News for Friday, November 28, 2008

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School system looks for calendar input

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants to hear from educational stakeholders about a new school calendar.

Keeping warm

Darrell Huckaby - Some gifts are better left ungiven

Here we are, the weekend after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas shopping season is in full swing - not to be confused with the regular shopping season, which is year-round, at least for my lovely wife Lisa and our two daughters. I am sure a lot of people will put a lot of thought and consideration into purchasing just the right gift for that special friend or loved one, but the right gifts aren't the ones on my mind today. The gifts on my mind are the ones that you open and your first thought is "What were they thinking?"

Local man devotes life to volunteerism

COVINGTON - When locals rang in the holiday season with the lighting of the Newton County Historic Courthouse on Nov. 20, some may not have known the man who flipped the switch. But chances are, they've benefited from his years of community service.

Newton receives art grants

COVINGTON - Several organizations in Newton and Rockdale counties were recipients of this year's Grassroots Arts Program grants.

County bans residential day cares Hair salons also nixed

COVINGTON - County commissioners recently decided to prohibit day cares in residential districts.

Michael Jenkins sees bright future with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Jenkins believes the Atlanta Falcons have only begun to show what they can accomplish.

Sounds of the season Rockdale, Newton groups offer many Christmas shows

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Then consider attending one of the several seasonal performances offered in Rockdale and Newton counties next weekend. From bands concerts to choral music, there are plenty of upcoming Christmas shows that are close by, affordable and family-oriented.

Battle of the backs Moreno, Dwyer lead rivals' ground games

ATLANTA - Knowshon Moreno and Jonathan Dwyer both had to wait their turn.

Newton Blotter - 11/28/2008

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

Community Calendar - 11/28/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Eastside-Cairo likely to be a shootout

COVINGTON - You've heard the saying over and over again that defense wins games.

Prep basketball: Bulldogs win, Pats fall in tournament

The Rockdale boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday night at Winder-Barrow, while the Heritage boys suffered their first defeat in the Jefferson Thanksgiving Tournament.

Announcements - 11/28/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rockdale Blotter - 11/28/2008

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. 18 and Monday:

Eagles, Lady Noles chalk up victories

JEFFERSON - The Salem girls and Eastside boys basketball teams gathered wins Wednesday in the Tabo's Tip-Off Tournament at Jefferson High School.