News for Saturday, September 20, 2008

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Getting a face lift

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Advance voting is under way

COVINGTON - Voters can go ahead and cast their ballots early for the Nov. 4 General Election.

Students advised to rest, relax before taking test

COVINGTON - This weekend, some Newton County students - and their parents - should be preparing for one of the first standardized tests of the school year.

Downtown district may be extended

COVINGTON - The City Council has initiated a process to incorporate the Pace Street corridor into the downtown mixed-use district.

Porterdale lays off one police officer

PORTERDALE - Porterdale has reduced its police force by one officer as part of the town's efforts to make up a budget shortfall of about $200,000 for the current budget year.

Two men wanted for eluding officers

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for the two that got away.

Darrell Huckaby - The horror of a magazine cover

Sex. Politics. Money. Religion. These are all subjects that we aren't supposed to discuss in polite conversation - which may be why so many people sit around watching TV or playing on the Internet instead of carrying on conversations with fellow human beings, these days. Of course, the TV shows they are watching are probably about - you guessed it - sex, politics and money. Religion? Maybe not so much, but three out of four ain't so bad.

Mets beat Braves to regain lead in NL East

ATLANTA - Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy delivered a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and the New York Mets regained first place in the NL East by beating the Atlanta Braves 9-5 on Friday night.

Salem secures 24-7 win at Monroe Area

MONROE - After a slow start this season, Salem is starting to build some momentum.

Government Meetings 9/20/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Bill Shipp - Death of a cliché

Something is missing from this year's election campaign cycle. No principal candidate from either major party has dared use that trusted cliché of past stump speeches: "Elect me, and I'll run your government like a business."

Community Calendar 9/20/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

9-20-2008 Citizen Poll

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

Tigers win on the road for first time Tolen rushes for 166 yards in 27-6 victory

STOCKBRIDGE - Alcovy got its running game going against Stockbridge for the first time this season, giving the Tigers a 27-6 win over Stockbridge on Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Patriots dominate Heritage explodes for 51-13 victory

CONYERS - If the Heritage Patriots were hungry for a win entering Friday's game against Winder-Barrow, they left satisfied.

Americans charge into lead at Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Phil Mickelson won as many points as his last two Ryder Cups combined. Justin Leonard had never won a match in any Ryder Cup until two blowout victories at Valhalla.