News for Friday, October 16, 2009


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NCSO sponsors motorcycle ride

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has announced a motorcycle ride Saturday to benefit its CHAMPS program, an educational program for the county's fifth-graders.

Health Dept. offers Saturday clinics for H1N1

COVINGTON - The East Metro Health District has announced health department clinics in Rockdale, Newton and Gwinnett counties will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the H1N1 influenza vaccine.

Lending a paw Mutt Show on Oct. 24 benefits Humane Society

COVINGTON - They say that every dog has its day, and that will prove true Oct. 24, when the Newton County Humane Society hosts the annual Mutt Show in the Square Park in downtown Covington.

Benson murder trial: Sister testifies couple argued about money

COVINGTON - Cassandra Benson testified against her brother, Franklin, Thursday in his murder trial by telling the jury that he and Leslyan Williams had money problems at the time of her death in 2007.

City continues weighing airport options

COVINGTON - City officials are still pondering termination of the contract with Covington Municipal Airport Fixed Base Operator Dixie Jet Service Inc. and the possibility of forming an airport authority to handle future development and operations.

3 attorneys make short list for judge

COVINGTON - Three attorneys, two of them Newton County residents, are on the short list of nominees to fill the fifth Alcovy Superior Court judgeship submitted to Gov. Sonny Perdue by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Rockdale Blotter - 10/16/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Oct. 6 and Monday:

Alcovy sets school win mark with victory

COVINGTON - On a rainy night at Homer Sharp Stadium, with wet footballs and a drenched field, nothing was as slippery as Tre Sorrells and Rod Tolen.

First-round split: Heritage rolls, Rockdale falls in state volleyball

CONYERS - For Heritage, the first round of the Class AAAA state volleyball playoffs was a breeze Thursday, but for Rockdale, it was the end of the line.

Lady Tigers' run ends in first round

COVINGTON - In the end, the Thomas County Central bats were too much for the Region 4-AAAA runners-up to overcome.

Newton Blotter - 10/16/09

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

Jack Simpson - 10/16/09 Nobel Prize

Awakened early recently, President Obama was, no doubt, as surprised as were many citizens to learn he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He may have asked, "why me?" After all, President Wilson had to establish the United Nations and President Theodore Roosevelt ended the Russian-Japanese War before being accorded this prestigious award. The president knew he had not yet done anything on a scale worthy of a Nobel Prize because, on accepting, he said he was doing so as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people of all nations.

Darrell Huckaby - 10/16/09

"Emerging from an alley." That was, according to published reports, an actual "charge" levied by police against UGA student Vance Cuff, who, unfortunately, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, taken to jail and released after a $1,750 bond had been posted. He was also riding his scooter even though his license had been suspended.

Community Calendar - 10/16/09

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Mark Shields - 10/16/09 Confessions of a Recovering Red Sox Fanatic

It was a great run while it lasted. To be a Boston Red Sox fan meant your team - especially when matched against the too rich, too arrogant and altogether too successful New York Yankees - was predictably cast as the gutsy outsider David against baseball's overbearing Goliath.

Rams hope to boost postseason chances

COVINGTON - All you have to do is look at the Region 2-AAAAA football standings to know that tonight's clash between Newton and Greenbrier is going to reverberate for the rest of the regular season.

Bulldogs hitting the stretch run Rockdale looks to extend win streak

CONYERS - With two straight victories over Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals, Rockdale has dug itself out of an early season hole in the Region 8-AAAA standings.

Longbottom Letter - 10/16/09

Darrell Huckaby's Sunday, Oct. 4, column was disappointing to me. His viewpoint was way off base. He makes the amazing and unprovable claim that "a larger and larger share of the public lives in households that do not value education." No matter how that's explained, it will strike many as racism.

Townley Letter - 10/16/09

Here is a good one for you. On Sunday afternoon about 5 p.m., my wife and I went to Longhorn Steak House in Monroe for dinner. My truck was parked in the parking lot with metallic signs on each front door that read AMERICA "THE GREAT" Born July 4, 1776, Died Nov. 4, 2008. When I returned to my truck, I noticed a note on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt placed underneath the door handle that read: "Good thing our America isn't full of Communist like you!" A major problem is that this person did not have the guts to leave his/her name on it.