News for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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Jury begins deliberations in shooting

COVINGTON - Jury deliberations in the murder case against Steven Bernard Lackey began Wednesday in Newton County Superior Court following closing arguments by attorneys on both sides.

Radical Islam sneaking in U.S. under the radar

A federal judge in Dallas declared a mistrial in the case of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) when a jury was unable to reach a verdict on 197 counts brought by the government that accused the Muslim charity of funding terrorism.

BOE approves middle school construction bid

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved a construction contract for a new middle school at its meeting Tuesday.

Newton has points to make vs. Stephenson

COVINGTON - Before the Newton Rams can beat Stephenson on Saturday at Homer Sharp Stadium they must do something they have not been able to do in three tries - score.

Administration building to be dedicated Sunday State Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is keynote speaker for event

COVINGTON - A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St. will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Learning to enjoy a good book

I like to think of myself as a good reader, but I never got through the Mount Everest of reading - Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." News of two new translations offers some more opportunity for disappointment, though.

Atlanta's burning up over water

I have seldom seen so many people hot about water. Almost overnight, water conservation ranks right up there with banning gay marriages, abolishing the IRS and stopping the spread of children's health care as leading topics for fist-shaking argument.

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Americans don't promote senators to the White House

As Professor Robert Schmuhl reminds us, since 1952, seven of the 14 presidential elections have been won by sitting presidents or by the incumbent vice president (George H.W. Bush), and in the other seven, the winners included: a former general (Dwight Eisenhower), a former vice president (Richard Nixon), two former governors (Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan), two sitting governors (Bill Clinton and George W. Bush) and only one sitting senator (John F. Kennedy).

Panola Mountain offers plenty of outdoor opportunities

Whether you're pondering a backcountry hiking excursion or just looking for some outdoor alternatives for the family to enjoy together, Panola Mountain State Park offers a plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks. Consider taking advantage of the following activities at the park in early November before the big rush of the holidays begins.

Local officials to discuss plan for water use

COVINGTON - Local officials are working to come up with a plan to meet a recent mandate by Gov. Sonny Perdue that north Georgia businesses and utilities cut water usage by 10 percent.

Community struts its stuff Chamber of Commerce hosts Developerñs Day tour

COVINGTON - The best of Newton County was shown to those on the front lines of economic development Wednesday during a Developer's Day tour hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

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