News for Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Radioactive contamination found in well Water doesn't pose imminent threat

COVINGTON - A well supplying water to Highlands at Haynes Creek subdivision on Mount Zion Road has been found to have radioactive contaminant levels that exceed federal standards.

Stop, drop and roll

All five kindergarten classes at Livingston Elementary School went through the new 30-foot mobile teaching unit recently purchased by the Newton County Fire Service, which simulates conditions that could be present during a real fire. "We smoke it up and teach them to escape," Fire Safety Educator Cydnie Taylor said. "There's even a heated door where they can touch it and feel it's heated." Other features of the unit include a stove with a simulated pot on fire, a fireplace and a 24-minute weather package that lets students feel the approach of an impending tornado and learn safety measures in case of bad weather. For more information about the Fire Safety House, call Taylor at 678-625-5025 or visit the Web site at www.newtoncountyfireservice.org.

YMCA names Volunteer of the Year

COVINGTON - Samuel B. Hay III has been named 2008 Volunteer of the Year by the Covington Family YMCA.

NCSS to update sexual harrassment policy

COVINGTON - Stemming from requests by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools during its review of the school system, the Newton County School System has begun to evaluate some of its policies.

GSP identifies car crash victim

COVINGTON - The Georgia State Patrol has identified the child who died in a one-car crash on Ga. Highway 162 on Friday afternoon as 7-year-old Bobby Couch, a student at Ficquett Elementary School in Covington.

Shots fired in Enclave subdivision Three homes hit; no injuries

COVINGTON - An unknown gunman apparently shot into three homes on Lakeside Circle in the Enclave subdivision Monday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Covington man charged in Conyers drug sale

CONYERS - A Covington man who was allegedly selling cocaine out of his truck in a Conyers neighborhood was arrested last week by the Conyers Police Department.

Community Calendar 11/13/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Government Meetings 11/13/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Heritage to pay tribute to Thompson

CONYERS - Johnny Thompson, a former Heritage assistant coach for wrestling, football and track, has died.

Lady Bulldogs hoping to rebound this season Rockdale girls basketball starts Tuesday

CONYERS - Leonard Buckner has been hard at work.

Atlanta secondary readies for next test

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons were hands-on when it came to defending Drew Brees.

Parker's patrol Eastside linebacker looks to stop Creekview run

COVINGTON - When opponents have the ball, it seems like Eastside's Hunter Parker is called over and over again on the public address system.

UGA-Auburn a showdown of letdowns South's oldest rivals play Sat.

ATHENS - Georgia began the season ranked No. 1, featured on countless magazine covers and favored to claim its first national title in 28 years. With two blowout losses since then, the Bulldogs won't need to worry about clearing a spot in their trophy case.