News for Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Testimony continues in slaying case

COVINGTON - Testimony continued for a second day on Wednesday in Newton County Superior Court in the trial of three men who stand accused in the slaying of Rufus Tony Richardson.

More victims come forward in abuse case

COVINGTON - Following the arrest of a Covington physical therapist last week on sexual battery charges, authorities say more victims have now come forward reporting similar experiences.

Schools' beef possibly tainted

COVINGTON - Newton County is one of the more than two dozen Georgia school districts that is affected by possibly tainted beef from a California slaughterhouse under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Commissioners delay approval of Cousins Gym contract for renovations

COVINGTON - County commissioners recently tabled a decision on whether to approve an architectural agreement for the renovation of the historic Cousins Gym.

Judge elected officer for Leadership Georgia

COVINGTON - Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson, of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, has been elected vice president of the 2008 Board of Trustees of Leadership Georgia.

Celebrating Valentine's

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Board of Education selects names for schools

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education voted at its Tuesday work session on the names of the new elementary and middle schools being built on Salem Road.

Events 2-14-08

Feb. 14

Daytona lacking flare? Top-notch drivers on the verge of missing 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tucked away in the back corner of the garage, far from the overwhelming attention surrounding NASCAR's biggest stars, a world-class group of drivers went overlooked in their quest to make the Daytona 500.

Clarke Central eliminates Eastside 68-45

DACULA - The Eastside boys scored only 12 points combined in the second and third quarters of Tuesday night's late game in the Region 8-AAAA tournament at Dacula High School.

Letter - Consider the handicapped

To the editor:

Thrashers take care of Capitals 3-2 in shootout

ATLANTA - Eric Perrin and Slava Kozlov scored on Atlanta's first two shootout opportunities to help the Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Wednesday night.

Bulldogs get up early on Gamecocks, coast to 82-64 victory

ATHENS - Sundiata Gaines scored 27 points while leading Georgia to a big first-half lead, and the Bulldogs went on to an 82-64 rout of South Carolina that snapped a five-game losing streak Wednesday night.

Government Meetings 2-14-08

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Lady Pats make it to state Salem boys fall short

DACULA - Heritage used a 25-point fourth quarter and overcame a seven-point deficit to beat Loganville 52-46 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAA tournament at Dacula High School.

Darrell Huckaby - Exhaustive research to aid the Valentine challenged

So here we are again. Feb. 14. Valentine's Day.