News for Wednesday, March 19, 2008


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Zoning bill dies in state legislature Judges to be trained on precedent

COVINGTON - A bill by State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, to put into statute zoning law precedent set by the Georgia Supreme Court died in subcommittee during this year's session.

School system plans for rezoning

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System held its first of four elementary school meetings concerning attendance rezoning as a result of the addition of South Salem Elementary School, which is expected to open in time for the start of the 2008-09 school year.

Lawmaker pleads guilty to money laundering

ATLANTA - A lawmaker who represents Rockdale County in the House pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal money laundering charges.

Furry Friends

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Woman robbed at gunpoint in car

COVINGTON - A woman on her way to church was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on a street inside her neighborhood Friday evening.

Perry set to shoot film in Covington

COVINGTON - Writer, director, actor and comedian Tyler Perry must have been impressed with Newton County during his first visit in 2005 to film "Madea's Family Reunion."

Police shooting case handed over to DA

CONYERS - The case involving the shooting death of a 22-year-old man by a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office.

Alcovy gets a rivalry started with sweep

COVINGTON - Let the rivalry begin.

Heritage 5-0 at midpoint

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams reached the midway point of their Region 8-AAAA South schedule Tuesday with perfect 5-0 records in subregion play.

Dinner show to raise money for Rockdale Emergency Relief

Rockdale Emergency Relief director Ashley Roesler is well aware that homelessness exists in Rockdale County. According to reports she receives from the Rockdale County school system, about 90 families are currently without a permanent home. The parents and children are sometimes doubled up living with other families or residing in substandard housing.

Bill Shipp - If Johnny runs

Golly, Johnny, are you serious?

Easy swinging Patriots, Lady Bulldogs increase leads

CONYERS - The Heritage boys and the Rockdale girls extended their overall leads during round two of the Conyers Cup on Tuesday.

Jay Jones - Running is as running does

Many of you responded to a recent column of mine announcing my intentions of running in three half-marathons in the next three months ("Taking on a tour of pain," March 5). It created so much response I thought I should share a few of them with everybody.

Mark Shields - Presenting one solution to the Florida-Michigan dilemma

In a burst of clear thinking, the national Democratic Party in 2007 permitted just four states - New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina - to hold their presidential nominating contests before Feb. 5, 2008.

Eastside girls capture first win over Rockdale Young nets hat trick in Rockdale boys' victory

CONYERS - Eastside and Rockdale battled to a split Tuesday night at Reid Memorial Stadium as the Eastside girls and the Rockdale boys claimed victories.

Ric Latarski - Democratic race heating up

In case you haven't noticed, the race for the Democrat nominee to the president of these United States between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama is getting semi-nasty.

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