News for Thursday, September 1, 2011


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GFC: Wildfire danger escalating

The risk for wildfires is skyrocketing thanks to dry conditions throughout the state, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Abel Torres found guilty in 2008 Newton County murder

Former Newton County resident Abel Torres, 31, was found guilty of the 2008 murder of his 29-year-old roommate and sentenced to life plus 35 years.

Heavy traffic expected in Georgia over Labor Day holiday

State and local law enforcement warn motorists to exercise caution on the roadways during the Labor Day holiday.

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Rockin' Out

The first concert in the Arts Association's Concerts on the Square series was a success, drawing young and old alike.

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Missing Social Circle man found dead

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The search for a missing Social Circle man ended early Thursday morning when authorities found his body in a wooded area off Memorial Drive.. Social Circle Public Safety Director Tom Fox said Jim Welch, 64, was found dead around 12:20 a.m. Thursday.. "The cause of death appears

Falcons Drop Bulldogs

CONYERS -- The Flowery Branch softball team used a simple formula in beating Rockdale Thursday in Conyers: The bottom of the Falcons' lineup set the table, and the top made sure they touched home on several occasions. Nos. 8 and 9 hitters Erica Embry and Casey Zoeller reached base five

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Alcovy girls topple No. 1 team in state

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to send GACA Class AAAA number 1-ranked Jones County home with its third loss of the season following a 6-5 win by the Lady Tigers on Thursday.. "I knew the girls were capable. It

Rockdale Volleyball Bounces Back

CONYERS -- Rockdale's volleyball team swept two matches from Loganville and Warner Robins on Thursday in Conyers. The Bulldogs improved to 4-1 in Area 8-AAAA with a 25-19, 25-22 win over the Red Devils, and in non-area play defeated Warner Robins, 25-12, 25-12. Rockdale was coming off two

Alcovy to face another tough defense against Harris County on Friday

COVINGTON -- Winning is important but it is not on the top of the list as Alcovy heads to Harris County in their first region crossover game at 7:30 tonight.. "It's not as important as a region game, but it's one of those on the schedule that you work on

Salem Looking To Bounce Back In Danielsville

CONYERS -- Like most football teams after playing its season opener, Salem had plenty to work on heading into week two. The Seminoles fell 34-14 to local rival Heritage last weekend, as several factors went into the three-possession defeat.. On the defensive side of the ball, Salem let the

Newton and Eastside football to see who's the best

COVINGTON -- It was defense that gave Newton and Eastside wins in their games last week. That could be the case as the two meet to determine who is the best team in the county at 7:30 p.m. today at Homer Sharp Stadium.. Newton currently has the lead in the

Chamber promotes two staffers

The Chamber of Commerce has promoted two staff members in an effort to focus more on economic development and tourism.

Letter to the editor: Congratulations on launch of legal society

Launch of new legal society commended.

Woman, man arrested after threatening Army recruiters

Three Army recruiters were threatened and their vehicle damaged after they inadvertantly turned onto a gravel road in western Newton County.

Letter to the editor: Georgia Transmission seeks public input

Georgia Transmission builds and maintains high-voltage electric transmission lines for Georgia's customer-owned electric membership corporations. We work with the state's other electric utilities to plan and operate a power grid to meet Georgia's energy demand.

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Darrell Huckaby: Some important lessons you don't learn in school

I'm a big fan of higher education. I have a couple of degrees. My son is making a career of college and my youngest daughter is in her second year. Their big sister earned a doctorate from UGA Like I said, I believe in higher education.

School board considers network relocation

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a plan to relocate the network operations center for the Newton County School System because of hazardous conditions.

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Spinach dip perfect for football season

The Recipe Box - Spinach dip

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The Car Wash in Conyers provides fund-raising options

Shiny hubcaps and inside detailing are not the only priorities Mike and Karen Aiello have at their new business, The Car Wash on Old Salem Road. The couple said they want to be active participants in the community.. This is the second business venture for the Aiellos. They owned and

Radiotherapy Clinics launches 'blue' campaign

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia, a radiation treatment center for those with cancer with offices in Conyers and Covington, is promoting early prostate cancer detection through a "blue" campaign.. Blue is the color for prostate cancer awareness and Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia aims to

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Bank of North Georgia makes staff changes

The Bank of North Georgia recently announced the promotion of Teri Goodman, branch manager in east Covington, to retail executive, and the addition of Earl Wise, who joined the bank as commercial executive.. Goodman and Wise are based at the east Covington and Parker Road/Conyers branches respectively.. As retail

Newton police Blotter - 09/02

Newton Blotter

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RONDA RICH: Don't be afraid to speak your mind

"This is none of my business," I said aloud to myself in a valiant, noble effort to mind my own business.. But has that ever stopped me. Nope.. "I am not getting into the middle of this mess," I continued.. Do I ever listen to myself in these