News for Monday, December 19, 2011


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Newton's Alex Grady led trail blazers

COVINGTON -- With all the markers removed and most of the leaves on the ground from the trail where these valiant runners came up with strategies for the next move, the time to recognize their efforts is upon us as with the All-Citizen Boys Cross Country team.

Former Second Mile board members: We needed to know

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former board members of Jerry Sandusky's charity say its CEO never told them about a 2002 shower incident that is the focus of child sexual abuse charges against the retired Penn State assistant coach. If they knew Sandusky had been banned from bringing kids on campus

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Falcons can wrap up playoff spot vs. Saints

Saints can lock up NFC South with victory

Rockdale deputies arrest two on meth charges

Two men face drug charges following their arrests at a local recycling business.

Conyers Kiwanis selling Walk of Heroes ornament

The Conyers Kiwanis Club is selling ornaments to benefit programs for children.

City officials consider purchase of golf course

City officials are considering purchasing the Indian Creek Golf Course.

Covington Fire Dept. investigates arson in connection with house fire early Friday

The Covington Fire Department is conducting an arson investigation in connection with a house fire on Jefferson Village Avenue in the early morning hours Friday.

Ring in 2012 at the Boots & Belles Ball hosted by Project ReNeWal

Project ReNeWal is hosting the Boots & Belles Ball on New Year's Eve and the public is invited ro ring in the New Year at the event.

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Boy Scout builds bridge at Chimney Park

Sam Hay IV is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout after constructing a bridge at Chimney Park.

Man wanted out of Newton County arrested

From staff reports. CONYERS -- A Conyers man wanted in Newton County on a failure to appear warrant was charged with drug violations by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Friday.. According to the RCSO incident report, an informant at Allied Recycling called a deputy shortly after 5 p.m. to report


The homeowner of the home on Conyers Street featured in the Dec. 16 edition of the Citizen under the headline, "Festive lighting," has notified us that the home is not owned by the Durusso family, but by Diane Barber. The Citizen apologizes for the error

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Super-sized Rudolph

This giant reindeer towers over a house on Adams Circle.

Expert: Newton, Rockdale residential real estate market may be stabilizing

Kenneth Harper is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty who serves Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties says after reaching a low point in late 2010, housing prices appear to be stabilizing.

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FBI: Violent and property crime down in early 2011

Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The FBI said Monday that violent and property crimes reported to police continue to drop despite tough economic times.An FBI report states that violent crimes reported in the first half of 2011 were down 6.4 percent compared to the first six months of 2010.

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US homebuilders less gloomy despite few buyers

Rising interest from would-be buyers is leaving U.S. homebuilders less pessimistic about the housing market.

Sheriff: Suspects wore Elmo, Tweety Bird masks

Deputies in south Georgia say it took them less than 10 minutes to apprehend two men wearing masks from children's TV shows after a convenience store was robbed.

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Atlanta Hawks to pay tolls for drivers on freeway

The Atlanta Hawks plan to cover the tolls drivers normally pay on Georgia 400 during Tuesday morning's rush hour.

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Penn State saga voted AP sports story of year

The ouster of one of America's most revered coaches, Penn State's Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse charges against his former assistant was overwhelmingly voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.

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Lady Gaga voted AP Entertainer of the Year

You might say that Lady Gaga's year really began in an egg.That's how she arrived at the Grammys in February, encased in a large, translucent pod carried by scantily clad dancers. When she "hatched" onstage, she effectively gave birth to "Born This Way," performing the eponymous lead

Police say 2 men tried to steal toys from charity

Atlanta police say they arrested two suspects accused of trying to steal toys intended for needy families.

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NFL ROUNDUP --- WEEK 15: Redskins embarrass Giants, who lose ground in NFC playoff race

One week after an amazing comeback win at Dallas on Sunday Night Football, Eli Manning and the Giants look like clowns Sunday afternoon in New York in a 23-10 loss to the lowly Redskins. (ADDS: Albany native Ricardo Lockette not seeing action in first game since being called up by Seahawks; Chargers beating Ravens, 34-14, late Sunday).

