News for Friday, November 23, 2007


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Let kids be thankful, too

Here's something congressional and Bush administration officials can all be thankful for as they break for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Newton teachers give up free time to be leaders

COVINGTON - This Thanksgiving, even the Teachers as Leaders got a break.

Our view: Kids' health care doesn't deserve political games

Here's something congressional and Bush administration officials can all be thankful for as they break for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Events 11-23-07


Official urges residents to report crime

COVINGTON - District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons is urging his constituents to keep an eye out for illegal activity and report it, via an anonymous tip line, to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

An edible zoo Not your average animal crackers

CONYERS - Something that began as a "fun summer project" for Covington resident Sherri Hutchison has blossomed into a sweet chocolate business that will soon be featured on food icon Rachael Ray's popular daytime talk show.

Rockdale Blotter 11-23-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Nov. 12 and Monday:

Auburn, Alabama QBs both having roller-coaster seasons

AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's Brandon Cox and Alabama's John Parker Wilson have alternately thrilled and exasperated.

Friends of Porterdale encourage sale of memorial bricks for gym

The Friends of Porterdale will be joining several local holiday events to encourage the purchase of memorial bricks for the Porterdale Memorial Gym. Money from the sale of the bricks will go to rebuilding the historic Porterdale gym. Prior to the gym being rebuilt, the bricks will be placed around the downtown Porterdale area. Once the gym is rebuilt, the bricks will be moved to lie in the walkway leading to the gym.

Conyers Garden Club presents Landscape Design Award

The Conyers Garden Club presented the Landscape Design Award to Jim and Annette Alvin of 2714 Harvest Drive. Their lawn is green, and boxwoods surround the house. The front entrance has beds of lirope and beautiful purple heart and purple mums in containers. Pink geraniums in pots offset the color purple, and the door is adorned with a horn-of-plenty containing a flower arrangement. They have numerous plants in the landscape and have only lost a few due to lack of rain. Everything is well mulched, and the plants well established. Around the curving driveway Miss Huff lantanas, various daylilies, azaleas, linton rose, dogwoods, loropetalum, confederate rose and maples abound. A small herb garden at the side of the home contains rosemary, Texas tarragon, thyme, marjoram and a pot of mint. Coral impatiens add color at the carport. The back yard contains a small fish pond, a bank of red Knock-Out roses, white statuary, butterfly bush, cannas, sedum, Japanese maple and camellias. Near the house are banana trees, antique roses, hosta and sweet william. The yard presents quite a lovely picture.

Olde Jail Museum to hold Reopening Celebration

The Rockdale County Historical Society has announced the reopening of the Olde Jail Museum. The public is invited to share this event on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will take place in the Rockdale County Courthouse Square, Milstead Avenue, in Conyers. Opening remarks are scheduled for 10 a.m. with tours of the museum offered throughout the day.

One final chance to beat rival A Tech win would be for this team, others before

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech never needs extra motivation when playing Georgia, and yet this week there is more driving the players, especially the seniors, than the desire to claim state supremacy.

All presidents need to separate faith, politics

To the many people, both domestic and foreign, who are asking Mitt Romney to do as John F. Kennedy once did and make a speech explaining why his religion is not a threat to our cherished American way of life, I suggest that Romney respond by pointing to his Republican opponents and uttering two words, "You first."

Newton Blotter 11-23-07

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

Authorities: Protect your home and belongings

COVINGTON - As the holiday season gets under way this week, authorities urge residents to be aware of things they can do to keep their valuables and families safe.

Nutcracker takes on a new perspective

Jaime Robtison is seeing "The Nutcracker" from an entirely different perspective this year.

Alcovy improves from winless inaugural season

COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers may not have won a lot of football games this year, but one thing is certain - they were a better team.

Birth Announcements 11-23-07

LILY ISABELLA BROWN was born Sept. 13, 2007, weighing 8 lbs. 3 oz. She is the daughter of STEVEN and AMBER BROWN of Porterdale.

Rockdale looks for a fast start on the mats

CONYERS - The Rockdale wrestling team is primed and ready for its 2007 campaign.

Heritage boys, girls both victors at Morrow

CONYERS - Heritage's basketball teams had a solid start to the 2007 season, collecting a sweep of Morrow on Wednesday night.

Small body, big heart Curran punishes offenses with speed, technique

ATHENS - When the play begins, Rennie Curran is usually looking up. At the linemen trying to block him. At the running backs attempting to get past him.

High schools to get improvements

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Education approved last Thursday more than $6 million worth of improvements at Heritage and Salem high schools' athletic facilities.

Man falls prey to lottery scam

COVINGTON - Covington authorities are asking residents to more closely scrutinize their e-mails after a man reportedly became the victim of a lottery scam last week.