News for Saturday, December 20, 2008

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Newton County Farm Bureau wins award

MACON - The Newton County Farm Bureau received the Georgia Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award during the organization's 70th annual convention held Dec. 7 through 9 on Jekyll Island. The Newton County Committee competed against committees from nine other districts for the state honor. This is the 12th consecutive year the committee has won the award.

Schools, central office closed for holidays

COVINGTON - Friday was the last day of the first semester of the 2008-09 school year for students in the Newton County School System.

Deck the yard

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

County to condemn land for Bear Creek

COVINGTON - County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday night to condemn property owned by Emmett Denby in order to construct Bear Creek Reservoir. The land is the last residential property the county must acquire to build the reservoir.

Task force raids home Cops nab alleged drug dealer after monthlong investigation

COVINGTON - Officers with the joint Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit stormed a Covington "trap" house on Friday and took a suspected cocaine dealer to jail, completing a near monthlong investigation.

Stalvey's reopens after scoring 31

COVINGTON - Stalvey's Restaurant and Lounge on U.S. Highway 278 has reopened after voluntarily closing in reaction to receiving a 31 U on a recent food service inspection report.

Newton Citizen Poll 12/20/2008

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

Newton County Board of Tax Assessors: Group will review roads

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Tax Assessors will take over review of street and subdivision names and assigning of street numbers for the city of Covington.

Basketball roundup: Pats win opener at Henry County

The Heritage boys opened play in the Henry County Classic with a 51-46 victory victory over Dutchtown on Friday night.

Schuerholz: Agent's actions 'despicable'

ATLANTA - Braves president John Schuerholz has vowed to never again do business with Rafael Furcal's agents, whom Schuerholz accused in a newspaper interview of conducting 'despicable' dealings with the team.

Government Meetings - 12/20/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Murray lifts Hawks past Warriors

ATLANTA - Flip Murray scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors 115-99 on Friday night.

Lady Eagles prevail Eastside girls win by 9; boys fall to Alcovy

COVINGTON - It seems that 41 was an unlucky number at Alcovy on Friday night as both losing teams scored that many points.

Community Calendar - 12/20/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Salem wins pair against Jones County Both teams collect 47-45 victories

CONYERS - In thrilling fashion, the Salem basketball teams swept Jones County by the exact same score, 47-45, on Friday evening at home.