News for Friday, February 13, 2009


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Three stars are born Stellar students honored by Kiwanis

COVINGTON - Newton County has a new group of stars.

Porterdale explores annexation

PORTERDALE - Three out of four City Council members said Tuesday night they are willing to pursue annexation of seven parcels of land totaling 12.28 acres along Ga. Highway 81, if all property owners agree to the annexation. The annexations would close a gap between the city limits of Porterdale and Covington along Highway 81, though the boundaries are already contiguous in other areas.

Few details on ministry investigation

COVINGTON - The FBI has confirmed that a search warrant was served at the offices of Angel Food Ministries in Good Hope on Wednesday, but will give no further details, according to Special Agent Steve Lazarus.

Hunter Avenue to be one-way

COVINGTON - Beginning Monday, Hunter Avenue, located in front of the Newton County Judicial Center, will temporarily become a one-way street.

Buyers warned to be wary of liquidations Going-out-of-business sales often have high markups

COVINGTON - With so many retailers being forced to shut down and advertising big blowout sales, it may be tempting for consumers to rush to get good bargains. But the Better Business Bureau warns that going-out-of-business sales may not be all that advertisers claim.

Students to deliver Valentine's gift to seniors

CONYERS - East metro is about to get an art lesson and some senior citizens will get a Valentine's Day gift in the process.

Newton Blotter - 02/13/09

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

Jack Simpson - 02/13/09 Weather Forecasting

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. Many European immigrants were attracted to the area to work in the forests and coal mines. People like the Lombardos, the Palowkaskis, the Hansons, Scollons and Boughers brought many of their customs with them.

Alcovy teams get new life in tourney

COVINGTON - Both Alcovy basketball teams have to put the regular season behind them and start the Region 4-AAAA tournament with a new attitude.

It's win or go home time for 8-AAAA girls Salem, Heritage, Rockdale start tournament play

CONYERS - No. 5 Salem highlights tonight's 8-AAAA girls basketball tournament matchups with a game at 5:30 p.m. against Cedar Shoals at Winder-Barrow High School. The Lady Seminoles are sandwiched between Clarke Central/Heritage (4 p.m.) and Rockdale/Madison County (8:30 p.m.).

Aquamen: Local All-Americans gear up for preliminaries

CONYERS - Although swimming does not garner nearly as much attention as, say, football, two local aquamen have been making tremendous strides to change that.

Rockdale Blotter - 02/13/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Feb. 3 and Monday:

53 locals battle for a state berth Wrestlers get spread out across state for sectionals

COVINGTON - Fifty-three local wrestlers will see if all the hard work and training come to fruition as they compete in one more event today and Saturday in their sectional meets.

Doug Holt - 02/13/09 A View from the House

By Representative Doug Holt

Darrell Huckaby - 02/13/09

Batten down the hatches, y'all don't walk under any ladders and if a black cat crosses your path, run over that sucker. It's Friday the 13th and you all know what that means. Bad luck is right around the corner - and if you don't believe that just take a look at your latest 401K statement.

Community Calendar - 02/13/09


New region gives Alcovy tennis better playoff shot

COVINGTON - Moving from Region 8-AAAA to Region 4-AAAA will make both Alcovy squads competitive as they try to make it to the Class AAAA state playoffs.


The Rev. and Mrs. Tim Walden of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Lynn Walden of Covington, to Christopher P. Bowles of Oxford, son of Mrs. Debra Gordon of Oxford.


Kathleen Cominski of Conyers and Wayne Free of Stockbridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Edwards of Conyers, to Bryan Brantley, son of Donald and Denise Brantley of Conyers.


Estelle Hollis Creech of Conyers and Benny Robert Creech of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Creech, to Matthew Hartranft, son of William and Sheila Hartranft of Philadelphia, Pa.

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