News for Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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Doug Holt - Senate passes dog fighting ban, credit freeze

After appropriations hearings during the week of the 21st, the session got underway in earnest last week. Since this is the second session of a two-year term, there is legislation from last year still in the system. We went to work on some of it last week. Several bills were noteworthy.

Murder suspect in court for hearing

COVINGTON - A man who allegedly gunned down his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself late last year is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing today in Newton County Superior Court.

South River trail project receives $780,000 grant from state DOT

CONYERS - Another piece of the South River trail puzzle dropped into place Monday in the form of a $780,000 federal grant through the Georgia Department of Transportation. The grant will help fund trail construction from Ga. Highway 138 to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

Library to expands its children's programs

COVINGTON - The Newton County Library children's department is busy keeping up with the changing needs of county residents.

Public invited to events celebrating Arbor Day

COVINGTON - The cities of Oxford and Covington will celebrate Arbor Day with separate ceremonies next week.

Polls open for Super Tuesday Voter turnout expected at more than 20 percent

COVINGTON - Super Tuesday is here. Voters across the county will be casting their ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary today.

Out for a stroll

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Imperfect team could lose key players in offseason

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The only perfect thing about the Patriots was their record.

Smith powers Hawks to win

ATLANTA - Josh Smith had 19 points, nine assists and nine blocks, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame an abysmal first quarter in a 96-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Big night in the subregion Patriots, Bulldogs look to lock up top seeds

CONYERS - With only two games left in the regular season, the seedings for the Region 8-AAAA Tournament are starting to take shape.

Walton Blotter 2-5-08

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:

Events 2-5-08

Feb. 5

Hawkins lifts Newton boys past Salem

CONYERS - For the Salem basketball program, this season has been a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions.

Ric Latarski - Legislature might want to consider a new play

It's nice to know the Georgia General Assembly isn't wasting time and is huddling up on serious issues.

Health Reports 2-5-08

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department. As of Dec. 1, the Environmental Health Division implemented new regulations that include both a letter grade and numeric score. The current form, along with the two most recent inspection reports, must be visibly posted within 15 feet of the establishment's main entrance and drive-thru windows.

Darrell Huckaby - Super Tuesday could answer a few questions

My Uncle Snook Thomson used to have a store in Walnut Grove. I loved to go and visit because he had a rack of penny candy and always let me fill up a little paper bag with Mary Janes and jawbreakers and the like.

Rob Jenkins - Fathering skills barely on track

For once, I actually passed a fatherhood test. OK, I made like a C+, but still.

John Douglas - Historic week at the Gold Dome

We have now completed 10 of 40 working days of the 2008 legislative session, and the pace is increasing daily as senators and representatives introduce new bills, meet in committees and debate and vote on legislation. So far, we have already taken up many of the tough issues facing the legislature and will continue to work hard moving forward. Much remains to be done as we look to Georgia's future.

Super Manning Eli Manning delivers, earns MVP for Giants

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Vindication for former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi came in one gut-wrenching, last-minute drive engineered by Eli Manning to win the Super Bowl.