News for Monday, February 8, 2010


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Astronomy Club marks anniversary

COVINGTON -- As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 concludes, the Charlie Elliott chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club marks this 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's astronomical use of the newly invented telescope and his subsequent discoveries with a video presentation with insight as to the personality of Galileo, the politics of his time and how he lived, worked and taught within those politics -- including his relationship with the Catholic Church -- and more.

March of Dimes kicks off local 2010 campaign

CONYERS -- Nurse midwife Patti Detzel, Gaynell Freeman and Valerie Davis sat at a table decorated with purple buckets after a recent kick-off luncheon for the annual Rockdale/Newton March of Dimes fundraising campaign.

County retreat set for Burge

COVINGTON -- Newton County commissioners will hold their annual retreat at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

Execution planned for Feb. 23

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Corrections has announced that the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr. is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

Holt backs bill for health dept. oversight

COVINGTON -- State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, is sponsoring a bill that would give recourse to restaurant and other business owners who disagree with assessments by local boards of health.

PPD finds shotgun at traffic stop

PORTERDALE -- Four men have been charged with weapons violations following the discovery of a sawed-off shotgun during a traffic stop.

Watching their garden grow: Montessori School one of 10 finalists in state competition

COVINGTON -- Students at the Montessori School of Covington hope gardeners and homeowners will start a compost pile soon, if they haven't already created one for their gardens. They now have evidence that compost is the best fertilizer for gardens.

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Century of scouting

Kernie Northcutt, a Boy Scout volunteer and a member of the local Order of the Arrow chapter, helps Arthur Franklin, 7, shoot a bow and arrow during the Scouting Expo on Saturday in Conyers.

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Students participate in hoop shoot contest

The Covington Elks Lodge 1806 recently conducted their annual Hoop Shoot Contest at the Newton High School gym. It is the first line of competition in the long journey to become the best hoop shooter in the United States.

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Piedmont celebrates groundhogs

Kindergarten students in Julie Tucker's kindergarten class at Piedmont Academy celebrated Groundhog Day Tuesday.

Snapping Shoals announces scholarship opportunities

Applications are currently available for the 2010 Snapping Shoals EMC J.E. Robinson Memorial Scholarships, the All-Around Student Scholarships and the Washington Youth Tour.

Clayton State graduate studies holds open house

Morrow -- The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will hold its next open house Tuesday. The open house will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 101 of the University's Harry S. Downs Center on the main campus in Morrow.