News for Friday, February 8, 2008


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Sisters charged with striking school officials

COVINGTON - Three teenage sisters are facing charges of battery on a school official and disruption of a public school after they reportedly became involved in an altercation with a sheriff's deputy and faculty at Newton High School last month.

BOE approves bus bids

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is awaiting the arrival of 23 new school buses.

Man forces way into senior citizen's home

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are urging residents to be cautious of people they let into their homes after an unknown man allegedly forced his way into the residence of a senior citizen earlier this week.

Ewing announces bid for third term

COVINGTON - District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing, a Republican, announced this week that he will seek a third term in office.

Xpress bus service begins at Salem Road

CONYERS - A second commuter Xpress bus line from Conyers to Atlanta is scheduled to begin service Monday from the parking lot of the Church In The Now.

Laster will not seek re-election

COVINGTON - District 5 Commissioner Monty Laster has announced that he will not seek re-election.

Senate OKs bill aimed at illegal drivers

ATLANTA - The Senate approved legislation Thursday that would stiffen penalties for motorists caught repeatedly driving without a valid Georgia license.

Police say dozens hurt in sugar refinery explosion

SAVANNAH - Dozens of people were injured in an explosion at a sugar refinery that was felt by residents throughout the Savannah suburb of Port Wentworth, authorities said.

Senators want to allow local sales tax for transportation

ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Thursday he wants to give local governments the ability to charge a one-cent sales tax that would fund transportation, including mass transit.

Fish wranglers

Georgia Department of Natural Resources technicians Jamie Dowd, rear, and Josh Tannehill launch a boat Thursday at Turner Lake as they prepare to block off an area of the lake with a 100-yard-long fish net. They are getting ready to host a children's fishing event scheduled for April. The men said the lake would be stocked with channel catfish, to make for a more rewarding fishing experience for the kids.

Rockdale Blotter 2-8-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Jan. 28 and Monday:

Organization holds Black History Month contest

From Staff Reports


Al and Linda Wright of Rockford, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Teresa Lynn Wright, of Covington, to Richard Kim Blankenship Jr., of Covington, son of the late Kaye Phillips and the late Richard Kim Blankenship.


John and Tracy Auchtung, of Conyers, announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Auchtung, of Conyers, to Daniel Juhan, of Monroe, son of Michael Sr. and Ilene Juhan, of Monroe.

Eastside sending its first competitors to championships

COVINGTON - With little fanfare, Eastside's swim team will have two of its swimmers - in fact, its only two swimmers - compete today in the Georgia High School Swimming and Diving Championship.

Clubs 2-8-08


New Arrival 2-8-08

Kylie Brianna Curtis was born Jan. 28 at Rockdale Hospital, weighing 8 pounds, 3.9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Kylie is the daughter of Tanya Martin and Kyle Curtis, both of Covington. Her maternal grandparents are Terry Martin and Susan Clark, both of Covington, and Shelly and Eric Winders, of Covington. Her paternal grandparents are Barry Curtis, of Oxford, and Rita Curtis, of Covington.

Pilot Club of Covington turns 50

In 1958, the Explorer 1 satellite was launched, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants for the NFL Championship, and the Pilot Club of Covington was founded.

Region tournament seeding still up for grabs

CONYERS - On the final night of subregion play, the Salem girls and the Rockdale boys have some unfinished business left to settle.

Lorraine Elementary Students of the Month

Lorraine Elementary School has named its Pick of the Pride students of the month for January. The students are, kindergarten: Daniel Smith, Ashley Sheffield, Destiny Thompson, Keenan Wright, Dan Chau, Michael Munson; first grade: Ansleigh Ubriaco, Sydney Phillips, Ashley Fernatt, James Warren, Emily Bradley, Dylan Beck; second grade: Judah Hill, Alex Tucker, Marcus Lennen, Kayla Warren, Tayia Mahaffey; third grade: Vrunda Patel, Tanner Young, Austin Parrish, Noah Scott, Hasana Grant, Brinklie Thomas; fourth grade: Alexis Willis, Aysia Garrett, Kathy Tran, Rachel McFarlin, Destini Pope; fifth grade: Erica Thornton, Grace Anne Dukes, Anfernee McMilliam, Joseph Dorsey, Dakar Brown and Martez Stroud.


