News for Wednesday, January 4, 2012


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Alabama pulls away from Tech

Alabama's basketball team made a 200-mile trip east to Atlanta on Tuesday evening, and the Tide made sure the trip was well worthwhile.. Trevor Releford was a perfect 8-for-8 shooting to score a game-high 17 points and Georgia native Tony Mitchell added

Alcovy sweeps while Eastside splits in region play

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's basketball squads continued their strong showing with a sweep over Woodland, Henry on Tuesday while Eastside split their games, with the boys taking the game while the girls dropped theirs against Sandy Creek.. The Alcovy girls (11-1 overall, 3-0 Region 3A-AAAA) beat Woodland (9-5, 2-2) in

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CAL THOMAS: China's JFK moment

China has announced an ambitious five-year plan that includes the launch of space laboratories, a manned spaceship to the moon and the creation of its own global satellite navigation system that will almost certainly be used for military purposes.. The announcement comes six months after the United States ended

Newton Fire warns to beware of home heating fires

The Newton Cuunty Fire Service warns citizens to use home heating safely.

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Van Ness opposes NSP pay raise

Commissioner JaNice Van Ness voiced her opposition to ratifying a contract revision for the county's Neighborhood Stabilization Program that results in a $16,000 raise for its administrator.

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Cold feet

Porterdale resident Zakari Rhodes was surprised to have her photo snapped Monday morning and Citizen photographer Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith was surprised to see her strolling along with only a sweater and no shoes. Temperatures were in the low 20s and Rhodes admitted her feet were "a little cold,"

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A chilly chore

Employees with the city of Covington, including Kenny Anderson (on ladder) and Donnie Hamlin, were bundled up for the chilly job of removing Christmas decorations from the Square Monday morning. Anderson commented that it's always warm when the decorations go up and it's always cold when they come down, and

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Newton County teens arrested in Walton County hold-ups

Two Newton County teens face charges in Walton County after they allegedly held up the same gas station twice.

Ga. Perimeter receives driving safety grant

Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus has once again received a $7,500 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety earmarked to raise awareness of how alcohol affects operation of motor vehicles.

Newton County moves to expand landfill

Newton County is set to move forward with expansion of its landfill.

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Giants’ DL Tuck begins pre-game trash talk by calling Falcons’ offensive line dirty

Justin Tuck says the Giants have heard the whispers around the NFL that the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line doesn't play by the rules, and he hopes the officials have their eyes peeled during their NFC wild card matchup Sunday.

Rockdale Election Board considers 8 for at-large position

The Rockdale County Board of Elections will move forward this month on interviewing a new set of candidates for its at-large seat and could name a new member by February.

Woman charged after fleeing from police

A Conyers woman faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to strike a police car with her car and leading police on a chase.

Bachmann adviser says she is ending GOP campaign

An adviser to Michele Bachmann says the Minnesota congresswoman is ending her bid to win the Republican presidential nomination after coming in last in the Iowa caucuses.

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AP sources: Obama bucks GOP, OKs consumer watchdog

In a defiant display of executive power, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will buck GOP opposition and name Richard Cordray as the nation's chief consumer watchdog even though the Senate contends the move is inappropriate, senior administration officials told The Associated Press.

Two arrested on meth charges

Two suspects face meth possession charges following an undercover investigation, and a third arrest is expected.

Romney takes Iowa primary

Narrow Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney is looking toward the next-up New Hampshire primary.

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Mitt Romney celebrates narrow win; 2 rivals flounder

A squeaker of an Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney headed into the New Hampshire primary insisting that staying power sets him apart from runners-up Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP presidential field. Two rivals already looked shaky — last-place finisher Michele Bachmann canceled a campaign trip Wednesday and Rick Perry was heading home to Texas to think things over.

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Julie Mclaughlin

After a 25 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Julie Trachsel McLaughlin, 46, passed away at her home in Conyers on December 20, 2011. She was preceded in death by her ...

Susie Ethridge

Susie Ethridge, age 65, of Covington, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Susie loved the Lord and enjoyed crafts and cooking. She will be most remembered for her generosity. Surviving are ...