News for Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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Rams pull away in 4th over Luella

COVINGTON -- Newton's boys basketball team turned things around in the second half, scoring 37 points and giving the Rams an 11-point win over Luella on Tuesday.

Rockdale rolls past rival Heritage

CONYERS -- The basketball teams at Rockdale High School seem to be pretty comfortable behind the three-point line. Just 22 hours after the girls hit nine 3-pointers in a half against Heritage, the boys knocked down 16 of 33 threes in an 87-56 victory over the Patriots.

Oxford loses leading scorer

The Oxford men's basektball team is back on track despite losing its leading scorer.

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New coordinator, same scheme

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Mike Nolan has no plans to switch the Atlanta Falcons to a 3-4 scheme in his first year as defensive coordinator.

Covington Fire Dept. charges woman in connection with woods fire

A woman has been charged with arson in connection with a woods fire off Alcovy Road Sunday afternoon.

Suspected drug activity leads to six arrests in Conyers

Six people were arrested last week in connection with drug activity at a Conyers apartment complex.

Iranian lawmaker: Obama proposed talks; US denies

An Iranian lawmaker claimed Wednesday that President Barack Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic's supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

UK court approves eviction of Occupy London camp

The Occupy London protest camp that has sprawled outside the city's St. Paul's Cathedral for three months must be removed, a British judge ruled Wednesday.

Italian cruise ship tally: 11 dead, 21 missing

Associated Press. ROME -- The first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster was identified Wednesday -- a 38-year-old violinist from Hungary who had been working as an entertainer on the stricken cruise ship.. Sandor Feher's body was found inside the wreck and identified by his mother, who had

Perry: Romney abortion flip was for 'convenience'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that Mitt Romney changed his position on legalized abortion out of political convenience, one of the sharpest allegations leveled yet in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary.Romney, who had supported legalized abortion while Massachusetts governor, says he changed his mind

Chicago police arrest 7 in filmed beating of teen

Associated Press. CHICAGO -- After seven teenagers were arrested Wednesday for a beating recorded on video that went viral online, Chicago's police chief called their actions part of a "national epidemic" of youth violence being posted on the Web. The teens were charged Wednesday in the beating and robbery of

Ga. revives idea of closing President Carter visitor center

ATLANTA -- Georgia tourism officials have revived a plan to close a visitor center in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown, while the attraction's supporters are promising a fierce fight to keep it open.. Gov. Nathan Deal's budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes the plan to close the Plains

Documents: Ga. college mergers could mean layoffs

ATLANTA (AP) Merging eight of Georgia's public colleges will likely involve layoffs, the elimination of some academic programs and name changes at the long established institutions.That's according to documents released to The Associated Press on Wednesday as part of an open records request. The documents from the University System of

Courts chief pushes for new death penalty clerk

BC-GA--Georgia Death Penalty,115. Courts chief pushes for new death penalty clerkATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Supreme Court is asking state lawmakers to fund a new clerk who would only work capital cases.Chief Justice Carol Hunstein on Wednesday urged lawmakers to approve the request for about $80,000 to hire

Senate GOP outlines 2012 legislative priorities

Georgia's Senate Republicans outlined an agenda Wednesday that focuses on limited, accountable government, parent choice in education, creating a business-friendly environment and protecting the state's children this legislative session.In announcing the caucus' agenda, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers said the issues arose from conversations with voters

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New day dawning

Mother Nature was showing off around dawn a couple of days ago and photographer Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith managed to capture the beauty of the new day. The photo was taken on Covered Bridge Road in Newton County before too many folks were out and about. The show was definitely

BOC sticks with lawncare contractor

Once again, county commissioners were split 3 to 2 on whether to seek proposals for the lawn maintenance contract.

Qualifying fees set for election

Commissioners set qualifying fees for the 2012 election Ttuesday night.

Dally sworn in as mayor of Social Circle; redistricting map approved

Mayor Hal Dally and new council members were sworn in Tuesday night in Social Circle. Also, the new redistricting map was approved.

Newton school board OKs theme school sports

Some students at the Newton County Theme School will be able to participate in more sports next school year.

Prisons head warns of phone smuggling 'epidemic'

ATLANTA (AP) -- Corrections commissioner Brian Owens sounded off about an "epidemic" in illegal cellphones smuggled into Georgia's prisons.. Owens told lawmakers Wednesday that prison officials confiscated more than 8,500 phones in state prisons over the last 18 months. He said 330 civilians and 63 staff members were charged with

Ga. death row inmate refuses to file habeas appeal

In the glacial-paced world of death penalty law, Tate’s death sentence for the 2001 killings of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter moved through the appeals process quickly.

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AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: As Patriots’ TE hype grows, Ravens had better not forget about Welker

Hey Ravens ... remember Wes Welker, the NFL’s leading receiver this season? Well, try not to overlook him come Sunday in the AFC title game just because New England’s bruising tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, have been doing most of the heavy lifting during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run.