News for Friday, October 17, 2008


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Tax Commissioner - The job

Editor's note: This is the final story in a series of packages that will look at the local positions that are up for election in November and the candidates who are asking for Newton residents' votes.

Injury crash snarls traffic

Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Grant could fund cleanup of city landfill

COVINGTON - Grant money may be available to test and clean up an old, abandoned landfill near the future site of the Nelson Heights Community Center in Covington, professional grantwriters said at a public meeting Thursday.

Man dies in one-car crash near county line

CONYERS - Rockdale County authorities are investigating the Tuesday evening crash that killed a local man on Christian Circle, near the Newton County line.

Day says he'll offer tax relief

COVINGTON - Democrat Nicholas P. Day is running for tax commissioner on a platform built largely on securing more exemptions for citizens and providing them with better information about exemptions that are already in place.

Dingler seeks a third term

COVINGTON - Newton County Tax Commissioner Barbara Dingler is seeking a third term in office, promising to continue to improve services for residents.

Darrell Huckaby - Tattersalls keeps thrill of reading alive

I love books. Always have. At a recent gathering at the Newton County library, a lady asked me if there was a particular teacher who mentored me and led me in the direction of becoming a writer. Actually, there wasn't - although I loved and appreciated all of my teachers. My father, Homer Huckaby, probably did more than anyone to provide the inspiration for my writing career - such that it is. He always made sure that there were lots and lots of books in our house - even when there weren't a lot of other things. And we always had the Atlanta Constitution delivered to our doorstep each morning - back in the days when the Atlanta Constitution was worth reading.

Ballesteros has complication after surgery for brain tumor

MADRID, Spain - Seve Ballesteros developed a complication following brain tumor surgery, requiring doctors to remove a piece of the golf star's skull to relieve pressure.

Salem in must-win situation Seminoles need victory to stay in 8-AAAA race

CONYERS - It's safe to say that Salem is looking for a little redemption tonight against Cedar Shoals at Seminole Stadium.

Brodeur gets 97th shutout against Thrashers

ATLANTA - Martin Brodeur made 25 saves for his 97th career shutout and Brian Rolston scored before getting hurt in the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

Rockdale Blotter 10/17/2008

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 Oct. 6 and Monday:

Jack Simpson - The iron horse makes a comeback

I recently read a story about trains becoming important again for hauling our freight. Maybe you read the same story telling us that these higher fuel prices were forcing some trucking companies to go out of business. This has caused a rebirth in railroad commerce. I like trains and I'm glad to hear this.

Trio of power Chambers, Henderson, Petree lead Eastside into today's softball sectionals

COVINGTON - Strong pitching and hitting is what wins games.

Announcements 10/17/2008


Newton Blotter 10/17/2008

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

Eagles seek sixth win vs. Jackson Co.

COVINGTON - Last week's 24-7 loss to Hart County was a fluke - at least that's what Eastside (5-1 overall, 2-1 Region 8-AAA) will try to prove when Jackson County visits Homer Sharp Stadium tonight.

Community Calendar 10/17/2008


Apalachee sends Lady 'Noles home Salem ends season after 25-13, 25-12 defeat in tourney

WINDER - Whereas the present is dim, the future is bright for Salem volleyball.