News for Friday, January 18, 2008


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Incident at school creates "hysteria'

COVINGTON - Newton High School is offering a reward for anyone who has the name of the person or people responsible for lighting firecrackers in a school restroom Jan. 9.

RCSO says woman hid fake checks

CONYERS - Earlier this month, police charged a DeKalb County woman for attempting to present two fake checks and a fake ID card at a Conyers department store. An additional nine counts of forgery were levied against the woman when jail officials found additional pieces of evidence in an unlikely hiding spot.

Husband charged in wife's shooting death

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have charged the estranged husband of a woman found Wednesday morning in her home dead of a gunshot wound with murder.

Tax office to set up electronic numbering system

COVINGTON - In an effort to make customers' wait time a little more orderly, the Newton County Tax Commissioner's Office will soon implement an electronic numbering system.

Big bundle of joy Woman gives birth to 12-pound baby

COVINGTON - At just 2 days old, Jessie James Ward is already wearing a size 3 months.

State duals tournament: Rams looking to make some noise

COVINGTON - Newton's wrestling team is hoping to fly under the radar as it heads into the Class AAAAA team duals today at the Macon Centreplex.

Council for the Arts selects area teachers' lesson plan

From Staff Reports

'The Taffetas' take audiences back to the 1950s

Music fans who long for the days of tight multi-part harmonies and dramatic arrangements rendered by all-female vocal ensembles from the 1950s - known then, now and forever as "girls groups" - will need to look no farther than Olde Town Conyers in late January.

Garrett out of race for Falcons' coaching job

ATLANTA - The Falcons lost one of the top candidates for their head coaching job when Jason Garrett decided Thursday to remain in Dallas as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator.


John and Lisa Meador of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Meador, to Jon Skypek, son of Michael and Sandra Skypek of Conyers. The wedding will take place on May 16 in Atlanta.

Rockdale Blotter 1-18-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Jan. 7 and Monday.

Cano wins water conservation essay contest

From Staff Reports

VFW honors essay contest winners

CONYERS - VFW Post 5290 honored four students who won an essay contest last semester.


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pittman of Bryan-College Station, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement and the approaching marriage of their daughter, Amber Elizabeth Pittman, to Adam Scott Anthony of Bryan-College Station, Texas. Adam is the son of Mrs. Lisa Anthony of Bryan.

Sports briefs



Eddie and Louise Plunkett of Conyers announce the marriage of their daughter, Alisha Ann Plunkett, to Daniel Corbit Mayhall, son of Melvin and Carolyn Mayhall of Conyers. The couple married on Nov. 17.


Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Benford of Macon announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Benford, to Michael Boyd Nation, son of The Honorable Sidney L. and Dr. Carole B. Nation of Conyers. A 4:30 p.m. wedding and reception to follow will be held Feb. 16 at the King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island.

Newton Blotter 1-18-08

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

Ric Latarski - Session taking a nasty turn

Apparently their mamas never told them to play nice.

High school students attend scholar showcase

More than 100 outstanding high school seniors were invited to attend Georgia Southern University's third annual Southern Scholars Showcase at its main campus in Statesboro.

Australian Open: Baghdatis takes out '05 champ Williams sisters advance in first doubles since '03

MELBOURNE, Australia - Marat Safin won't be a problem for Roger Federer at this Australian Open.

State duals tournament: Eagles on a mission to prove they're No. 1

COVINGTON - The Eastside wrestling team returns to the Class AAAA team duals today at the Macon Centreplex with more experience and more focus than in the past as the Eagles try to prove that they really are the best team in the state.

Blue, but in first place Thrashers fall in shootout but gain point

ATLANTA - Andrei Kostitsyn scored with a brilliant move in the second period, then came through again in the shootout to lead the Montreal Canadiens past the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday night.