News for Saturday, January 19, 2008


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Chamber speaker says laughter goes a long way

COVINGTON - You might think the annual meeting for a chamber of commerce would be a rather formal and staid event, but the dinner hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night proved otherwise.

23rd annual MLK event to be celebrated Sunday

COVINGTON - The residents of Newton County will come together Sunday for the 23rd year to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

A night of honors Hay wins R.O. Arnold Award

COVINGTON - Sam B. Hay Jr. was honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday night.

01-19 Newton Citizen Poll

"As I sit at the light at the intersection of Old McDonough Highway and 138 every morning for two minutes for absolutely no reason whatsoever while there are no cars coming from either direction, I just get steamed. One might say, 'Well it's just two minutes.' Well that two minutes equals 10 minutes a week and 520 minutes per year, which is approximately one full work day. The average income per hour at my place of business is $60 per hour with costs of benefits. So that two minutes that I sit at that light every day for absolutely no reason costs my company an average of $520 a year. Multiply that times the tens of thousands of people who go through that light every day and think about what that does to the economy of the state. Then think about the thousands of lights similar to this one throughout the state. Why can't the DOT get traffic signalization synchronized in this state? Because they are another completely useless government entity. I have time to think all this up every day for two minutes a day while I sit looking over at the post office and Ruby Tuesday's."

Boy struck by school bus

COVINGTON - A 9-year-old West Newton Elementary School student is recovering after being hit by a school bus before daylight Friday morning on Plum Orchard Drive in western Newton County.

Lieutenant plans run for sheriff

COVINGTON - Lt. Ezell Brown became the first Democratic candidate to announce his candidacy for sheriff Friday.

01-19 Rockdale Citizen Poll

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line...

Raptors' Bosh scores 35 in win over Hawks

TORONTO - Hobbled by injuries early in the season, Chris Bosh is back at full strength and playing what he considers to be the best basketball of his career.

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Events 1-19-08

Jan. 19

Eastside wrestlers near first championship Eagles face Ringgold for AAAA title

MACON - The Eastside Eagles are one win away from winning their first ever Class AAAA team duals championship after winning three matches in a row Friday at the Macon Centreplex.

Newton wins two games over Lithonia

COVINGTON - Both the Newton boys and girls basketball teams registered big region wins over Lithonia on Friday night.

Rockdale squads get by Alcovy

COVINGTON - Defense was on the menu Friday night as Rockdale collected a sweep of Alcovy in a doubleheader where points came at a premium price.

Eagles, Seminoles split Eastside boys, Salem girls win

CONYERS - Neither the Eastside nor the Salem boys basketball teams wanted to leave Friday night's game with three subregion losses.

Darrell Huckaby - Trip to Buckhead turns back the clock

Thursday evening was a drab, bone-chilling night in the middle of January. According to my calendar I was supposed to drive into Atlanta - to Buckhead - at the height of rush hour. I don't like spending time inside the perimeter and would rather go to the dentist than Buckhead.

John Douglas - Gold Dome opens for business

The 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 14 facing a number of serious issues. Gun rights, water and illegal immigration and transportation are again at the top of our lists and we have begun acting on these issues already.

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