News for Friday, October 30, 2009

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Excellent educators: Finalists chosen for top teacher

COVINGTON -- School officials and family members surprised three teachers in their classrooms Friday to let them know they were finalists for Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year competition.

Time to fall back

COVINGTON -- Trick-or-treaters will get an extra hour of sleep tonight as daylight saving time ends Sunday.The official change to standard time occurs at 2 a.m. Most folks opt to set their clocks back one hour Saturday night.

Tax-exempt bonds OK for county

COVINGTON -- Newton County has reserved the right to issue tax-exempt bonds for public and private development.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created two new bond programs for use by local governments -- Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.

Citizen launching improved Web site with more features

COVINGTON -- The Citizen will launch a new Web site Sunday, offering an updated look and more content for online readers."Our new site, provided through Clickability and Gray Interactive Media, gives readers more content options and makes it easier for them to interact with the Web site and the newspaper," said Alice Queen, editor and publisher of the Newton Citizen and Rockdale Citizen.

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Gettin' tough

Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver demonstrates the many ways a keychain kubotan can be used for self-defense to, left to right, Peggy Hawley, Lee Aldridge and Unice Stevens, members of the Service Guild of Covington.

Deputy shoots rottweiler after it bites him twice

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was bitten by a hostile and very stubborn rottweiler that he tried to coax into leaving the front entrance of a person's home. The dog ultimately had to be shot.

Officer, drug dog deliver awareness to local schools

COVINGTON - Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps and his police dog Sgt. Beau take "man's best friend" to the next level.

NCFS warns about risks of home heating

COVINGTON - Although temperatures are balmy right now, it won't be long before you wake up and find you need to turn on the heat.

YMCA names its Volunteer of the Year

COVINGTON - Brent Bennett has a love of soccer and a heart for children, so it was only natural that he should take an active role in the Covington Family YMCA's soccer program when his eldest son started playing.

Church donates supplies to school

Grace Baptist Church in Covington recently made a generous donation of much needed school supplies to students at Porterdale Elementary School.

Donation for safety

On Oct. 7, American Legion Post 32 of Covington donated $600 to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to be used for the purchase of bulletproof vests for deputies. Pictured are, left to right, Adjutant of Post 32 Roger Tingler, Sheriff Ezell Brown and Post Commander Bobby D. Hamby.

Future Farmers attend fair

Newton County's Future Farmers of America Club have

Enhanced security: Newborn opens public safety building

NEWBORN - Newborn officials hope their town will be safer now that they've secured an increased law enforcement presence there.

Elections coming up next week

COVINGTON - Elections will take place Tuesday in four of Newton County's five municipalities.

Newton Blotter - 10/30/09

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

Bulldogs bracing for Storm Tailback leads Devils into tonight's game

It's not a stretch to say that the 2009 Rockdale football team could be 8-0, rather than 5-3, heading into Friday's home finale.

Eagles on brink of perfection Eastside looks to stay undefeated in region

COVINGTON - Eastside's football team did the easy part of securing a coveted playoff spot for Region 8-AAA with its 44-0 win over Oconee County last week. Now comes the hard part of staying focused on this week's game against Morgan County without looking forward to next week's game and a possible perfect 7-0 record in region play.

Darrell Huckaby - 10/30/09

I hope everybody has a happy Halloween and receives more treats than tricks. Halloween is nothing like it used to be, but what is?

Option nothing new for Vandy

ATLANTA - Bobby Johnson may know more about Paul Johnson's spread option offense than any other head coach in the nation.

Mark Shields - 10/30/09 Politics: A Matter of Addition, Not Subtraction

Some of my more disapproving colleagues in the press corps regularly remind the rest of us that there is only one way to look at any politician: down!

One in, one out Eastside boys reach state meet, girls fall short

ATHENS - Eastside's Sam Johnson overcame a broken foot over the summer to finish the Region 8-AAA cross country meet in fourth place overall to help put the boys in the Class AAA state meet for the first time in school history with a fourth place team finish Thursday at Athens Christian.

Rockdale Blotter - 10/30/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Oct. 20 and Monday:

Ryan knows mistakes can't happen vs. Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan usually spends his off days during the season watching film at the Falcons' team headquarters.

Cline Letter - 10/30/09

Our Newton Board of Commissioners has received a request regarding billboard placement on Interstate 20 right of way. This request was rejected by our Planning Commission and if approved would gut a sign ordinance passed and court-tested years ago.

State Cuts Editorial - 10/30/09 January may be cruelest month

It might be pretty ugly under the Gold Dome in January.

Jack Simpson - 10/30/09 Home

Don't you like small towns? I do, because they make you feel like you are at home. This community is a place where old-timers have roots, some deeper than others of us. Among people who have lived here for a lifetime there is a special closeness and a sharing. And, there are "regulars."

Community Calendar - 10/30/09

Oct. 30

Kerr Letter - 10/30/09

Representative David Scott is wrong. Opposition to the president's plan to reform health care has little or nothing to do with "hate" or "racism."

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