News for Monday, February 13, 2012


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Newton area teams begin playoffs

Now is the time that all basketball teams have to play their A-game as it's either win or go home as the region playoffs begin today.

Eight wrestlers to compete in state tourney

COVINGTON -- Eight local Newton County wrestlers will each head to the Arena at the Gwinnett Center on Thursday to try to become a state champion.. Eastside has the most representatives with five wrestlers, followed by two from Newton and one from Alcovy.. "We had five out of nine get

Local swimmers' state meet highlights

Though the Rockdale and Heritage swim teams didn't have any top-16 finishes to secure team points at last weekend's Class A-AAAA State Meet at Georgia Tech, several swimmers had solid times in the preliminaries.

Former receiver Freddie Solomon dies

Freddie Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as "Fabulous Freddie" and committed himself to community service for decades, died Monday. He was 59.

Seminoles cruise in tournament opener

LOGANVILLE -- Prior to last season's run to the region tournament championship game, the Salem boys basketball team hadn't ever qualified for the state playoffs. Now, the Seminoles are starting to make a habit of it.. Dedrick Turner scored 22 points and Salem used a dominant stretch in the third

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Breakthrough vs. breakdown: Loss to Mickelson shows Tiger has long way to go

Tiger Woods keeps saying his game is close. Standing on the 18th green at Pebble Beach, he never looked so far away. With the red sleeves from his shirt sticking out from a black vest, Woods could only watch Sunday as Phil Mickelson made one more birdie putt for an 8-under 64, the final touch of a six-shot comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

UGA's Armstrong named SEC player of the week

Wesleyan grad posts career high in Sunday victory

Student warned of hammer attack

A teenage girl accused of attacking two students with a hammer at Columbine High School had warned a school employee of the attack moments before it happened.

NC Supreme Court hears student bra search case

A student who had to pull her bra away from her body so school officials could check whether she was hiding drugs must have been humiliated and frightened by the unreasonable search, her lawyer told the North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday. An attorney for the state argued the search was minimally invasive.

Rockdale/Newton Government Meetings

Government Meetings is a listing of meeting times for elected county board of commissioners, city councils, board of educations and other appointed boards and authorities. Government Meetings appear in print on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To include your group's meeting or report changes, please send your information and a call back phone number to or or call 770-483-7108, ext. 252 for Rockdale and 770-787-7303, ext. 1101 for Newton.

Newton Community Calendar

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties. To submit information, visit our website at, call 770-483-7108, ext. 252, fax the information c/o Julie Wells at 770-483-5797.

Newton Sheriff, Covington Police continue to investigate 3 murders

Covington and Newton County authorities continue to investigate last week's murders.

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A sweet Valentine's Day

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City protecting interest in LOST

The city will hire a consultant for guidance duing arbitration if negotiations with the county fail regarding LOST.

Newton College & Career academy to hold info session

The Newton College & Career Academy will hold an information meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Porter Auditorium at Newton High School.

Porterdale bans sale of drug-related items

The Porterdale City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the sale of drug-related items.

DOT asks drivers to be cautious

The DOT is urging caution by motorists traveling several local roadways.

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Conyers firm designs containers for products sold throughout U.S.

Transparent Container creates plastic coverings, trays and other protective packaging for a wide range of companies.

BOC adopts plan to help non-English speakers

The county has adopted a program to assist Spanish-speaking residents.

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Just say 'I love you' for Valentine's Day

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About a dozen Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

Police say about a dozen people associated with Occupy Atlanta have been arrested at a midtown office building. The arrests came as a group of protesters moved into the lobby level of the AT&T Midtown Center building on Monday.

Rockdale legislators to hold listening session

The Rockdale County state legislative delegation invites residents to attend a listening session on Feb. 22 at the Rockdale Career Academy to discuss the ongoing Georgia General Assembly session.

Feb. 14 Health Reports

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Rain, sleet, snow possible in north Georgia

Forecasters say a mix of freezing rain and snow is possible over parts of north Georgia as moisture combines with cold air in the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Tuesday morning covering more than a dozen counties in north Georgia.

Texas drought means higher prices for Ga. ranchers

Authorities say Georgia cattle producers soon should see higher prices for their beef cattle due to a drought in Texas that's contributing to a shortage of cattle.

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Obama's budget arrives at Congress

President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a new budget which seeks deficit reduction and spending.

In-person advance voting in Ga. begins today

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia voters can now cast an in-person advance ballot for the presidential primary.. Voting by mail for the March 6 contest began in late January, but Monday is the first day when residents can turn out to advance voting sites to cast their ballots in person

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Adele top winner with 6 Grammys

Adele, who captured the world's heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday's Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year.