News for Wednesday, September 14, 2011


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N.J. 9/11 marker listing officials -- but not attacks -- removed

Apologetic officials in a small New Jersey town on Wednesday rushed to remove a stone marker commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack amid an uproar about what the monument didn't include -- any reference to what happened, or the victims -- and what it did -- the

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Obama's jobs bill faces stiff opposition

RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Barack Obama urged enthusiastic college students Wednesday to join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. "Every single one of you can help make this bill a reality," the president called out at a hot and noisy rally

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Social Circle presents viewing, discussion of film on hate crime

The Social Cirlce Department of Public Safety will present a screening and public discussion of a new PBS documentary, "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness."

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'Year of Handstands'

Covington's Kidz In Step Dance & Gymnastics, located in the Covington Crossing shopping center near Pacho's, will be joining gymnasts across the nation to celebrate National Gymnastics Day on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. by attempting to break the world record for the most handstands held simultaneously. The public is invited

Bulldogs volleyball sweep pair of matches

Rockdale's volleyball team improved to 6-1 in Area 8-AAAA play with a 2-1 win over rival Heritage Tuesday in Conyers. The Bulldogs won the first game, 25-22, then dropped the middle game 25-21 before rallying for a 25-19 win to clinch the match. Rockdale, which also defeated Houston County

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Mother of kids killed in meth fire gives birth, charged with murder

Neibi Brito, the mother of three children killed in a February meth house explosion in Lilburn, has been charged with murder.

Oxford falls to Middle Georgia, 7-1

Oxford's women's soccer team lost to Middle Georgia College Tuesday.

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Patriots, Bulldogs Renew Rivalry In Front Of TV Cameras

As each week passes, it's starting to feel like 2011 could be a special season for the Heritage football team.. After last Friday's convincing victory over Loganville, the Patriots are 3-0 for the first time since 2001. Couple the 35-14 win over the Red Devils with a come-from-behind

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Newton perfect in dual meet

COVINGTON -- Both of Newton's cross country squads were able to overcome the heat and course conditions better than Rockdale as they each finished with a perfect score of 15 points in the dual meet on Wednesday.. Winning for the boys and girls were Alex Grady for the boys with

Alcovy starts subregion against Wolverines

COVINGTON -- Is bigger really better? That's the question that Alcovy's football team looks to answer as it goes up against Union Grove to start 3A-AAAA play tonight at 7 p.m. at Homer Sharp Stadium.. "They have some good size and play hard nose. They just want to pound

Covington woman slapped by burglar

COVINGTON -- A Newton County woman received a surprise when she opened her closet door recently. She told Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies that a man stepped out of the closet and slapped her in the face.. NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison said deputies were summoned to Bradley

Rockdale residents urge support of jobs program

Local residents and some elected officials weighed in President Obama's jobs program at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Rockdale Magnet Fund holding event for school fundraiser

The Rockdale Magnet Fund is holding a community event to raise money for the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.

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Rockdale County High School evacuated for gas leak

Rockdale County High School was evacuated Wednesday after a construction worker hit a 2 1/2-inch gas line while working at the construction site of the school's new gymnasium.

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Smith drops out of Rockdale County chairman race

Republican Brad Smith announced Wednesday he is dropping out of the race for Rockdale County chairman and will instead focus on a re-election bid for the county's school board.

Master gardeners to hold annual Plant Festival and Sale

Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sixth Annual Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Festival and Sale will be at 1400 Parker Road.

Newton schools finds extra savings

The Newton County School System is expecting to carry over $4.4 million more than expected from last school year's budget.

Heritage Hills Baptist holds Fall Festival

Heritage Hills Baptist Church will host “Scarecrows and Casseroles” fall festival, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DeKalb County rejects tougher smoking rules

DeKalb County Commissioners have voted down a measure to ban smoking in all public places, including parks, bars and strip clubs.

Crews begin clearing site for NW Georgia

Crews have begun work to clear the site for a new 1.4 million-square-foot Lowe's distribution center, which is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

Fulton blaze raises questions about fire services

A deadly house explosion in south Fulton County is raising questions about the county's ability to fight fires, and whether it has enough fire trucks.. Fulton County Fire and Rescue's nearest fire station to the blast on Aug. 27 had no working fire engine that day.. As a

Evening parkers getting ticketed in Athens

An official of the Athens Downtown Development Authority says parking tickets for metered spaces are being issued in downtown Athens at an average of 95 a day after 6 p.m., a sign that many people don't know the meters' hours have been extended.

97 localities set November Sunday sales votes

A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year.The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Grady approves new pay policy for some patients

ATLANTA -- Uninsured patients who show up for non-emergency care at Grady Memorial Hospital will now have to pay in full before receiving services if they live outside the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton and DeKalb.. Grady's corporate board on Monday approved the new policy for new, out-of

Ga. man pleads guilty in RI Navy kickbacks case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A Georgia man has admitted to his role in a kickbacks scheme that prosecutors say cost the Navy $7 million to $20 million.Patrick Nagle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery

FaithWorks temporarily closing

Non-profit FaithWorks is temporarily closing until more funds are available.

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Fire depts. work to decrease response times through automatic aid

Covington and Newton County fire departments are expanding their automatic aid agreement in hopes of decreasing response times for citizens.

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Social Circle Presents Viewing, Discussion Of Film On Hate Crime

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The Social Circle Department of Public Safety is hosting a screening and public discussion of a new PBS documentary titled "Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness."

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Survival was goal for Korean vet Hambrick

Charles Ray Hambrick coached basketball and taught P.E. at Briarcliff High School, served as an administrator in the Tift County school system, and worked as assistant principal of Rockdale County High School. Students and faculty alike had no idea he was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean War.