News for Friday, December 5, 2008

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Decking the halls Students spread cheer at BOE building

COVINGTON - This year, Newton County students aren't only helping out with holiday decorations at home - they are helping out at school, too.

BOC still discussing land options Board undecided on grant to purchase foreclosed properties

COVINGTON - The Board of Commissioners is still mulling over whether to file an application for a grant to purchase and resell foreclosed properties.

Darrell Huckaby - Salesmen are coming out of the woodwork

I guess unsolicited solicitation is a necessary evil of the free enterprise system. I know it has been around as long as I have. When I was a kid I was a heck of a solicitor. I would try to sell anything, "try" being the operative word.

Parapro charged with child molestation

COVINGTON - Deputies on Tuesday arrested a Cousins Middle School paraprofessional on child molestation and related charges after the Newton County Sheriff's Office determined she had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old male student.

Cherokee Run files bankruptcy

CONYERS - Cherokee Run Country Club, located inside the Georgia International Horse Park, has filed for bankruptcy, listing the city of Conyers as its largest creditor.

Announcements - 12/5/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Braves, Sox complete Vazquez trade

ATLANTA - Javier Vazquez knows exactly what the Atlanta Braves were looking for when they traded for him: A durable starter to plug one of the holes in their uncertain rotation.

Community Calendar - 12/5/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Quickness key for Eagles in new region

COVINGTON - Having already played three games, the height-challenged Eastside boys basketball team will have to use what it has to outscore its opponents this season.

Not much experience for Salem Seminoles look for ways to build off very young team

CONYERS - Look up the word young and the proper definition cites being in the early stage of growth or development; having little experience.

Olympic swimmer on comeback from cancer

ATLANTA - Eric Shanteau looks as healthy as any other swimmer on deck at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Alcovy dominates Forest Park in 74-6 match

COVINGTON - Alcovy's wrestling team showed the Forest Park Panthers that the new kids on the block meant business with a 74-6 win Thursday.

Newton Blotter - 12/5/2008

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

Rob Jenkins - Avoid giving an arm and a leg for a bargain

Contrary to what your mother told you, the most dangerous thing you can do during the holiday season is not venturing out on New Year's Eve, when the highways are full of drunk drivers, including some who aren't local politicians. Oh, no.

Salem softball ready to get past 3-17 year

CONYERS - Although the season did not quite pan out the way Salem softball would have liked, the Lady Seminoles will use this as a learning experience to better themselves come next year.

Rockdale Blotter - 12/5/2008

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 Tuesday Nov. 25 and Monday:

Capturing moments Local artist uses painting as outlet

At age 40, Nita Bakay became a widow, leaving the stay-at-home mom to care for her three children alone. She forged ahead, returning to the workforce as a full-time math teacher at Rockdale's alternative school. Seven years later, in 1996, tragedy struck again when her son, David, then 20, died in a car accident.