News for Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Woman assaulted at apt. complex

COVINGTON - A woman was the victim of an armed robbery and attempted rape early Friday morning, but alert Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to capture the man they believe is responsible.

Trial begins for grisly '07 murder

COVINGTON - The murder trial against Franklin Elliot Benson began Tuesday with state prosecutors arguing that he killed his girlfriend over a money dispute, then cut up her body and disposed of the remains in rural Newton County in 2007.

County trying to save money on phone service with audit

COVINGTON - Newton County is looking to save money on telecommunications services.

Termination talk Airport operator mad city may end contract early

COVINGTON - The head of Dixie Jet Service Inc., fixed base operator at Covington Municipal Airport, is on the defensive now that city officials are considering early termination of his contract.

Community Calendar - 10/14/09

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Goucher Letter - 10/14/09

The fever of recession may have broken, but allowing nature to take its course is bad medicine for housing and the nation's economy. Even if the economy has begun to grow, the outlook for jobs is alarming, with unemployment approaching 10 percent. In the housing sector, which typically leads the way to recovery, foreclosures remain a threat to stabilization in housing prices, builders have been cut off from the credit they need to finish viable projects and begin new ones, and the housing finance system is in disarray.

State softball playoffs: Henderson's pitching leads Eastside to next round

COVINGTON - No. 1-ranked Eastside made it look easy in the first round of the Class AAA softball playoffs Tuesday night.

State softball playoffs: Lady Tigers stay alive with split Alcovy wins Game 2 after losing first in playoff series

COVINGTON - Sometimes in post-season play, you need a little luck. On Tuesday, Alcovy's softball team got just enough to live to play another day.

Darrell Huckaby - 10/14/09

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I spent a lot of time at the relatively new World War II memorial. I wasn't paying as much attention to the monument itself, which is magnificent in its simplicity, but was more interested in watching the people who were visiting the edifice.

Kathleen Parker - 10/14/09 A MISCARRIAGE OF PROPRIETY

For those whose lives revolve primarily around real people in real time and real space, hurry, go hide.

Eastside not looking to share title this year

Last season, Eastside finished the regular season in a three-way tie for first place in Region 8-AAA and won the league crown through the tiebreaker.

Seminoles' backs against the wall

CONYERS - There's no doubt about it: The playoffs start this week for both Salem and Cedars Shoals.