News for Friday, March 13, 2009

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'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Eastside High School students hold a dress rehearsal for the comedic play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," which debuted Thursday night. It tells the story of a dirty secret The Aunts are hiding from Mortimer, a writer, and all of the insanity that surrounds their family. Pictured above, left to right, are Shaquell Shepherd playing Dr. Einstein; Jobey Wright as Teddy; Jamie Lane as Aunt Martha Brewster, Mary Edmondson as Aunt Abby Brewster and Nicholas Croy as Jonathan Brewster. Above, Teddy, who thinks he's President Theodore Roosevelt, accuses Jonathan, the fugitive serial killer, of being a "nature faker." The students will perform the play at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school's auditorium at 10245 Covington Bypass. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students; all teachers get in free.

Obama announces White House intern program

This week President Barack Obama launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009.

BOE to vote on liberal arts academy

COVINGTON - Newton County students might soon have an opportunity that's never been offered locally.

Cousins band members qualify for district honors

Twelve Cousins Middle School Band students recently qualified for District IV Honor Band.

A class in creepy crawlers

The students in Piedmont Academy's second-grade class have enjoyed having a blue tongue skink reptile as a class pet this year.

Local Boy Scouts help fight hunger with food drive

COVINGTON - Boy Scouts in Newton and Rockdale are waging a fight against hunger with a mission called Scouting for Food.

Clayton State grad wins court competition

Clayton State University alumna Hahnah Williams, of Covington, recently won the 2008-09 Southern Region Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, along with her partner, to move on to compete for the national title in Irvine, Calif., which takes place during the week of March 18.

After delays, community center on track

COVINGTON - After a few setbacks, a community center planned for Laseter Street in the Nelson Heights neighborhood is back on track.

Project ReNeWal struggling

COVINGTON - Project ReNeWal, a domestic violence intervention program and shelter serving Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties, is fighting its own battle, struggling to survive funding cuts from every direction.

Jack Simpson - 03/13/2009 Out of the Mess

Don't you wish we had a crystal ball we could look into and predict the final outcome of our current recession? Most of us are not economists, Wall Streeters, or corporate bankers. We are just common folks who are suffering and have little confidence in some of the decisions made by our leaders.

Miller's 2-under leads Eagles past Bulldogs Eastside girls also win over Rockdale

CONYERS - Eastside's Tate Miller easily paced the field in Thursday's golf match against Rockdale, shooting a 2-under 34 for nine holes at Cherokee Run.

Newton Blotter - 03/13/09

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

Darrell Huckaby - 03/13/09

They tell me that the real madness of March is what goes on at college spring break. I do not know firsthand, but from what I hear, it's not like Connie Francis and 'Where the Boys Are" anymore - not even in Ft. Lauderdale, where some say all the lunacy got its start, because of the very movie that I mentioned at the top of the page.

Ga. Tech knocks off Clemson Last-place Jackets upset Tigers in ACC tourney

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech is hoping to pull off a Georgia-like run through the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Lady Eagles drop first Hart Co. girls end Eastside streak; boys move to 6-1

COVINGTON - The winning streak is over for the Eastside Lady Eagles after losing for the first time this season 2-0 to Hart County on Wednesday.

Rockdale opens region with 10-6 win

CONYERS - Led by senior standout Buck Farmer and some spotty good pitching, Rockdale County opened Region 8-AAAA baseball play with a 10-6 win over Cedar Shoals on Wednesday night.

Hooper Letter - 03/13/09

I read and enjoy the columns of Bill Shipp and Darrell Huckaby in the Citizen. I also read the other columns and especially those provided by state Sen. John Douglas. Sen. Douglas writes to keep us informed of the goings on under the Gold Dome in Atlanta. He and I have exchanged e-mails a great deal this year, just as I have with Toney Collins, our local representative (District 95) to the state House. I am also communicating with our elected officials in Washington, or at least trying to. The best I have gotten back from any one of them so far has been a form letter addressing some issue that had nothing to do with what I had written them about. My only New Year's Resolution this year was to make sure I no longer sat back and remained a member of the silent mass of citizens out there that our elected folks have forgotten. I intend to let them know my thinking on every issue that I have a concern about. I have kept this resolution so far and don't plan on breaking it anytime soon. Of course, I am a working senior citizen, so that may have a bearing on things down the road.

Rockdale Blotter - 03/13/09

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 March 3 and Monday:

Community Calendar - 03/13/09

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Henderson Letter 03/13/09

I want to take this opportunity to express my heart-felt thanks for your participation Saturday, Feb. 21, with our prayers for the economy on the Historic Courthouse steps. What a blessing to hear the sounds of praise coming from the great choir of New Vision Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Terry Shepherd. Your faces glowed with the anointing from on high and your voices touched the hearts and spirits of all present.

No miracle in the bag for Georgia Bulldogs fall to Miss. State 79-60 in SEC tournament

TAMPA, Fla. - Kodi Augustus finally seems to have his attitude, work ethic and game in shape.

Doug Holt - 03/13/09 A View from the House

More significant budget news arrived last week. No sooner had we started work on the fiscal 2010 budget, than Gov. Perdue was forced to reduce the revenue estimate by another $1.6 billion. However, that will be softened by receipt of perhaps $1.1 billion in federal stimulus money. Even so, that's at least several percent more the Legislature will have to slice out of existing spending programs in order to make our books balance. Any doubt of this being the worst downturn in Georgia since the Great Depression has been erased. I've spoken with folks who were in the House 20 and 30 years ago, and they made it clear that past recessions were far easier affairs, in which the problem was simply not getting as much of a revenue increase as expected. Hopefully we won't have to examine some of the most drastic ideas for cutting back, like shortening the school year (which would save $45 million per day). In any case, while fiscal 2010 will be a very lean time, there seems to be a consensus among economic forecasters that we will see the bottom at some point during the year.

Salem baseball tops Monroe Area in region opener

MONROE - After starting the season with a 2-4 record, Salem's baseball team turned it around Wednesday for a 6-0 win over Monroe Area to start Region 8-AAAA play.