News for Friday, November 16, 2007

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Santa's back in town

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Man shoots self after police chase 40-year-old uses high-powered rifle

COVINGTON - A 40-year-old Jasper County man was killed in Newborn on Tuesday night after he shot himself in the head with a high-powered rifle following a police chase on Ga. Highway 142.

Schools working to save water

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is trying to do its part to save water - and it's working.

Sheriff's Association trains area bailiffs

COVINGTON - Bailiffs at the Newton County Judicial Center are undergoing a two-day security training course by the National Sheriff's Association.

Oxford taps Eady to serve on its council

OXFORD - Election Day is over, but the Oxford City Council received a new councilman at Monday's regular meeting.

Shooting suspect remains critical

COVINGTON - An Oxford man who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself last week remains in critical but stable condition at an Atlanta area hospital.

Events 11-16-07

Friday

Student organization holds social activities

CONYERS - Heritage and Salem High School students in the SkillsUSA organization know they have to take a break every once in a while.

Christmas House to raise money for local Boys and Girls Club

For those who won't be able to visit Santa's castle at the North Pole this year, there's an alternative - the Christmas House in north Rockdale County.

Rockdale Blotter 11-16-07

· Ricky Nelson Stevens, 48, 281 Bay St., Fayettville, theft by deception, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, impersonaiting a public officer or employee.

Lorraine Elementary School Pick of the Pride

Lorraine Elementary School selected its October Pick of the Pride. The following students were selected: (kindergarten) Madilyn Smith, Riley Shubert, Elizabeth Futch, Brianna McCray, Madilyn Cox, Ethan Parker; (first grade) Elizabeth Brooks, Destiny Gilmore, Alexandria Wilburn, Seth Pauls, Delaney Willette, Abby Wilcox; (second grade) Cameron Zahand, Fallon Barnes, Mackenzie Banks, Shaniah Sheffield, Suzanna Parker, Robyn Benton; (third grade) Taylor Western, Justin Lear, Nia Grier, Dahlia Walters, Tristan Ricks, Jordan Schick; (fourth grade) Jill Pickett, Michael Richman, Amanda Guffey, Gabby Fisher, Mariah Hicks; (fifth grade) Kemi Adeleke, Dayo Akindele, Erika Martinez, Sydney Whilden, Alexis Moreland, Stephanie Ganthier and D'Quavion McMurtry-Gibson.

Outcome of game hinges on battle in trenches

CONYERS - There's no secret about which team will win tonight's Class AAAA first-round playoff clash between Salem and St. Pius at Reid Memorial Stadium.

Curran helps take Bulldogs to a new level

ATHENS - The Georgia defense looks a whole lot faster to coach Mark Richt. Maybe that's because he's been watching Rennie Curran.

Ric Latarski - Spare the divining rod, spoil the water

Gov. Sonny Perdue conducting a group prayer vigil at the state capital to ask for rain may or may not have merit, but it is something you don't see every day.

Eastside looking to build complete team

COVINGTON - The days where one person scores 20-plus points with the rest of the team in single digits could be over if Eastside coach Michael Gerald has his way.

Tigers striving to build on last year's success

COVINGTON - Success breeds success. At least that's seems what's happening for Alcovy's wrestling team.

Shape-note singing to be held at Oxford Old Church

Sacred Harp singing is the largest surviving branch of traditional American shape-note singing. Our local area is well represented in Sacred Harp singing, thanks to the Meridian Herald organization; Dr. Steven Darsey, the Meridian Chorale director; Dr. Fred Craddock, founding preacher laureate, emeritus of the Meridian Chorale; and Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Salem second, Rockdale fourth at swim meet

CONYERS - Both Salem's and Rockdale's swim teams were in action Tuesday night at Johnson Park in the season-opening swim meet with Starr's Mill and North Oconee.

Letter: Support the Seminoles

To the editor:

Mentor of Choice Star senior giving advice to young Jackets

ATLANTA - The first word Jonathan Dwyer used to describe Tashard Choice as a mentor was a surprise:

C.J. Hicks Elementary School Fabulous Falcons

C.J. Hicks Elementary School has announced its Fabulous Falcons Students of the Month for November. The following students were selected: Amen Klougan, Lizette Ibarra, Monserrat Vazquez, Cameron Jones, Parth Patel, Sheena Larry, Milana Holmes, Angie Carmona, Prinsten Woodard, Zalyn Baker, Brianna Gonzales, Saul Morales, Jermaine Smith, Daren Erazo, Cesar Bautista, Michael Gordon, Javier Coleman, Issah Traylor, Joi Nobles, Bre'one Adkins, Jorden Jenkins, Jennifer Ponce, Antonio Najera, Kynesha Jones, Rickayla Mitchell, Mona Wallace, Taj James, Jazmeen Dure, Jelon Harris Tookes, Barisien Mtuawni, Zaib Momin and Aurainis Fallin.

Newton Blotter 11-16-07

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