News for Tuesday, October 18, 2011


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Oxford ready to tip off season with Midnight Madness

The Oxford College Eagles will host the 10th annual Midnight Madness tonight.

Eastside's Johnston player of the year

COVINGTON -- Even though Eastside's volleyball team failed to make it to the Class AAA playoffs, they had three playoff-quality players, including Katie Johnston who was named Area 8-AAA Player of the Year for the second straight time.. "I was a little surprised that she got it this

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'Kudzu bug' threatens to eat farmers' lunch in United States

BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Kudzu -- the "plant that ate the South" -- has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers.. Soybeans

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Obama promotes jobs bill on bus tour

JAMESTOWN, N.C. -- President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to recapture some of the bipartisan appeal that helped get him elected, while using the opportunity to assail GOP lawmakers for blocking his jobs bill.. Appearing in politically important North Carolina to promote his economic measures and his re-election, Obama promised

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THOMAS: "Pro-choice" crowd seem to favor only their choice

The Protect Life Act passed the House last week, but will likely die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.. There are more stirrings on this fundamental social issue. The Nov. 8 ballot in Mississippi will include Initiative 26, known as the Personhood Amendment, that says: "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall

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HUCKABY: When did the radio become obsolete?

While we weren't looking the radio lost its relevance.

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Principal program in spotlight

Gwinnett County, the state’s largest school district, is drawing national attention with a program that gives aspiring principals a year of training before they take over a school — akin to a residency for new medical school graduates.

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Bulldogs In quarterfinals for first time

A whole lot of history was made inside Rockdale High School's quaint gymnasium Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs' volleyball team erased an early deficit in game four and rolled to a 25-17 win over Harris County, clinching a 3-1 victory in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

ROBERT PIERRE: The real MLK about more than the 'dream'

It's easy to see either the tea party or growing Occupy movements taking up the slogans. But I guess revolt is not so good for business. Nor were King's exhortations against war, the hypocrisy of the media, American arrogance and corporate greed. It seems that we have whittled away the outrage and righteous indignation from King's popular image.

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Rockdale trial begins in execution-style murder

A Rockdale County jury heard prosecutors Tuesday describe how 20-year-old Raul Ramirez crossed the wrong people, leading to his death in 2009 with 24 bullets and his body left on the roadside as a message to his family.

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Rotary's World Polio Day proclaimed in Rockdale

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Monday, Oct. 24, as World Polio Day in honor of Rotary International's work to eradicate Polio.

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Rockdale receives $1.06 million NSP grant

Revitalizing local neighborhoods is on the agenda for the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.

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Congressman Paul Broun Jr. visits Newton

Republican Congressman Paul Broun Jr. was in Newton Tuesday meeting citizens and officials in his new district.

Harvest Picking event takes place Saturday

Newton Trails will host Harvest Picking at Old Church Saturday.

Newton Partnership launches campaign to fight child obesity

A new program will focus on reducing childhood obesity in Newton.

Social Circle bridge project several years away

The Georgia Department of Transportation has plans to replace a bridge on Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle.

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Undercover video of Sigman released

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department has released a video tape detailing much of the evidence they have against former mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman and his alleged involvement in the theft of his opponent's campaign signs.. CPD Public Information Officer Ken Malcom said the release of the tape was an

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Sigman drops out of mayor's race

Bobby Sigman has dropped out of the Covington mayor's race following the release of an undercover video by police.

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Sigman drops out of mayor's race


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SEC: We're looking into UGA-Vandy dustup; Grantham apologizes -- sort of

Vandy coach James Franklin's confrontation with UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after the game Saturday is being looked into by the SEC with the possibility of further repercussions for both programs, officials confirm Monday.

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WORLD SERIES: Who'd of thunk it?

This seemed like a lost season early on for the Cardinals, who lost ace Adam Wainwright for the year and superstar Albert Pujols for a good portion of the season to injury, but after a furious rally just to make the postseason, St. Louis is now four wins from the World Series title.

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WORLD SERIES: Rangers admit it --- they don't know much about Cardinals

Texas sent a ton of scouts to the NLCS this year because it knew if the Rangers ended up facing the unfamiliar Cardinals, they'd need all the insight they could get.

Lenora Philpott

Mrs. Lenora Lucille Gittings Philpott, age 88, of Conyers, GA passed away on October 17, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Weymond Isaac "Red ...

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Louise Elliott

Mrs. Louise Wells Elliott passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the age of 90. She was born September 26, 1921, in Walton County, the youngest child of Joseph ...