News for Friday, January 9, 2009

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Much needed relief

Schools implement new food allergy plan

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System want students with food allergies to be a little safer at school.

Porterdale may amend pet ruling

PORTERDALE - Pet owners in Porterdale could soon be required to register their animals at City Hall if an amended animal control ordinance is approved by the City Council.

Risky business Federal law could signal the end of local thrift stores

CONYERS - A federal law enacted to protect children from lead and certain plastics could prove poisonous to consignment shops who cannot afford to certify merchandise on the shelves to meet the new standards.

Darrell Huckaby - New channel runs westerns 24/7

A big change came into my family's life during the recent holiday season. 

Downtown parking extended City Council increases time limit to 3 hours

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council agreed Monday night to extend the parking time limit for the downtown to three hours, excluding the inner ring of the Square.

Rams want trip to state Duals

COVINGTON - The Newton wrestling team is on a mission to claim the No. 2 spot in the Area 2-AAAAA Duals on Saturday at Redan High School and earn a trip to the Class AAAAA Duals next weekend.

Announcements - 1/9/2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Smoltz bids farewell After 21 years, pitcher will leave Braves for Red Sox

ATLANTA - After more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz is likely to finish his stellar career wearing a different uniform.

Paying tribute to the Man in Black Seasoned musician Rusty Evans and his band, Ring of Fire, to play show in Newton County

For nearly 10 years, Rusty Evans has fed his musical muse by performing a popular and insightful tribute to country legend Johnny Cash, but given Evans' long background in the music business, his own story is just as compelling as that of "The Man in Black."

Jack Simpson - Neighbors must band together to fight crime

I'm not telling you something you don't already know. The recession is deepening and people are hurting. Economic decline causes an increase in crime. People cannot maintain their living standard and cannot live the American dream when their home is in foreclosure and they have no job.

Wrestlers amped for area Duals No. 4 Rockdale favored

CONYERS - A little more than a month into the season, a trio of local wrestling squads will face their first true test.

Alcovy limps into tournament

COVINGTON - Alcovy wrestling coach Mike Mostek is hoping to piece together a team that is good enough to take second place in the Area 4-AAAA Duals Tournament held Saturday at Ola High School.

Newton Blotter - 1/9/2009

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

Rockdale Blotter - 1/9/2009

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 Dec. 30 and Monday:

Community Calendar - 1/9/2009

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Crosstown rivals ready for tipoff Salem visits Loganville in subregion action

CONYERS - All good rivalries typically make for a more thrilling matchup.