News for Tuesday, February 12, 2008


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Doug Holt - House tends to housekeeping issues

Last week saw a slower pace on the House floor. Most of the measures we considered were either of the "housekeeping" variety, where they update state regulations to meet changed federal standards; or they were on fairly minor matters. A couple of them were of minor interest.

State relaxes restrictions on watering Local officials have yet to weigh in on changes

COVINGTON - Though the state is relaxing outdoor watering restrictions, the Newton County government has yet to announce what will happen locally.

Man charged with attacking his neighbor

COVINGTON - A Covington man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault last week after he allegedly attacked his neighbor with a metal pipe.

City tries to even spikes in electric bills

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council is attempting to give customers a break from frequent spikes in electric bills.

Police arrest five in Rockbridge drug bust

CONYERS - Law enforcement officers arrested four men and a 17-year-old woman, as well as confiscating various drugs, in a raid of a north Rockdale County house on Friday.

Government Meetings 2-12-08


Delivering love

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Police search for man who preys on elderly

COVINGTON - More details surrounding an incident in which an unknown man reportedly forced his way into the homes of two elderly women last week continue to come to light following the release of an incident report on Monday.

City of Oxford gets new Web site

OXFORD - Soon, the residents of Oxford will be able to communicate with Oxford City Council members and other citizens while sitting by their home computer.

Walton Blotter 2-12-08

MONROE - The following arrests and charges have been reported by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe Police Department, the Loganville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and the Social Circle Department of Public Safety:

Rockdale gets a split Lady Bulldogs come back to beat South; boys shut out

CONYERS - Rockdale's soccer squads collected a split with South Gwinnett on Monday night at Reid Memorial Stadium.

Seminoles upset Loganville 60-57 Rockdale, Eastside girls exit quietly

DACULA - The Salem Seminoles may have been the No. 6 seeded team from the south region but they proved that they are not to be taken lightly, beating north region No. 3 seed Loganville 60-57 in first round action of the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Monday.

Events 2-12-08

Feb. 12

Darrell Huckaby - Modern distractions a far cry from my youth's entertainments

"What did y'all do for fun when you were growing up?"

Health Reports 2-12-08

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department. As of Dec. 1, the Environmental Health Division implemented new regulations that include both a letter grade and numeric score. The current form, along with the two most recent inspection reports, must be visibly posted within 15 feet of the establishment's main entrance and drive-thru windows.

More open-wheelers following Montoya's move to NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Tony Stewart opened the door for open-wheel drivers to race stock cars.

Rob Jenkins - Exploding some myths about love

As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to love, relationships, and the fact that the IRS tax filing deadline is only two months away.

Swimmers make a splash at state Heritage's Eisenman takes third in 50 freestyle

ATLANTA - Several local swimmers had strong showings over the weekend at Westminster School in the 2008 Georgia High School Swimming and Diving Championship.

Ric Latarski - Water war moves toward Tennessee occupation

The water war has reached the absurd. In its never ending struggle to convince the world Atlanta is something special, our fearless leaders in the General Assembly want to move the state line north in order to acquire more water.

John Douglas - Senate tackles water shortage, unlicensed drivers, transportation

We are well into the 2008 legislative session now, and we have finished 14 days of the required 40 legislative days of business. The pace is increasing daily as senators and representatives go about their work. This week, I'd like to discuss some of the big pieces of legislation that I have focused on thus far.

Newton squads eye 2-AAAAA playoffs

COVINGTON - The road to the Class AAAAA state playoffs goes through Redan as the Newton boys drew the Raiders in the opening round of the Region 2-AAAAA Tournament today at 5:30 p.m. at Stephenson High School.

Bush admits to economic uncertainty President calls on Congress to do more

WASHINGTON - President Bush, acknowledging that the country is suffering through a period of economic uncertainty, called on Congress Monday to do more to help people and businesses hurt by the housing slump and credit crunch.

Minnesota town hits a record at 40 below zero Monday

MINNEAPOLIS - It lived up to its name: The temperature in International Falls fell to 40 below zero Monday, just a few days after the northern Minnesota town won a federal trademark making it officially the 'Icebox of the Nation.'

Nation Briefs

Student shot during gym class at Memphis school

World Briefs

Taliban militant critically wounded in Pakistan

People Briefs

Kyle MacLachlan, wife expecting their first child

Senate passes first transportation measures

ATLANTA - The Senate easily approved two transportation resolutions Monday, a smooth opening to what could become a protracted debate over how to pay for a host of highway and transit needs.