News for Friday, November 7, 2008


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Middle Ridge names Students of the Month

Middle Ridge Elementary School has named its September Students of the Month.

Solo Cup Company named Work Ready Business of the Year

CONYERS - Solo Cup Company, one of Rockdale County's largest industries, was recently named the Work Ready Business of the Year.

Clayton State to hold fall open house Saturday

The Clayton State University Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions will host its fall Open House Program from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday in the University's new Student Activities Center.

School board honors bus drivers

At a Newton County School Board meeting during School Bus Safety Week, officials from the Newton County School System and the school board honored lead school bus drivers with certificates and thanks all of the system's 235 drivers. Pictured, from left to right, are Jeanie Robertson, Pam Leidig, Tracey Conner, Gail Eidson, Shirley Smith, Charles Rooks, Deborah Griggs, Rosemary Thompson, Pam Ballard, Sherry Davenport, Kathy Dye, Sherry Barnett, Frances Cronan, Lynn Patterson, Transportation Director Charles Brasher, Kandie Harwell, Donna Brown and Barbara Ewing.

Newton groups gear up for holidays

COVINGTON - Area agencies are reminding residents that the holidays are upon us.

School council meetings

Several schools have announced dates for their School Council meetings.

City sets town hall meeting Covington invites public

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is set to host its second town hall meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Turner Lake Complex located at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

Piedmont Halloween bash

The middle school students at Piedmont Academy sponsored a Halloween Monster Bash Saturday, when the students raised $300 to purchase class book sets for the language arts department. Students Lacy Adamson, Ashley Young and Julia Maloney worked with middle school sponsors, Jana Arp and Elizabeth Davis, to plan and organize the dance. The students attended the bash in their Halloween costumes and had a great time.

George Walton chorus presents 'Seussical Jr.'

George Walton chorus presents musical

Fairview holds Cancer Survivors Day

As a way to bring attention to the need for early screening and detection of all types of cancer, Fairview Elementary School held a special event, Fairview Cancer Survivors Day, on Thursday to honor six staff members who have battled with cancer. All faculty and staff members and students wore pink Thursday to show support for the "Pink Ladies," as they call themselves. They also purchased pink ribbons with all proceeds going to the school's Relay for Life Team. In addition to the recognition, the school held a special luncheon for the women. They are, pictured left to right, (first row) Connie Jennings, kitchen staff; Judy Hardy, kindergarten paraprofessional; Shelley Yeatman, Pre-K teacher; (second row) Vickey Mathis, kindergarten paraprofessional; Melody Ingle, fourth-grade teacher; and Gail Brown, kindergarten teacher.

GPC starts celebration with festival

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College will be a little brighter in a few months.

'I am honored' Cousins Middle music educator wins Teacher of the Year

COVINGTON - A crowd of Newton County School System personnel, supporters and family members gathered at Porter Memorial Auditorium late Thursday afternoon for the naming of the 2009 Teacher of the Year.

Darrell Huckaby - Spending the evening with 007

When I finally got home Wednesday evening, I was way past my saturation point as far as the 2008 election coverage was concerned. I had thought

Newton schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Students and staff at Mansfield Elementary School participated in Wear Red Day during Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention campaign, last week. Other Newton County public schools also participated in pledge signings, dress-up days, special programs, door decorations and contests.

NCSS open enrollment ends Monday

Open Enrollment for state health insurance for Newton County School System employees will end Nov. 10. Each employee has received a State Health Decision Plan Guide 2009 detailing any changes and instructions on how to enroll online. The only employee who does not need to go online in the employee who does not have State Health Insurance and does not want State Health Insurance.


Laura Michelle Baran and James Ralph Martin were married Oct. 10 at Fort McPherson. Deacon Joe Rhodes officiated the ceremony.

Eagles seek their first region title Victory over Lions gives them Region 8-AAA championship

COVINGTON - The worst possible thing Eastside could do is to look past Franklin County, who has as much on the line tonight as the Eagles.


Kenneth and Judy Jones of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Cara Catrina Jones of Norcross, to Jamie Christopher Morrison of Tucker, son of Robert and Susan Morrison of Virginia Beach, Va.

Heritage cheerleaders make bid for state finals

CONYERS - One hundred and fifty seconds.

Tigers' season ends with loss to Griffin

COVINGTON - Griffin's Sheldon Hancock was too much for Alcovy to handle, gaining 187 yards and scoring four touchdowns as the Bears eliminated the Tigers from the playoffs by a 35-16 margin Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Newton Blotter 11/7/2008

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 11/7/2008


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Kathryn Elyse Lamb and Matthew Wesley Ams were married July 26 in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Gil McKee officiated the service.

Jack Simpson - Economy emboldens criminals

This is a period in our American history when we face many domestic and

Jake's turn Senior Hudson leads Heritage into state meet

CONYERS - For three seasons at Heritage, Jake Hudson ran in the shadow of one of the school's all-time best boys cross country performers - Shuaib Winters.

Rockdale Blotter 11/7/2008

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 Oct. 28 and Monday:

Do or die for Salem Seminoles chase playoff berth against Apalachee

CONYERS - It all comes down to this.


Crystal Johnson Dooley of Covington announces the engagement of her daughter, Erin Hart, to Nathan Herron of Macon, son of Wayne and Jean Herron of Martin.