News for Tuesday, February 19, 2008


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NCSO warns of man posing as police officer

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be aware that there may be a man who is impersonating a law enforcement officer stopping vehicles in western Newton County.

Ester Fleming won't run for district seat Commissioner still mulling other options

COVINGTON - Ester Fleming will not seek another term as a district commissioner, but he is keeping his options open on whether to run for another office, he said Monday.

Deadly Blaze Body found in weekend fire on Elks Club Road

COVINGTON - A fatal fire occurred in the early morning hours Sunday when a body was found at 316 Elks Club Road in the burned debris of the home, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tim Smith of the Newton County Fire Service.

Doug Holt - House approves tougher penalties for illegal handicap parking

Last week, the pace picked up a bit. The House considered 19 bills and resolutions. Several were interesting or significant.

Recall issued for beef used by school lunch programs

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is one of the now 37 school systems in Georgia affected by a recall of beef from a California slaughterhouse under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Couple stuck with bill for illegal dump

COVINGTON - It's been said that oil and water don't mix, and Shannon Casale certainly knows that to be true.

John Douglas - Influential measures pass the Senate

The Georgia General Assembly is now on its way to the fifth week of the legislative session, and so far, numerous measures have been passed that seek to better the lives of Georgians. We have completed 18 of the 40 required legislative days of business, and I am proud of the work we have done up to this point.

Braves notebook: DeSalvo impresses Cox early

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Four days into spring training, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox already has spotted a possible surprise.

Government Meetings 2-19-08


Bulldogs seek spark after slow start to '08

CONYERS - The Rockdale boys soccer team kicked off its 2008 campaign last week, and so far, the road has been a rocky one.

College notebook: Eastside's Lee sets school record at Ga. State

Former Eastside standout Catherine Lee is off to a record-setting start for the Georgia State University softball team.

Eastside girls banking on experience

COVINGTON - The Eastside girls soccer team has something this season that it's lacked for a long time: experience.

Ric Latarski - Investigation into steroids a moment to be 'misremembered'

Stop the presses! There are apparently people in Washington, D.C., telling lies. What a, uh, shock.

On the right track The Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - For some drivers, winning the Daytona 500 is the goal. Ryan Newman considers his win in NASCAR's Super Bowl a good start to an even bigger ambition.

Heritage girls soccer team improves to 3-0 with win over Habersham Central

MOUNT AIRY - The Heritage girls soccer team moved to 3-0 on the season after capturing a 6-0 road win over Habersham Central on Saturday.

Events 2-19-08

Feb. 19

Darrell Huckaby - Play me a song, she's the Piano Girl

When I was in the eighth grade at Porterdale School our principal, Mr. L.C. Gordon, summoned me from math class one day to inform me that my father had been involved in an automobile accident on his way home from work. (We called them "car wrecks" back in those days.) Mr. Gordon was going to drive me to Covington to the hospital to see him, so I would be assured that he was OK.

Rob Jenkins - Hope for your "get-in-shape" resolution

Remember your New Year's resolution to get in shape? How's that working out for you?