News for Monday, November 14, 2011

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Two fires fought by Covington Fire Dept. Friday and Saturday

Covington Fire Department firefighters were kept busy with two house fires over the weekend.

Sunday retail sales not yet in effect

Though Sunday retail sales of alcohol were approved in Covington and Porterdale, customers won't be able to buy alcohol on Sunday for several more weeks.

Small towns kick off holiday season

There are plenty of small town holiday festivities coming up to help folks get in the Christmas spirit.

Family Promise opens church doors to homeless families

Family Promise will host its first homeless family this Sunday.

Turkey Trot 5K race to benefit Elks Aidmore

Elks Aidmore Children's Center will host its 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 1 mile walk Saturday, Nov. 19, to raise funds for continuing its programs to assist youth and their families in crisis.

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Two fires fought by Covington Fire Dept. Friday and Saturday

Covington Fire Department firefighters were kept busy with two house fires over the weekend.

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Veterans honored in Covington

Veterans Day was celebrated in Newton with a ceremony hosted by the American Legion.

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Fire on Tara Drive today

Covington Fire Department firefighters extinguished a blaze on Tara Dive in the Brown Bridge Crossing subdivision Friday.

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Vietnam vet makes trip to Taiwan to honor father's WW II service

Jack Coyle recently took a trip of a lifetime to honor his father, a World War II veteran.

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Amesbury welcomed to Covington

A groundturning ceremony took place Monday afternoon for a new industry locating in Lochridge Industrial Blvd.

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YACS supports local breast cancer awareness and prevention

The Booster Club at Young Americans Christian School recently presented a donation of $5,304 to the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation that was a result of the club's "Get Your Pink On" fundraiser in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Money was raised through concession sales at YACS

BISHER: The man on crutches wins

Well, I went to see a Falcons game Sunday and after a long and cantankerous afternoon with the New Orleans Saints, it all came down to one play.. That was it: One play, fourth down and a foot. Some insisted it was six inches, but what's another six inches in

Georgia Tech files appeal to win back ACC title

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech expects to hear early next year if it will have its 2009 ACC title restored.. Associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said Monday Georgia Tech officials have been told a verdict on the school's appeal of NCAA sanctions should be received within 60 to 90 days.. Hogan

Yellow Jackets rout Old Dominion, move to 2-0

Duluth -- So far, the Georgia Tech women's basketball has enjoyed its temporary home.. Sasha Goodlett and Tyaunna Marshall scored 17 points each and Dawnn Maye handed out 10 assists and was two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Yellow Jackets moved to 2-0 with an 87-56 victory

Rockdale hoop teams start with wins

The Rockdale basketball teams got off to a fine start last Saturday in Gwinnett County.

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Two fires fought by Covington Fire Dept. Friday and Saturday

Covington Fire Department firefighters were kept busy with two house fires over the weekend.

Sunday retail sales not yet in effect

Though Sunday retail sales of alcohol were approved in Covington and Porterdale, customers won't be able to buy alcohol on Sunday for several more weeks.

Family Promise opens church doors to homeless families

Family Promise will host its first homeless family this Sunday.

Small towns kick off holiday season

There are plenty of small town holiday festivities coming up to help folks get in the Christmas spirit.

Turkey Trot 5K race to benefit Elks Aidmore

Elks Aidmore Children's Center will host its 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 1 mile walk Saturday, Nov. 19, to raise funds for continuing its programs to assist youth and their families in crisis.

Key senator says another FAA shutdown possible

Another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is possible because lawmakers haven't resolved a labor issue that's holding up passage of a long-term funding bill for the agency, a key senator said Monday.

Southeast Georgia explored as possible zircon source

An official with a mining company says it's exploring in southeast Georgia's Brantley and Charlton counties for the mineral zircon and could eventually turn its attention to Glynn County.

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Gingrich in Iowa says GOP taking second look

Newt Gingrich is conceding that he made mistakes early in his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, but says his debate performances are leading voters to take another look at him.

Cain accuser's former boyfriend says they all met

The former boyfriend of a woman who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of inappropriate sexual behavior said Monday that he and this then-girlfriend met the businessman in the late 1990s.

Pete Mecca: The Wall

This year, Veteran's Day will be spent honoring those whose names appear on The Wall.

State files waiver from education law

Georgia is asking for a massive overhaul of how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to documents released Monday.

