News for Tuesday, January 25, 2011


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FURMAN BISHER: The Bears' cookie that crumbled

Ben Rothlisberger opened his season in Milledgeville, chasing a Georgia peach through the back rooms of a night club. It cost him a suspension, but he made up for it when the Pittsburgh Steelers called his number Sunday, and now they're in the Super Bowl again.

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A rainy day

The rains came Tuesday and there wasn't much time in between showers to do chores.

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Church to reopen Sunday

Although there is pending litigation between two opposing factions at the church, that resulted in the closing of the building since August, the doors of Mt. Zion Baptist Church are set to swing open again Sunday.

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Middle school students research green-friendly topics

Middle school students from the Montessori School of Covington recently had a chance to gain some experience in the real world.

HUCKABY: Never one to quit on a perfectly fine garment

In 1975 my mama bought me a nice winter coat for Christmas. It was brown corduroy with a thick warm lining. I remember the year because a couple of days after Christmas I took the coat back to White's in Covington and exchanged it for the cash. I then used the cash to help finance a trip to Dallas to watch Georgia play Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

SHIELDS: The Sarge Shriver I knew

Losing political campaigns do not build character, but they do reveal character. When your campaign has the strong scent of loser about it, you do get to hear the most creative excuses why local officeholders have an unavoidable conflict that prevents them from sharing any public platform with you when you are campaigning in their hometown.

LETTERS: Holt glossed over major issues in his column

Rep. Doug Holt is back as a Citizen "guest columnist," although he's been using the newspaper's space for free advertising in every legislative session since memory runneth not. At least you no longer have that other "guest columnist," John Douglas. He overreached with a bid for the Public Service Commission and found himself out of the state Senate and a job as well.

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Fire officials investigate auto arson

The Covington Fire Department is seeking the identity of the person or persons who set fire to a vehicle in a wooded area near Capes Drive in the early morning hours Saturday.

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Finance course to be held for homebuyers

Newton County residents interested in purchasing a home in Walker's Bend or just in need of financial counseling have an opportunity to get free assistance.

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Deadline nears to vote on SPLOST

If you want to have a say in whether SPLOST 2011 is approved in the March 15 special election, time is running out.