News for Friday, January 11, 2008

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Man enters guilty plea in slaying

COVINGTON - A man who authorities say shot and killed a convenience store owner last year pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Newton County Superior Court.

Douglas to run for re-election

COVINGTON - State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, has announced he is seeking a third term representing District 17.

Search and rescue 101 FFA Camp hosts training seminar

COVINGTON - Public safety officials and volunteers are attending the second annual search and rescue conference and training seminar this week at the Newton County Future Farmers of America Camp.

A place of honor

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Charlie Elliott offers nature-savvy winter programs

Looking to educate the kids or even yourself on wildlife and the importance of preserving habitat for animals and plants? Then you might want to consider visiting the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield where staff will offer several winter programs and activities designed to make visitors more nature-savvy.

Hands On Newton seeks volunteers

COVINGTON - A local organization is inviting the community to take a hands-on approach to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Stuffed in a shootout Kovalchuk's 36th goal not enough for Thrashers

ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 36th goal but missed in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 Thursday night.

Eagles aim for third straight area duals title

COVINGTON - The Eastside wrestling team will try to establish itself as an Area 8-AAAA dynasty this weekend in Athens as the Eagles take aim at their third straight area duals wrestling title.

Events 1-11-08

Friday

Helton-Hall

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Dena Helton announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Helton of Marietta, to Gordon Clark Hall Jr. of Conyers.

Packers not dwelling on Favre's past Green Bay 2-4 in playoffs since Holmgren left team

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Maybe it's just a coincidence that since the departure of former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren, Brett Favre's playoff performances have been uneven at best. With a couple of true stinkers thrown in for bad measure.

Newton Blotter 1-11-08

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

Rockdale Blotter 1-11-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Dec. 31 and Monday:

Kathleen Parker - A tear is worth a thousand primary votes

Hillary Clinton's "surprising" win over Barack Obama in the nation's first primary - in defiance of what polls had predicted and political prognosticators had projected - has had pundits puzzled.

Landscape of the Month

The Conyers Garden Club Landscape of the Month award for January was given to the Houseworths for their waterscape garden. Pampas grass plantings grow on the left bank of the waterscape, while beds of vines cascade over the banks and Japanese bridges traverse the pond neck. The garden is located at 2718 Pitlochry St. in the Lochinver subdivision.

Georgia women win conference opener 75-62

ATHENS - Megan Darrah led five Georgia players in double figures with 19 points and the No. 10 Lady Bulldogs defeated Mississippi 75-62 Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Giving to veterans

Conyers American Legion Post 77 Commander Bobby Davis, from left, lounge manager Sandra Bruce and historian Jim Nay recently presented $500 to the Disabled American Veterans, making the total contributed to the DAV $1,000 for the year. Post 77 also donated $1,000 to the Soldier's Connection. Of the $2,000 donated to the two groups by Post 77, $1,510 was raised by Bruce selling and raffling wood crafts made and donated by Nay.

50th Anniversary

Bill and Jeanne Witherow celebrated their 50th anniversary at luncheon with family and friends on Jan. 1. The Witherows were married in Atlanta on Jan. 1, 1958. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Golfer signs with North Carolina-Greensboro

Will Almand, center, grandson of Conyers residents Bill and Gloria Almand, recently singed with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Almand, the 10th ranked golfer in North Carolina, started on the golf team for Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., the last two seasons. During that time, the school won two state championships and Almand twice finished in the top 10 at the state tournament. Pictured here are Almand, center, with his coach, David Allen, left, and his father, Bill Almand III.

New Arrival 1-11-08

Lawson White was born Oct. 8 to Lisa Michelle and Larry Stephen White. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth.

Carroll a good pick for White

ATLANTA - Roddy White, whose breakout season was perhaps the best thing to happen to the Atlanta Falcons in an otherwise dreary 2007, will be a big part of some new coach's plans for 2008.

Busch leads Daytona test, gives Toyota hope

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It didn't take Kyle Busch long to settle into his new ride with Joe Gibbs Racing - just three days, in fact.

A tear is worth a thousand primary votes

Hillary Clinton's "surprising" win over Barack Obama in the nation's first primary - in defiance of what polls had predicted and political prognosticators had projected - has had pundits puzzled.