News for Monday, September 19, 2011


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Oklahoma, Texas clear path to leave Big 12

Oklahoma cleared the way Monday for its possible departure from the Big 12, with university president David Boren demanding the league move toward an equal revenue-sharing model and create stability or else lose the Sooners to the Pac-12.. Rival Texas also moved closer to the door, raising the

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Falcons' Ryan draws praise from Smith

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mike Smith calls Matt Ryan a "tough Irishman.". The Falcons coach says that toughness helps make his quarterback a fourth-quarter winner.. Ryan was pounded by Philadelphia's pass rush for three quarters, but he was at his best at the end. He led two touchdown drives

Braves lose heartbreaker against Marlins, 6-5

The sliding Atlanta Braves stumbled again Monday night, losing 6-5 to the Florida Marlins on Omar Infante's game-ending two-run homer.Atlanta now has dropped three of four, and its NL wild-card lead is down

PREP NOTEBOOK: Patriots finish 3-2 at Morgan County

The Heritage softball team had its long winning streak last weekend at the Morgan County Lady Dog Invitational.. The tournament began with an 8-2 win over former region mate Monroe Area as right-hander Lauren Golden allowed two earned runs in picking up her seventh win of the season and

Rockdale Deputies Hospitalized After Inhaling Meth Fumes

Five Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies were taken to the hospital Monday after inhaling methamphetamine fumes while serving an arrest warrant at a house on Old Salem Road in east Rockdale County.

Charity horse show returns to Conyers for 15th year

The Southeastern Charity Horse Show comes back to the Georgia International Horse Park for its 15th year to show off top-notch competition while supporting local charities through the Kiwanis Club of Conyers.

Barbecue Marks Rockdale United Way's 1st Fundraiser In '12 Campaign

United Way of Rockdale County will host its first major fundraising event of 2011 Thursday with its 11th annual barbecue luncheon. The barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q.JJ

Teen arrested at Rockdale football game

A 16-year-old was arrested at a foottball game last week for possession of a knife on school property.

Rockdale Sheriff's deputies arrest four in burglaries

A Rockbridge Road resident walked in on a burglary of his house that eventually led to the arrest of his nephew and three other suspects.

Charlie Elliott offers free kids fishing day

A free fishing day for kids is being offered by Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

DFCS is looking for families for their kids

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Department of Family and Children's Services is holding a photo shoot to show off some of their most valuable assets -- the 20 children in their region who are available for adoption.

6-year-old struck by vehicle on Long Creek Drive

A 6-year-old child was struck by a vehicle around 7 p.m. Saturday and airlifted to an Atlanta children's hospital.

Newton, Rockdale unemployment above state

Unemployment statistics statewide are a mixed bag, with a slight increase in the unemployment rate, but a net gain in jobs, based on a Georgia Department of Labor report for August.

Sept. 20 Health Reports

Health Reports for Newton & Rockdale Counties

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Newton schools pick Top 3 teachers

The Newton County School System announced its Top 3 finalists for its Teacher of the Year competition on Monday morning.

Newton, Rockdale Unemployment Above State

COVINGTON -- Unemployment statistics statewide are a mixed bag, with a slight increase in the unemployment rate, but a net gain in jobs, based on a Georgia Department of Labor report for August.