News for Friday, February 29, 2008


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New greeting Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful Sign welcomes drivers to area

COVINGTON - Visitors to Covington, and maybe even those who've been here a while, should be feeling a bit more welcome now.

Input Sought on Career and Technical Education

From staff reports

"Ready to come home' Covington native retires from Navy after 31 years

COVINGTON - In 1976, Willie Hawk left Covington to see the world.

Clubs 2-29-08


School system makes administrative changes

COVINGTON - Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley announced Tuesday night during the Newton County Board of Education's monthly meeting a few administrative changes for the 2008-09 school year.

Middle school holds technology recycling drive

CONYERS - The technology department at General Ray Davis Middle School is holding a recycling drive for laser and inkjet toner cartridges and old cell phones to raise money for classroom equipment.

Announcements 2-29-08

Child Abuse

Flu hitting state hard Residents urged to take precautions against illness

CONYERS - The number of reported cases of the flu has increased this year, and many in Rockdale County are feeling its effects.


Jim and Jane Cooper of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Cooper of Conyers, to Jeremy Johnson, son of J.C. Johnson and the late Cathy Johnson of Conyers.

Local businesses search for Rockdale's future photographers

From staff reports


Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wells announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Wells of Covington, to Patrick Studdard, son of Mr. Rusty Studdard of Social Circle.


The Rev. Ioan Nelu Chitescu and Mrs. Amelia Isabella Chitescu of Charlotte, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miriam Amelia Chitescu of Atlanta, to Steven Lewis McGee of Atlanta, son of Mr. Robert Murry McGee Jr. and Mrs. Cynthia Stripling McGee of Conyers.

Love keeps couple together for 70 years

In 1935, as a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal plan to relieve unemployment caused by the Great Depression, Carl Gardner worked as a surveyor and mapmaker. While on assignment one day in Monroe, N.C., Mr. Gardner viewed more than just the land through his survey telescope. Off in the distance he saw a young blonde woman wearing a big straw hat working in the yard with a push mower and sling blade.

Culinary students gain ServSafe certification

CONYERS - Rockdale Career Academy students are taking the necessary steps to get a head start on their careers.

Kohl's to award scholarships

From Staff Reports

Cathcart 50th anniversary

Events 2-29-08

Feb. 29

Thrashers lose in overtime 5-4

ATLANTA - Trent Hunter scored off a faceoff in overtime and the New York Islanders recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the slumping Atlanta Thrashers 5-4 on Thursday night.

Rockdale Blotter 2-29-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Feb. 18 and Monday:

Rockdale looks to returning stars

CONYERS - The 2008 Rockdale baseball team will look much like the team that took the field in 2007 as the Bulldogs lost just three starters to graduation.

New Arrivals 2-29-08

Mason William Hendricks was born Dec. 12 at Rockdale Medical Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 18 inches long. Mason is the son of Ross and Kelly Hendricks of Covington. His big brother is Miller Hendricks.

Newton Blotter 2-29-08

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

Starting strong Heritage tennis sweeps Cedar Shoals

CONYERS - Heritage's tennis teams both moved to 1-0 in Region 8-AAAA South play with a sweep of visiting Cedar Shoals on Thursday.


Mr. and Mrs. William Szarowicz of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Szarowicz of Conyers, to Eric Landon Rodgers of Covington, son of Ms. Beverly Rodgers of Rutledge and Mr. Phillip Rodgers of Conyers.


Elizabeth Kenneweg and Zachary McLendon were united in marriage May 26, 2007, at Starrsville United Methodist Church. Pastor Shurtz officiated the ceremony. Elizabeth is the daughter of Michele Kenneweg and Bernard Kenneweg of Covington. Zachary is the son of Debra Day and Sid McLendon of Covington. After a honeymoon in Helen, the couple resides in Covington.

Ric Latarski - Tennesse fuels fire with water

Well, you gots to give Tennessee credit.

Newton off to fast start

COVINGTON - First-year Newton boys soccer coach Tim Hardison must be doing something right as he's got his team at 3-0 to start the season.