News for Thursday, November 15, 2007

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County hosts an array of holiday performances

COVINGTON - Thanksgiving is just a week away, and for those who need something to get them in holiday spirit, there will be no shortage of opportunities to hear the music and see the lights of the season.

School system reports more MRSA cases

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System has five documented cases of individuals with MRSA, a drug-resistant strain of staph infection, the system reported Wednesday afternoon.

Food pantries in need Donations sought to help with crunch of holiday season

COVINGTON - Local food pantries are feeling the rush of the holiday season, and with supplies dwindling, they can't keep up.

Closing of Alcovy Road for bridge work delayed

COVINGTON - Plans to close Alcovy Road for a bridge repair project have been delayed until Jan. 2.

Probe into grisly death continues Suspect in dismemberment remains jailed in Newton

COVINGTON - Authorities with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation continue to search for the head and torso of a Decatur woman, whose dismembered remains were discovered in a sparsely populated area of Newton County last month.

Teens face charges they vandalized hospital

COVINGTON - Three teens are facing various charges after police say they entered a newly constructed wing of Newton Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon and decided to discharge several fire extinguishers.

Melvin and Wedge win manager of the year awards

NEW YORK - Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge barely made a ripple as players. Backup catchers, they both batted a pedestrian .233 in the big leagues.

Salem's unsung heroes O-line gives 'Noles big advantage in the trenches

CONYERS - Everybody in Rockdale County that follows high school football has heard of Salem playmakers Terrence Davis and Alex Miller.

Falcons plan to start Leftwich at QB

FLOWERY BRANCH - Even though Joey Harrington led Atlanta to two straight victories, Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Falcons.

Sports briefs

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State tournament bid in first year gives Alcovy boys high hopes

COVINGTON - Alcovy's Worrel Clahar and Jordan Butts will have a lot of help as the Tigers begin their quest for a Region 8-AAAA championship and beyond.

Events 11-15-07

Thursday

Sonny's prayer wasn't violation of Constitution

Lord they are all over Sonny now.

Cal Thomas: Use strike to reconnect with family

There are events in most of our lives that offer opportunities for us to change our ways. The strike by writers in Hollywood affords one such opportunity.

Winless subregion record leaves Alcovy girls room to improve

COVINGTON - After a dismal first year for the Alcovy Lady Tigers in which they went 4-19 overall and winless in subregion play, head coach Suzanne Smith is hoping to start fresh.