News for Friday, December 7, 2007

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Dismemberment case: No bond for man

COVINGTON - The man who authorities say killed his girlfriend and then dumped parts of her dismembered body in a wooded area off Ga. Highway 212 in late October was denied bond at a hearing held Thursday in Newton County Superior Court.

'Christmas ain't Christmas without a real tree' Christmas tree suppliers see decrease in demand

CONYERS - Chuck Berry thinks some people may be letting an old-fashioned holiday tradition die - cutting down their own Christmas tree.

Impact fee trial begins Monday

COVINGTON - Two years after a lawsuit was filed against Newton County by local and state home builders associations over its impact fee ordinance, the case is going to trial.

Firefighters to get new training site

COVINGTON - Covington and Newton County firefighters will soon have a new training facility.

Rap music contest at club ends with gunfire

CONYERS - Investigators with the Conyers Police Department continued looking for a gunman who they believe fired shots inside a local night club after he was booed on stage during a rap music contest.

Rockdale Blotter 12-7-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Nov. 26 and Monday:

EMS presents different take on Mother Goose

CONYERS - Edwards Middle School's drama club students have an important task: get Mother Goose to go on stage.

Gaines-Bennett

Starri and Bob Nation of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Jewel Gaines, to Nicholas Lewis Bennett of Covington, son of Chuck and Gail Bennett of Conyers.

Compton-Wilson

Virginia Lynn (Ginny) Compton and George Woodrow (Trey) Wilson III were married on May 5, 2007, at Salem United Methodist Church. The Rev. Randy Kanipe officiated the ceremony.

Swing into Christmas with the Georgia Big Band

Although the 18-piece Georgia Big Band generally has plenty of holiday performance dates on its schedule, this year's dance card includes only one engagement - on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Rockdale Auditorium in Olde Town Conyers.

Kathleen Parker - Romney may have a lasting religious effect

Voters may not know any more about Mormonism than they did before Mitt Romney's faith speech on Thursday, but they surely know more about what it means to be an American.

Retirement celebration to be held for Cresswell

Plans are being made for a retirement celebration honoring Robert Cresswell, principal at Salem and Heritage High schools spanning the past 22 years. For more information please contact cresswellretirement@yahoo.com.

Buzzer-beater gets Hawks 90-89 win Johnson sinks winning shot in final second

ATLANTA - Joe Johnson's 18-footer at the buzzer lifted the Atlanta Hawks to a 90-89 victory over the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Arrivals 12-7-07

OAKLEIGH KATE THOMPSON was born Oct. 14, 2007, weighing 8 lbs. 3 oz. Her parents are JODY ALBERSON and MEREDITH TAYLOR THOMPSON of Monticello.

Paideia tops Salem swimmers 189-144

ATLANTA - Salem's swim teams lost a hard-fought contest to Paideia on Wednesday at the MLK Natatorium.

Rockdale 4-H Creepy Crawly Bug Club

Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. students, ages 9-13 can join the Extension Service entomologist to find out fascinating facts about the insect world from the largest to the smallest, the good to the bad, and the coolest to the most disgusting. Attendees should bring a favorite snack to share and a $5 insect- related grab bag gift. RSVP by Dec. 14. For information or to preregister, call the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension at 770-785-5952. The Creepy Crawly Bug Club meets regularly at the Rockdale Extension Office, 1400 Parker Road, Lobby A.

All-Area volleyball includes 5 locals

CONYERS - Five local high school volleyball players have been selected to the 2007 All-Area 8-AAAA Volleyball Team.

Newton Blotter 12-7-07

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

Events 12-7-07

Friday

Baxter speaks at Col. Dames meeting

The Mary Brown Tinkham Chapter of Conyers, Colonial Dames XVII Century, recently held their meeting at the Honey Creek Golf and Country. Chapter President Fran Passmore presided over the meeting.

Heritage cross country teams put together another strong season

CONYERS - Once again this season, the Heritage cross country teams were at their best when it counted the most.

Georgia Archives Launches Virtual Georgia

The Georgia Archives, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, has created a way for Georgians to help preserve the history of the state through a program called Virtual Georgia. Georgians, or anyone with photographs related to Georgia, may nominate pictures to be included in the archives permanent collection. Pictures are nominated by being uploaded to the Virtual Georgia website. The program is slated to last through March 1, 2008.

Redman gets the reins Search continues to replace Vick's presence at QB

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons knew it would be tough to find a replacement for Michael Vick.

CMS instructor chosen by state

CONYERS - A Conyers Middle School teacher is one of 48 Georgia teachers chosen to serve on a committee that will try to improve the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Curriculum.

Carr reunion very popular

Speaker proposes car fee to fund trauma care

ATLANTA - Georgia motorists would pay an annual car registration fee to fund a statewide trauma care network under legislation unveiled by House Speaker Glenn Richardson on Thursday.

Romney may have a lasting religious effect

Voters may not know any more about Mormonism than they did before Mitt Romney's faith speech on Thursday, but they surely know more about what it means to be an American.