News for Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Joe Johnson scores 30 as Hawks beat Raptors

Joe Johnson has averaged 30 points in his past four games against Toronto and continued that trend Tuesday night with a season-high 30 in Atlanta's 100-77 victory.

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Oxford faces challenging week

A quick look at the schedule for the Oxford College men's basketball team reveals the Eagles have a pair of non-conference games this week, but those two games will be anything but easy.. Oxford split a pair of Georgia College Athletic Association games last week, defeating SouthernCrescent Tech 75-50

Judge stays inmate's scheduled execution

A judge on Tuesday halted the execution of a Georgia man less than an hour before he was set to die for the 2001 murders of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, acting after the inmate signaled he would file a new round of appeals.

Ranger uses stun gun on man walking dogs off-leash

MONTARA, Calif. -- A man walking his dogs in a federal park overlooking the Pacific Ocean was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not tethering the animals, astonishing passers-by who said the reaction was excessive.. The ranger deployed the stun

LETTER: Snapping Shoals should pull out of the Plant Washington Project.

Snapping Shoals should pull out of the Plant Washington Project.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: There's a lot to celebrate in February

February is being ushered in today and it couldn't have come at a better time.

LETTER: Rockdale doesn't need Oden's 'regional' approach

Rockdale doesn't need Oden's "regional" approach.

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DOUG HOLT: House budget process under way

Last week, the House returned to regular business, with the budgeting process well under way and the committees starting to churn out bills. We voted on five bills on the House floor during the week, with most of them being fairly mundane housekeeping measures. One was of greater interest.

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Chipper Jones upbeat about 18th season

One year has made a big difference in Chipper Jones' outlook. Jones said Tuesday he is feeling optimistic about his health as he moves closer to his 18th season with the Braves. He has had two knee surgeries in the last two years and said he knows there will be days he will need to rest.

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Vietnam Vet deals with battle memories 40 years after guns went silent

Robert Atkinson endured unremitting fighting and psychological trauma, dodged mortar and rocket attacks, and survived hand-to-hand combat against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong human wave attacks. Decades would pass before hypnosis took Atkinson back to Vietnam for proper closure. Before hypnosis he could vividly recall only 24 hours in the war zone.

Newton County Spelling Bee this week

The Newton County School System's annual Spelling Bee is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Newton High School.

Farm office in danger of closing

The Morgan County FSA Office, serving Newton County farmers, is in danger of closing.

Newton graduation locations to be determined by March

Officials with the Newton County School System still are trying to figure out where graduations will be held in May.

Alabama man faces child exploitation charges in Newton County

A 55-year-old Alabama man has been arrested on child sexual exploitation charges by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Pets available this week from Rockdale, Newton shelters

A variety of dogs and cats are available for adoption this week from the Newton and Rockdale animal shelters.

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Getting a closer look: Covington preschool participates in Transportation Day

Students at the First United Methodist Church of Covington participated in the annual Transportation Day on Friday.

Fairview Elementary School Honor Roll

Fairview Elementary School. Honor Roll. All A Honor Roll. Fourth grade: Aiyana Cooper. A/B Honor Roll. Fourth grade: Trece Daniel, Nile Dokes, Laura Jean Dole, Daiyannah Hicks, Latief Huger, Erica Moss, Melonie Oakes, Neriah Patrick, Susan Bishop, Destiny Bryant, Natalya Cobb, Ojerhomu Erakpotobor, Lorax Froelich, Zachary Michel, Samantha Miller

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SUPER BOWL XLVI: The countdown begins

It’s been four years since the Giants did the unthinkable and beat the seemingly unstoppable Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl, 17-14, as the two teams are now just six days away from one of the most highly anticipated rematches in NFL history.

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Braves: Time to move on from 2011 late-season collapse

With workouts taking place this week at Turner Field and 2012 spring training just two weeks away, it didn’t take long before those Braves returning were asked about how they’re going to get past what happened at the end of last season.

Glenda Washburn

Glenda Nichols Washburn, age 63 of Conyers, died Sunday, January 29, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Glenn Washburn; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and ...

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Larry Kirkus

Mr. Larry Kirkus, age 68 of Conyers, died January 29, 2012. He was preceded in death by parents, Carlton & Betty Kirkus. He is survived by his fiance, Diane Shubert ...

L.D. Johnston

L.D. Johnston, age 89, of Covington, GA passed away January 28, 2012. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)