News for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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BOC appoints Middleton county manager

The Board of Commissioners agreed by a vote of 3 to 2 Tuesday night to create a county manager position to run the daily operations of Newton County, and current Administrative Officer John Middleton will assume that position.

Middleton speaks on new position

John Middleton is the first county manager in Newton history.

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Fall in Covington

Mother Nature has really strutted her stuff for Covington residents with the colors of fall this year. The leaves of gold and orange are beautiful to behold while they're on the trees, but a bit of a nuisance to rake later on. These fall beauties can be seen on North

Power lines will go through Mansfield despite residents' protests

After two months of discussions with protesting residents, Georgia Transmission Corporation has announced it will proceed with building a new transmission power line along a 3.2 mile long route that cuts through a residential area of Mansfield. GTC considered several alternative routes proposed by Mansfield Against Power Line Encroachment, or MAPLE, a steering committee of concerned citizens, said Spokeswoman Jeannine Haynes.

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Funeral for police officer planned

Services for Heritage grad killed in wreck to be held in Conyers

Funeral services are scheduled today in Conyers for Doraville Police Det. Shane Wilson, who was killed in a wrong-way traffic accident on Interstate 20 earlier this week.

Social Circle passes ordinance for golf carts on city streets

The Social Circle City Council has passed an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets.

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Eastside Choir relives the 1980s

The Eastside High Show Choir is taking a step back in time and musically recalling the 1980 era. Performances at the EHS Auditorium of "Reliving the 80s Musical Review" will be tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Songs will include those made popular by by

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Fall in Covington

Mother Nature has really strutted her stuff for Covington residents with the colors of fall this year. The leaves of gold and orange are beautiful to behold while they're on the trees, but a bit of a nuisance to rake later on. These fall beauties can be seen on North

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Just me and Dad

Flint Hill Elementary school student Clayton Presley shares a joke with his father Antonio Presley during a Donuts with Dad breakfast at the school. The elder Presley works at Advance Auto Parts and volunteers with Fire Station No. 10, but still found time to be with his son before the

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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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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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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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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor

Newton County resident killed in hit and run

A Newton County man was one of two motorists who were struck and killed on I-285 Tuesday morning when he exited his vehicle following a collision.

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Funeral for police officer planned

Services for Heritage grad killed in wreck to be held in Conyers

Funeral services are scheduled today in Conyers for Doraville Police Det. Shane Wilson, who was killed in a wrong-way traffic accident on Interstate 20 earlier this week.

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1 dead in severe Southeast storms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A strong storm system that produced several possible tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured.. Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and thousands of people

Middleton speaks on new position

John Middleton is the first county manager in Newton history.

Newton County resident killed in hit and run

A Newton County man was one of two motorists who were struck and killed on I-285 Tuesday morning when he exited his vehicle following a collision.

Newton Sheriff offers driving course for parents and teens

A course to help teens and parents of teen drivers is planned by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Fall in Covington

Mother Nature has really strutted her stuff for Covington residents with the colors of fall this year. The leaves of gold and orange are beautiful to behold while they're on the trees, but a bit of a nuisance to rake later on. These fall beauties can be seen on North

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Johnston sworn in as Covington's new mayor

Ronnie Johnston was sworn in Tuesday as Covington's new mayor, effective Jan. 1.

Social Circle passes ordinance for golf carts on city streets

The Social Circle City Council has passed an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets.

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Eastside Choir relives the 1980s

The Eastside High Show Choir is taking a step back in time and musically recalling the 1980 era. Performances at the EHS Auditorium of "Reliving the 80s Musical Review" will be tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Songs will include those made popular by by

Georgia water supply task force looks to reservoirs

Members of a statewide task force said Wednesday they want to offer low-interest state loans to build new reservoirs and wells in hopes of increasing Georgia's water supply, which has been threatened by long-running disputes with neighboring Alabama and Florida.

Ga. GOP sets March 1 date for Super Tuesday debate

The party is partnering with CNN to host the debate.

Georgia Aquarium announces beluga whale pregnancy

The Georgia Aquarium announced Wednesday morning that 17-year-old Maris is expected to give birth to her first calf in spring 2012. She has lived at the aquarium since it opened in 2005 on loan from the New York Aquarium.

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'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Karl Slover dies at 93

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film, "The Wizard of Oz," has died. He was 93.

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Cobb County 911 system crashes

Authorities in Cobb County just outside Atlanta say they're trying to determine how the 911 system crashed Wednesday morning.

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Georgia GOP sets March 1 date for Super Tuesday debate

The Georgia Republican Party is co-hosting a debate with the GOP presidential candidates on March 1 in Atlanta.

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Gingrich says he received Freddie Mac compensation

Rising in national polls, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich found himself on the defensive Wednesday over huge payments he received over the past decade from the federally backed housing agency Freddie Mac.

Bullet hits White House, stopped by safety glass

A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said.

BOC appoints Middleton county manager

COVINGTON - Newton County will operate under the direction of a county manager, commissioners agreed by a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night, and Administrative Officer John Middleton has been appointed to that position. Middleton resigned last summer; his last day was to be December 15.

Andrew Kuffrey

Andrew Charles Kuffrey Jr. of Oxford, Ga. died Tuesday November 15, 2011 at his residence. He was born on December 31, 1944 in Atlanta, Ga. to Andrew Charles and Barbara Brown Kuffrey Sr. Mr. Kuffrey is survived by his wife Judy Kuffrey of Oxford, Ga; son and daughter-in-law Casey and Lauren Kuffrey of Oxford, Ga; daughter and son-in-law Aimee and Joe Norton of Oxford, Ga; parents Andrew Charles and Barbara Brown Kuffrey of Snellville, Ga; sister and brother-in-law Trudy and Robin Clarke of Snellville, Ga; grandchildren Jake Norton and Ava Kuffrey; several nieces and nephews and other close family members. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday November 18, 2011 in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Dr. Alan Posey officiating. Interment will be in Hillandale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday November 17, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Guests may sign the online register book at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com Wheeler Funeral Home 11405 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016.

