News for Friday, November 30, 2007

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NCSS getting the word out on intervention

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is working hard this school year on improving its intervention program, designed to identify students who need help in a variety of areas.

Beware: Charities may not be all they seem

COVINGTON - While giving is the theme of the holiday season and many want to spread the joy to those less fortunate, the Better Business Bureau is advising those who are generous of heart to investigate before opening their pocketbooks.

Holiday craft sale Proceeds to benefit artists all over the world

Top, members of St. Augustine's Church, located at 11524 U.S. Highway 278, are busy preparing for its annual Pax Christi Holiday Sale on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Here, sale organizers, from left to right, Suze Quinlan, Liz Loescher and Darlene Cox arrange items from Ten Thousand Villages, which will be on sale over the weekend. The merchandise is handmade by artisans from more than 30 countries and encompasses a wide variety of items that make ideal gifts for the holidays. Funds from purchasing the items will pay for food, education, health care and housing for the artists living in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Bottom, 2-year-old Ellie Quinlan has already picked out her gift and tried it out as her mom helps unpack merchandise.

Oxford runoff election approaches

OXFORD - The city of Oxford is preparing for the county's only runoff election next week.

Porterdale to host annual tree lighting

PORTERDALE - Santa is coming to Porterdale, and he's bringing along his reindeer.

Authorities: Tracking of sex offenders won't change

COVINGTON - Although the Georgia Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that residency restrictions placed on where sex offenders can live are unconstitutional, authorities want residents to know that the ruling will not change how sex offenders are monitored in Newton County.

New coach, new goals for Rockdale basketball team

CONYERS - The Rockdale boys basketball team will be under the tutelage of a new coach this season as Mitchell Harris takes over the reins of the Bulldogs.

Events 11-30-07

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Georgia Tech's Richard named second-team academic all-American

All aboard the Polar Express at Newton County Library

It may not be near cold enough to snow here in east metro Atlanta, but children can still experience the magic of a snowy winter in their imaginations by visiting the Newton County Library this month.

Petrino says he plans to stay with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Bobby Petrino wishes the questions would go away.

Ric Latarski - Companies need to learn that Creativity Matters

Just in case you missed this, a group of business leaders has determined that creativity is just as important as the ability to understand complex problems or a record of academic achievement when it comes to hiring employees.

Eastside tops No. 1-ranked Stockbridge on the mats

COVINGTON - Eastside's wrestling team continues to head in the right direction after knocking off Gasports.com Class AAAA preseason No. 1-ranked Stockbridge in a 39-35 match at Stockbridge on Tuesday.

1820s Porterdale home once served as stagecoach stop

When the Georgia General Assembly signed legislation on Dec. 24, 1821 creating Newton County, the act encouraged settler growth in communities north, south, east and west within the new county - from the Brickstore of the Winton Community, circa 1822; to the gristmill, plantation and blacksmith shop of the Cedar Shoals Community, established 1822 through 1826; to Covington, itself, in between.

Newton Blotter 11-30-07

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

Rockdale Blotter 11-30-07

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Nov. 19 and Monday:

Awaiting their fate No. 4 Bulldogs hold early practice while waiting on BCS bowl picture to clear

ATHENS - For the first time in his seven years at Georgia, Mark Richt conducted his first bowl practice Thursday before learning where his No. 4 Bulldogs will play in a bowl.