News for Friday, December 26, 2008


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Newton Blotter - 12/26/2008

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

GHSA Player of Year a do-it-all star for Lowndes

VALDOSTA - Greg Reid has pretty much done it all for Lowndes High School the past three years.

Dedicated training

These dedicated Alcovy High School freshmen, 14-year-old Dylan Young, front, and Chris Webb, 14, back, didn't let the freezing temperatures this week stop them cold in their tracks as they took their personal training to new heights at the Rockdale County High School football stadium. The young men have been working out twice a week since July wtih Ron Edmondson, middle, a private trainer who worked 18 years ago in Los Angeles with celebrities like Heather Locklear, Richie Sambora and the other members of Bon Jovi. In addition to their regular workouts with Alcovy's track team held three days a week, Edmondson works with the boys twice a week. He incorporates sports psychology, nutrition and self-esteem training in the physical workout routine.

Darrell Huckaby - Mill village kids share the gift of imagination

You've heard this story before, if you've been reading my column since its inception - on Christmas Day, as a matter of fact - exactly 10 years ago. But its worth hearing again - especially on the day after Christmas.

Chamber Tourism launches geocache hunt

COVINGTON - It's a craze that's catching on across the globe, and now Newton County is getting caught up in it. It's called geocaching, and participants say it's more than a hobby - it's an addiction - one that's family-friendly and free, to boot.

Group offers free tree recycling

COVINGTON - Keep Georgia Beautiful is once again offering a way to get rid of that old Christmas tree and be a good steward of the environment by sponsoring the annual "Bring One for the Chipper" tree recycling event.

All the right moves Falcons' youthful GM Dimitroff builds winning design

FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone who wants Thomas Dimitroff to respond to suggestions he's an NFL version of cartoon 'Boy Genius' Jimmy Neutron can forget it.

Rockdale Blotter - 12/26/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Dec. 16 and Monday:

Jack Simpson - Lessons from the past can guide us in troubled times

Yes, we are still engaged in a struggle against terrorism, and we have lost our favorable reputation in the world. However, our immediate concern is the economy and the financial problems that face nearly every person. We are not alone. Nations around the world are also feeling less secure because of their economic woes.

Numerous homes hit for jewelry

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

Community Calendar - 12/26/2008


Love in lights: Proposal brightens a young couple's Christmas

CONYERS - When Conyers electrician Jonathan Matthews, 22, decided it was time to pop the question to his girlfriend, he knew he wanted to do something out of the ordinary.

Bulldogs ride roller coaster to 5-5 season Rockdale shows four-game improvement in Etheridge's first year as coach

Rockdale's 2008 football season was full of peaks and valleys.

Announcements - 12/26/2008