News for Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Chamber of Commerce hosting casino night fundraiser

COVINGTON - If the fun of gambling without the worry of going home with an empty wallet is appealing, you might want to purchase a ticket to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Casino Night.

Be prepared Emergency directors urge residents to be ready for severe weather

COVINGTON - If you've lived in Georgia very long, you know the weather can change moment-by-moment and the next four months can be especially volatile. Next week the folks at Covington/Newton County Emergency Management Agency are joining the National Weather Service in observing Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia and are urging residents to prepare themselves for weather emergencies.

Economy knocks Smurfit Bankruptcy effect on local plant uncertain

COVINGTON - Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., which has maintained a presence in Newton County for more than 30 years, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as it looked to restructure a heavy debt amid a credit freeze.

Board tables changes BOE delays decision on suspension policy

COVINGTON - A proposed change to the Newton County School System's suspension policy won't come as soon as originally thought.

Government Meetings - 1/29/2009

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Salem girls rely on defense for key region win

The Salem girls improved to 18-2 overall after edging visiting Loganville 45-38 on Tuesday.

Alcovy boys lead region after victory Lady Tigers can't withstand pressure in lopsided loss

COVINGTON - Free throws saved the game for the Alcovy boys as they are once again the top boys basketball team in Region 4-AAAA after beating Jonesboro 38-32 Tuesday.

Ex-Bulldog soaking in Cardinals' return to glory

ATHENS - With the Arizona Cardinals preparing for the Super Bowl, 86-year-old Charley Trippi is as giddy as a 21-year-old rookie, practically bouncing down the steps to his basement.

Community Calendar - 1/29/2009

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Still on top Rockdale boys keep control of region with win over Heritage

CONYERS - On Tuesday the Rockdale boys proved their one-point victory at Heritage on Jan. 9 was no fluke.