Elizabeth and Charles Staples, of Conyers, and Dr. Grover Anderson, of South Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Anderson of Conyers, to Micah O'Neal Hester, Watkinsville, son of Rick and Avis Hester, of Watkinsville.

CMS holds parents week

Parents as Partners Week at CMS will start Monday. This is a regular school day and will be a normal learning environment; this day is intended primarily for adults - parents and guardians.

Announcements 2-8-08

Critical Need

Pre-K students celebrate Chinese New Year

Jim and Marianne Quach, owners of the Silver Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Conyers, stand with students, left to right, Hayley Pemberton, Janay Bennett, Powar Troy and Sanaya Ward. The children are prekindergarten students at Fairview Elementary School. Shelley Yeatman's Pre-K class visited the restaurant on Jan. 30 as part of learning about Chinese New Year. After serving a traditional Chinese meal, the Quaches gave each child a bag of lucky money, Chinese rice candy and a fortune cookie. Some of the class' Chinese New Year learning activities included: learning how to use chopsticks at school to practice for the restaurant, pretending to have their own Chinese restaurant at school, learning about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, learning to count to 10 in Chinese, writing words in Chinese calligraphy, listening to Chinese music and watching "The Adventures of Big Bird in China." Students in the class are: Aric Reed, Aniah Jackson, Austin Jeselnik, Derryl Holmes, Grayson Malcom, Hayley Pemberton, James Powlette, Janay Bennet, Joshua Sewell, Kennedi Rogers, Leah Patterson, Michaella Cowin, Na'im Sayles, Nicholas Cowin, Nicholas Ferington, Nyla Wooden, Powar Troy, Sanaya Ward and Simone Martin.

Sims Elementary School has named its Stallions of the month.

The selection for Stallion of the Month is based upon a child exhibiting outstanding citizenship/behavior in school. In recognition of this the children were given a certificate, a few incentives and breakfast with the principal, Carol Buhler.

Ric Latarski - Search for barber a hair-raising experience

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Water warriors Swimmers chase titles at state meet

CONYERS - The pool at Westminster School with be filled with a host of Rockdale County swimmers today at the 2008 Georgia High School Swimming and Diving Championships.

Inexperience will test Eagles' soccer teams

COVINGTON - When the Eastside boys soccer team takes the field to start its season against North Oconee on Monday, it will do so with a lot of enthusiasm but not a lot of experience.

Canucks come back to top Thrashers

ATLANTA - Alex Burrows' goal midway through the third period completed a rare third-period rally for Vancouver and the Canucks ended a frustrating four-game road trip by beating the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 on Thursday night.

BOE gets new chairman

Newton County Board of Education 2007 Chairman Johnny Smith, left, passes the gavel to the newly nominated 2008 Chairman Almond Turner, center, who was the 2007 vice chairman. Board member Rickie Corley, right, will serve as 2008 vice chairman. The Newton County BOE unanimously approved the nominations at its January board meeting. They will assume those positions starting immediately and will serve through the Board's regularly scheduled meeting in January 2009.

Newton County Sex Offenders 2-8-08

The following are registered sexual offenders residing in Newton County as of Feb. 6:

Newton Blotter 2-8-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department between Jan. 30 to Tuesday:

High school student receives college award

On Feb. 2, Suzanna Broadwell, a junior at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, was nominated by Presbyterian College for the 2007-2008 Outstanding Church Youth Leader Award. She spent the day on the school's Clinton, S.C., campus Feb. 2 where she was honored at a special luncheon and she received an award certificate, along with a scholarship of $250 for the time she is enrolled at Presbyterian.


Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Charles Dudish Jr. of Lilburn, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Rebecca, to Justin Noble Wojtczak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Wojtczak of Snellville.

Youth soccer teams rush into town for RYSA Cup

CONYERS - The 2008 RYSA Cup begins Saturday with some of the top youth soccer teams from around the state scheduled to compete.


Mr. Kevin Petersheim and Mrs. Melodie Ray, of Covington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie, of Covington, to Samuel David Ozburn, of Covington, son of the Honorable and Mrs. Samuel D. Ozburn, of Covington.

Events 2-8-08

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