News for Thursday, September 4, 2008


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Ex-student accused of extortion Former Alcovy senior arrested after teacher receives threats

COVINGTON - An 18-year-old former Alcovy High School student has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to extort $10,000 from a teacher and threatened his family, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Commission approves plan for solid waste

COVINGTON - County commissioners have approved the multi-jurisdictional solid waste management plan, which includes the expansion of the Newton County Landfill.

Show of support Congressman stresses importance of Chimney Park

COVINGTON - Congressman Jim Marshall, D-Georgia, came to lend his support to Chimney Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Shooting victim draws blank on incident details

COVINGTON - Early Sunday morning a 19-year-old man who had been shot in the foot went to the emergency room at Newton Medical Center, and authorities in two counties are trying to sort out the details of what actually transpired.

Housing Authority students get help

COVINGTON - Youth advocate and former teacher Lillian Bittaye is working with various community partners to try to change the public perception of the Covington Housing Authority.

Ramirez leads Florida over Atlanta

MIAMI - Before the game even began, the Florida Marlins were guessing.

Safina beats Pennetta at Open

NEW YORK - Sixth-seeded Dinara Safina overpowered No. 16 Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3 in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Wednesday, earning the right to play one of the Williams sisters next.

Government Meetings 9/4/2008


Lady Rams drop first region game

COVINGTON - The Lady Rams softball team played a defensively sound game against Union Grove on Wednesday at Turner Lake.

Community Calendar 9/4/2008


Rookie Risk Falcons make Ryan the starter, but at what cost?

FLOWERY BRANCH - With Michael Vick out of the picture, the Atlanta Falcons wasted little time anointing Matt Ryan as the new face of the franchise.

Pats eye first road test at Habersham

CONYERS - For the Heritage football team this week, it's out like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.