News for Friday, February 15, 2008


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Mass transit top concern

COVINGTON - Finding public transit sources was a hot topic at a meeting held Tuesday night on the county's Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

Porterdale ousts staff members City clerk, Better Hometown Manager not reappointed

PORTERDALE - Another salvo was fired Wednesday night at the Porterdale City Council meeting in the continuing saga over the council's failure to reappoint City Clerk Shari Stevenson.

Package creates chaos Oxford man charged with planting hoax device

COVINGTON - A suspicious Valentine's Day package threw a local shopping center and parts of U.S. Highway 278 into chaos Thursday.

School system selects its STAR students

COVINGTON - Three high schools students skipped part of the school day Thursday, but they had a good excuse. They were accepting their awards as the 2008 Newton County STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) students.

Tuskegee Airmen to speak at local church

COVINGTON - The heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II are legendary. It's the mission of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen to keep that legend alive.

The Junior circuit Earnhardt, Hamlin win Daytona qualifying races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Denny Hamlin gave Toyota its first victory at NASCAR's top level, winning Thursday's second qualifying race to set up a Daytona 500 showdown between Joe Gibbs Racing and mighty Hendrick Motorsports.

Events 2-15-08

Feb. 15

Rockdale Blotter 2-15-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Feb. 4 and Monday:

Sims Elementary selects Stallions of the Month

The selection for Stallion of the Month is based upon a child exhibiting outstanding citizenship and behavior in school. Those recognized were given a certificate and breakfast with the principal, Carol Buhler.

Pine Street Elementary celebrates Valentine's Day

Many Rockdale County elementary schools are showing students that they are never too young to celebrate love. Students in Rockdale celebrated Valentine's Day this week with classroom parties, dances and fundraisers. Pine Street Elementary School held its annual Valentine's Day dance Wednesday afternoon at school. During the celebration, second graders Taylor Wilkinson, 7, and Amber Burge, 8, were crowned Mr. and Miss Pine Street Elementary for raising the most money in the school-wide penny race to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. In all, Pine Street students raised $350 for the organization.

Announcements 2-15-08

Literacy Action

Lorraine Elementary celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, Rockdale County students are celebrating Black History Month at school. This week, Lorraine Elementary students and faculty dressed as famous black Americans and decorated the hallways and classrooms to commemorate Black History Month. The students portrayed a variety of renowned figures such as Barack Obama, Ida B. Wells, Mae Jemison, Charles Drew, Shirley Chisholm, C. J. Walker, Hank Aaron, Frederick Douglass and other athletes, political figures and historical individuals.

Bulldogs get knocked out by Falcons

DACULA - The Rockdale Bulldogs must have thought that they were playing a six-man Dacula basketball team in their 71-52 loss and elimination in the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament.

Newton Blotter 2-15-08

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

State berths on the line at wrestling tournament

CONYERS - Grapplers from Rockdale and Newton counties are hitting the mats in an attempt to earn state berths as the Area 8-AAAA traditional wrestling tournament begins today at Winder-Barrow High School.

Hurt's 38 points lead Lady 'Noles to state

DACULA - The Salem girls punched their ticket to the state tournament Thursday night, earning their fourth straight trip as they defeated Winder-Barrow 69-56 in the second round of the Region 8-AAAA tournament in Dacula.


Mrs. Joanne Bolton and Mr. Jody D. Bolton, of Loganville, and Mr. Kenneth James Ray Sr., of Griffin, would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Crystal Ray, of Conyers, to Mr. Robert Daniel, of Covington, the son of Ms. Patricia Ann Daniel and the late Mr. Robert Edward Daniel, of Covington.


Jami Michele Dow and Igor Wolbers announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. They are planning a destination wedding to take place May 3 at the Beachcomber Inn in Casey Key, Fla.

Tigers fail in attempt for state Winder-Barrow deals Alcovy a 58-55 defeat

DACULA - The Alcovy boys saw their chance of advancing to the Class AAAA state tournament for a second straight year fall to pieces Thursday night in the form of a fourth quarter collapse.

Club Meetings 2-15-08


C.J. Hicks names fabulous falcons

C.J. Hicks Elementary School named its Fabulous Falcons for February. Pictured are, front: Amari Akua, Markayla Terry, Angelica Carmona, Jamal Hudson, Jalen Brewington, Ikia Traylor, Amica Boubert, Brandon Lawrence, Tashel Facey; middle: Akhiel Thomas, Justin Davis, Kayla Rone, Airen Turley, Demaris Delgado, Brianna Jean-Baptiste, Amiah Gregory, back: Brittany Lawrence, Jonai Jackson, Nookkerra Butts, Dajinae Ford, Ariel le Benford, Filip Ford, Marquavious Rivers and Jerimeyer Hurst.

Ric Latarski - Richardson should be held accountable for hiding details of divorce

So, our illustrious Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson manipulates the system to get a quickie divorce that would make the folks in Reno proud.

Barnhill Anniversary

Jim and Janice Barnhill, of Social Circle, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in South Carolina on February 22, 1958. They will celebrate at home with a luncheon for family, hosted by their children, Katherine Allen and Bobby Barnhill.

New Arrival 2-15-08

· Jorja Brooke Crawford was born Nov. 19, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and 20 inches long. Jorja is the daughter of Naomi and Chad Crawford, of McDonough. Jorja has three siblings: Brittani, Eli and Lyla Grace. Her maternal grandparents are Guy and Judy Norman, of Conyers. She is the great-granddaughter of M. W. and Julia Hill, of Conyers. Her paternal grandparents are Butch and Melissa Lowe, of McDonough.

BGCA forms alliance for Hispanic youth

From Staff Reports


Mickey and Susan Gerstman, of Russellville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Brooke Gerstman, to Michael Brent Almond, of Covington.


Mr. and Mrs. Micajah Caskey, of Irmo S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Rebecca Caksey, of Columbia S.C., to Emmitt William "Will" White III, of Monroe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt White Jr., of Monroe.

The value of being heart healthy Heart attack hits home for local man

David Goff said he didn't know it at the time, but when a feeling of pressure began to grow in his chest during a golf game, his heart attack had started.