News for Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Safety reminder: NCFS, CFD educating public on fires

COVINGTON - The Newton County Fire Service and the Covington Fire Department are celebrating National Fire Prevention Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday.

Musicians to heat up fall festival audience

COVINGTON - This year's Covington Lions Club fall festival is not just about barbecue - it's also about entertainment.

Deputy saves choking baby

COVINGTON - Some things you never forget, and that was a good thing for an 11-month-old infant who benefited from some life-saving techniques learned long ago by Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sgt. Tommy Thomason.

City may terminate airport FBO

COVINGTON - City officials are considering taking over operations of the Covington Municipal Airport for economic development reasons.

Early voting period is under way Registered voters may cast ballots until Oct. 30

COVINGTON - Early voting for the Covington Municipal Election is taking place at the Newton County Board of Elections Office through Oct. 30.

Longtime volunteer retires

Betty Ware, left, who has been a volunteer with Newton Medical Center for 33 years has put away her pink jacket and announced plans to retire to South Carolina. The announcement was made at a NMC Auxiliary luncheon attended by more than 200 of Ware's colleagues, friends and well-wishers. "Our hospital has been a much better facility because we had Betty Ware as a member of our Auxiliary and especially because of her service on our patient care units," said guest speaker James Weadick, right, CEO and hospital administrator. "We all will miss her very much." Ware joined the Auxiliary in 1976 and has served 5,530 hours. She has helped with registration for blood drives twice each year, only missing two drives in more than 30 years. In December 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of the President of the United States for serving over 4,000 hours at Newton Medical Center.

Newton demolishes M.L. King, moves on

COVINGTON - After an uncharacteristic three innings, the Lady Rams got it together to finish off M.L. King 16-3 in four innings to win the first game of the Region 2-AAAAA playoffs Tuesday at Turner Lake Complex.

Celebration call leaves some in NCAA scratching heads

ATHENS - The NFL is the 'No Fun League?' Hey, at least a player can still do the Lambeau Leap.

Kathleen Parker - 10/07/09 Defining Deviancy Down

In a 24-7 media world, one would have expected the story of Roman Polanski to last, oh, about 9 1/2 minutes. He raped a girl, admitted it, fled the country before sentencing, was caught again and now faces justice.

Darrell Huckaby - 10/07/09

Y'all won't believe this but I am now the proud owner of my very own tuxedo. I ain't making this up. I really am, and in the words of the immortal Lewis Grizzard, putting a tuxedo on me is like putting earrings on a pig.

Patriotic advance: Davenport, Walden lead Heritage over Winder

So far, so good. Simone Davenport belted a two-run home run and Nikki Walden pitched a complete game, five-hitter to lead Heritage to a 4-1 win over Winder-Barrow in the second round of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament.

Johnson sees FSU rallying around coach

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson says the hubbub over Bobby Bowden's future at Florida State will have the Seminoles fired up for Saturday night's game against his Georgia Tech team.

Twins edge Tigers in 12 Minnesota wins wild 1-game playoff, faces New York next

MINNEAPOLIS - Alexi Casilla singled home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning and the Minnesota Twins rallied past Detroit 6-5 in the AL Central tiebreaker Tuesday night, completing a colossal collapse for the Tigers.

Brown Letter - 10/07/09

Regarding the ardent RJ Hadley supporter, Dean Johnson's comment, "We have to face the fact that wealth belongs to all of us:" If he is referencing monetary wealth, he is deluded. That is a socialist view of life as the Democrat Party is now espousing. ACORN and its subsidiaries have fraudulently used taxpayer dollars to spread monetary wealth to those who have not earned it. A taxpayer and a voter are two very different creatures.