News for Friday, November 2, 2007


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Piedmont Academy holds Grandparents' Bazaar and Flea Market

Piedmont Academy doesn't only want parents involved in their students' lives; it also wants grandparents involved.

Old Porterdale gym was once heart of a community

Each time a home is destroyed by fire, that family loses irreplaceable memorabilia and must begin again from ashes. Residents of the town of Porterdale, past and present, are members of a unique family. The same common experiences - workplaces, school, holidays, friendships, hardships, beliefs and good times - that bind folks into family also bind this community. When the Porterdale gym burned on Oct. 20, 2005, thousands of people encompassing two and three generations lost precious memorabilia. The Porterdale gym, constructed in 1938, was a gift to the people of Porterdale from Oliver and Julia Porter, the owners of Bibb Manufacturing Company.

NHS football program holds yard sale

COVINGTON - Those who shop at yard sales on the weekends can get a bargain and help out a good cause Saturday.

Senator wants justice to stay away from ceremony

CONYERS - State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, has sent a letter to Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham urging him not to officiate at the swearing-in ceremony for new executive officers with the Rockdale County Democratic Party.

November 2007 Military News

Alesha A. Durant

Tax silliness not limited to Georgia government

While Halloween may be officially over, this is one of those things you just can't let go because it makes you go "huh?"

For all the marbles Salem squares off with Cedar Shoals for 8-AAAA South title

CONYERS - For the second straight season, Salem meets Cedar Shoals tonight for the Region 8-AAAA South subregion title.

Top runners gear up for region meet

CONYERS - Some of the state's top runners will hit the trails Saturday morning at the Georgia International Horse Park in the Region 8-AAAA Cross Country Meet.

Neighborhood features homes for disabled

COVINGTON - The county's first neighborhood to be certified by a national program promoting accessible homes was recognized by local officials Thursday.

Two-wheeled warrior NCSO adds motorcycle for traffic enforcement

COVINGTON - What has a six-speed transmission, anti-lock brakes and a 103-cubic-inch engine? Answer: The newest addition to the Newton County Sheriff's Office's traffic unit - a 2008 Harley Davidson Electra-Glide.

Gruesome recovery continues NCSO finds second severed hand of dismembered body

COVINGTON - Authorities recovered a second severed hand in the continuing search for a dismembered woman's remains in a wooded area off of Ga. Highway 212 in southern Newton County Wednesday night.

Tigers, Patriots battle for playoff spot

COVINGTON - There are several Region 8-AAAA playoff scenarios going into this weekend but one thing is for certain - the Alcovy Tigers control their own destiny as they host Heritage tonight.

Daisy Fay visits Conyers 'All the Way from Magnolia Springs'

Amber Quick caught the acting bug in the ninth grade, appearing as a witch in her high school's Halloween production of "Equal Frights," and she's assumed a host of roles since those early days, working onstage in college, summer stock and children's theatre presentations.

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 seventh 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.

Life sentence for shooter in pistol slaying

COVINGTON - Steven Bernard Lackey, who shot the boyfriend of his child's mother earlier this year, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday morning in Newton County Superior Court.

DeKalb Tech seeks can-a-thon donations

COVINGTON - Halloween just ended, and students at DeKalb Technical College are already thinking about how they can help out those who need food and other items for the holidays.

Rockdale Blotter 11-2-2007

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Oct. 22 and Monday:

Events Calendar 11-2-2007


Newton Blotter 11-2-2007

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

C.J. Hicks holds School Yard Work Day

CONYERS - C.J. Hicks Elementary School got a mini facelift over the weekend.

Students learn fire safety

Pre-K students in Mrs. Cicely Bartholomew, Mrs. Jaime Terrell and Mrs. Kimmie Whatley's classes at West Newton Elementary School learned about fire safety last week with Fire Specialist Lt. Cydnie Taylor. The students were able to ask questions, watch demonstrations and tour a fire truck. "It is important for the children to see the fire truck and correlate it to our studies," Terrell said. "You are never too young to learn or practice life saving techniques."

J.H. House names Students of the Month

J.H. House Elementary School has named its October Students of the Month. The following students were chosen: Jose Juan Alvarado, Samuel Ayala, Britani Booker, Samantha Castillo, Elvira Cendejas, Jalam Ford, Amaya Gilmer, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Fabiola Ibarra, Matthew Jackson, Desiree Jackson, Kenneth Jones, Jose Meza, Mileena Page, Junhan Pang, Horacio Parker, Carlos Pimentel, Caleb Pointdujour, Victoria Pruitt, Jesus Quevedo, Pricila Rios, Enrique Serrato, Roberto Vaca-Lopez, Mariela Valencia, Julissa Vargas, Paula Vazquez, Marcial Vega, Jocelyn Ventura, Moises Ventura, Gabriela Villanueva, Emma Wilhite, Akeisha Wilson and Tony Zendejas. Not pictured: Morgan Minnoia.


Amanda Dyan Dugan and Kenneth Lee Basket were married July 7, 2007, in a ceremony officiated by Minister Howard Greer at the First Baptist Church of Conyers.


Herman and Gail Johnson of Dublin announce the engagement of their daughter, Marcia Lynn Johnson, of Covington to Andrew Bryant Watkins, also of Covington and son of Charles and Ruth Watkins of Lyons.


Mr. and Mrs. William Glen Buckalew of Gulfport, Miss., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, to Mr. Steven Shane Cook, son of Mr. Donny Cook of Covington and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Downie of Conyers.

Clinton causes own problems

When you're leading the Democratic presidential race, as Hillary Clinton is, you might expect other candidates to focus their sharpest criticism your way.