News for Friday, October 2, 2009


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Some county teachers using Strategic Instruction Model

COVINGTON - Some Newton County teachers are trying out a new teaching strategy this year to help address more students' needs.

Celebrating fashion and life

Master Gardeners festival and sale set for Saturday

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Master Gardeners are looking for a strong showing for their annual plant sale and festival Saturday that will offer family activities, arts and crafts and free gardening advice.

Tickets on sale for cemetery tour

COVINGTON - Voices from the past will be heard once again on Oct. 15, when the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosts a tour of the historic City of Covington Cemetery.

School system meets AYP after retests Three more schools also achieve standard

COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday that after the retest scores of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests were calculated into final Adequate Yearly Progress results, the Newton County School System has met AYP for the 2008-09 school year.

Local schools name Students of the Month

COVINGTON - Several schools have announced their Students of the Month for August.

Student visits Georgia's First Lady

Earlier this school year, Mansfield Elementary School prekindergarten student Anna Beth Bailey attended the Reading Under the Stars, hosted by First Lady Mary Perdue at the Georgia Governor's Mansion. Perdue read "Bedtime in the Jungle" by John Butler in the mansion gardens, and Bailey made a tiger puppet to go along with the story, ate ice cream, had her face painted and played on the Governor's playground.

Norfolk ends lease with Great Walton

COVINGTON - Norfolk Southern Corp. has terminated its lease agreement with Great Walton Railroad for the rail line running from Machen to Newborn.

NCSS dedicates middle school

Community Calendar - 10/02/09

Oct. 2

Newton Blotter - 10/02/09

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

Salem spoils Alcovy's senior night Lady Seminoles win 3-2 in 10 innings

COVINGTON - Alcovy had a chance to win its game on senior night, but too many mistakes allowed Salem to come out on top with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings of play Thursday.


Mary Kay Hobbs of Tulsa, Okla. and Gary Hobbs of San Antonio, Texas announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Hobbs of Atlanta, to Jonathan Duckett of Atlanta, son of Tim and Sherry Duckett of Conyers.

Palmer Letter - 10/02/09

This letter is addressed to all Georgia representatives:

Unbeatable: Lady Pats finish 10-0 in area matches

Heritage certainly looked like a top seed Thursday, sweeping Salem 25-13, 25-14.

Kicking slump: Tech's Blair on the spot

ATLANTA - Scott Blair, Georgia Tech's kicker with an Aussie pedigree, has gone from game-winning hero to the verge of losing his starting job in less than a month.

Rams look for defense to lead way

COVINGTON - Newton's philosophy against Redan is simple - here's the ball, now try to do something with it.

Rockdale Blotter - 10/02/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Sept. 22 and Monday:

Darrell Huckaby - 10/02/09

I walked into my house the other night and, to my delight, our kitchen smelled just like fall. How, you might ask, does fall smell? I'm glad you want to know because I am about to tell you.

Bulldogs aim to halt losing skid

Aug. 28 must seem like a long time ago for the Rockdale football team. That night, the Bulldogs soundly defeated Madison County to open the season 1-0 for the second consecutive year. But that's where the similarities to 2008 and this season came to an end.

Superintendent Cox launches new teacher tools

ATLANTA - State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox launched two online teacher tools that will save educators and school systems time and money.

Jack Simpson - 10/02/09 Jake

I was down in Newton County just the other day when I met up with C.B. (Country Boy). He is the salt of the earth and a whole lot of fun to talk with.


Sarah Ashley Emmons and Christopher Terry Chancey were married July 18 at the Botanical Garden of Georgia Day Chapel in Athens. Pastor Danny Callahan officiated the ceremony.


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Braswell of Conyers and Mr. Dennis Pickard of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Heather Pickard of Covington, to Mr. Daniel Fuller of Covington, son of Ms. Lillian Roberts of Loganville.

Mark Shields - 10/02/09 The "Real" Paul Kirk

Let me begin with a confession. On Aug. 28, 2009, the Friday following the death of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, on PBS's "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," David Brooks of The New York Times and I were asked by Judy Woodruff: If somehow Massachusetts Democrats were able to change their state law that denied the state's governor the authority to fill the vacant Senate seat, who then might be appointed to the Senate by Gov. Deval Patrick?


Col. and Mrs. John P. Rogers Jr., of Dahlonega, Ga., formerly of Conyers, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Dean Rogers, to Christopher Burke Worley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Worley of Douglasville, Ga.