News for Friday, January 23, 2009

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Darrell Huckaby - President gets off to rough start with oath

It's going to be an interesting four years. And y'all thought Bill Clinton and George W. Bush evoked partisanship and controversy!

Elementary named for state tree BOE decides on Live Oak

COVINGTON - During Tuesday's monthly meeting, the Newton County Board of Education named the new elementary school being built on Kirkland Road after Georgia's state tree.

Thieves cut two holes into store Cash, cigarettes stolen

COVINGTON - The Brown Bridge Shell Oil convenience store was burglarized Jan. 15 after thieves apparently entered the store from a hole they had cut through the outside wall, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Future planning: Covington looks into creating redevelopment strategy

COVINGTON - The city of Covington took a big step toward coming up with a solution for substandard housing Thursday when officials, planners and other interested parties met to discuss the creation of an urban redevelopment plan.

Police stumped by trees stolen from four different spots

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are scratching their heads over the recent thefts of Leyland cypress trees from yards in four separate locations.

County enacts spending/hiring freeze

COVINGTON - By a vote of 3 to 2, county commissioners implemented a spending and hiring freeze Tuesday night.

Big Ben seeks big game vs. old boss

PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger didn't consider Ken Whisenhunt to be a whiz when the two worked together on the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense.

Announcements - 1/23/2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Venus Williams upset at Australian Open American falls in 3 sets to 46th-seeded youngster

MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams squandered a match point before losing to 46th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday, the biggest upset so far at the Australian Open.

Jack Simpson - Sensible use of cell phones a thing of the past

Cell phones are helpful tools when properly used. They can also be a curse and a nuisance.

No. 6 Rams still first in region play

LOGUST GROVE - The Newton boys basketball squad improved to 6-1 in Region 2-AAAAA after steamrolling past Luella on Tuesday night 75-55.

Community Calendar - 1/23/2009

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Rockdale, Heritage hoops face key matchups

CONYERS - The Rockdale and Heritage boys basketball teams have emerged as the front-runners halfway through the Region 8-AAAA South slate.

Rockdale Blotter - 1/23/2009

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 Jan. 13 and Monday:

Newton Blotter - 1/23/2009

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