News for Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Final push Sen. Chambliss campaigns in Newton County as election nears

COVINGTON - Republican officials from the local, state and national levels said now more than ever, party members must get out and vote, and painted a bleak picture if Democrats take over Congress and the White House at a political rally for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss Tuesday on the Covington Square.

Israeli delegation visits CPD

COVINGTON - Covington Police Department Chief Stacey Cotton recently played host to a delegation of high-ranking Israeli police who came to see how crime is fought in the South.

Tax commission, BOE candidates state their case

COVINGTON - The following is a summary of responses given by candidates for Board of Education District 2 and Tax Commissioner at a candidates' forum held Thursday night.

Court denies Ford's death row appeal

COVINGTON - The federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied an appeal by Newton County death row inmate Melbert Ray Ford Jr., who was convicted of killing his former girlfriend and her 11-year-old niece in a 1986 robbery at Chapman's Grocery store on Ga. Highway 81 where they worked.

Coalition hosts Covington drug-awareness forum

COVINGTON - During Red Ribbon Week, a national drug-awareness campaign, students participate in school dress-up days, art contests and other fun activities.

Newton cross country prepared for region meet

COVINGTON - Undeniably, the first Saturday of November is going to be hectic for cross country teams around the state.

Weather keeps wacky World Series on hold

PHILADELPHIA - Sooner or later, someone will win this World Series.

Community Calendar 10/29/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Darrell Huckaby - Praise the Lord and pass me a pomegranate

OK. Now it is officially fall. My father-in-law has built the first of many fires in his fireplace. Never mind the calendar. Until Benny Potts builds a fire, it is not the fall of the year yet.

Bill Shipp - The elusive landslide

The early voting lines lengthen as Nov. 4 approaches. The finger-pointing becomes angrier. The Republican blame game grows louder. The polls, one by one, highlight double-digit divides between first-place Barack Obama and lagging John McCain.

Football playoff picture remains cloudy

CONYERS - With two weeks left in the regular season, the high school football playoff picture is still cloudy for all of the area schools.

Pats seek to continue win streak Heritage faces winless Monroe Area on Friday

CONYERS - Monroe Area is hoping to put a scare into Heritage come Friday on Halloween.

Can't be denied New door opens for Eastside's Johnson

COVINGTON - It's amazing how when one door closes, another opens. No one knows that better than Eastside sophomore cross country runner Sam Johnson.