News for Saturday, October 24, 2009


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Suspects fire shots during street robbery

CONYERS -- Police investigated a reported armed robbery Thursday involving three Hispanic men being held up at their home by a group of black men.

After-school program grows

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System's After School Academic Program already is growing, after kicking off this school year once the program was piloted last year.

Schools focus on safety for teen drivers

CONYERS -- Students across Georgia focused on safe driving this past week as a part of National Teen Driving Safety Week.

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Schools, health officials stress hygiene to fend off flu

It's a simple procedure that, if done correctly, is the most effective way to control the spread of cold and flu germs -- hand-washing.

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.

Fighting cancer with trash

Teri Harris Joiner, Jimmy Harris and Jackie Harris Hardy of Jimmy Harris Trucking Inc. have found a unique way to help in the fight against breast cancer. Their company has painted five open top Dumpsters pink, complete with a pink ribbon and the words "Breast Cancer Awareness." Ten percent of proceeds from rental fees are donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, which funds breast cancer research, education and treatment. The Harris family wanted to bring awareness of the cause during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the Dumpsters can be rented yearround. They are typically used for construction sites, clean-ups at businesses and residences, and garage and estate sales. For more information, call 770-786-3585.

Riner pleads guilty to fraud

COVINGTON - Ulys Randall Riner pleaded guilty to more than $2 million in securities fraud in Newton County Superior Court on Friday, bringing closure to his victims and former friends in Newton and Rockdale counties after more than seven years of waiting.

Seeking pumpkins

Three-year-old Lawson Sullivan walks back to the First Baptist Church of Covington with his Halloween pumpkin in hand. The children from First Baptist walked over to Covington First Methodist Church for a visit to a pumpkin patch. Lawson is shown with Abbey Porch and little Jesse Porch, who went along for the ride in his stroller.

Street cleanup: 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.

County to get more data on damage BOC wants estimates on road, bridge repair

COVINGTON - The county will pay approximately $73,500 to obtain cost estimates on repairs to roads and bridges damaged by flooding.

Newton Phone Poll - 10/24/09

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Government Meetings - 10/24/09


Rockdale rolls past Raiders

MOUNT AIRY - Rockdale took another step forward in its quest for a Region 8-AAAA playoff spot Friday night at Raider Stadium.

Bulldogs capitalize on Alcovy's mistakes

COVINGTON - Turnovers and mishaps on Alcovy's special teams unit gave Mount Zion too many chances as the Bulldogs won 22-10 over the Tigers on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Newton snaps five-game losing streak with 24-7 victory

ATLANTA - Redemption has never felt so sweet on a warm, rainy night for Newton as it snapped a five-game losing streak to Douglass, 24-7 at Lakewood Stadium on Friday.

Heritage volleyball to battle former champ for final four spot

The Heritage volleyball team should feel good about what it has accomplished to this point. The Lady Patriots have won 40 games, nine coming on a current winning streak, and advanced to the Class AAAA elite eight for the first time since 2005. But to advance to the final four, Heritage, the No.7 seed, will have to get past defending state champion Sandy Creek, the No. 2 seed, in today's noon match at Marist. So much for being rewarded for a job well done.

Community Calendar - 10/24/09

Oct. 24

Eagles blank Oconee Co. for sixth win

WATKINSVILLE - Oconee County felt right at home last week at Warrior Field, defeating Stephens County for its first win of the season. But that momentum ended quickly Friday night in a 44-0 Warriors' loss to Eastside.

McLean plays big part in Salem's 41-14 win

Before Friday's game, Salem running back Julian McLean was crowned the Homecoming King for the Class of 2010.

Heritage loses heartbreaker to Apalachee 24-23

WINDER - Even more than making the playoffs a fourth consecutive time, the Apalachee football team's goal this season was to win its first region championship.

Lady Eagles fall out of state tourney

COLUMBUS - The Lady Eagles played on the edge in the second day of the Class AAA state softball tournament before falling out of contention.