News for Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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Trimming the tree Students help decorate BOE lobby with ornaments

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is getting ready for Christmas.

Awards given to Covington Christmas parade participants

COVINGTON - The 2007 Covington Christmas Parade, held Saturday in downtown Covington, saw a turnout of 150 entries, with more than 3,000 participants, the Covington Lions Club reported.

Council meetings available online

COVINGTON - The public now has access to City Council meetings online.

Darrell Huckaby - Don't let Christmas chores make you blue

I woke up last Saturday with mulligrubs.

Barnes' medical bills top $500K

COVINGTON - Newton County taxpayers shelled out $542,985 to cover the medical expenses of Lanny Perry Barnes during his stay at the county detention center, Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols said.

Pat Robertson turning over network to his son

The Rev. Pat Robertson said Monday that his son, Gordon, has succeeded him as chief executive of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the most recent shift to a younger generation of leaders within major conservative Christian groups.

Two men robbed in apartment parking lot

COVINGTON - Two men were reportedly robbed at gunpoint last week as they sat in the parking lot of a local apartment complex.

Animal groups offer holiday safety tips

COVINGTON - In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it may be easy to overlook household pets.

Judge: State witness list in Nichols' case 'unusually long'

ATLANTA - A judge is seeking to streamline testimony in the murder trial of the man accused of killing four people in a shooting spree that began inside a courtroom.

Judge throws out lawsuit against transgender politician

ATLANTA - A lawsuit claiming a transgender city councilwoman tried to fool voters by running as a female was tossed Monday, clearing the way for a runoff that will decide her political fate.

Ready for a 'dogfight' UGA faces big challenge in pass-happy Hawaii offense

ATHENS - Most Georgia players and coaches focused Sunday on the numbers in the polls and BCS standings that kept the No. 4 Bulldogs from moving into the national championship game.

Walton Blotter 12-4-07

MONROE - The following arrests and charges have been reported by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe Police Department, the Loganville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and the Social Circle Department of Public Safety:

Events 12-4-07

Tuesday

Inside duo sparks Rockdale past Clarke Central McKnight, Ferrell too much for Gladiators

CONYERS - The Clarke Central Gladiators had no answer for the Rockdale frontcourt tandem of Darius McKnight and Duane Ferrell as the two big men fueled a furious late charge to give the Bulldogs a 63-55 victory Saturday night.

Health Report 12-4-07

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department. Any score below 90 is considered failing.

Flawed as it is, BCS got it right

College football playoff supporters need to find a new cause.

Heritage, Salem swim teams shine

CONYERS - All three Rockdale county schools were represented Saturday in a swim meet at Johnson Park.

Tigers prevail in Southside Slam Alcovy claims five individual titles

COVINGTON - It was a busy weekend for Newton County wrestling teams as the Newton Rams headed to the South Gwinnett Duals while the Alcovy Tigers tangled in the Southside Slam Friday and Saturday.

Ric Latarski - Ruling shows need for tiered sex-offender status

The Georgia Supreme Court, in an astonishing moment of lucid thought, struck down the portion of the Georgia sex offender law that essentially restricted a registered sex offender from living anywhere.