News for Friday, April 24, 2009


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Gresham enters not guilty plea

COVINGTON - Horace Don Gresham pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he lied on documents he filed to run for a seat on the Newton County Board of Education.

Oxford students celebrate anniversary of zebra on campus

Some students and staff at Oxford College commemorated Thursday as the first anniversary of the day that Barcode the zebra made his way to the top floor at Seney Hall. Pictured walking on campus Thursday afternoon are Arielle Hayden, right, a sophomore from Cumming, and Whitney Woodruff, left, a sophomore from Weaver, Ala., sporting her zebra shirt that some students sold last school year to help pay for the thousands of dollars in damages that Barcode left at Seney Hall when someone placed him in the hallway early one morning.

County, city ask to relax water rules

COVINGTON - The county and city have agreed to petition the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for relaxed watering restrictions

Problems plague new radio system

COVINGTON - There are problems with the county's new public safety radio network, including dead spots where police and firemen can't communicate, but they will be resolved, a representative from the system manufacturer told commissioners at a work session Tuesday afternoon.

Dancing with the arts Art on the River to feature artists' creations, music

As a longstanding member of the Southern Heartland Arts Guild, Covington resident Susan Adams knows well of the visual arts talent residing and working in Newton and Rockdale counties.

Jack Simpson - 04/24/09 A Challenge

I don't know how you may feel about this, but I am proud of a lot of our citizens involved in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and the crew of the good ship Maersk Alabama.

Community Calendar - 04/24/09

April 24

Lady Pats move on with win over Dalton Boys sent home by Hillgrove

CONYERS - The Lady Patriots advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA soccer playoffs with a 3-0 win over Dalton, while the boys will stay home losing 2-0 to Hillgrove in Wednesday's doubleheader.

Mullins Letter - 04/24/09

Today, led by President Obama, our country is sharply divided over the direction our government is taking us. This was demonstrated by the outpouring of people at tea parties across the country on tax day, April 15, (an event basically ignored by mainstream media). Maybe in the eyes of the media an insignificant event, but some 55 million citizens voted for a different president. This administration seems in a mad rush to take the country back to the same circumstances from which we emerged as is so eloquently described in the Declaration of Independence.

Rockdale Blotter - 04/24/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between April 14 and Monday:

Falcons trade for TE Gonzalez Former Chiefs star has been to 10 Pro Bowls

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons boosted their hopes for another trip to the playoffs by acquiring tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday for a draft pick next year.

Kathleen Parker - 04/24/09 DIVERSITY AS THE NEW PATRIOTISM

WASHINGTON - Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global marketplace and, not least, an interesting life.

Stafford looking like Detroit's pick at No. 1

DETROIT - Matthew Stafford might become the face, voice and arm of perhaps the biggest rebuilding project in NFL history.

Newton Blotter - 04/24/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:

Darrell Huckaby - 04/24/09

When the letter came I was certain there had to be some kind of mistake. A young scholar from Tifton, Bailey Guest, had addressed the missive to "Dr. Huckaby." Now I am a lot of things but, sadly, doctor is not one of them.

Lions not tamed Luella gets 15 hits in 17-3 win over Newton

COVINGTON - If it's true that a team learns more from a loss than a win, then Newton must have a lifetime of knowledge after losing to Luella 17-3 in Thursday's game at Riverside Park.

Childress swaps crews for slumping Harvick, Mears

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Richard Childress Racing will swap the crews for slumping drivers Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears following this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Uptown Entertainment to provide music for event

South Carolina native Ron Dover has spent most of his adult life in the music business, spending eight years in the employ of Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Peabo Bryson and performing on recording dates with Roberta Flack, Bobby Womack and Natalie Cole.

North Hall dominates Eastside Lady Eagles knocked out of soccer tournament

GAINESVILLE - The early spring sun wasn't the only thing scorching Thursday afternoon in Gainesville. The North Hall girls soccer team was just as hot.

Newton teams bumped from state

COVINGTON - Tennis for all three Newton County teams ended abruptly in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday.