News for Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Johnson has 18 in Hawks' win over Wizards 101-83

Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-83 on Wednesday night

Rams defense comes up big in tournament win

The Newton boys basketball team put on a defensive clinic Wednesday in Commerce.. The Rams, playing for the first time in 10 days, held Stephens County to four second-half points and scoreless in the fourth quarter of a 63-18 victory in the Wing Slingers Holiday Bash at

Defense sends Patriots to semifinals

Coming into its game against Winder-Barrow, the Heritage girls basketball team had shown the ability to score. But Wednesday, the Patriots showcased their stout defense.. Maya Abrams scored 12 points, Sierra Crosson added 11 and Heritage allowed 12 points in each half of a 49-24 victory in

Newton's Henry gets first start against UGA

ATHENS -- Although Derrick Henry's first collegiate start didn't have a happy ending, the former Newton High star was a big factor in Winthrop's near upset of Georgia on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum.. In 29 minutes, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman tallied a career-high 17 points and

Technology aids in return of stolen phone

Technology came in handy Monday in helping police find a stolen iPhone.

Hawthorn Suites at Horse Park under new ownership

Hawthorn Suites at the Georgia International Horse Park has been sold to Centennial Resorts LLC.

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Local youth details hazing at Citadel

Tyler Phillips of Covington says he was hazed while attending The Citadel, and he's telling his story in hopes of bringing change to the military college.

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Former Oxford College librarian dies days after celebration of new library

Fran Elizer had been a part of the library at Oxford College from its beginning, participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for the original building in the 1960s and dedicating 23 years of her life to working there. Just three days before her Dec. 17 death at age 95, officials at Oxford College visited her and made it possible for her to be a part of a special groundbreaking for the new addition to the college's library.

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Busiest spot in town

Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. The recycling center on McGiboney Road was jammed with customers Tuesday morning after it had been closed for three days over the Christmas holidays. Recycling centers and the landfill will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 30, Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan

Crime doesn't take a holiday

Deputies were called to a Christmas Day altercation that left a man with a minor cut.

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SEC rolls out 2012 schedule based on division play

The Southeastern Conference has unveiled its 2012 football schedule with its two newest members Missouri and Texas A&M opening play Sept. 8.

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Complete 2012 SEC football schedule

Check out the new-look SEC, which released its 2012 football schedule Wednesday.

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Movie crowds dip to 16-year low as apathy lingers

An "Avatar" hangover accounted for Hollywood's dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Cameron's sci-fi sensation.

Police probe new report of syringe in clothing

Police in Decatur are investigating a report of a syringe found in a pair of children's pants purchased from a store.

'Super Speeder' law nets millions for Georgia

Authorities say more than 116,000 citations totaling about $25 million have been issued since Georgia's so-called "super speeder" law went into effect in July 2009.

US police fatalities up 13 percent in 2011 to 173

The number of fatalities from departments across the country caused by firearms made 2011 one of the deadliest years in recent history for U.S. law enforcement.

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Last-minute holiday shopping gives lift in finale

Last-minute shoppers gave merchants a solid lift during the final week before Christmas.

Local hoops start tournaments with win

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy and Rockdale girls basketball teams paved the road for the rest of the local basketball squads as they started the basketball classics with their participation in the Peach State Invitational on Tuesday while the rest of the teams start today.

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A level head served Kerr well during Pearl Harbor attack

Confusion reigned in Honolulu during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago this month, but the quick thinking of Bob Kerr helped save lives on that "day that will live in infamy."

Crime doesn't take a holiday

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies had their hands full over the holiday weekend as crime didn't take time off.

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Recycling Christmas trees

Snapping Shoals EMC Graphic Marketing Specialist Scott Fuss drags what was yesterday a family Christmas tree into the designated area for the used trees to be dropped off at the EMC's main office at 14750 Brown Bridge Road. Trees can be recycled at the location from Dec. 27 through Jan. 13.The mulch derived from the trees will be donated to civic groups or individuals who have requested it.

Blood donations sought to meet holiday demand

CONYERS -- The American Red Cross is asking residents to give the gift of life and donate blood at several blood drives planned in the coming days to help metro Atlanta hospitals meet the demand for blood for the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

Newton's Henry gets first start against UGA

ATHENS -- Although Derrick Henry's first collegiate start didn't have a happy ending, the former Newton High star was a big factor in Winthrop's near upset of Georgia on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum.

Defense sends Patriots to semifinals

LOGANVILLE -- Coming into its game against Winder-Barrow, the Heritage girls basketball team had shown the ability to score. But Wednesday, the Patriots showcased their stout defense.

Luke Silvio

Luke Silvio, 93, currently of Covington, formerly of Grayson, Georgia, passed away on December 26, 2011. Mr. Silvio lived with his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Roberts Silvio, at Benton ...

Jerry Braswell

Jerry Lee Braswell, age 65, of Covington, formerly of Lithonia, died Monday, December 26, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, Opper Lee Braswell and brother, Teddy McDonald ...

Johnson has 18 in Hawks' win over Wizards 101-83

ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-83 on Wednesday night.

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