News for Saturday, February 16, 2008

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Resident plans second bid for commission

COVINGTON - Local businessman Jimmy Clark Jr. will run as a Democrat in the race for the District 3 Board of Commissioners seat, he announced this week.

State to open investigation of band directors

CONYERS - The Georgia Professional Standards Commission voted Thursday to open an investigation regarding Salem High School Band Director Shawn Geiger and Assistant Band Director John Claybrook.

Green celebration Tree care possible during drought

COVINGTON - Arbor Day, traditionally a time to encourage tree planting and care, was celebrated across the state Friday.

Rockdale inmate charged in alleged relationships Man accused of bypassing phone system along with deputy, public defender

CONYERS - A man accused of bypassing the telephone system in the jail and having an improper relationship with a jail deputy and a public defender has been charged in connection with the allegations.

Two men found guilty in slaying case

COVINGTON - Two men accused in the shooting death of Rufus Tony Richardson were found guilty of the crime Friday afternoon in Newton County Superior Court.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 2-16-08

"It is funny how the church is 'private property', because when the movie theater was there, they did not think twice about allowing locals to use the parking lot. But, then again, the difference is that business actually cared about the community, while the business there now hides behind a 'church' to avoid paying taxes."

Eastside puts 10 wrestlers in area quarterfinals

WINDER - Eastside wrestling coach Brandon Blakeman has a good chance of getting what he wants for his birthday today as his team is in position to win the Area 8-AAAA championship.

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Dave Williams - House GOP joins fight against school cuts

During the last gubernatorial campaign two years ago, Democrat Mark Taylor repeatedly hammered Gov. Sonny Perdue's "austerity" cuts to education.

Dawn of a new season Braves begin camp; will it be Cox's last?

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For the 49th straight time, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox is attending spring training.

Darrell Huckaby - Kids will say - and do - the darndest things

Art Linkletter used to have a television program, back in the previous millennium, called "House Party". One of the favorite features of his show was a bit called "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Some of you may remember it. It was a simple premise, really, in which Linkletter exploited the innocence of children by setting up his camera in day care centers, kindergarten classes and primary schools - or maybe he actually brought the kids into his studio - and asking them questions about mostly adult situations.

Editorial - Do-not-call law awaits Bush

Here's a little election year bonus - consumer friendly legislation that doesn't cost the government anything. In fact, it makes money.

Gladiators upset Patriots in region tourney

DACULA - A promising season came to an abrupt end Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament as the No. 1-seeded Heritage boys were upset by Clarke Central 56-53.

Newton wrestlers have state on their minds at area tourney

COVINGTON - The Newton wrestling team heads into the Area 2-AAAAA Tournament with high expectations.

Newton Citizen Poll 2-16-08

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line ...

Heritage, Salem fall in semis Girls will meet today in contest for third place

DACULA - The Salem girls basketball team will be on the road for the first round of the state tournament after falling to Madison County on Friday in the semifinal round of the Region 8-AAAA tournament.