News for Saturday, February 11, 2012

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JEFF MEADORS: Funding private interests with public dollars

State sponsored charter schools managed by for-profit and non-profit companies would increase the burden on local taxpayers.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Schools place too much emphasis on testing, too little on learning

Despite all the technological advances we have made in education, we are also faced with tremendous challenges.

Porterdale to seek loan for sewer repairs

The Porterdale City Council is pursuing a loan to improve the city's aging sewer system.

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Hanging Around: J.H. House opens new playground

J.H. House Elementary School finally raised enough money to purchase new playground equipment for the school.

NMC gets grant for car seat safety program

Newton Medical has received a state grant for its car seat safety program.

Systems await more details of No Child waiver

Georgia and nine other states received waivers from President Barack Obama to free them of the requirements under the No Child Left Behind act.

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14-year-old reels in 28-pound catfish

Bailey Ferguson shows off a monster catfish he caught in a private lake in western Rockdale County recently. The catfish weighed in at about 28 pounds.. His father, Daryle Ferguson, was there when Bailey, 14, made the big haul.. His grandfather Bill Ferguson said Bailey is a natural fisherman and

Rockdale hires football coach

Conyers -- A new era for the Rockdale High School football program has begun. Principal Georgi Nour confirmed the hiring of Mario Allen as its new head coach Friday, ending a three-month search for the successor to Mike Etheridge.. "I feel like he's an outstanding (addition) for our program

Rams ruin Senior NIght for Luella

COVINGTON -- Both Newton basketball squads ruined Senior Night for Luella with a sweep over the Lions on Friday.. In similar scores, the Lady Rams (19-6 overall, 9-5 Region 2-AAAAA) won the opening game 62-57 before the Newton boys (19-6, 10-4) swept the doubleheader with a 61-57 win.. After

Eastside sweeps Jackson in regualr season finale

COVINGTON -- Eastside's basketball squads had little trouble against Jackson as the Eagles swept the Red Devils on Senior Night on Friday.. The Lady Eagles (15-10 overall, 12-4 Region 4-AAA) beat Jackson (1-21, 1-15) by 45 points with a 61-16 triumph. The Eastside boys (13-12, 11-5) led from the

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Allen, Cornwell take home titles at wrestling sectionals

LOGANVILLE -- Rockdale wrestler Alonzo Allen was a state runner-up as a freshman in 2011. Unfortunately for state-wide 106-pounders, Allen appears to be even better in 2012.. The sophomore capped a dominant weekend, picking up an 18-8 major decision over Dunwoody's Sunny Sharma to win the 106

One for the Doc's Son

He is not your typical NBA coach, that meaning National Basketball Association. He coaches the Boston Celtics, but still lives in Winter Park, Fla., adjacent to Orlando, where he once coached the Magic. They fired him, but he never left, even after the Celtics hired him. It's a tough commute

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ROB JENKINS: From Paris with love: More unique ideas for Valentine's Day

Ideas on how to make a French connection.

Murder suspect surrenders

Murder suspect Wayne McMullen surrendered to investigators with the Covington Police Department at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday.

Athens man charged with giving police 100 mph chase

Police say an Athens man has been jailed after he assaulted his girlfriend, stole a car and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

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