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Griner, No. 1 Baylor women drop No. 2 UConn, 66-61

The No. 1 Baylor women take down No. 2 UConn late Sunday night in an early season battle of the nation’s Top 2 programs.

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Laughing stock no longer: Colts (1-13) finally win

Indianapolis ensures it will not end its 2011 campaign winless Sunday when the Colts hammer the Titans at home, 27-13, for its first victory of the year in what’s otherwise been a forgettable season.

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Brady Time: Pats quiet Tebow, Broncos in Mile High rout, 41-23

Tom Brady, whose career record against the Broncos has been dismal, puts on a show Sunday by leading the Patriots into red-hot Denver and coming away with an 18-point win to lock up the AFC East title.

Michael Funderburk

Mr. Michael G. Funderburk, 55 of Covington passed away December 15, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital. He was born in Augusta, GA to L.C. and Irene Hollis Funderburk. He was a Printer with the Atlanta Journal Newspapers for many years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Funderburk is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Anna Rozier Funderburk of Covington, his parents L.C. and Irene Funderburk of Jefferson, GA, children Sandy and Elton Harper of Covington, Laurie Funderburk and Brian Funderburk both of Covington and Joseph and Christin Funderburk of Grayson, GA, grandchildren Corey Rhodes, Brooklyn Ruby Caldwell, Michael Funderburk, Seth Harper, Ellie Harper, Lillie Harper, Brody Funderburk and Mason Funderburk, brothers Rick and Pam Funderburk who live in Florida and Randy and Lorraine Funderburk of Newborn. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Newborn United Methodist Church with Pastor CeCe Nickolich officiating. Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. (770) 786-7111

John Osborn

John “Raymond” Osborn, Sr., age 90, of Conyers, GA passed away December 18, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)

Frank Tyler

Mr. Frank (Frankie) Owen Tyler, 73 of Oxford and Panama City Beach, FL. passed away at his home in Panama City Beach on December 17, 2011. Frankie was born in Rockmart, Ga. to the late John and Jackie Tyler. He had worked in the Hotel Industry but he really preferred to live his life on his own terms. He recently stated “I never thought I would live past 40 and the last 32 years have been a gift.” Frankie is survived by his ex-wife and friend Gail Tyler, sons Tim Tyler and Dane and Dione Tyler and his grandchildren Chantz, Madison, Morgan and Kendyl. A Memorial service for Frankie will be held on Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home. “We will all miss the stories he had to tell and the ones he had yet to tell.” Wheeler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 770-786-7111

Irene Whaley

Irene A. Whaley, of Naples, Florida died Saturday, December 17, 2011. Where she resided for approximately 30 years doing what she loved; playing golf, dancing and playing bridge. Mrs. Irene Whaley was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 20, 1924. She is survived by her son, John W. Whaley, daughters Wynelle W. Turner and Frances I. Whaley. She also leaves her grandchildren, Adam Hurley, Erin Hurley, Sara Stahl and Naomi Whaley. There are also her great grandchildren Mason Stahl, Bridget Hurley and Troy Hurley. Mrs. Irene Whaley will be laid to rest in Jonesboro City Cemetery in Jonesboro, GA beside her late husband William V. Whaley Jr. Visitation will be held December 21, 2011 at 12 noon until service time which will begin at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Tara Garden Chapel, 681 North Avenue, Jonesboro, GA 30236 770-471-7171.

Newton's Alex Grady led trail blazers

COVINGTON -- With all the markers removed and most of the leaves on the ground from the trail where these valiant runners came up with strategies for the next move, the time to recognize their efforts is upon us as with the All-Citizen Boys Cross Country team.

Ring in 2012 at the Boots & Belles Ball hosted by Project ReNeWal

COVINGTON -- This year Project ReNeWal has an answer to that age-old question, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"

Police: Patient shoots Ga. hospital visitor

DALTON -- Police say a hospital patient shot a man who asked him for a lighter.