News for Saturday, November 3, 2007

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Few vote early for election Elections official predicts 20-25 percent turnout

COVINGTON - Early and absentee voting for Tuesday's municipal election has been light, according to election officials.

Eagles, Bulldogs battle for subregion position

COVINGTON - The Eastside Eagles are guaranteed a top four finish in Region 8-AAAA South, but where they will end up will be determined after tonight's game against Rockdale.

Norbert-Quinn named 2007 Youth of the Year

If there was a way to bottle the energy from Paradise Norbert-Quinn, it could light a city for a long time.

Heritage overcomes Alcovy to stay in playoff race

COVINGTON - The Heritage football team kept its playoff hopes alive Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium, rallying to beat Alcovy 28-24 in a shootout.

Gailey hears boos after 27-3 loss

ATLANTA - There weren't many Georgia Tech fans left at Bobby Dodd Stadium when coach Chan Gailey appeared on the video board during the fourth quarter to deliver a public-service announcement.

Space heater sparks Covington house fire

COVINGTON - The bedroom and roof area of a residence on Hunt Cliff Place was heavily damaged Tuesday morning following a fire that was ignited by a space heater.

Truex wins first career pole for Dickies 500

FORT WORTH - Earlier this year, Martin Truex Jr. got his first NASCAR Nextel Cup win. Now he has his first pole, too.

Lake Capri Woman's Club welcomes Ashley Roesler

The Lake Capri Woman's Club featured speaker for September was Ashley Roesler, Executive Director at the Rockdale Emergency Relief. Ms. Roesler discussed the Food Bank which is administered by RER and the need for volunteers to assist with the distribution of food. Other assistance offered by RER is to help with past due utilities, rents, house payments, etc., so the families become self-sufficient.

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Locals celebrate Retired Educators' Day

Governor Sonny Perdue has declared Nov. 4 as Retired Educators' Day for the more than 72,000 retired educators in the state of Georgia who have devoted their time, talents, love, and energy to helping our young people get the education they need to be successful, outstanding adults in our world today.

Events Calander 11-3-07

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Prevent Child Abuse launches jail program

COVINGTON - Prevent Child Abuse Newton is branching out, taking its message about fostering healthy parent-child relationships to incarcerated fathers.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 11-3-07

This week's citizens' poll was an open line ...

A Foxy find

NSDAR welcomes speaker Huckaby

The Conyers' chapter of the National Society of Daughters of American Revolution held its monthly meeting on Oct. 24 at the Epiphany Lutheran Church on Ga. Highway 20. Hostesses for the meeting were Grace Bryant, Joyce O'Malley and Fran Passmore.

Hawks top Mavericks in opener

ATLANTA - One win won't end the NBA's longest active playoff drought, but it was a good start for the Atlanta Hawks.

Deputies arrest four on drug charges Marijuana, meth, ecstasy confiscated in Special Investigations raid

COVINGTON - Four people were arrested on drug charges earlier this week following a raid on a home off Ga. Highway 162 by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit.

Robber locks man in trunk Gunman fired shot during crime

COVINGTON - A Covington resident got the Halloween scare of his life earlier this week after he was greeted by a masked gunman at his home.

BOE seeks input on school names Residents allowed to submit suggestions until Dec. 3

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education has to name two schools that will open over the next couple of years and is seeking the community's help.

To the editor: Use conservative estimates to track future water supply

Jerry Kirkpatrick wrote a good letter last month ("Reservoir needed in south Rockdale," To the editor, Oct. 24). There is no such thing as drought-proofing a community unless you limit the population because water resources are finite.

Newton Citizen Poll 11-3-07

This week's Newton Citizen Poll was an open line.

Troy a dangerous opponent between Florida, Auburn

ATHENS - The ongoing chatter from Georgia about last week's win over Florida has reached an appreciative audience in Alabama, where Troy's players hope the Bulldogs will be distracted today and vulnerable for an upset.

Political pundits miss point of first lady's trip

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - There's no substitute for being there, as has been illustrated by the reaction to an image of Laura Bush's alleged abaya-wearing incident during her recent visit to the Middle East.

One more to go Shields' play sparks Salem to subregion title

CONYERS - Corey Shields has been waiting all season to make big plays for Salem.

Most presidents have skeletons in their closets

Twelve months from Tuesday, it's going to be a pretty big day in this country. Those of us who can prove we are who we are will go to the polls and choose the next president of the United States. That's a pretty big responsibility. I hope we are up to the task.