, DJ Lesesne, Chantel Porch; (fourth row) Brett Blalcok, Audrey Hicks, Tiffani Strawter, Abigail Tryon, Ashley Huck, Cory Mitchell, Carly Hill, Sydney Norton, Emmanuel Oniha, Noell Stanton, Nhon Nguyen, Drew Slone, Isabella Castronova, Alexis Vinson, Talia Momon and Dakota Spivey.

A giving season

As a college student, Ashley Young-Roesler took a job as a shelter advocate for a domestic violence program. The decision changed her life.

Superintendent's Holiday Message

At this point in the school year, students and teachers have completed the first round of benchmark assessments and eagerly anticipate the holiday season. These assessments are aligned with what students are expected to know and adequately perform at this stage of the grading period. Results from the benchmarks are being analyzed to develop intervention plans for students who are struggling, and to provide enrichment for students who are high achievers. The results also give school officials an early, proactive look at where individual schools and the school district as a whole are performing.

Newton Blotter 12-14-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department.

Redman is lone supporter for departed Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Quarterback Chris Redman might be the only Atlanta Falcons player who supports Bobby Petrino.

Mitchell Report names 11 ex-Braves, including Justice

ATLANTA - Eleven former Atlanta Braves were named on the Mitchell Report list of Major League Baseball players connected to steroids, including former All-Star David Justice.

Ric Latarski - New research gives all male couch potatoes hope

In my continuing effort to provide those bits and pieces of information that might have slipped past you, I have something to bring to the attention of my fellow males.