News for Thursday, October 27, 2011


All Stories

Ga. debates plan for natural gas stations

ATLANTA -- A plan to spend $11.5 million to build a network of compressed natural gas stations in Georgia has sparked debate between those who say the market needs seeding and opponents who argue it amounts to a public subsidy for private companies.. Atlanta Gas Light has proposed funding half

Deputies mourn officer killed on duty

AUGUSTA -- Slain Richmond County sheriff's deputy James D. Paugh was remembered at his funeral service as a man who cooked turkeys for firefighters during the holidays and served meals to fellow deputies during Masters Week.. Paugh, 47, a motorcycle officer, was killed early Sunday when he went to investigate

Tease photo

SIMPSON: Coffee or tea?

Coffee or tea? The debate continues.....

LETTERS: Small-town local officials spending like big city folks

News of the world-wide economic crisis may not have reached Oxford.

Tease photo

HUCKABY: Some dares ought not be taken

I have been accused, from time to time, of being a wild and crazy guy, if I may borrow a phrase from the classic Steve Martin Saturday Night Live skits of a bygone day. At least I was in my younger days. I have done some pretty stupid things on a dare. I would tell you about a few of them, except my children read this column from time to time and I’m not sure how long the statute of limitations is on some of the stuff I did, particularly while I was a college student at UGA.

LETTERS: Everyday sights trigger firefighters' haunted memories

Fire service calls often leave unpleasant memories.

Tease photo

Seminoles look to pull huge upset

Now that's more of what the Salem football team had in mind.. Behind a dominant rushing attack that collected nearly 500 yards on the ground, the Seminoles bounced back from two blowout losses and won convincingly over Winder-Barrow last weekend, 42-7.. Not only did Salem shake the memory of

Eastside sends two teams to state meet

GRIFFIN -- Both Eastside squads had a great showings in the Region 4-AAA cross country at Spalding with both teams heading to the state meet in Carrollton for the time in school history.. The girls finished in second place with 75 points while the boys came in third place

Eastside tries to break streak, make playoffs

COVINGTON -- Eastside's football team is going to look a little bit different after its bye week as it gets ready to play Eagles Landing tonight at 7:30 at Homer Sharp Stadium in a must-win game if the Eagles want to make it to the Class AAA playoffs as

Tease photo

Ga. Tech's special teams...aren't

ATLANTA -- A special teams player doesn't get a lot of time on the field, so he has to make the most of it.. By contrast, when something goes wrong, everyone notices.. At Georgia Tech, the special teamers are getting a lot more attention than they want.. Shanked punts, missed

Porterdale council candidates speak out on gym, other issues

Porterdale City Council candidates participated in a forum Tuesday night.

Tease photo

Firefighters learn how to save themselves

Firefighters in Covington and Newton County are in training this week in order to better protect themselves.

Tease photo

Staying positive, support of friends a key to surviving breast cancer

COVINGTON -- Not long after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, longtime Rockdale County resident Tricia Baker scheduled her first consultation with a doctor, and wound up meeting a woman who would prove to have a profound influence on her life.. "At my first consultation, I was introduced to

Newton school board still considering network relocation

The Newton County Board of Education should have enough information by next month to make a decision to upgrade or move its network operations center because of current hazardous conditions.

Unemployment up in Newton

Newton's unemployment rate increased to 12.8 percent for September, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.


An article that ran in the Oct. 26 edition of the Newton Citizen with the headline "Elks celebrate Red Ribbon Month to promote drug-free community" should have stated that Officer Pat Womack is with the Covington Police Department. The Citizen apologizes for the error

McCann earns postseason all-star nod

Magazine honors McCann and Kimbrel

Newton County student struck by vehicle

An Alcovy High School student was struck by a vehicle this morning, according to the Newton County School System.

New jobs coming to Newton

At least 50 new jobs are coming to Newton County, through an expansion of Nisshinbo, an industry that manufactures break pads, and more than 200 additional jobs could be available soon, said Roger Harrison, vice president of economic development with the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: There's a reason 'The Rum Diary' wasn't released before

Michael Clark reviews "The Rum Diary."

Tease photo

Film Fans spooked by 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Local Film Fans review "Paranormal Activity 3."

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: Chastain shines in 'Take Shelter'

Michael Clark reviews "Take Shelter."

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: Thriller 'In Time' sets itself apart from drama-filled fall

Michael Clark reviews "In Time."

Shane's Fall Festival to benefit schools

Shane's Rib Shack in Conyers presents its Fall Festival on Oct. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. and invites the community to celebrate with them.. Shane's extends a special invitation to all Rockdale elementary, middle and high school students and their families. The school with the most attendance will win

Great Southern Wood celebrates safety

Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc. of Conyers held a lunch on Oct. 20 to celebrate a safety milestone for the company. The production team achieved five consecutive years of operation without a recordable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury.. Because of its outstanding safety record, the Conyers plant is

Newton Blotter for Oct. 28

Newton Blotter