News for Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Newton Citizen Poll 10/25/2008

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. This week's poll was an open line.

Piper resigns over concerns with council Health concerns also cited; special election in 2009 will fill post

PORTERDALE - Councilwoman Kay Piper resigned her post on the City Council at a work session Thursday night, citing her health and misgivings about the direction the council is heading.

Ram royalty

Tatyana Price, left, and Malik McQuaige, right, pose Friday night after being named the 2008 Homecoming Queen and King of Newton High School. Tatyana, the daughter of Paul Price and Tammy Dyer, is a senior. She was escorted by her stepfather, L.C. Dyer. Malik is the son of Naimah and Jerome Strong. He was escorted by his mother. For more on the homecoming game against the Douglass Astros, see Sports on page 1B.

Advance voters offered flu shots

COVINGTON - The Newton County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations for early voters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bohannon honored by Salvation Army

Jim Morrow, left, executive director of Service Extension with The Salvation Army, presents Newton County resident James Bohannon with a plaque honoring him as a lifetime member of the organization. Bohannon is one of three charter members of the Newton County Service Unit which was established in 1966. During his 32 years of service, he served as secretary and treasurer as well as social services director for the group. Bohannon is credited with organizing and establishing a food pantry, the annual Can-A-Thon event, and many other programs, including a response to Hurricane Hugo. Bohannon was honored with a dinner at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle.

Teacher of the Year finalists chosen

COVINGTON - Friday was a day filled with shock and surprises for three teachers in Newton County.

Candidates gather to talk issues

COVINGTON - The following is a summary of responses given by candidates for county commission chairman and sheriff at a forum held Thursday night at Turner Lake Complex. The forum was sponsored by The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Newton County Farm Bureau and The Covington News. For more forum coverage, see Tuesday's Citizen.

Newton Home Builders meet

Members of the Newton County Home Builders Association (NCHBA) recently attended the fall board meeting of the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) in Sandestin, Fla.

Newton falls on Astros' second-half rally

COVINGTON - The Newton Rams led the first half 7-6 and seemed to have a grip on the Douglass running game, but they were unable to adjust to the Astros' second-half throwing game as they lost homecoming 18-13 Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Shut down, shut out Bulldogs manage 86 total yards in 6-0 loss to Raiders

CONYERS - Rockdale picked the wrong time of the season to struggle on offense Friday night.

Heritage forces three turnovers in 20-0 upset of Apalachee

CONYERS - Superb defense and execution helped Heritage officially remain in the playoff hunt Friday night after upsetting Apalachee 20-0 at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Eastside falls to Oconee at state Warriors defeat Lady Eagles for third time this season

COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles softball team was riding high after beating Worth County 6-0 and long-time rival Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe 1-0 in the opening round of the Class AAA Fast Pitch softball finals at the Columbus Softball Complex on Thursday.

Mount Zion runs past Alcovy 32-15

JONESBORO - As the season comes to a close, every game from here on out takes on a playoff-type atmosphere.

Community Calendar 10/25/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Eagles' secondary faces test against pass-happy Warriors

COVINGTON - Eastside's secondary will be tested tonight when it faces Oconee County and quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Salem keeps hopes alive with 21-0 win

WINDER - The Salem High School Seminoles used a fast start in sloppy playing conditions Friday night to keep its playoff hopes alive by posting a 21-0 Region 8-AAAA road win against Winder-Barrow.

Government Meetings 10/25/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS