News for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Top stories of 2008: Schools face budget, personnel challenges

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System has dealt with several major issues this year.

Top stories of 2008: County sees 10 die at hands of others

COVINGTON - Ten murders rocked the community during 2008 - two occurring in the city and eight in the county. Suspects have been arrested in all but two incidents.

Bill Shipp - The road ahead appears bumpy

By this time next year, you may think 2008 wasn't so bad after all.

Top stories of 2008: Politics bring firsts, controversy

History was made in Newton County on Nov. 4 when voters elected the first black sheriff, Lt. Ezell Brown, and the first female Board of Commissioners chair, Kathy Morgan.

Man charged with burning group home Teen suspect lived at house

COVINGTON - An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with a fire that he allegedly set at a group home housing six residents Christmas Eve night, according to the Covington Fire Department.

Officials: Celebrate carefully, and only with legal fireworks

COVINGTON - While only certain kinds of sparklers are lawful to be used to ring in the New Year in Georgia, officials are urging caution, saying that injury or fire damage is possible.

All-Area Football: High-flying Eagles dominate team

This fall, Eastside wrote a new chapter in its football history, recording its best season ever.

Celebration time

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

With new deal and hip, Paterno rosy at Rose Bowl

LOS ANGELES - Feisty as ever, Joe Paterno fired off a friendly zinger as he walked out of the hotel ballroom, cutting out early on Rose Bowl media day to get ready for practice.

Newborn gets help with road, pedestrian safety

NEWBORN - Newborn residents will see some changes to the downtown district in the new year that should improve safety and provide pedestrian access, according to one council member.

Hurst right choice for top head coach

Here at The Citizen, we take our postseason all-star teams and awards seriously.

Rams suffer first loss of the season North Gwinnett shocks No. 9 Newton 50-45

SUWANEE - After blasting Alpharetta 70-41 in the opening round of the Powerade Festival, host North Gwinnett shocked ninth-ranked Newton 50-45 on Monday night.

Eagles roll to tournament win at Winder

WINDER - Eastside's wrestling squad took top honors Saturday after placing first in the George Thompson Memorial Tournament at Winder-Barrow High School.

Darrell Huckaby - Whatever you drop, have a happy New Year

They say you know that you are over the hill when you can go to bed on New Year's Eve after the 11 o'clock news but before the ball drops in Times Square. Well, I want to go on record as not being there quite yet.

Top stories of 2008: Oxford College gets national attention from zebra prank; owners lose animal

OXFORD - A prank at Oxford College that lasted only a few hours will leave a legacy at the school for years to come.

Eastside boys crowned tournament champs Eagles defeat Forest Park 47-40 in Hooptacular title game

McDONOUGH - The Eastside boys basketball squad ended the year on a high note Monday night after topping Forest Park 47-40 to win the Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Charger Hooptacular.

Ryan's Reward Atlanta Falcons' QB named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK - Matt Ryan found a quick way to make Falcons fans forget Michael Vick, Bobby Petrino and all the ugliness of Atlanta football.

Top stories of 2008: Civic center takes step forward, then backward

COVINGTON - The proposed downtown hotel/civic and conference center took a giant step forward when the city and county approved issuance of $23 million in revenue bonds for the project.

New officials sworn in First chairwoman, black sheriff take oaths

COVINGTON - It's a new year for Newton County government.

Mansfield school given tree grant

COVINGTON - Several Mansfield Elementary School staff members, as well as parents and other community members, spent part of the holiday break planting trees on the school's playground.