News for Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Local Goody's closing

COVINGTON - Goody's in Newton Plaza is closing, leaving Covington shoppers with no department stores and scant choices for retail clothing.

MLK events set for Sunday

COVINGTON - The annual community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall.

Special arrangements

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Teen hurt, shots fired at residence

COVINGTON - A young teenager was assaulted and shots were fired into a vehicle at a party on Bridges Way late Saturday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

City puts contract on hold Covington, CheckCare to meet about issues

COVINGTON - The city of Covington has suspended its contract with check guarantor CheckCare out of Warner Robins, citing a potential breach of contract.

Douglas reappointed to chairman seat

ATLANTA - State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) was reappointed Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee Chairman for the 2009-10 sessions of the Georgia General Assembly by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The committee exists to maintain Senate oversight for veterans' services, National Guard activities and homeland security efforts in Georgia.

Rivals Rockdale, Salem meet on the court

CONYERS - Entering the second week of subregion play, the Rockdale boys and Salem girls are first among the standings.

Legends of the Hall Henderson, Rice headed to Cooperstown

NEW YORK - Rickey Henderson sped his way into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot Monday, and Jim Rice made it in on his 15th and final try.

Heritage, Salem girls pull off weekend victories Prep basketball roundup

On the road Saturday, the Heritage girls blasted Monticello to the tune of 53-23.

Bill Shipp - Two lawyers who made the world better

I remember when Chuck Morgan sat in his shabby fourth-floor office in an aging building on Forsyth Street. Known among reporters as the Bomb-Throwers' Building, the low-rent edifice housed most of the civil rights organizations in Atlanta.

Darrell Huckaby - The times call for change

Are y'all ready for change? It's a comin'! In fact, it has already arrived in some quarters - and high time, I'd say. After all, the electorate of our fine community deserves the representation commensurate with the choices it made on Election Day.

Tigers win first-ever state berth

COVINGTON - Alcovy's wrestling team made school history with its second place finish in the Area 4-AAAA team dual championship Saturday at Ola.

Rams second at area, earn trip to Macon

COVINGTON - The Newton wrestling team is headed to Macon to compete in the Class AAAAA team dual championship after finishing second in the Area 2-AAAAA duals Saturday at Redan High School.

Braves pursue Kawakami, re-sign Infante

ATLANTA - Japanese all-star pitcher Kenshin Kawakami was in Atlanta on Monday for a physical needed to finalize an agreement with the Braves, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.