News for Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Two high schools awarded grants

COVINGTON - Two high schools in Newton County recently were awarded grants for student work training.

2 arrested in home invasion Men break into house, hit woman, steal PlayStation

COVINGTON - A 51-year-old woman was robbed inside her own home Friday morning by two young men, according to the Covington Police Department.

Students invited to college fair

COVINGTON - Next week, area high school students and their parents have a chance to explore regional colleges, all in one nearby central location.

SKC donates $30K for flood relief efforts

Covington-based SKC Inc. recently donated $30,285 to Georgia Emergency Management Agency for flood relief efforts. Pictured, from left, are GEMA Director Charley English, SKC President Ho Jo Kim, Gov. Sonny Perdue and SKC Research and Business Development Director Jeff Hudspeth. Gov. Sonny Perdue commended SKC for its contribution. "Georgia's corporate and private citizens have done a remarkable job of coming together to support their communities throughout the state's recent flooding," Perdue said. "SKC and its chairman, Shin Won Choi, are a perfect example of our citizens going the extra step to assist communities that were damaged and lives that were disrupted by the flooding." SKC is a manufacturer of polyester films. Globally, the company produces 300 million pounds of film a year.

Keeping buses fit

Steve Outz, a bus technician for the Newton County School System, changes the lights on one of the many buses NCSS operates. The buses are required to have monthly inspections, but if any major work is determined to be necessary before the scheduled inspection, the workers take care of it right away. This week, the school system is celebrating National School Bus Safety Week. Sometimes schools honor the system's transportation department - which consists of six staff members, eight mechanics, 235 bus drivers and 51 bus monitors - with special breakfasts and other events for them during the week.

Cavaliers question: Legit Coastal contenders?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia suddenly finds itself the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a loss in league play.

Talented transition: Sophomore season shapes Heritage's Bailey, Charles

Heritage volleyball head man David Buddenbaum has coached Taylor Bailey and Mikayla Charles since the two were freshmen.

KCNB selling tickets for green benefit

COVINGTON - Tickets are now on sale for Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful's Green Getaway set for Nov. 6 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

Fragile Falcons: Latest injury leaves Atlanta defense in shaky situation

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons will have a new look in their secondary in Sunday's game at Dallas after losing cornerback Brian Williams to a season-ending knee injury.

Mathis' RBI double in 11th wins it for Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jeff Mathis hit a two-out double in the 11th inning to drive home the winning run and the Los Angeles Angels survived a second straight thriller, beating the Yankees 5-4 Monday and trimming New York's lead in the AL championship series to 2-1.

Eagles headed to state Henderson clutch in pair of 1-0 victories

COVINGTON - Eastside's softball team is heading to Columbus to play in the Class AAA state tournament after beating GACA Class AAA No. 6 ranked Ridgeland Lady Panthers in a pair of 1-0 games Monday.