News for Monday, January 2, 2012


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Dawgs get kicked in Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brandon Boykin hopes Georgia learned an important lesson from the Outback Bowl.. "We made a huge stride this year just coming from a 6-and-7 season last year, but at the same time, the great teams finish when they're supposed to," the Bulldogs cornerback said

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Roddenberry looks to keep it going for Harding

Harding University's Zach Roddenberry is probably about ready to get back on the basketball court.. The junior from Salem is coming off a career-high 24 points in a loss to St. Edwards (Texas) back on Dec. 19, the last game played by the Division II Bison.. Roddenberry is tied

Newton among 6 Ga. counties to begin new burn restrictions

Six Georgia counties are now subject to new burn restrictions in 2012.

Another syringe discovered in Walmart clothing

Authorities say another syringe has been found in clothing purchased from a north Georgia Walmart store, bringing the total number of cases to 15.

Boy, 2, dies when fire engulfs home in Columbus

Authorities say a 2-year-old boy died when his home caught fire in Columbus.

FAMU trustees will create anti-hazing committee

Florida A&M University's board of trustees approved plans to create an independent committee to study hazing Monday as well as a memorial to a marching band member who police say died after being punched and paddled during a hazing ritual.

Residents face possible eviction over water bill

Residents of a condominium complex outside Atlanta say they face eviction unless they can come up with thousands of dollars for a water bill.

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Arrest made in LA arson spree

Authorities arrested a man Monday in connection with dozens of suspected arson fires that destroyed parked cars, scorched buildings and rattled much of the nation's second-largest city over the New Year's weekend.

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Romney says he expects to win Iowa's caucuses

A confident Mitt Romney said Monday that he's going to win Iowa and become the Republican nominee for president.

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Fire attacks at NYC homes, Islamic center probed

A police security tower rose into the sky Monday, keeping watch over a globally prominent Islamic cultural center that was firebombed amid a handful of attacks being investigated as possibly linked bias crimes.

Chamber hosts annual meeting

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Jan. 3 Health Reports

Health Reports

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Fowl weather friends

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Used book collection to begin in Newton

Newton residents will soon have a way to give their used books second life.

Radon testing urged during awareness month

January is radon awareness month and homeowners are being urged to have their homes tested.

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Keeping fit in 2012

Staff photo by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith. If getting in shape is part of your agenda for the new year, Newton County resident Marcus Lackey may be able to point you in the right direction. He's a personal trainer with Olde Town Fitness, located at 923 Commercial St. in Conyers

Proposal would take politics out of local elections

Local Democrats and Republicans are giving a collective thumbs down to a proposed bill filed for next month's General Assembly session that proposes to make county-wide elected offices nonpartisan.

STORY OF THE YEAR: 2011 roared in with massive winter storm

Our story of the year for 2011 occurred just a few days into the new year when a blanket of snow fell on much of the Southeast and closed down normal activity in Rockdale and Newton counties.

Jan. 1 Newton Citizen Poll

"A New Year Prayer For the Elderly: God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones that I do, And the eyesight to tell the difference."

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Rockdale's top news stories of 2011

Here's a look back at some of the top stories in Rockdale County in 2011.

Walton farm land used to 'grow' a different kind of crop

Approximately 205 acres of farm land near Social Circle will be developed as a solar farm.

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A look back at stories for 2011

Here's a look back at some of the top stories in Newton County in 2011.