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Florida backs away from latest deal in water war with Georgia

WASHINGTON - The state of Florida on Friday backed away from a temporary truce brokered by the Bush administration to help settle a long-standing water war - now heightened by an ongoing drought - involving Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

'Grandpa Bandit' allegedly strikes another bank Elderly Covington man now suspected in 7 multi-state bank robberies

COVINGTON - Bobby Joe Phillips, 69, the Covington man who has been dubbed the Grandpa Bandit, is believed to have robbed two more banks in Georgia and Tennessee.

Veteran's Day: A day to say "thank you"

The very first ones vowed to be ready to fight at a minute's notice. They got that notice on a cold April morning in 1775. In the ensuing 232 years, millions of men and women have answered that same call. For most, the call did not come from a frantic horseman riding down a dusty New England lane, but the need and the urgency were the same. For some it came in the form of a public plea, for others a newspaper headline; it might have come from Uncle Sam pointing a stern finger in a recruiting poster. It might have come from a radio broadcast interrupting Sunday dinner or a letter offering greetings from the President of the United States - or a television broadcast originating in the rubble of the Pentagon or the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Miller's time to shine Salem wins 8-AAAA title in victory over Madison

CONYERS - Salem rode the powerful running of Alex Miller to a region championship and the Class AAAA postseason Friday at Reid Memorial Stadium.

Students attend enrichment camp

From left, Lyndal Bedford, Lake Dowling and Rishi Amin work together to calculate the right proportions of ingredients to make homemade ice cream in the math/chemistry enrichment class during Rockdale County Public School's week-long fall enrichment camp earlier this semester. Craig Dowling, associate superintendent for instructional services at RCPS, said 165 students in grades three though eight participated in the eight classes offered: science, math, language arts, creative writing and creative art. More than 1,000 students were invited and 323 applications were returned. Eligible students must have "demonstrated high achievement in the previous school year" on two of three areas of the CRCT or received A/B honor roll, Dowling said. After a lottery, 180 students were selected. The school system will hold another enrichment camp during February break and a two-week camp in the summer.

Eastside falls short of playoffs Clarke Central defeats Eagles 14-7 in Athens

ATHENS - The Eastside Eagles laid it all on the line but fell short in their attempt to qualify for the Class AAAA playoffs, losing to the Clarke Central Gladiators 14-7 on Friday at Billy Henderson Stadium.

11-10-2007 Newton Citizen Poll

"Every week there seems to be several people moaning, groaning and whining about Charter Cable and the extra poor service they receive or Charter cut off their favorite channel. When is enough enough? For months prior, both Newton County newspapers ran articles concerning the sale of Covington Cable. How many people got up off of their behinds and attended any of these meetings? Furthermore, how many of you contacted the Covington City Council members and voiced your opinions or opposition to the sale? Granted, most effected live in the county, but these people are elected officials and are there to serve. Well, supposedly, that is debatable. But the more important issue is, this is America and thanks to the great thing called capitalism, you do have a choice. And in this case there are two or more. You can call many of the major electronic retailers and buy an antenna and get local channels for free, or you can call one of the satellite companies and have a dish system installed. Simple solution for a rather simple problem. So quit whining and take action. The sooner you do, the happier you'll be and you may even have a few extra dollars at the end of the month, especially if you buy an antenna. Besides, who needs 300 channels of TV? By the same token, how many of you voted on Tuesday?"

CMS music society featured in magazine

CONYERS - The Conyers Middle School Tri-M Music Honor Society will be seen by more than only Conyers residents. Schools around the state will get a chance to see what the group is all about.

11-10-2007 Rockdale Citizen Poll

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

"Illegal" doesn't mean entitled to our services

When Hillary Clinton fumbled a recent debate question about New York's plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, she helped clarify at least one issue that keeps getting muddied: Illegal immigrants are illegal.

Educating, Uniting, Informing Local League of Women Voters celebrates 25 years

It was 1982 and Ronald Reagan was president, with George H.W. Bush, the father of the current president, serving as his vice president. The country's median household income was $20,171 and former President Jimmy Carter had been appointed as a professor at Emory University in Atlanta. Just a short east from Atlanta on Interstate 20, a new organization was getting ready to add its voice to the political scene.

Tigers lose heartbreaker to Bulldoggs 17-10

COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers ended their 2007 football campaign in heartbreaking fashion Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

Some homes without water

MANSFIELD - David Anglin has no water.

Temporary burn ban to go into effect

COVINGTON - The Newton County Fire Department and the local Georgia Forestry Commission Unit are initiating a temporary outdoor burn ban in Newton County beginning Nov. 17.

Aesthetic equines Local untrained artist paints horses

When she was tending to her ill father a few years ago, Conyers resident Robin Sawyer found comfort in painting.

Pats staying home after 28-0 defeat

MOUNT AIRY - Heritage's hopes of a state playoff berth came crashing down Friday night in Mount Airy as the Patriots fell victim to the new juggernauts of 8-AAAA North - Habersham Central.

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Saturday

Tedder places third in DynoMax competition

Social Circle's Darren Tedder placed third and won $5,000 in the DynoMax Power to the Wheels Dyno Tour Championship Shootout held last week in Las Vegas.

Man, 18, indicted Defendant charged in girlfriend's death

COVINGTON - The Social Circle teen accused of inadvertently killing his girlfriend with a front-end loader earlier this year was indicted by a Newton County grand jury last week.

Police seek suspects in shooting

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are asking for the public's help in locating four men who they believe may have been involved in a drive-by shooting last week.

Salem High announces final semester exam schedule

Salem High School has announced its first semester final exam schedule. On Monday, Dec. 17, second period is from 8:05 to 10 a.m., fourth period from 10:10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., lunch from 12:05 to 1 p.m. and sixth period from 1:05 to 3 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, third period is from 8:05 to 10:10 a.m., and fifth period is from 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.; the end of the school day is 12:20 p.m., and bus pick up is at 12:45 p.m. On Wednesday Dec. 19, first period is from 8:05 to 10:10 a.m., and 7th period is from 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.; the end of the school day is 12:20 p.m., and bus pick up is at 12:45 p.m. No exams will be given early.

Genealogy Society offers help tracing family trees

Truthfully, every member of mankind wants to be remembered by those who come after them. To this end, records have been established ranging from cave paintings and to the Internet. Likewise, folks enjoy knowing from whence and whom they came. The major barrier to a seeker of ancestry is not knowing how or where to look for information. In Rockdale County, there is a gracious society available for help in this quest on several levels. Established on Nov. 14, 1993, the Rockdale County Genealogy Society provides a wealth of information on ancestry.

Sprucing up for the holidays

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

DOT to discuss project Porterdale residents invited to meeting

COVINGTON - Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation will meet with Porterdale residents and members of the City Council at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Porterdale City Hall to discuss the proposed intersection improvement project at Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road.

Rockdale defense rocked in 42-0 shutout

LOGANVILLE - The Loganville Red Devils scored early and often as they used a well-balanced attack to shut out the Rockdale Bulldogs 42-0 at Red Devil Stadium.

HHS presents 'High School Musical'

CONYERS - A little Disney will be brought to Heritage High School this month.