News for Thursday, September 18, 2008

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NCSS not planning to cut benefits

COVINGTON - Teachers and other employees in the Newton County School System may not have to shell out as much extra money for state health benefits as some thought last week.

Commission confused by variance vote

COVINGTON - Reconsideration of a Board of Zoning Appeals decision caused confusion amongst commissioners Tuesday night, as well as a brief confrontation between Chairman Aaron Varner and District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons.

Civic center revenue projections revised Boothby: Initial numbers 'overly optimistic'

COVINGTON - Initial projections on hotel/motel tax revenues earmarked to pay off $23 million in bonds for the civic and conference center project were "overly optimistic," according to officials, and more conservative figures are now in circulation.

Local deputies lend a helping hand to Louisiana

COVINGTON - Four Newton County deputies learned some valuable lessons during their recent trip to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana: Humidity there is terrible, but Cajun food fresh from the bayou is wonderful, and the hospitality is grand.

Ridin' thrifty Scooter popularity rises along with gas prices

CONYERS - Rockdale County resident Russell Paschal said he and his wife, Sandy, decided to buy a pair of scooters this summer after gasoline prices hit $4 per gallon. According to local dealers, the Paschals are part of a growing trend of folks switching from four wheels to two wheels as a way to cut back on gas expenses.

Government Meetings 9/18/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

UGA ready to head west Bulldog QB Stafford welcomes the heat of Arizona

ATHENS - Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford understands how to win games in oppressive heat.

Ga. Tech may have favorable matchup with Mississippi St.

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says he won't be satisfied with Georgia Tech's defense until the unit records a shutout.

Ryan Howard, J.A. Happ keep Phillies winning

ATLANTA - Ryan Howard drove in the first run in Philadelphia's four-run first inning, and rookie J.A. Happ pitched six scoreless innings to help the Phillies earn their season-high sixth straight win, 6-1 over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

Alcovy prepares for 'Battle of the Tigers'

COVINGTON - The Alcovy football team is going to have to do something that has given it trouble in the past three games if it hopes to turn things around in Region 4-AAAA on Friday night at Stockbridge.

Community Calendar 9/18/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Sports Briefs

Henderson strikes out 16 for Eastside

RMC, LifePoint reach agreement Proposed sale price would not meet bond debt

CONYERS - Left at the altar by Signature Hospital Corporation three months ago, Rockdale Medical Center officials said they have found a new suitor after reaching an agreement to sell the publicly-owned hospital to LifePoint Hospitals Inc.

Seminoles eyeing clash with Monroe Salem looking for more improvement on offense

CONYERS - There are two numbers that stand out when looking at Friday night's matchup between Salem and Monroe Area.