News for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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Newton schools begin focus walks

COVINGTON - School officials are taking a closer look into classrooms in Newton County public schools.

Ready for the crowds

Almon Precinct Poll Manager Johnnie Campbell and her husband Wayne set up voting machines at the Almon Community House on Monday in preparation for today's election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As of Friday afternoon, the last day for early voting, 46 percent of registered voters had already cast their ballots, according to the Newton County Board of Elections. Chairman Hugh Steele predicted turnout could be as high as 90 percent or more.

Lions Club seeks entries for annual Christmas parade

COVINGTON - Believe it or not, The Covington and Newton County Christmas Parade is less than five weeks away, so now's the time to start planning if you want to enter.

Counties offer assistance for home heating

CONYERS - Seniors and homebound residents of Rockdale and Newton counties who are in need of help to heat their homes this winter can apply for assistance this week with the Partnership for Community Action Inc. in Conyers.

Law library to offer wireless Internet

COVINGTON - The Newton County Law Library will soon offer wireless Internet access to lawyers and the general public for legal research.

Circuit City in Conyers will close

CONYERS - Circuit City store in Conyers will close as part of a major business restructuring move announced Monday that involves shutting 20 percent of its stores across the U.S.

New class no problem for Eastside First year in AAA brings region title, run at state

COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles started their softball season in a new classification and a new region without really knowing what to expect.

Eastside jumps into football rankings

The Eastside Eagles are ranked for the first time this season at No. 10 in Class AAAA of the Georgia high school football poll.

Fulmer out as Tennessee football coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - An emotional Phillip Fulmer, with his wife at his side and tearful, angry players surrounding him, announced Monday that he had accepted Tennessee's decision that this will be his last season as the Volunteers coach.

Pushover feast Falcons 5-3 thanks in part to weak schedule

ATLANTA - Don't blame the Atlanta Falcons for taking advantage of their bottom-feeding opportunities in the first half of the season.

Most playoff races down to final week Eastside in, four others still alive

CONYERS - One is in, one is out and four are still alive.