News for Wednesday, February 13, 2008


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Newton High School principal accepts position at Hall County school

COVINGTON - After eight years in the Newton County School System, Newton High School Principal Joe Gheesling will say goodbye at the end of the school year.

Copper thieves stealing more than just metal Water loss a side effect of thefts

COVINGTON - Copper thieves cost the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority an estimated 800,000 gallons of water this past week by cutting copper pipes in two subdivisions under development that were fed by main water lines.

Mom helps out

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Alcovy Road I-20 ramp to shut down for construction

COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Transportation will close the Interstate 20 westbound ramp from Alcovy Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting.

City ponders local programming options

COVINGTON - Local television programming is about to get a lot more exciting.

Neighborhood Fund Leadership Institute accepting applications for spring session

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta's Neighborhood Fund Initiative is accepting applications for its spring Neighborhood Fund Leadership Institute, which will run from March through June.

Trial begins in slaying case

COVINGTON - Opening arguments and testimony got under way Tuesday in the case against three men accused in the slaying of Rufus Tony Richardson.

Defendant pleads guilty to murder

COVINGTON - A man accused of shooting and killing his stepfather at a residence on Island Shoals Road in July pleaded guilty to the charges against him at a hearing held Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court.

Shutouts to start Lady Pats win 3-0 while Heritage boys fall 1-0

CONYERS - Heritage officially kicked off its 2008 soccer season Tuesday night as both the boys and girls teams squared off against Flowery Branch with mixed results.

Alcovy boys move on; girls headed home

DACULA - The Alcovy teams split their games in the 8-AAAA basketball tournament with the boys advancing after beating Habersham Central 55-35, while the Lady Tigers ended their season with a 63-44 loss to Winder-Barrow on Tuesday.

Bench sparks Bulldogs to 75-56 victory

DACULA - The Rockdale boys got a big lift from their bench against Jackson County in the Region 8-AAAA tournament Monday night at Dacula High School.

Events 2-13-08

Feb. 13

Charting new territory Conyers natives create Web TV series

Modern technology has made producing and distributing entertainment - be it text, music or movies - to the world at large a more realistic proposition than ever, and two Rockdale County brothers are taking advantage of the situation in a unique way.

Letter - Kudos to 'Building a Better Newton'

To the editor:

Bill Shipp - How can I be so wrong?

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

Hawks fall late to Pistons

ATLANTA - Chauncey Billups came through when it mattered, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Detroit Pistons to their ninth win in a row, 94-90 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Both Newton teams out of postseason

STONE MOUNTAIN - The Newton boys basketball season came to an end Tuesday night as they lost to Redan 37-31 in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament at Stephenson High School.