News for Wednesday, October 5, 2011


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Battery charge dropped against J.C. Henderson

A battery charge against Commissioner J.C. Henderson has been dropped.

No warrant will be issued against Porterdale councilman

A Magistrate Court judge ruled Wednesday that there was not enough probable cause to issue a battery warrant against Porterdale City Councilman Robert Foxworth.

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Former Covington Ford building comes down

The former location of Covington Ford met the wrecking ball this week

Former junk car yard to become gateway to South River Trail

The Rockdale County Parks and Recreation Department will begin construction on the Lorraine Trailhead -- an access point for the South River Trail -- in the next few weeks, according to Andrew Hammer, Rockdale County's special projects manager.

Rockdale County proposes opportunity zone for redevelopment

Rockdale County planners unveiled a proposed opportunity zone for a mostly industrial area west of Conyers as a effort to encourage economic development.

Conyers-Rockdale Chamber to hold meet-and-greet with elected officials

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will hold a meet-and-greet event Tuesday for residents to talk one-on-one with local elected officials.

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Barron Steward makes bid for mayor of Social Circle

Love for his hometown has propelled 40-year-old entrepreneur Barron Steward to run for mayor of Social Circle.

Chamber official: 2 industries eyeing Newton

Two industries are almost ready to announce plans to locate in Newton, and another will hire up to 60 employees, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

Newton school board approves road expansion for new high school

The Newton County Board of Education approved this week a plan to expand part of the road that will lead to the new Newton High School being built on Crowell Road.

Newton heads to state tournament as No.4 seed

COVINGTON -- The tradition continues for the Lady Rams softball team; it's headed back to the Class AAAAA playoffs for the eighth straight year.. The Newton girls earned their trip to postseason play as the No. 4 seed from Region 2-AAAAA and will be matched up with the No

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Julio's Hype: Rookie WR Jones still feeling his way for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- After getting embarrassed by Green Bay in the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Falcons knew quarterback Matt Ryan needed another big weapon at his disposal.. Hello, Julio Jones. It's your time to shine.. Ryan targeted the NFL's leading rookie receiver a whopping 17 times in last week's

Bulldogs, Patriots on hunt for state playoff berths

A pair of local volleyball teams will take their shot at earning a berth to the state playoffs starting today. At the Area 8-AAAA volleyball tournament at Habersham Central, both Rockdale and Heritage will play quarterfinal matches with two of the four state playoff spots on the line.. Rockdale

Tigers to be tested on the road

COVINGTON -- Even though Alcovy is a perfect 3-0 in Region 3A-AAAA, this could be the Tigers' biggest test to date as they take their game on the road for the first time against Jones County.. Not only is it the first region road game for the Tigers, its

Patriots, Falcons to be televised

CONYERS -- Not only will the football teams from Heritage and Flowery Branch be playing for what could amount to a Region 8-AAAA championship, but they get to do it in front of the television cameras. The marquee game, which is expected to pit a pair of unbeaten teams

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THOMAS: Christie's Right Decision

First, the media, which loves to build people up in order to tear them down, would have immediately heightened the conflict between the Republican Party's two wings. There would have been multiple interviews with Republicans who don't like Christie's position that illegal immigrants have not broken the law, or what

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Steve Jobs dead at 56

Apple company co-founder Steve Jobs dies Wednesday at age 56 after battling pancreatic cancer.

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Supreme Court refuses to vacate execution stay order

The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to vacate a Superior Court order that stays the execution tonight of Marcus Ray Johnson.

Patriots, Falcons To Play In Front of TV Cameras

Not only will the football teams from Heritage and Flowery Branch be playing for what could amount to a Region 8-AAAA championship, but they get to do it in front of the television cameras.

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Covington UMC holds 9/11 service

Local leaders from the Covington area were honored at Covington First United Methodist's special 9/11 Worship Service. They were, front from left, the Rev. Jan McCoy, CFUMC associate pastor; Covington Mayor Kim Carter; Newton County Commissioner Kathy Morgan; Newton Medical Auxiliary President Frances Rogers; Dr. Doug Gilreath, FUMC senior pastor

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Fernandez Quinceanera

Megan Rose Fernandez celebrated her Quinceanera on Sept. 10 at the Under the Stars Banquet Center in Covington. The event was sponsored by her mother, Mrs. Rosa Fernandez, and was attended by her immediate family, godparents, extended family relatives and many friends. Fernandez is a freshman at Heritage High School

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Lester-Hilsman Engagement

Jack and Wanda Kesler of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Rhonda Lester of Monticello, to Robbie Hilsman, son of Robert and Cathy Hilsman of Conyers.. The bride-elect is a graduate of Newton High School. She is employed with Pratt Industries.. The groom is a graduate of Salem

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Collins-Wisner Engagement

Collins -- Wisner. Larry and Terri Collins of North Augusta, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Hallena Collins of North Augusta, to Cody Scott Wisner, son of Michael and Melissa Wisner of Conyers.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Raymond and Lena Deal of North Augusta and

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Smith-Bell Engagement

Smith -- Bell. Cindy and Denise Smith of Raleigh, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Alyse Smith of Bowling Green, Ky., to Benjamin Daniel Bell, son of Kathie and David Bell of Conyers.. The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Salem High School and a 2009 graduate

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Sydney Ellis Arrival

Sydney Reese Ellis was born on Sept. 21, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.. She is the daughter of Jessica Ellis and Mac Ellis of Covington

Chamber official: 2 industries eyeing Newton

COVINGTON -- Two industries are close to finalizing plans to locate in Newton, and an existing industry is ready to hire up to 60 new workers, Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall told officials this week.

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Battery charge dropped against J.C. Henderson

COVINGTON -- A misdemeanor charge of battery under the Family Violence Act has been dropped against Commissioner J.C. Henderson.

Gladys Baker Harper

Mrs. Gladys Baker Harper, age 70 of Morrow, died Sunday, October 2, 2011.