Doraville police officer killed in I-20 wreck

Authorities said a Doraville police officer has been killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 20.

Ceremony to mark new burial method in Ga. forest

A Methodist church leader and representatives of a Virginia company are in the north Georgia town of Dahlonega to launch an alternative burial method in which memorial trees are chosen as a final resting place for cremated ashes.

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Supreme Court to hear health care case this term

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape just as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term.

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UGA offers new online master's in teaching reading

The University of Georgia's College of Education is launching a new online master's degree in reading education.

Police clear out downtown Occupy Oakland camp

OAKLAND, Calif. — Riot-clad law enforcement officers cleared out a weeks-old anti-Wall Street encampment in Oakland just before dawn Monday, arresting dozens of Occupy demonstrators and clearing out tents from a downtown plaza after issuing several warnings over the weekend.

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Cards tap inexperienced Matheny to replace La Russa as manager

Mike Matheny, who has no major league managerial experience, is picked Sunday to take over for legendary St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who retired last month after leading the team to the World Series.

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Streaking Georgia knows how close it is to SEC Championship game

If Georgia can beat Kentucky on Saturday at home --- and all signs point to the Bulldogs will -- they'll meet the SEC Western Division champ for the conference title.

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Kahne captures checkered flag at Arizona as Edwards, Stewart take second, third

Kasey Kahne steals the Chase leaders' thunder Sunday with a win in Arizona as it now appears it will come down to next weekend's season finale that will decide the Sprint Cup champion between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.

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Saints beat Falcons 26-23 in OT on Kasay kick

The Falcons rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but lose, 26-23, in overtime.

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Emotional Penn State downed by Nebraska

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- If they didn't know better, fans in Happy Valley would have thought they were watching Joe Paterno's team.

Georgia Cook

Georgia M. Cook of Covington, passed away November 13, 2011, at the age of 95. Mrs. Cook was born and raised in Walton County, and moved to Covington in 1969. She has been a faithful member of The Baptist Tabernacle, since 1977. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, George Henry Cook; parents, Charlie and Lola (Thomas) McCullers; sister, Ozella Anglin; and her brothers, Harvey McCullers, Horace McCullers, Jack McCullers. Mrs. Cook is survived by her sister, Mary Nell Reynolds of Social Circle; niece, Mary Ann Mask of Covington; nephews, Wayne and Marcia Allen, of Covington, Tommy and Beverly McCullers, Tony and Renee McCullers, all of Conyers; sister-in-law, Lottie McCullers, of Conyers. Funeral Services for Mrs. Cook will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 2:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, with Dr. R. Hudson Moody and Dr. David Moody officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, from 12:00-2:00 PM. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

Robert Wilson

Detective Robert Shane Wilson, age 27 of Conyers, Doraville Police Officer, died Monday, November 14, 2011. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Bulldogs 45, Tigers 7: 8 straight -- and counting -- for UGA

ATHENS -- A Georgia player flung his helmet in the air and took off toward the student section, waving his arms. At the other end of Sanford Stadium, the band played and the red-clad fans chanted "SEC! SEC! SEC!"

Verna Dickerson

Mrs. Verna White Dickerson of Covington, passed away November 12, 2011, at the age of 86. Mrs. Dickerson was a faithful member of Porterdale Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, canning, working in the yard, and spending time with her family. She is loved, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Strawder Mitchell Dickerson; sons, Lanier Dickerson, John Dickerson; and her parents, John and Lillian (Scoggins) White. Mrs. Dickerson is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Brian Long; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Terrie Dickerson, all of Covington; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jason Ellis of Oxford; Wesley and Katie Dickerson of Monticello; Tim Dickerson of Covington; great grandchildren, Tristen Ellis, Braden Ellis, Quinn Dickerson; brothers and sister-in-law, Charlie and Mary White, Horace White; sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret and Jimmy Wainwright, all of Thomaston; Catherine Watson of Yatesville, GA; Mildred Swells of SC; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dickerson will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 2:00 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, with Rev. Dickie Johnson officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Georgia Chapter, 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Building 6, Suite # 300, Atlanta, GA 30305; or the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

