News for Saturday, December 13, 2008


All Stories

Councilwoman wins $250K in Mega Millions

COVINGTON - It's a sure bet that Covington Councilwoman Ocie Franklin will have a merry Christmas.

Newton's sweethearts

The Newton County Miss Sweetheart Relay Queens represented the Newton County Relay for Life in the Covington Christmas Parade held Dec. 6. They rode in the back of Ford F-250 truck, decorated with posters they made urging everyone to come out and support the Relay, which will be held April 24 at The Church of Covington. Pictured are Wee Miss Abby Norton; Little Miss Grace Ann Miller; Young Miss Alexis Chitwood; Pre-teen Miss Kinzee Chitwood; Teen Miss Rebecka McKelvey; Jr. Miss Rachel Phillips; Miss Jamie Robinson; USA's Miss McDonough, Ga., Alyssa Sommerville; and USA Mrs. Madison, Ga., Beth Bradley, who also serves as Relay pageant director and committee member. Not pictured is Baby Miss Kennedy Donahue.

A deserved tribute

Top right, Coroner Bob Wheeler, right, enjoys a joke with longtime friend Artis Standard during Friday afternoon's retirement reception in Wheeler's honor at the Newton County Judicial Center. Well-wishers, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Wheeler for his 20 years of service as Newton County Coroner. In addition to accolades from friends and co-workers, Wheeler received a plaque of appreciation from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a proclamation paying tribute to his service to the county and state from Gov. Sonny Perdue, and a flag that flew over the state capitol in his honor.

Newton Citizen Poll - 12/13/2008

The Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. This week's poll was an open line.

Architects go forward with stadium plans

COVINGTON - Newton County Board of Education members have a lot of decisions to make concerning Sharp Stadium.


Danielle Hope Zimmerman and Jay Lee Marlow were married on Sept. 27 at Villa Serena in Conyers. Pastor Jason Lyle officiated the service.

New policy to impact firefighters Officials may rescind action due to reduction of benefits

COVINGTON - A new personnel policy affecting firefighter benefits may be reconsidered by the city due to complaints, according to the personnel director.

Porterdale budget gets hit by fees Dispatch charges add $46K

PORTERDALE - Public safety spending in Porterdale's 2009 budget will include fees for Police Department dispatching, amounting to $46,000 in new spending, according to City Manager Tom Fox.

Serra-Van Heest

Dr. Thomas and Susan Serra of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Carley Liang Serra, to Timothy Van Heest of Conyers, son of Scott and Jane Van Heest.

Newton Citizen Blotter - 12/13/2008

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


Ashley Christina Park and Joshua Lawhon Vick were married on Oct. 18 at the bride's family home in Conyers. Pastor Billy Coffelt officiated the service.

Community Calendar - 12/13/2008


Eastside girls notch first win; Newton boys smash Union Grove

The Eastside girls basketball team chalked up its first win of the season Friday night, collecting a 60-51 victory at Oconee County

In brief

Tucker wins Class AAAA title 15-3

Government Meetings - 12/13/2008


Hawks shake off start, roll past Miami

MIAMI - Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Mike Bibby and Josh Smith each added 15, and the Atlanta Hawks easily erased a terrible start to beat the Miami Heat with ease Friday night, 87-73.

Lady Bulldogs 1st, boys 2nd in home meet

CONYERS - Rockdale continued its underwater assault by racing to a second-place finish Thursday night during its home meet against four other schools, including county rival Heritage.

Alcovy splits wins with Mt. Zion

COVINGTON - Alcovy welcomed Mt. Zion to the Jungle on Friday evening by splitting a pair of Region 4-AAAA games.