News for Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Volunteers honored for hospital service

COVINGTON - The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary recently honored volunteers for their hours of dedicated work at a luncheon in their honor.

Wicked winds Gusts knock out power to nearly 1,000 customers

COVINGTON - High winds Wednesday resulted in power outages affecting nearly 1,000 customers in the city of Covington, Utilities Director Bill Meecham said.

Armory to hold public open house Event to give thanks to departing soldiers

COVINGTON - The National Guard Armory in Covington will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday to give the community a chance to show its appreciation for the soldiers based there, who will soon be deploying to Afghanistan.

County will apply for housing rehab grant

COVINGTON - County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday night to apply for a grant to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties.

Porterdale balks at paying dispatch fees City owes $46,000 for police calls handled by Newton County 911 Center

PORTERDALE - City Manager Tom Fox advised the City Council Monday night to delay signing an intergovernmental agreement with the Covington-Newton County 911 Center until the city can clear up some questions about the contract. The agreement calls for Porterdale to pay approximately $46,000 in 2009 for its police calls that are dispatched through the center.

Group offers 'green' tips for new year

Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful is offering tips on how to make some positive changes for the New Year.

Collection fit for the King Conyers man honors Elvis with memorabilia

CONYERS - Elvis Presley lives in Conyers through a collection of records and memorabilia that, like the King, is as big and gaudy as one of his iconic rhinestone jumpsuits.

Sports briefs

Heritage takes two at Monroe

Bulldogs get first win of '09 Rockdale boys dominate Loganville; girls fall by 16

CONYERS - If there was any doubt who was the better team entering play, it was erased after an impressive 81-56 victory by the Bulldogs.

A little prep work Alcovy tops Newton; both fall to No. 8 Grayson

COVINGTON - Newton's and Alcovy's wrestling teams prepared for their area duals with a three-way match with Grayson that showed some strong points and some weaknesses.

Salem ties Norcross, is shut out by Ola

CONYERS - The Ola wrestling squad proved why it's ranked among the top 10 in state after not allowing a single point to either Salem or Norcross on Wednesday evening at Salem High School.

Government Meetings - 1/8/2009

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Community Calendar - 1/8/2009

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Stafford, Moreno declare for NFL draft

ATHENS - With Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno headed to the NFL, Georgia probably won't have to worry about another preseason No. 1 ranking in 2009.