News for Wednesday, December 19, 2007


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United Way meets goal

COVINGTON - The Covington/Newton County United Way has met its 2007 fund-raising goal of $465,000, according to Director Doris Strickland.

Sharp Learning Center closes nursery

COVINGTON - Instead of babies and toys, the child care facility at Sharp Learning Center will soon house computers and desks.

Visions of sugar plums

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Alleged shoplifter taken into custody after returning to store

COVINGTON - A woman who allegedly shoplifted a pair of shoes from a local store last month was taken into custody by the Covington Police Department on Saturday after she reportedly returned to the scene of the crime.

Cotton not violating Hatch Act

COVINGTON - Police Chief Stacey Cotton assured the Covington City Council Monday night that he is acting in accordance with the law and is not campaigning on city time in his bid for Newton County Sheriff.

Design work to proceed Hotel/civic center project goes forward

COVINGTON - The City Council gave its nod of approval Monday night to proceed with a new design for the hotel/civic center planned for downtown Covington.

Sale of Rockdale Medical Center hits snag

CONYERS - The sale of Rockdale Medical Center to Signature Hospital Corporation has been delayed until next month because of a proposed change in the method of payment for the local hospital.

Comedians laugh it up for fundraiser

Besides their occupations, comedians Joey Wells and Willie Brown have a lot in common.

Shields gives commitment to Hilltoppers

CONYERS - Corey Shields, one of Salem's standout football players, recently made a verbal commitment to play football for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, a Division I program in Bowling Green, Ky.

Six-goal outburst halts Thrashers' losing streak

ATLANTA - Garnet Exelby, Mark Recchi and Slava Kozlov each scored first-period goals and the Atlanta Thrashers went on to a 6-2 win Tuesday night over the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending their four-game losing streak.

Bill Shipp - An end of class?

As the second most important date on the Christian calendar approaches - as the holiday we celebrate with gusto jingles our way - both political parties show the world that America's best-of-class politicians are little more than blackhearted barbarians.

Letter - Cal Thomas off base on Colorado shooting

To the editor:

Kansas holds off Tech Jackets stay close but fall 71-66 to No. 3 Jayhawks

ATLANTA - Russell Robinson, more accustomed to setting up other scorers, took his turn on the Kansas high-scorer carousel against Georgia Tech.

Mark Shields - The political press' dirty little secret

DES MOINES, Iowa - Remember back a short two months to October, when New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was coasting confidently - even inevitably - toward the Democratic presidential nomination? Polls in the first two state contests, Iowa and New Hampshire, in addition to national surveys, all showed her with comfortable - bordering on lopsided - leads over Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards. The press had an explanation for that near-total Clinton dominance.

Salem swimmers take second place at meet Boys bring home first; girls third

CONYERS - The Salem boys took the top spot with 122.5 points, and the Salem girls finished third with 42 points, giving Salem second overall in a swim meet Saturday against Riverwood, North Springs and Holy Innocents'.

Sean Taylor gets posthumous bid to Pro Bowl team

NEW YORK - Pro Bowl voters honored the memory of Sean Taylor.