News for Friday, November 21, 2008


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Work to begin at Brown Bridge/212/20 Temporary solution should relieve traffic

COVINGTON - The intersection that Board of Commissioners Chairman Aaron Varner calls "the worst in the county" is about to get an overhaul that is expected to relieve traffic congestion.

Jury indicts former state DDS workers Residents suspected in scheme to sell licenses to illegal aliens

CONYERS - A Conyers woman and a Covington man are among four former Georgia Department of Driver Services employees that have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to commit identity fraud and identity theft by issuing Georgia driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

City manager to remain in Porterdale

PORTERDALE - City Manager Tom Fox rescinded his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council on Wednesday, a little over a week after he notified them of his intent to resign.

Darrell Huckaby - Procrastination takes hold during card-mailing season

Yogi Berra once said that there are two kinds of people - those that send cards and those that don't and those that mean to but never get around to it. I'm the third kind - and I know there were only supposed to be two. That's why I blamed the quote on Yogi.

Eastside Eagles go for the glory tonight in playoffs

COVINGTON - Break out the blankets and the noisemakers, it's time for playoff football.

Covington family to be featured on 'Wife Swap'

COVINGTON - They say you have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you really know what that person's life is like. Covington mother Valdora Roachford lived that concept for two weeks this summer when she traded in her own family and went to live with another, very different one.

Jack Simpson - Compulsion to collect continues during rough economy

Even when the economy is as bad as it now is, some folks have just got to keep on accumulating stuff. They are compulsive collectors. For these individuals, acquiring goods and having a place to keep them makes the world go around.


Elizabeth Ann Thomas and John Spencer Tyndall were married on April 26 at Conyers First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. John Beyers officiated the ceremony.

Eagles have a state title to defend Wrestlers try not to rest on laurels in new season

COVINGTON - After winning the Class AAAA traditional state wrestling championship last season, the Eastside wrestling team is ready to take on new challengers.

Lady Pats hope for another strong run

CONYERS - It's two days prior to tipoff on a late Thursday afternoon, and the Heritage girls basketball team is hard at work in the gym.


Dennis and Sherry Barnell of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Barnell of Conyers, to Travus Blevins of Conyers, son of David Blevins and Trina Dennewitz.

Announcements - 11/21/2008


Rockdale upbeat about new season

CONYERS - And just like that, Rockdale wrestling begins today by hosting a tri-meet to kick off the new season.

Rockdale Blotter - 11/21/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Tuesday Nov. 11 and Monday:

Eastside up for tough fight against Trojans

COVINGTON - Eastside will have to play as solid as the Eagles ever have if they hope to beat the Carrollton Trojans in tonight's Class AAA playoff matchup.


Victor and Dorothy Robinson of Newborn announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Robinson of Covington, to Michael Edwards of Conyers, son of Gerald and Judy Edwards of Tucker.

Newton Blotter - 11/21/2008

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

A little bit country Newton residents earn country music awards

Two Newton County residents recently shined at the sixth annual Georgia Country & Gospel Music Association awards program, as they earned several honors for their vocal talents.

The White stuff Falcons WR on track for memorable '08 season

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White was kicking himself after the game. Sure, it would have been a tough catch, but it shows just how far he's come that everyone expected him to make it.

Community Calendar - 11/21/2008



Dr. Catherine Ann Coomer formerly of Conyers and Dr. Michael Davidson Brown of Birmingham, Ala., were married Oct. 18 at the bride's family home on Waverly Creek in White Oak, Ga. Dr. David Allen of Savannah officiated the service.