News for Thursday, October 11, 2012


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Concussion knocks Dale Jr. out of Chase for Championship

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s championship hopes officially end Thursday when he’s ruled out by a doctor for the next two races following his second concussion in the last six weeks.

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Darrell Huckaby: Staying connected can be harder than you think

Modern technology is absolutely wonderful -- until it's not.

Letter: Thanks, Citizen, for support and care.

We thank the Newton Citizen and Barbara Knowles for their support and care.

Letter: Status quo isn't working, so let's try charter schools

It's time to give charter schools a try.

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Jack Simpson: Buying a used car requires some faith

Due to the economy and higher prices, many people have had to seek cheaper transportation.

Eagles ready for Lanier after bye week

COVINGTON — The Eagles are not taking Lanier’s youthfulness as a weakness as they prepare for an important Region 8-AAAA game at 7:30 tonight at Homer Sharp Stadium.

VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at each other on everything

At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate.

Seminoles faced with tough task in Gainesville

CONYERS -- After Week 4 of the high school football season, things were looking up for Salem. Having just kept Winder-Barrow winless by narrowly escaping with a 22-20 win, the Seminoles sat at 2-2 and 1-1 in Region 8-AAAAA play.

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Giants beat Reds 6-4, win NLDS

CINCINNATI -- Buster Posey insisted all along -- even after San Francisco lost the first two at home -- that his team was far from done, no matter how long the odds. Turns out, he was right.

UGA, Tech hoops look to experience

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech and Georgia are counting on large numbers of returning starters to lead turnarounds from disappointing 2011-12 seasons.

Patriots sweep into round of 16

CONYERS -- The Heritage softball team is moving on. Kierra Camp tossed a pair of shutouts and the Patriots' offense exploded in a sweep of North Paulding, 8-0 and 13-0 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

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Once-downtrodden Falcons now among NFL's best

ATLANTA -- During their dismal first season, the Atlanta Falcons' mascot -- a real bird -- apparently decided he had seen enough bad football.. So, he picked up and left. Just flew away.. For the better part of the next four decades, plenty of Atlantans probably wished they could've followed

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Werth's homer for Nats forces Game 5 against Cards

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season.

Chamber hosts business expo

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the Lithonia Chamber of Commerce, will host the fourth annual East Metro Business Expo After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Stonecrest, 7890 Mall Ring Road.

Snapping Shoals earns award for tree program

Snapping Shoals earns award for tree program. Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington has been selected to receive the Georgia Urban Forest Council's 2012 Outstanding Marketing Grand Award for the co-op's participation in the Tree Line USA program.

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Folk art festival features talent from across the state

If it hadn't been for an online career quiz and being unemployed, Sam Granger may never have ventured into the world of art.

Yellow River bridge on Hwy. 36 to be replaced

The Yellow River Bridge on Hwy. 36 will be closed for replacement for up to two years - but not for several more years.

Newton's Festival of Trees to benefit Miracle League

Donations are being sought for the upcoming Festival of Trees to benefit Miracle League of Newton County.

School crime report for Oct. 12, 2012

Report of crime from Newton County Sheriff's Office school resource officers on duty at Newton County Schools.

Miracle League gets grant

Miracle League of Newton County has received a $100,000 grant.

School board won't rescind charter resolution

The Newton County Board of Education didn't rescind its resolution opposing the proposed constitutional amendment supporting state-approved charter schools.

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Newton County Jail Log for Oct. 12, 2012

The Newton County Jail Log for Oct. 12, 2012.