News for Thursday, January 22, 2009

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NCSS closer to state approval of safety plan

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is one step closer to having official state approval for its school safety and security plans.

General speaks on volunteerism

COVINGTON - Brig. Gen. C. Stewart Rodeheaver was the keynote speaker at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Tuesday night.

Two men stabbed in altercations

COVINGTON - Two brothers-in-law are facing aggravated assault charges after one was stabbed and the other struck with golf clubs during a family altercation, according to a Covington Police Department incident report.

Community commitment: Needhams win R.O. Arnold Award for service

COVINGTON - Ed and Nonie Needham received the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, held Tuesday night at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

Porterdale balances '09 budget

PORTERDALE - The city will achieve a balanced budget for 2009, if everything goes as planned, but City Manager Tom Fox cautioned City Council members that 2010 could be a different story if the economy doesn't improve.

Rockdale wins two close ones Girls prevail in overtime; Giles leads boys to victory

CONYERS - On a frigid yet momentous Inauguration Day, both the Rockdale girls and boys basketball squads made some memories of their own Tuesday.

Alcovy gets swept by Stockbridge on home court

COVINGTON - Alcovy had a chance to sweep the Stockbridge in Region 4-AAAA basketball action Tuesday night, but, in the end, Stockbridge pulled off a sweep in the battle of Tigers with two narrow victories.

Niittymaki gets 12th win over Thrashers

PHILADELPHIA - Antero Niittymaki made 28 saves to improve to 12-0 against Atlanta, and Mike Knuble scored twice in the Philadelphia Flyers' 5-3 victory over the Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Patriots keep rolling Heritage boys have won 9 of 11; Salem girls prevail

CONYERS - At this time of the high school basketball season, it's all about teams positioning themselves for the stretch run.

Forfeits doom Salem in close matches

CONYERS - Forfeits proved costly for the Salem wrestling squad, dropping two close matches Wednesday at home to Winder-Barrow (38-37) and Dutchtown (38-36).