News for Wednesday, February 11, 2009


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County saves on pest control Move makes $8,000 difference

COVINGTON - In an effort to pinch pennies and buy local, the Board of Commissioners broke with the Leadership Collaborative on pest control services and opted for a provider that will save the county more than $8,000.

Would-be necklace thief is thwarted

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

A romantic lesson

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John Douglas - More bad budget news hits Georgia

The 2009 legislative session completed day 15 on Feb. 6 with bills passing through the chamber last week which will provide for tax relief and child safety. I support these pieces of legislation and look forward to their implementation. Unfortunately, even with the good work in those areas, very bad budget news has dominated the week at your Capitol.

In brief

Cancer Society offers telephone workshops

Bill bans sex offenders from BOE Measure passes Senate, moves on to House; inspired by local candidate

COVINGTON - The Georgia Senate passed a bill that would prohibit sex offenders from running for election to local boards of education by a vote of 48-0 Tuesday.

DARRELL HUCKABY - According to the Sleep Wellness Institute, 88 million Americans snore.

According to the Sleep Wellness Institute, 88 million Americans snore. Show of hands. Are you one of them?

Oxford to discuss trail, door sales

OXFORD - City Council members are considering two new city ordinances that may keep their town quiet and safe.

Foundation announces support, partnership opportunities

ATLANTA - As the financial crisis is affecting communities all across Atlanta and the United States, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is focusing on ways to support and strengthen local nonprofits.

New coach, new attitude at Rockdale

CONYERS - Just like the Rockdale girls soccer team, the boys squad has a brand new head coach patrolling the sidelines this year.

Rockdale girls keep season going Lady Bulldogs top Monroe Area in play-in game

LOGANVILLE - The Rockdale girls basketball squad extended its season for at least one more day after ousting Monroe Area for the second time this year 49-40 Tuesday evening during the play-in game of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament at Loganville High School.

Heritage girls open with a tie Patriot boys fall to Grayson

CONYERS - The Heritage soccer teams kicked off their 2009 campaigns with mixed results against Grayson on Tuesday night at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Driven outdoors

It looks good. Wes Burke, foreground, strikes the ball while golfing buddy Zach Hall tees it up at the driving range at The Oaks golf course Monday afternoon. The two took a break from their Georgia Perimeter College freshman classes to hit a few balls. The warm weather that has followed last week's cold spell beckoned quite a few golfers to the popular course. Burke, who boasts a 2-handicap, takes his golfing seriously and said he also enjoys play at Highlands and Honey Creek golf courses in Conyers.

Bill Shipp - Better than the lottery

Bill Shipp column for Feb. 11, 2009

Community Calendar - 02/11/2009

Feb. 11

Newton tennis squads eye return to playoffs

COVINGTON - Newton's tennis teams are mixing the old with the new as they head into the 2009 season.

Fan Favorite Earnhardt Jr. calls out NASCAR for sport's treatment of its followers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. never wanted to be the voice of NASCAR, the one getting all the questions and shouldering the responsibility for speaking for teammates, colleagues and everyone else in the garage.

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