News for Sunday, December 14, 2008


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Letter - Thank you to public safety professionals

To the editor:

Oklahoma's Bradford wins Heisman

NEW YORK - Sam Bradford's biggest score: the Heisman Trophy.

Rockdale's Farmer inks with Georgia Tech

CONYERS - Farmers equipped with all the right tools perform their job accordingly in the fields.

Rockdale lines up projects for '09 Stormwater division set to start new year with 34 jobs

CONYERS - The Rockdale County stormwater management division is set to kick off a series of new projects next year following a light year of completed projects by the federally mandated program.

Some criminals just have the worst luck

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

Woman arrested after struggle with 8-month pregnant deputy

CONYERS - A woman was arrested Friday afternoon after she allegedly came to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office while drunk and assaulted a deputy who is eight months pregnant, according to Sgt. Jodi Shupe.

Auburn hires Chizik as new head coach

AMES, Iowa - Auburn has hired Iowa State's Gene Chizik as its new football coach, turning to a former defensive coordinator who helped the Tigers forge a perfect season but has won five games in two years as a head coach.

Newton 8U Hurricanes win football tournament

MACON - The Newton County 8-and-under Hurricanes had an impressive playoff run, not allowing any opponent to score as they won the 2008 Southeast National Football Tournament in Macon from Nov. 28 to 30.

Bill Shipp - Glad we're not in Illinois

Unless you were under a rock, flying on a space shuttle or in a coma, you witnessed last week the bombshell that exploded across the nation's political landscape. FBI agents arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his home Tuesday morning, having heard him via wiretaps and listening devices allegedly engaging in a conspiracy to sell his appointment to fill President-elect Barack Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate. With the White House press corps decamped to Chicago to cover the Obama transition, they have given breathless coverage of the scandal.

Darrell Huckaby - Auto industry's wonder years are long gone

The wonderful juniors and seniors who join me in my American history through film class and I have been studying the 1960s, as of late. It has been said that if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. I must not have been there because I can recall almost every day of the 1960s in vivid detail. Funny thing, memory. I wish I could remember last week as well as I can remember the 10th grade.

Library tree decked out with holiday donations

COVINGTON - Those seeking a somewhat unconventional donation this holiday season have a chance to do so at the library.

Falcons' ground game daunting to Carolina

ATLANTA - The Falcons have one of the best rushing games in the NFL. They sure liked what they saw when they tuned in to 'Monday Night Football.'

Miracle Field draws closer to reality

COVINGTON - The site for the planned Miracle Field that will serve special-needs children was officially secured Monday night, when the Covington City Council granted a variance to the Newton County Recreation Commission.

Tigers keep improving in 3rd year

COVINGTON - Even though Alcovy failed to make the playoffs, missing the postseason by one game, the Tigers' football team has improved every year in their three-year history, and this year was no different.

Having an icy good time