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Ethel Mullins

Mrs. Ethel Mullins, age 86 of Conyers, died Sunday, November 13, 2011. Ethel (affectionately known as "Granny") was born in Nampa, Idaho on May 10, 1925. At the age of two, she and her parents moved back to West Plains, MO and lived on her grandfather's farm. She graduated from high school in West Plains and worked there until she married Doyle Mullins in 1946. They lived in Tulsa, OK where he worked for the FAA. As soon as Karen was school age, Ethel went to work for the S.C. Orbach Co., a men's retail clothing store in Oklahoma City. In 1990 she retired from Orbach's after having worked there for over 37 years. She attended South Lee United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City where she was active in the women's group. She attended Salem United Methodist Church in Covington as long as her health permitted. She was an avid reader with Egyptian history and archeology being one of her favorite subjects. She loved to write everything from short stories and poems to letters to all the family members on a weekly basis. After she retired, she pieced quilts out of double knit fabric and supplied everyone she knew with quilts which were warm and practical for use almost everywhere including in the car, for children or pets. She even sent many to the homeless shelters. She enjoyed using the quilts she had made particularly during her final illness at home. She is predeceased by two sons-in-law, Jack R. Pugh and L. D. Mullins. She is survived by daughter, Karen Mullins, of Conyers, GA; grandsons, Denzil Pugh and Kelly Pugh of Conyers, GA; a sister, Myrtle DeLeeuw of East Wenatchee, WA; a brother, Roy Swearingen of Tulsa, OK; two cousins, Grace Lampitt and Helen Wilborn, both of West Plains, MO. One of her favorite sayings was, "You'll be okay, we'll just leave you by the gate." She has now arrived at the Gate, and she'll be okay. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel with Rev. Howard Greer officiating; interment will follow at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to First Baptist Church of Conyers, 2100 Highway 138 NE, Conyers, GA 30013. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

Emily Young

Emily Hodges Young, 76, of Conyers, died Thursday, November 10, 2011 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, 500 Harbins Rd. in Lilburn. A longtime Conyers resident, Mrs. Young was a painter who taught private art lessons. She was also a substitute teacher for Rockdale County High School. Mrs. Young supported the local art and theater community and was a Friend of Nancy Guinn Memorial Library. She is survived by her son, Edwin James Stephens Young III of Gainesville, daughters Melissa Lyn Young of Macon and Emily Joanna Young of Sugar Hill, grandsons Edwin Joseph Young and Stephen Bailey Young of Gainesville, aunt Estelle Waters of Marietta, and numerous cousins: Van Waters of Fitzgerald, Patricia Ruffin of Martinez, Nancy Bradshaw of Monteagle, Tenn., Mary Ann Warlick of Stockbridge, Junie Parker, Emory Waters, Jr. and Donna Pope, all of Atlanta; Betty Walters of Franklin, Indiana; Linda Sperath of Oxford, Miss.; Geri Ingram of Black Mountain, N.C.; Herbert Hodges of Tennille; Deryl Sheppard, Mable Sheppard and Lynda Lindsey, all of Oconee; Ann Kinnett of Charleston, S.C., Wyman Hodges, Jr. and Cecil Hodges, Jr., both from Sandersville, Sherry Harris of Deep Step and Carol Smith of Lake Oconee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Art Department at Wesleyan College, Emily Hodges Young, Class of 1957, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Ga 31210-4462.

Kathryn Hunnicutt

Mrs. Kathryn Reagan Hunnicutt, age 94, of Covington passed away November 12, 2011. She was born August 1, 1917 in Covington, Georgia to the late William L. and Eleanor Capes Reagan. Mrs. Hunnicutt was a very active and long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, serving for many years as the Treasurer of the Sunday school. She was also retired after 51 years of service from Belk's Department Store. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Hunnicutt. Mrs. Hunnicutt is survived by her Nieces and Nephews, other family and close friends. Funeral services for Mrs. Hunnicutt will be held at 11 O'clock Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington with Reverend William B. Wade officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 4pm until 6pm. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, 1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30309. J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel, 2157 East Street SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of arrangements. www.harwellfuneralhome.com

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Streaking Georgia knows how close it is to SEC Championship game

ATHENS — Two weeks into the season, Georgia appeared headed for another disappointing year.

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Gingrich in Iowa says GOP taking second look

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich is conceding that he made mistakes early in his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, but says his debate performances are leading voters to take another look at him.

State files waiver from education law

ATLANTA — Georgia is asking for a massive overhaul of how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to documents released Monday.

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