News for Saturday, October 27, 2007

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Schools on alert for drug-resistant staph

CONYERS - School officials in Rockdale and Newton counties are trying to take a proactive approach to prevent an outbreak of a drug-resistant staph infection that has been reported in other metro Atlanta schools.

Conyers native Ferrell awarded scholarship

Christopher Lee Ferrell has been selected to receive an Edgar G. Dawson Scholarship awarded by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Forum brings out Covington candidates

COVINGTON - All the candidates running in contested races in Covington participated in a forum hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night, fielding questions about industrial and commercial growth, airport development and utility rates.

Ballot Cheat Sheet

Editor's Note: To help our readers prepare for the municipal election, the Citizen will print the following "cheat sheet" several times before the election. You can make up your mind on how you're going to vote now, but don't forget to show up and make it count Nov. 6.

Bulldogs' playoff hopes bitten by Jaguars Cedar Shoals overcomes Rockdale 36-12

ATHENS - The Rockdale football team's hope of life after the regular season took a big hit Friday night in The Jungle as the Bulldogs dropped a 36-12 decision to the still-undefeated Cedar Shoals Jaguars.

Stewart holding out hope for late surge

HAMPTON - Tony Stewart isn't ready to start thinking about 2008 just yet.

Gators look to continue dominance over Bulldogs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quarterback Tim Tebow grew up in Jacksonville and went to the Florida-Georgia game just about every year. Although he knows plenty about the storied rivalry, his memories are pretty much one-sided - much like the series has become.

Saudi women connect with the first lady

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - If Middle Eastern women could vote in American presidential elections, it's very likely that Laura Bush would be president.

Rockdale Citizen Poll

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

Covington Elkadettes Welcome Girls' State Speaker

Amelia Daniel of Eastside High School, a recipient of the annual award given by the Covington Elkadettes, recently spoke to the members about her experiences at Girls' State this summer. The past State Auxiliary President and past Elkadette President, Mrs. Lula Vaughn Smith Rachels, now an honorary member, introduced Amelia to members present.

Miller sparks Seminoles over Pats 26-19

CONYERS - After nine weeks, the Salem Seminoles are exactly where they wanted to be at the start of the season - one win away from the Region 8-AAAA South title.

Dominant Eagles top Tigers 24-3

COVINGTON - The Eastside Eagles dominated the play in the first quarter enough to not only take a big lead but also to set the tempo for the game as the Eagles beat Alcovy 24-3 on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Donation to help the troops

WASA dedicates treatment facility

COVINGTON - The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority dedicated its new Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility on Friday.

Media seeks release of papers in Nichols case

ATLANTA - A court should immediately release the state public defender office's written response to a request to hold it in contempt for cutting off funding to accused courthouse shooter Brian Nichols' legal team, a media lawyer argued Friday.

Newton Library to host speaker

COVINGTON - More than 21 local and state organizations want parents and children to know the importance of being outside.

Man enters not guilty plea in convenience store clerk's slaying

COVINGTON - A man who allegedly shot and killed a convenience store clerk during an armed robbery earlier this year entered a not guilty plea Thursday in Newton County Superior Court.

Newton Citizen Poll

"As I read this week's Citizen Poll I read where someone said place a moratorium on housing permits until we can get rid of some of these empty houses that are on every corner of these new subdivisions. I agree with this 100 percent, but do you realize how many lawsuits the county or city would face if they tried to ban new housing developments, regardless of how many empty houses we see sitting with no one living in them or how ever long this drought will persist. People have a right to try to make a living, and if they are a developer then that's their line of work. I have lived here all my life and a lot of the newcomers even have the nerve to say we should stop all of the growth that's coming this way, but you all should consider the reasons you moved here and think maybe that's why the next person wants to live here. It's affordable (not counting the city of Covington's utility bills), we have interstate access, we're only 10 minutes from the shopping in Conyers and 15 minutes from Stonecrest and about 45 minutes from Atlanta. So these are a lot of factors for people wanting to live here, and as long as developers recognize this they are going to continue to build here. One way to slow growth in my opinion would be to change the allowable density for the rest of the undeveloped land on the west side of the county to slow that side down, and they've already done this for east Newton County. And we should have better standards for how the houses look in this county. I mean, they raised the minimum square footage and still I've seen new houses around here that look like they were built as part of a fifth-grade project for extra credit."

Events Calendar 10/27

Saturday

Miss American Legion crowned

Citizen Poll

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

Retirement plan red ink threatens benefits

By Dave Williams

A game isn't always as important as you think

I spent the latter part of this week on sabbatical down on the Georgia coast - refreshing my mind, body and soul through meditation, consumption of huge amounts of shellfish and a lot of lying around watching television - it rained. Whatever works, right?

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