News for Thursday, November 29, 2007

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Schools report high number of parent-teacher meetings

COVINGTON - About 83 percent of the September elementary school parent-teacher conferences that were scheduled were actually held during that time, the Newton County School System announced at its Board of Education work session earlier this month.

Two men rob store at gunpoint Fifth local business hit this month

COVINGTON - The recent rash of armed robberies in Newton County continued earlier this week as two men staged a holdup of the Discount Food Mart on Ga. Highway 142 on Monday night.

BOE approves class-size waivers, land donation

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved unanimously Tuesday the recommendation for a resolution that will allow the Newton County School System to submit a waiver to the Georgia Board of Education for any elementary and middle school classes that exceed the maximum class size by one student.

Man charged with stealing copper line

COVINGTON - An alleged copper thief was reportedly caught in the act by a Covington Police Department officer Tuesday afternoon.

Hog wild and pig crazy Newton High School student working with farm animals for program

COVINGTON - When 10th-grade Newton High School student Jacquelyn Leissa isn't practicing with the cheerleading squad, you can find her on the farm with her baby pigs.

Hypnotist brings show to Newton

COVINGTON - Mike Harvey has hypnotized more than 175,000 people over the last 38 years. Just don't ask him how.

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Darrell Huckaby - Columnist's opining moves to the World Wide Web

I have always been an old-school kind of guy. Even while growing up in the '50s, I was nostalgic for the '40s that I had never experienced. I spend more time watching "Andy Griffith" and "I Love Lucy" reruns than I do watching current sitcoms. I prefer home-cooked vegetables to filet mignon. I am, basically, resistant to change. I am old and set in my ways and have developed certain habits over the years that I am loath to give up.

Building a new hoops foundation Lady Bulldogs return only two players with court time

CONYERS - If the Rockdale girls basketball team is going to find success on the court this season, the Lady Bulldogs are going to have to do it with almost an entirely new roster.

NFL's polar opposites Pats on way to perfection while Dolphins are 0-11

Even Bill Belichick is having a hard time ignoring the attention on his New England Patriots as they get ever closer to the NFL's first perfect season in 35 years.

Events 11-29-07

Thursday

Johnson appreciates second victory lap more

NEW YORK - Jimmie Johnson knew this year's trip to New York was going to be different from the moment he began packing.

Andersen inspired by Blanda, Stenerud

FLOWERY BRANCH - For all of his accomplishments, Morten Anderson will always think fondly of a car ride he took with George Blanda and Jan Stenerud.

Smith's homer record highlights stellar year for Newton softball

COVINGTON - Newton's softball team not only had a banner year, senior catcher Morgan Smith ended her prep career by shattering the school record for home runs.