News for Friday, January 4, 2008

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Blairsville authorities seek man seen talking to missing hiker

BLAIRSVILLE - Authorities said Thursday they were seeking a man believed to have been seen talking to a 24-year-old hiker missing since Tuesday in the vicinity of Blood Mountain.

Regional Briefs

Fla. restaurant serving phony slabs of grouper

Man facing murder charge released from medical care

COVINGTON - An Oxford man who authorities say shot and killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself in November was released from an Atlanta hospital last week.

Vick's pit bulls sitting pretty at Utah sanctuary

SALT LAKE CITY - Twenty-two of the pit bulls seized from suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting operation are sniffing the dry desert air, getting to know human kindness and gobbling treats at a Utah animal sanctuary.

First Born Mother gives birth to first Newton baby of 2008

COVINGTON - Less than 12 hours after he came into the world, little Franklin Robert Davis was sleeping peacefully in his mother's arms.

High schools to hold scholarship meetings

COVINGTON - High school advisers are urging students and their parents to begin thinking about how they are going to pay for their post-secondary education.

Executive Office Building demolished

COVINGTON - Demolition of the Old Executive Office Building is under way now that county offices once housed there have relocated to the new Newton County Administration Building.

Resident carjacked in own driveway Brown Bridge Road Waffle House robbed

COVINGTON - A Covington man was reportedly carjacked at his residence on Meadowridge Drive Wednesday night after he went to warm up his vehicle.

Court to hear challenge to state's banishment policy

ATLANTA - Georgia's judges are forbidden from banishing criminals from the state, but some use a legal maneuver to get around the ban: Restricting the offenders from all but one of the state's 159 counties.

Rockdale Blotter 1-4-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Conyers Police Department between Dec. 23 and Monday:

Kathleen Parker - A better way exists to run a democracy

Americans say they're sick of partisan politics, and some of them really mean it.

Scholarship applications now available

Applications are now available for the Snapping Shoals EMS J.E. Robinson Scholarships and 2008 Washington Youth Tour.

Pass, Shields, Watts named to All-Region team

COVINGTON - Three local players - Eastside's Kaleb Pass, Salem's Sam Watts and Salem's Corey Shields - have been named to the 2007 All-Region 8-AAAA football team, voted on by the football coaches in 8-AAAA.

Rockdale Sex Offenders 1-4-08

The following are registered sexual offenders residing in Rockdale County as of Jan. 3:

Perfect for the honor Patriots' 16-0 season leads Belichick to NFL Coach of the Year

NEW YORK - Spygate be damned! Bill Belichick of the unbeaten New England Patriots is The Associated Press 2007 NFL Coach of the Year.

McKay in limbo as Blank searches for new GM, coach

ATLANTA - When Rich McKay put the finishing touches on his first draft class with the Atlanta Falcons, he had the makings of a Super Bowl contender.

Newton Blotter 1-4-08

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

Area Students 1-4-08

Truett-McConnell College

Seniors led Salem to playoffs

CONYERS - Salem's 2007 football season can be described in one word - fantastic.

Honey Creek Elementary selects Good Citizens

Honey Creek Elementary School has named its Good Citizens of the month. The students selected are: Steven Hua, Justin Williams, Cayman DaSilva, Autumn Abrahamsen, Benny Brathwaite, Ezequiel Mendoza, Martin Milsaps, Jarius Starks, Cecily Davis, Noel Boucher, Ben Destin, Stephanie McCrossin, Ayano Iguchi, Hannah Clay, Reese Lowe, Catherine Riesinger, Jontavious Bates, Christina Morgan, Camron Rodgers, Cody Bourland, Hunter Dickerson, Cameron Michelson, Brian Tapia, Mykhal Gray, Rebecca Johnson, Cody Lewis, Jessica France, Eileen Potter, Callie Perkins, Lexus Small, Austin Parsons, Michaela Jay, Caitlin Harvey, Justin McGrath and Allen Bellah.

Events 1-4-08

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Barksdale Elementary names Super Buccaneers

At the Dec. 4 PTA meeting, Barksdale Elementary School recognized its second quarter Super Buccaneers. Students earning this award have shown positive character and citizenship during their daily activities at school. Students pictured here, left to right, are: (front row) Ashlyn Thompson, Randall Tinsley, Chelsey Tinsley, Sarah Burkey, Lexie Ledbetter, Robbie Vaughan, Connor Huff, Kennedy McNarry, Brandon DeJesus, Rain Sparks, Kate Meade, Clay Kidd; (second row) Christina Shvets, Joshua Farrell, Trevor Nelson, Nathaniel Buck, Jose Garibay, Lizbeth Aguirre, Madeline Burkey, Laney Norton, Kyra Chinnery, Nghia Nguyen, Shanya Morrow, Dalton Dimsdale, Damion Chaffin, Destiny Goodman, Raynor Morant, Tiana Momon; (third row) Samantha Nichols, Morgan Harper, Nicholas Wilson, Justice Root, Marzelle Patterson, Madelyn Le, Carissa Myers, Ivy Gonzalez, Hannah Fox, Jacob Allen, DJ Lesesne, Chantel Porch; (fourth row) Brett Blalcok, Audrey Hicks, Tiffani Strawter, Abigail Tryon, Ashley Huck, Cory Mitchell, Carly Hill, Sydney Norton, Emmanuel Oniha, Noell Stanton, Nhon Nguyen, Drew Slone, Isabella Castronova, Alexis Vinson, Talia Momon and Dakota Spivey.

4-H students compete in PBJ contest

Tori Miller poses with her creation, which was named the most nutritious peanut butter sandwich at the Rockdale County 4-H's annual Peanut Butter Sandwich contest. Her Peanuapplenana Sandwich included smooth peanut butter, apple chunks, banana slices and raisins.

BCS Championship: Title game fishes for flashy name

NEW ORLEANS - Craig Steltz blitzed through his words, clearly ready and eager to play in the big game.

Artist believes, 'it's not what you see, but what you feel'

Covington resident Gina Rutledge ends her artist statement with a quote from Edward Degas: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Military News 1-4-08

Army Reserve Spec. Philip A. Gomez has graduated from the Ammunition Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

Plans for Bama vs. Clemson in Dome almost completed

ATLANTA - The Atlanta committee that organized the Chick-fil-A Bowl is expected to announce final plans today for Clemson and Alabama to open the 2008 football season in the Georgia Dome.

A better way exists to run a democracy

Americans say they're sick of partisan politics, and some of them really mean it.