News for Thursday, October 15, 2009


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Prosecution: Benson story inconsistent

COVINGTON - At times, Franklin Benson appeared to be the prosecution's best witness Wednesday during his murder trial when taped interviews and testimony was presented showing inconsistencies in his story involving the slaying of his girlfriend.

Daffodil festival, symposium to have baseball theme

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College students and Newton County residents will celebrate baseball and daffodils next week.

Forestry unit: Wildfires on the decrease

COVINGTON - The Georgia Forestry Commission's local unit reported a decrease in wildfires by about 50 percent for fiscal year 2009.

Rainy day smiles

Covington residents Vicki Logan and sister-in-law Patricia Logan, who were out in Wednesday's rain running errands at KMart, weren't the only ones smiling despite the weather. Public safety officials were relieved to see that the Yellow River reached its peak about midnight and was continuing to recede despite the scattering of showers. Officials had first expected more than 4 inches of rain which would have potentially caused flooding in the area once again. Newton County Emergency/Risk Management Deputy Director Jody Nolan said Sockwell Road was closed Wednesday afternoon and Crowell Road near Interstate 20 would remain closed indefinitely. Residents suffering from flood damage have been getting what he called "an unbelievable response" from FEMA and he said they were now assessing what needed to be done to repair roadways and bridges.

Politicos report on county's challenges

COVINGTON - Local county and city leaders gave the good news and bad news at the State of the County Address hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee at Newton County Library on Wednesday.

Government Meetings - 10/15/09


Flipped out: White says no more end zone acrobatics

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White did everything right at San Francisco last week - except stick his landing.

Defense key to best start in Alcovy history

Through the first six games of Alcovy's season, it's been all about defense.

Patriots rested, healed for Madison County

CONYERS - After a 1-5 start, the Heritage football team is coming off a benefical bye week as it prepares for Friday's clash with visiting Madison County at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Community Calendar - 10/15/09

Oct. 15

Volleyball playoffs get started Heritage, Rockdale host first-round matches today

CONYERS - After battling to a one-two finish in the Area 8-AAAA volleyball tournament last weekend, Heritage and Rockdale will launch their postseason quests tonight in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Late header gives US tie in qualifier Cup berth already in hand, Americans finish atop region

WASHINGTON - Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night that put Honduras in next year's World Cup.