News for Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Newton man dies in crash

COVINGTON - The Georgia State Patrol has confirmed the death of a Newton County man in the early morning hours Friday in a Butts County traffic crash.

Newton Phone Poll - 09/26/09

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Sheriff pledges to ease traffic Damaged roads cause headaches for drivers

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown is urging motorists to exercise patience and caution as they are compelled to make detours when traveling area roadways.

Writing test set for Wed.

COVINGTON - Next week, high school juniors in Newton County will take the first section of a set of tests that decide if they will graduate next year.

NCSO gets grant Money to pay for bullet-proof vests

COVINGTON - Efforts by the community to raise money to purchase Level III bullet-proof vests for deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office recently got a big boost.

Rockdale County Fair now open

CONYERS - Clowns and country music kick off nine days of attractions this weekend at the sixth annual Rockdale County Fair at the Georgia International Horse Park.

City of Porterdale mulls increasing mayoral powers

PORTERDALE - Changes to the city's charter were discussed at a City Council work session Thursday night, including whether the mayor should be granted the power to cast a tie-breaking vote.

General urges support of United Way

COVINGTON - Giving service to the community is not charity; it's a patriotic act and obligation, said Brig. Gen. Les Carroll, who was the keynote speaker at the Covington-Newton County United Way fundraising campaign kickoff held Friday at Turner Lake Complex.

Eastside crowns queen

Salem falls at Madison County 21-16

DANIELSVILLE - Madison County quarterback Jarrod Owens ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Red Raiders (4-1) won their fourth straight game, beating Salem 21-16 on Friday night at Red Raider Stadium.

Rams face Jaguars in opener

COVINGTON - It's not like Newton linebackers DJ Hill and Antonio Williams need the added pressure, but stopping Stephenson's power running game is going to depend on them when the two teams clash at 7:30 tonight at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Aiken runs for 210 yards in Eastside's win

COVINGTON - It seems like Eastside's football team got any problems it had worked out to start Region 8-AAA play with a 25-7 win over Elbert County on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Heritage drops 14-10 decision to Gladiators

CONYERS - Heritage showed flashes of brilliance Friday night at Evans Memorial Stadium, but the Patriots couldn't beat Clarke Central or the lightning.

Community Calendar - 09/26/09

Sept. 26

Apalachee knocks off Rockdale

Earlier in the week, Rockdale coach Mike Etheridge spoke about how important it would be to contain the various weapons coming out of the Apalachee backfield. While most of the Wildcats' rushing attack was kept in check, one back slipped through the cracks.

Government Meetings - 09/26/09

Tuesdays

Tigers leave Jonesboro scoreless

One statistic that is often overlooked is blocked punts and Alcovy just may have the most of any Georgia team thus far in the 2009 season.