News for Friday, February 1, 2008


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Clerk pistol-whipped during robbery

COVINGTON - A convenience store clerk was reportedly struck several times in the back with a handgun during an armed robbery at Ellington's Shell station on Salem Circle earlier this week.

Crotts puts in bid for state Senate

COVINGTON - Former State Senator Mike Crotts announced Thursday that he will challenge incumbent John Douglas, R-Social Circle, in the race for Senate District 17.

Suspect pleads not guilty in dismemberment case

COVINGTON - Franklin Elliot Benson, the man accused of killing his girlfriend and then dumping her dismembered remains in a rural area of Newton County late last year, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him at a hearing held Thursday morning in Newton County Superior Court.

Breaking ground Community center expected to open in August

COVINGTON - The wind chill pushed the temperature down near the freezing mark, but District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson said his heart was warmed by the show of support by officials and residents who braved the cold to turn out for the groundbreaking of the Nelson Heights Community Center.

Newton County schools to search for international faculty

COVINGTON - Newton County School System students could one day learn about Australian, English or South African culture while in math or science class.

Bird on the mend Kovalchuk to miss at least two games

ATLANTA - Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk will miss at least two games but apparently avoided serious injury to his right knee when he was hurt in Wednesday night's game against Pittsburgh.

Heritage, Salem girls battle for top spot

CONYERS - There is a lot at stake tonight in Region 8-AAAA South, but no game is more pivotal than the Heritage-Salem girls game.

Events 2-1-08

Feb. 1


Ms. Stacy Walden announces the engagement of her daughter, Hannah Magness, to Dustin James, son of Ms. Christy James and Mr. Tony James.

Award-winning printmaker to exhibit at Oxford College

In 1965, when University of South Carolina officials first invited artist Boyd Saunders to establish a printmaking department, they reserved a former men's bathroom for his classroom space because it had "plenty of water." He accepted, but dealt with a year of awkward encounters in which men walked into his classroom with intentions other than to take the printmaking class.

Announcements 2-1-08

Newton Precinct Changes


Marshall and Patricia King announce the marriage of their daughter, Kerrie Lee, to Nathan Andrew Walker, son of Andy

Rockdale Blotter 2-1-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Jan. 21 and Monday:

Newton Blotter 2-1-08

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

Letter - Response to sub-prime lending crisis

To the editor:


Elizabeth and Charles Staples and Grover Anderson announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Anderson of Conyers, to Micah O'Neal Hester, of Savannah.


Mr. and Mrs. Stewart N. Wiggins of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Louise Wiggins, to Norbert Spence Nunn Lanford, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Robert A. Lanford Sr., of Dahlonega.

Letter - Response to Gus Barksdale Award

To the editor:

Patriots' Vrabel could pose double trouble for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Mike Vrabel's hands are big, thick and scarred - and they might just be the most reliable pair on the New England Patriots.

RCHS presents 'Ragtime'

Rockdale county High School's musical theater production of "Ragtime" came in first place in the region and third place in the state. The production will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Rockdale High School Theatre for the cost of $5 per ticket. It is open to the public. The group has been chosen to perform the production at the State Thespian Conference on Feb. 8.

Organization holds Black History Month contest

From Staff reports

Newton in the middle of tight race

COVINGTON - The race for the boys basketball top seeds in Region 2-AAAAA is far from being decided with the top four teams having at least two games left to play.

Wren: Hampton ready to shoot for comeback

ATLANTA - Mike Hampton, who hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2005, is expected to be ready for the start of spring training as he continues his comeback from two elbow surgeries and a hamstring injury.

Former Rockdale 4-H students get positions

Rockdale County's 4-H Office announced this week that three 4-H alumnae have earned positions of leadership at 4-H Camps around the state. For the 2008 Georgia 4-H Summer Camping Program, Brittany Johnson, center, is the lead counselor at Fortson 4-H Center. Two Rockdale alumnae will be at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center - Megan Bailey, right, is the special interest program coordinator and Brittani Kelley, left, is the sports and recreation coordinator. Sixteen 4-H alumnae were chosen for leadership positions out of 36 applicants. The three women, who were active in the county's 4-H program, attend college and have served as camp counselors at 4-H Camp for the last two to three summers, along with working in their local 4-H offices. For more information about Rockdale County's 4-H program, call the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-785-5952.

Clubs 2-1-08


Kathleen Parker - Oh, Camelot!

WASHINGTON - Americans finally have narrowed the presidential race to two front-runners: John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Too bad they're both busy chatting up Guinevere and Galahad, respectively, in the ultimate Camelot, where the climate really is perfect all the year. Eternally.