News for Friday, October 9, 2009


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Disaster center to close Help still available for victims of recent flood

COVINGTON - More than 70 Newton County families have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance following last month's flood, reporting $3.5 million in property damage, Newton County Emergency Management Director Trey Polk told county commissioners Tuesday night.

Prepping the grill

Covington Lions Club organizers and out-of-town guests are coming together at Legion Field in preparation for the fourth annual Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off beginning at 3 p.m. today and continuing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Here, Lions Club members doing the heavy lifting and getting stage areas set up are Mell Harter, left, and Ed Minge. Not only will Saturday's event include plenty of barbecue, but there will be arts and crafts booths, a reptile show, music and talent competitions, a beauty pageant and children's activities. Funds raised through the event will benefit Lions Club charities. Those attending are urged to bring a lawn chair and stay a while. The gate fee is $4, and children under 12 will be admitted free.

New grant writer job approved

COVINGTON - The city council approved the hiring of a grant writer Monday night.

Ronald McDonald visits Live Oak

The school counseling program at Live Oak Elementary is doing big things to address bullying and friendship skills this month. Earlier this school year, counselors Shainita Heath and Pamela Manigault invited a special guest - Ronald McDonald - to talk to students about bullying and friendship. He took the students on "A Friendship Adventure," which is a comprehensive program that focuses on friendship, cooperation, individual responsibility, anti-bullying and active play for the mind and body.

Ficquett Elementary names Students of the Month

Ficquett Elementary School has selected its Students of the Month for September.

Hunters' skills to be put to test

COVINGTON - The Department of Natural Resources has announced its second annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Livingston Elementary names Students of the Month

Livingston Elementary School has named its Students of the Month for September.

A walk to remember Oct. 24 event to raise funds for Lupus research

COVINGTON - Angela Bryan was in the eighth grade when she started experiencing puzzling symptoms: fever, body aches, joint pain, loss of hair, fatigue.

Covington student gives special Civil War presentation

Austin Mitcham, a senior at Piedmont Academy from

Tough region test looms for Eastside Eagles face Hart County

COVINGTON - Even though it's only the third Region 8-AAA game of the season for Hart County and Eastside, tonight's game could have region championship implications.

Mark Shields - 10/09/09 Shrinking Support for Abortion Rights

Gloria Steinem, the feminist author and activist, argued that abortion was "the moral equivalent of a tonsillectomy" and that the human fetus was nothing more than a "mass of dependent protoplasm." If Steinem's stated views ever enjoyed popular support, they emphatically do not do so today.

Rockdale Blotter - 10/09/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Sept. 29 and Monday:

Darrell Huckaby - 10/09/09

I have a week off from school and find myself in Savannah, where this whole Georgia experiment got started. The British government wanted a military buffer to protect its profitable South Carolina colony, and James Edward Oglethorpe and his friends wanted a place where the "worthy poor" of England could get a fresh start, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Rams looking to change history against M.L. King

COVINGTON - If history is any indication of future events, Newton is in for a long 48 minutes of football against M.L. King this evening.

Heritage, Rockdale prevail in region tournament openers

ATHENS - The Heritage and Rockdale volleyball teams are just one victory away from earning trips to the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Dodgers rally past Cardinals for 2-0 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Matt Holliday dropped a sinking line drive for an error with two outs in the ninth inning, leading to a two-run rally by the Los Angeles Dodgers that gave them a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.


Wanda Daniel of Stockbridge and Bill Dusenberry of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Leann Dusenberry of Stockbridge, to Jeffrey Lee Banks of Covington, son of Jeff and Laurie Banks of Covington.

Jack Simpson - 10/09/09 Flood 2009

I'm not telling you something you don't know, but it has been raining like the very devil around here.

Community Calendar - 10/09/09

Oct. 9

Rockdale hopes to add another win vs. Jaguars

CONYERS - It was just one game, but for Rockdale it might've been the turnaround it's desperately been searching for.

Newton Blotter - 10/09/09

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

Rockies even it up Colorado beats shaky Hamels, ties series with Phils

PHILADELPHIA - By the time Cole Hamels rushed off to be with his pregnant wife, his streak of postseason dominance was long over.

DeKalb Tech goes Tech

Clarkston - DeKalb Technical College recently launched a new era in education.

National Wildlife Federation, 'Where the Wild Things Are' team up for campaign launch

Reston - The National Wildlife Federation has teamed with the upcoming feature film "Where the Wild Things Are," to launch Be Out There, a national campaign to get families and kids to spend daily time outdoors for their health, happiness and well-being.