News for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Salem Road gas station robbed at gunpoint

COVINGTON - An employee at the Shell Food Mart on Salem Road was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Close call Nobody hurt as tree destroys CPD vehicles

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department was wrapped in crime scene tape Tuesday afternoon after a mighty oak was apparently tired of standing upright.

Council squabbles over office bid

COVINGTON - A squabble between City Council members over the cost to remodel the elected officials' office at City Hall means the council will go back to the drawing board on the project.

Car crashes into new Rockdale County Jail

CONYERS - Just hours after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Rockdale County Jail, a woman drove her vehicle through the front of the new building.

Riders aim to help out needy kids

COVINGTON - For the 10th straight year, the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Dixie Star Riders Club will start their engines for a good cause Saturday morning as they help fill Santa's sleigh for needy children in Newton County.

Sign of respect

A sign proclaiming the roadway leading off Alcovy Road into the Newton County Law Enforcement Center has been erected. The honor was announced to Sheriff Joe Nichols during his recent retirement party. Nichols' third term will end Dec. 31 after nearly 38 years in law enforcement.

Community Calendar - 12/10/2008

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Runners' results mixed Eastside's girls team makes state; boys come up short

COVINGTON - Eastside's cross country team made everyone in Region 8-AAA take notice even though the boys squad came up short in its quest a state berth.

Pooler, McCray named first-team All-Region Eight Newton players earn second-team honors

COVINGTON - Newton's Quenton Pooler and Demetrius McCray impressed several coaches during the season, leading to their first-team selections on the All-Region 2-AAAAA Football Team.

Heritage wrestling starts hot

CONYERS - The Heritage wrestling squad is off to a quick start.

Bill Shipp - Trampling reform

Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

Letter - Comcast responds to reader

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Holding on to win Jackson saves the day as UGA holds off Virginia Tech 67-66

ATHENS - Albert Jackson scored the game-winning basket with 28.3 seconds remaining and grabbed a critical rebound with 0.5 left to help Georgia beat Virginia Tech 67-66 on Tuesday night.

Texas' McCoy grew into Heisman contender

AUSTIN, Texas - There was a time Colt McCoy's voice cracked in the Texas huddle. Today, he commands it with a hard look or a stern word if needed.

Darrell Huckaby - When it comes to Christmas trees, the bigger the better

My mama used to tell me that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I would get this admonition, of course, when I filled my plate up with more food than I could eat. That doesn't happen very often anymore. It's not that I don't put a lot of food on my plate. It's just hard to exceed my appetite these days.