News for Tuesday, January 15, 2008


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Alleged armed robber caught

COVINGTON - A Barnesville man who allegedly robbed a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint in October was taken into custody earlier this month by Newton County law enforcement officers.

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The Newspapers-In-Education (NIE) program at the Citizen Newspapers provides newspapers to Rockdale and Newton county schools for use in the classroom as a supplemental teaching tool. The newspapers are part of the curriculum in all grade levels from elementary to high schools, and with virtually every class subject including math, reading, current events, economics, etc.

Engineer to run for chairman

COVINGTON - Ed Hutter is aiming high in his first foray into politics: He has announced that he will run for Board of Commissioners chairman on the Republican ticket in the July 15 primary.

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A stunning sky

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Community Foundation awards 14 grants

COVINGTON - The Community Foundation of Newton County recently handed out more than $30,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations.

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Students to take writing tests

COVINGTON - Newton County middle school students should be ready to write Wednesday morning when they arrive at school.

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Citizen Newspaper History

Until 1953, Rockdale was one of the state's most unstable newspaper markets. In Rockdale's past were the graveyards of many newspapers that had flared brilliantly for a few years and then disappeared, without even a semblance of their name or masthead left to recall them. Among them was the "Conyers Solid South" in the 1880s and 1890s, whose editor of that Period, M.D. Irwin, was the main force in organizing the Georgia Press Association. Irwin was the first GPA President, in 1887, and served another term as President in 1891. Irwin and "The Solid South" both disappeared from the Conyers scene in the 1890s, and information about Irwin's subsequent career is meager. "The Solid South" changed its name, and became known as "Hale's Weekly, after J.N. Hale who had bought it from Irwin.

A new hue Williams powers through first round

MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams can't think of anything that needs changing as she tries to defend her title at the Australian Open, except maybe her color schemes.

Rams get second in area duals

COVINGTON - The Newton Rams turned the tables on Redan to head to the Class AAAAA State Duals as the No. 2 seed from Area 2-AAAAA after the area duals Saturday.

Health Reports 1-15-08

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Newton County Health Department. Any score below 90 is considered failing.

Walton Blotter 1-15-08

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:

Eastside claims third straight title Alcovy finishes third, drops heartbreaker to Dacula

ATHENS - The Eastside wrestling team three-peated as Area 8-AAAA champions in the team dual meet Saturday, while Alcovy finished third after losing to Dacula 36-35 in the battle for second place.

Heritage, Salem collect sweeps in Saturday doubleheaders

CONYERS - Heritage and Salem, which square off tonight on the basketball court, both collected sweeps in Saturday doubleheaders.

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"Nana, nana, boo boo. I'm gonna tell my mama on you."

Newton boys beat rivals on the court

COVINGTON - The Newton boys team was firing on all cylinders Saturday night as they defeated cross-town rival Eastside 66-37, while the Newton girls held off a late charge to beat the Lady Eagles 41-38.