News for Friday, January 25, 2008


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Maddox's eligibility affirmed

COVINGTON - Despite an inquiry into his eligibility to run for the vacant Post 3 Porterdale City Council seat, Wayne Maddox has been declared eligible to run for the office, along with the other three candidates, according to a press release issued by the city on Thursday.

Authorities identify slaying victims

COVINGTON - Newton County investigators have released the names of a man and woman whose dead bodies were found inside a residence in The Falls subdivision earlier this week.

Fees set for qualifying

COVINGTON - Qualifying fees have been set for Election 2008.

Student attempts to stab teacher in stomach

COVINGTON - A 16-year-old student at Mainstay Academy, formerly known as Crossroads Psychoeducational Center, was charged with simple assault earlier this week after he nearly stabbed a teacher in the stomach.

'The program is the heart ... ' YMCA kicks off Partner With Youth funds campaign

COVINGTON - The Covington Family YMCA is asking the community for help fulfilling its mission - "Open to and serving all," - by contributing to the Partner With Youth campaign.

Poll manager recognized for service

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Events 1-25-08

Jan. 25

That good old big-band sensibility Orchestra to perform in Conyers to benefit Senior Services Center

A concert by the Atlanta-based Sentimental Journey Orchestra represents a sojourn to the past, but the ensemble's upcoming performance in Conyers will also embody a look to the future.

Hardeman Anniversary

Forrest "Bud" and Brenda Hardeman celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 6. A reception with family and friends was held in their honor by their children Steve, Erica and Forrest, on Jan. 5 at the Georgia International Horse Park.


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 May 16 in Atlanta.


Felicia Siens of Altus, Okla., and Wayne Miles of Macon announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Miles of Oxford, to Clint Aaron of Monticello, son of Mike and Silivia Redmond of Covington.

Sentimental Journey Orchestra marks 34 years - and counting

Although it was more than three decades ago, Hector "Butch" Bourg Jr. well remembers the very first performance of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra.

Reynolds receives Community Service Award

The Mary Brown Tinkham Chapter of Colonial Dames recently presented Linda Reynolds with the 2007-08 Community Service Award. Reynolds is shown here, center, displaying her award, with chapter treasurer Dianne Passmore, left, and chapter president Fran Passmore. The Colonial Dames honored Reynolds for her long history of service to the Rockdale County community. The mother of five children and grandmother of six, Reynolds, who is married to Ron Reynolds, has been a 4-H Club leader overseeing youth in wildlife management projects and BB gun competitions. From 1965 through 2007, Reynolds took an annual week vacation from work to teach vacation Bible school and served as a children's Sunday school teacher for 30 years. She also contributed 52 hours of volunteer time to the community when she became certified as a master gardener. Recently retired from the Rockdale/Newton Citizen, Reynolds wrote a cooking column, a column highlighting community volunteers and a history column.

Yates seeks a return to dominance Drivers Kvapil, Gilliland have tough journey ahead

CONCORD, N.C. - The name Yates used to mean royalty in NASCAR. A dominant operation that others tried to catch, the race team reached its high when Dale Jarrett won the 1999 Cup championship.

Honey Creek Good Citizens of the Month

Honey Creek Elementary School named its January Good Citizens of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers as students who show integrity. The students are: Megan Blount, Nicole Ofori, Noble Emion, Sean Norton, Edana Johnson, Chris Cain, Luke Neidigh, Noelle Sinclair, Nicole Bourland, Annie McCrossin, Owen Simonds, Seth Atkins, Damariz Mendoza, Joyia Smikle, Zoey Schlapman, Tiffany Adcock, Aleigha Molley, Gwendolyn Cothran, Antoine Chapman, Rineil Payne, Lisette Mendoza, Courtney Hogan, Sydney Motley, Tyler Lewis, Keiighi Iguichi, Parker Holcombe and Braxton Hogan.


Miss Ashley Brooke Atkinson and Mr. Kevin Michael Lucas were married Jan. 1 at Conyers Presbyterian Church. Tom Sparks officiated.

Sims Elementary names 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.

Announcements 1-25-08

Newton Precinct Changes

Newton Blotter 1-25-08

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 1-25-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between Jan. 14 and Monday:

CMS to hold young males lock-in

From Staff Reports

Deputy donates kitten to student

Left to right, Memorial Middle School teacher David Lesesne, sixth-grade student Mary Freeman and Rockdale County Sheriff School Resource Officer Deputy Brian Reents stand with Freeman and her new cat, Oreo. Reents adopted the kitten through the Rockdale County Animal Shelter to give to Freeman as an incentive to do better in school. "Sometimes you have to think out of the box to reach students," Reents said.

Clubs 1-25-08



Ricky and Cheryl Lanuza announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lanuza, to Warren Boyd Davis, son of Drew and Darlene Davis of Shreveport, La., and Dr. Charles and Linda Powers of Bossier City, La.

Heritage, Rockdale look to dethrone Salem Seminoles have won all nine previous overall titles

CONYERS - This year's Rockdale County Swimming Championships marks the 10th time Salem, Heritage and Rockdale have squared off in the pool in a battle for aquatic supremacy.

Australian Open: Nadal falls to Tsonga in semis

MELBOURNE, Australia - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had been compared to a young Muhammad Ali only because of an uncanny likeness to the boxing great.

Lorraine students receive calendar

Fourteen Lorraine Elementary School fourth-grade students recently received an honor. Last year, all third-grade students at the school participated in the Georgia Power/Lake Jackson Boating Safety 2008 calendar illustration contest. The students drew and submitted pictures that illustrated a need for environmental responsibility, stewardship and water safety. Fourteen illustrations were chosen for the 2008 calendar, all of which were drawn by the Lorraine Elementary School students who are now fourth-graders. Georgia Power recently came to the school and presented the calendars to every fourth-grade student. the students, along with some other gifts. and rewarded them with some nice gifts. Pictured here are the students whose artwork is included in the calendar: Front row, left to right, Rachael McFarlin, Kathleen Lusk, Montana Terrel, Jackie Manning, Bradley Blocher and Jayla Hardeman; second row, left to right, Allie Cuson, Latrease Magwood, Khalaylah Joseph, Cohen McElligott, Mayah Dawson, Alexis Willis and Adam North; and third row, left to right, Debra Labbs of Georgia Power, Lake Jackson DNR officer Billy Bryant and Wanda Greene of Georgia Power.


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.

Welcome to Atlanta Falcons hope for stability from Mike Smith

FLOWERY BRANCH - On his first day as coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith summed up the state of his new team.


Miss Candis Lynn Withrow and Mr. Paul Douglas Passmore were married Sept. 15 at The Village at Indian Springs in Flovilla. Ron Compton officiated.