Simone Richards

Simone Sunita Richards of Covington, GA died Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on March 9, 1971 in Georgetown Guyana, to Lloyd and Pamela Jewan Ranchurejee. Mrs. Richards worked for many years in the Newton Medical Center ER as a Registrar. She had a very kind and gentle spirit and enjoyed meeting and helping people. She was very family oriented and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was a very loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and aunt and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Richards is survived by her husband Joseph Richards of Covington, GA; parents Lloyd and Pamela Jewan Ranchurejee; daughters Sunita Richards, Amiya Richards, Gabriele Richards; sister Nerissa Ranchurejee Ali; brother Lloyd Ranchurejee; niece Isabella Ali; nephew Zachary Ethan Ali; brothers-in-law Inshan Ali, David, Shawn, Phillip; sister-in-law Sonia; father-in-law Desmond; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 19, 2011 in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Deacon Fred Johns officiating. Interment will be in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 PM. Guests may sign the online register book at www.wheelerfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral for police officer planned

CONYERS — Funeral services are scheduled today in Conyers for Doraville Police Det. Shane Wilson, who was killed in a wrong-way traffic accident on Interstate 20 earlier this week.

Dorothy Gayles

Dorothy Mary-Alice Thomas was born October 1, 1922 at Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA to Carolyn and Robert Thomas. She and her siblings, Clarence and Bernice, grew up in Savannah, GA in the care of their Aunt Alice, a school teacher in Atlanta. The children took care of each other while Alice worked in Atlanta during the week. As a young woman, she left home to attend Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College where she worked on the yearbook staff and pledged the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She graduated in 1945 with a degree in Business Education and Library Science. After college, she moved to Chicago where a friend from school helped her get a job with the Social Security Administration. She met and dated Edward Richardson Gayles, and they married two years later. On December 24, 1949, they welcomed their loving Daughter, Dorothy. "Big Dorothy" became a stay at home mom to take care of the little girl named after "the most beautiful woman" that Edward had ever known. She became an avid Bridge player and traveled to tournaments extensively, making many friends for life along the way. She eventually went back to work for the Chicago Housing Authority where she worked until she retired in 1985. By that time, she had become a grandmother three times over! Darryl, Candace and Christopher were her pride and joy. She was a dedicated grandmother, and her grandchildren remember fondly her taking them to the beach, the library and the museum all the time as children. She had taken up Preschool teaching and her passion for learning and fun played an influential role in the adults they have become. She will always be remembered for her beauty, her spunk, her kindness and the love she had for her family and friends. She left this life the way she lived it, with grace and dignity, on November 14, 2011. She joins her parents, her brother Clarence, her Grandson Darryl, and a loving group of family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Dorothy and son-in-law Melvin, her sister Bernice, her grandchildren Candace and Christopher, great-grandson Ian, and her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, in-laws and god-daughter. She is greatly loved and deeply missed. A Service will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Scot Ward Funeral Services with Rev. Danny Alexander officiating; interment will follow at South View Cemetery, Atlanta. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Johnston sworn in as Covington's new mayor

Ronnie Johnston, third from left, was sworn in Tuesday as Covington's new mayor, effective Jan. 1. Judge Horace Johnson, far right, gave Johnston the oath of office. Incumbents Mike Whatley and Keith Dalton were also sworn in for new terms. Janet Goodman could not attend but was sworn in a day earlier.

William Pettitt

William "Bill" Pettitt, age 82 of McDonough, 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.

Elizabeth Alley

Elizabeth L. Alley of Covington, passed away November 14, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. She was 75 years old at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewellyn Irwin and Louella Price, sister, Dorothy, and brother, Junior Price. Mrs. Alley was a member of the Red Hat Society in Covington, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Alley is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Jackie Alley of Snellville, Mike and Karen Alley, of Martinsburg, WV; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Maurice Miller of Ocean City, MD; brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen Price of Ocean City, MD; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Chrissy and Mike King of Covington; grandson, Nick Alley of Hanover, PA; great-grandchildren: Erin and Danielle King of Covington, Kelsey Alley of Hanover, PA, Anthony and Faith Alley of Clarksville, TN; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service for Mrs. Alley will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road in Covington and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday, November 19, from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 P.M. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

Marvin Pressley

Marvin T. Pressley, age 70 of Covington, GA passed away November 15, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) www.caldwellandcowan.com

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Georgia's Richt trying to 'finish the drill'

ATHENS -- Mark Richt says his upbeat message to his Georgia players at the team's lowest point of the season came to him quickly because it was "very heartfelt."

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Thora Davis

Mrs. Thora Guinn Davis, age 81 of Stockbridge, died Monday, November 14, 2011. She was preceded in death in 1999 by her husband, Charles L. Davis. She is survived by ...

Jimmie Hines

Jimmie Lee Hines, age 82, of Covington, GA died on November 13, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Bill Woodrum

Mr. Bill Woodrum, Jr., age 59 of Conyers, died Monday, November 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Woodrum, Conyers; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Lindsay ...

Robert Wilson

City of Doraville police officer Corporal/Detective Robert "Shane" Wilson, 27, of Covington, GA died Monday, November 14, 2011 while responding to a call for service. Born in Fulton County ...

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