News for Wednesday, February 20, 2008


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Newton resident helps police find stolen tractor

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are tipping their hats to a resident who helped them catch an alleged tractor thief on Feb. 10.

Lawmakers cautious toward pro-life amendment

ATLANTA - Members of a House subcommittee Monday expressed strong reservations about proposed anti-abortion legislation that even some pro-life groups oppose as overly broad.

New digs at Oxford

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Therapist is charged with sexual battery Second charge in a month

COVINGTON - A Covington physical therapist accused of inappropriately touching a female employee earlier this month is facing an additional charge of sexual battery after a former employee came forward last week.

Authorities identify fire victim

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities have identified the body of the man found in the burned remains of a home on Sunday morning as that of 73-year-old Garland G. Umberger Jr.

First African-American History Festival to take place Saturday

COVINGTON - In an effort to welcome newcomers to the county and to celebrate Black History Month, a new organization called One Voice is holding the first African-American History Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Porter Memorial Auditorium at Newton High School, 140 Ram Drive.

Council approves homeless shelter permit

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council approved a special-use permit to allow Rainbow Ministries to open a homeless shelter on Turner Lake Circle on Monday night.

Guilty plea entered in girl's death Teen to be sentenced for involuntary manslaughter

COVINGTON - A Social Circle teen accused of inadvertently killing his girlfriend at a construction site off U.S. Highway 278 last year pleaded guilty to the charges against him at a hearing held Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court.

Tops at Alcovy

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Walton Blotter 2-20-08

MONROE - The following arrests and charges have been reported by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe Police Department, the Loganville Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and the Social Circle Department of Public Safety:

More depth adds to Alcovy's future in golf

COVINGTON - Alcovy's golf program is still several years away from being a competitive force, but coach Chris Newsham is happy they are headed in the right direction in just its second season.

Events 2-20-08

Feb. 20

Kidd finally makes way to Dallas in 8-player trade

DALLAS - Jason Kidd is a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Again. Finally.

Mark Shields - Everything is a "poll"

Let me tell you, from personal experience, what the presidential campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are experiencing hourly in late February of 2008.

Braves notebook: Cox leaves camp after mother-in-law dies

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Manager Bobby Cox will miss the Atlanta Braves' first full-squad workout on Wednesday, leaving camp to be with his family after the death of his mother-in-law.

Extraordinary Eagles Area champions set tone for Eastside wrestling

COVINGTON - The Eastside wrestling program surprised everyone, including possibly itself, after winning five individual championships in the Area 8-AAAA traditional tournament on Saturday at Winder-Barrow High School.

Bill Shipp - Teaching 'Ethics for Dummies'

An ethics class for lobbyists?

A passion for performance Baroque music comes to Oxford

The Lenten musical composition "St. John's Passion" is considered one of the most memorable works of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, whose large canon of religious and secular pieces has earned him a deserved lofty position in classical music circles around the globe.

Letter - Treatment of flag leads to theft

To the editor:

Hobbling Hank mum on Clemens Braves legend says baseball will overcome Steroid Era

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - He's no longer the home run king, but he's still the Hammer.

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