News for Friday, October 23, 2009


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Porterdale sets sights on road improvements

PORTERDALE -- City Council members reached an agreement Thursday night to pursue comprehensive rehabilitation of Ivy Street, using funds from the 2005 special purpose local option sales tax collections.

Riner pleads guilty to securities violations

COVINGTON - Ulys Randall Riner pleaded guilty to multiple counts of failing to register securities in Newton County Superior Court Friday, bringing closure to his victims and former friends in Newton and Rockdale counties after more than seven years of waiting.

County to get more data on damage

COVINGTON -- The county will pay approximately $73,500 to obtain cost estimates on repairs to roads and bridges damaged by flooding.Though the Georgia Department of Transportation has already inspected the roads and bridges, its report will likely not be ready by the Dec. 8 deadline established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Chairman Kathy Morgan. If the deadline is not met, the county will lose its chance to get federal funding for repairs, she said.

More scrutiny sought for public defenders

COVINGTON -- Newton County could soon implement a new program that will allow for more scrutiny of applicants for a public defender's services.County commissioners approved Tuesday night an application to recoup funds from the state in exchange for setting up the program.

History comes alive: Tour to stop locally on Sherman's March path

CONYERS - History buffs and Civil War enthusiasts will have the chance to learn about Sherman's March to the Sea by walking the same ground as Union troops did - and more - in a Civil War Ramble tour organized by the Rockdale County Historical Society.

First H1N1 vaccines depleted

COVINGTON - Health departments in Newton and Rockdale counties are already out of initial supplies of the H1N1 vaccine, a spokeswoman for the East Metro Health District said.

Ellwanger to seek a seat on Newborn Town Council

COVINGTON - Martha Ellwanger has lived in Newborn for nine years, and in that time, she said she's seen a decline in the involvement of residents in town government and functions.

Teenagers invited to summit Conference at NHS to focus on youth issues

COVINGTON - Teens from Newton County high schools are invited to the county's first youth conference this weekend.

Jack Simpson - 10/23/2009 Change

Unexpected things are happening around here. Some events that I never believed I would see in my lifetime.

Rockdale aims for No. 2 spot

Back in mid-September, Rockdale coach Mike Etheridge said he thought his Bulldogs team was the county's best.

Darrell Huckaby - 10/23/09

My name is Darrell Huckaby and I am an addict. I cannot stay away from Facebook.

Community Calendar - 10/23/09

Oct. 23

Phillies aim for repeat

PHILADELPHIA - Pedro Martinez broke out the first bottle of champagne, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth puffed on victory cigars, and beer flew everywhere.

Man killed after shooting at police

COVINGTON - A 25-year-old Conyers man was killed by police after he opened fire on a Georgia State Patrol trooper and a Covington police officer on Wednesday night.

Key test for Tigers Alcovy starts stretch run against Mt. Zion

COVINGTON - With three games left in the regular season, the Alcovy Tigers have put themselves in the thick of the fight for a playoff spot in Region 4-AAAA.

Lady Eagles head to loser's bracket Eastside loses opening game 3-2

COLUMBUS - The Lady Patriots of Northside- Columbus turned three Eastside errors into three runs to win the opening game of the GHSA Class AAA softball state finals 3-2 in eight innings Thursday at the Columbus Softball Complex.

Rockdale Blotter - 10/23/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Oct. 13 and Monday:

Newton Blotter - 10/23/09

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

Mark Shields - 10/23/2009 Outrage at Socialism for the Rich

The anger rises. The fury rages at a new economic order that rules our lives. American capitalism has now been redefined to mean the freedom of the rich to reap enormous rewards if the risks they take do work out and - more importantly - if those risks do not work out, for everybody else to bail out the rich. In the American financial world, we have an economic hybrid: free enterprise for the working majority and socialism for the privileged rich.

Parks Letter - 10/23/09

After reading Cindi Quarles' letter, I must say I don't share her view that everything is happy and wonderful in our government. I share her urging to watch C-Span, but there are many back-room meetings that are not covered on C-Span - for instance the committee meeting where they tried to force a vote to investigate the "special" deals given to four congressmen by Countrywide Mortgage and our congressmen went out the back door so there would not be a enough people in the committee meeting to call for a vote.

Roesel Letter - 10/23/2009

Thank you for Alena Parker's article "Officials in debate on power plant." As a Snapping Shoals customer, I'm concerned that Snapping Shoals EMC continues to be a part of the group that plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in the state. A $2 billion price tag on a new coal plant seems very steep for small member co-ops to shoulder, especially since four EMCs have already pulled out. Also, with coal prices on the rise and federal climate legislation pending, the future of coal is very unstable.