News for Sunday, December 28, 2008

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Falcons have more to gain against Rams

ATLANTA - With an unexpected prize already in hand, the Atlanta Falcons have even more within grasp when they meet the St. Louis Rams today.

Newton boys roll in Powerade opener Eastside girls fall in semifinals

The Newton boys basketball team opened up the Powerade Festival with a 70-41 victory over Alpharetta at North Gwinnett High School on Saturday.

Parent involvement theme schools: NCSS to open two facilities

COVINGTON - Some students in the Newton County School System will have more options for public school programs next school year.

Talented youth Heritage's Bailey, Buddenbaum earn top honors

The future of local volleyball is in good hands.

Mark Shields - Extended bar hours could sully inauguration

In his terrific and readable new biography of President Andrew Jackson, "American Lion," Jon Meacham reports on the absence of communications between President-elect Jackson and the man whom he defeated, President John Quincy Adams.

FSU tops Wisconsin 42-13

ORLANDO, Fla. - Derek Nicholson and Dakota Wilson returned fumbles for touchdowns, Christian Ponder threw two TD passes and Florida State routed Wisconsin 42-13 Saturday in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Darrell Huckaby - Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009

"Fast away the old year passes." Boy, I'll say. Weren't we just here, saying goodbye to 2007 and looking forward to '08? Sure seems that way to me.

It's electric Engineer reworks car to run on electricity

CONYERS - Erik Bigelow's red convertible, a 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet, is as unassuming as any car that is on the road today until he turns the ignition and nothing happens.

Johnson lifts Hawks past Bulls

ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored a season-high 41 points, Josh Smith also set a season high with 24, and the Atlanta Hawks withstood Ben Gordon's 3-point barrage to beat the Chicago Bulls 129-117 on Saturday night.

White, W.Va. beat UNC 31-30

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - During four record-breaking seasons at West Virginia, Pat White made comeback victories and bowl wins routine.

On the beat: Woman offers ride; then misses pocketbook

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

County to add 4 courts at tennis center

CONYERS - Rockdale County will add four more courts to the new tennis center based on the fundraising efforts of local tennis enthusiasts.

Sheriff-elect completes training class

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff-Elect Ezell Brown said lasting bonds and friendships were formed during the monthlong intensive training sessions for 45 new Georgia sheriffs and he is eager to begin putting into practice what he learned.