News for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Richardson makes visit to Rotary Club

COVINGTON - Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson pledged to the Covington Rotary Club on Wednesday that he would not seek to raise taxes, but instead would seek cuts in services in order to address the state's budget crisis.

Golf cart ordinance moves on Council approves the measure's first reading

COVINGTON - Residents could soon be allowed to drive golf carts on city streets if a new ordinance is approved.

Covington, Newton talk natural gas Government leaders attend seminar on alternative fuel

COVINGTON - Newton County and Covington officials joined representatives from 15 municipalities across the state to learn the benefits of using natural gas as an alternative fuel source during a seminar at DeKalb Tech on Tuesday.

Porterdale police avoid budget ax Fox plans no cuts in public safety funds

PORTERDALE - City Manager Tom Fox said Porterdale will have to do some serious belt-tightening in order to avoid significant financial problems in 2009, although he plans to avoid cuts to the city's police department.

Court selected for Newton Homecoming

Newton High School has selected its Homecoming Court and will crown the queen and king at its Homecoming football game Friday. The court includes: ninth-grade students Tai Avery, Chelsea Thomas and Emilie Jones; 10th-graders Neysa Sutton, Brianna Newby, Quadeerah Sharif and Jaime Phillips; 11th-graders Corinne Smith, India Hurst, Chelsea Darnell, Vivianna Vega and Tess Norris; and seniors Erica Usher, Jasmine Oxford, Ciara Fortson, Tatyana Price, April Lo, Julia Richardson and Leah Britton. The senior male court includes Demetrius McCray, Jamon Hawkins, Geoff Nolan, Cory Williams and Malik McQuaige. The Homecoming game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Sharp Stadium, where the Rams will take on the Douglass High School Astros.

Salem looks to keep pace in playoff hunt

CONYERS - If last week's 21-20 overtime win over Cedar Shoals was significant for Salem, a victory at Winder-Barrow on Friday is just as, if not more, important.

Bill Shipp - General Assembly gives us the Chump Test

Look out. Our friends in the General Assembly have quietly plugged a few words into the Nov. 4 ballot to test voters. They want to know if we are still chumps.

Community Calendar 10/22/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Darrell Huckaby - Let's go to the hop

Do you remember sock hops?

Football region races heat up All six local schools stay alive in playoff hunt

CONYERS - With three weeks left in the regular season, all six area high school football teams are alive in their region playoff races.

Touchdown troubles Georgia looking to turn big yards into big points

ATHENS - Georgia's offensive numbers don't add up.

Letter - Is the U.S. to join a long list of failed experiments?

Someone once said, "We learn from history that we don't learn from history." That is certainly evident today. History is basically an account of the events in the rise and fall of man. Someone once said the history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom, which is the right of self determination and spiritual fulfillment. Conscience is an awareness of something within oneself; that inner sense that tells us right from wrong. Instilled within each of us at birth is the desire for more and better things for ourselves. Our conscience is what keeps that desire within due bounds. When conscience fails, we lose human dignity to greed. I see strong evidence that as a nation our conscience is severely diminished.

Lady Eagles turn to offense at state tournament

COVINGTON - Hitting is the key to the Eastside softball team coming back with the Class AAA championship as it beings tournament play Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against Worth County at the Columbus Softball Complex.

Lady Rams, Tigers fall in sectionals

HAMPTON - Alcovy and Newton's softball seasons came to an abrupt end in the South Sectionals on Monday at Lovejoy Regional Park.