News for Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Local boy to share in panda naming

COVINGTON - Seven area children will be a part of Zoo Atlanta history in a few days.

Everywhere a sale Local retailers see sales boon

COVINGTON - Retail experts predicted Black Friday sales would be down this year due to the tough economy, but local store managers said they've seen no sign of it.

In tough economy, pricey items still hot for the holidays

COVINGTON - Even though many have been hit hard by the economic downturn, stores still are seeing high-priced items on their top sales lists this holiday season.

Newton Citizen Poll - 11/29/2008

"I wanted to say thank you to Downtown Covington for a great evening on the Square Thursday night. My family had a blast. The only safety concern I see that needs to be addressed immediately is detouring the traffic off the Square. The Square should be closed off during those few hours for only one night a week for three weeks. We now have a three-story parking deck that can be utilized for these type of events. Let's use it, our tax dollars have paid for it. Let's keep our kids safe!"

School board to present issues to state legislators

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System and Board of Education will present its list of legislative priorities to state legislators in December.

Health inspections: Restaurant scores on the decline

COVINGTON - Though restaurants have been required to meet more stringent requirements on health inspections for almost a year, some are still struggling to get their scores back up to par.

Heritage places first in Patriot Rumble Duals

CONYERS - Heritage rumbled its way to first place Friday morning at home during the Patriot Rumble Duals.

Goal-line stand kills Eastside's shot at upset

CAIRO - Down 13-6 in the third quarter, Eastside let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers.

Government Meetings - 11/29/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Stopped short Cairo ends Eastside's season in quarterfinals

CAIRO - In the postseason, the difference between winning and losing can be a couple of plays here and there.

Bill Shipp - Thanksgiving brings joy and sadness

"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the special election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.

Alcovy opens season with 30-point victory

ATLANTA - The Alcovy boys basketball squad kicked off its season Wednesday in style by ousting North Springs 67-37 at Philips Arena.

Community Calendar - 11/29/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR