News for Thursday, October 25, 2012


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Darrell Huckaby: Strange times, strange folks

Let me tell you -- being a part of the advanced party for the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is tough!

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Jack Simpson: Voting a straight ticket

When at the polls, voters should remember to give party loyalty when it has been earned.

Patriots host Loganville on the gridiron

CONYERS -- Two weeks ago, the Heritage football team came back from a 17-point deficit to shock Clarke Central in overtime, giving what coach Chad Frazier called one of his most satisfying victories in five years as head coach. But last weekend in Hall County, Frazier's bunch got a

UK's Calipari: 'We're not very good right now'

HOOVER, Ala. -- Kentucky coach John Calipari sounds like an exasperated professor who just started teaching Chinese to a bunch of freshmen.. Smart and talented they might be, but it's still a whole new language.. That's why the Wildcats coach scoffs at anybody who would anoint the defending national champions

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Falcons say it's no big deal to face Michael Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Vick will always be a part of the Atlanta Falcons.. They were the team that drafted him No. 1 overall. They were the team he made hip and relevant in the NFL. They were the team he left in disarray with his hideous hobby.. But it's

Eastside shouldn't overlook struggling Walnut Grove

COVINGTON -- After losing to Chestatee 56-57 in double overtime to start Region 8-AAAA play, Eastside has taken care of business one game at a time to go 3-1 in the region. However, it cannot afford to look past a weak Walnut Grove team when the two clash at

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Baseball's best rarely finish on top in October

SAN FRANCISCO -- Best in baseball? The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants spent much of the season just trying to catch mediocre teams like the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers just to win their divisions.. Those up-and-down regular seasons are distant memories now that the

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Special team for Gators lives up to its name

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With arguably the best punter/place-kicker combination in the country, No. 3 Florida should be looking for a new adjective to describe its special teams.. How about supreme teams? Or superior teams? Either one would be appropriate.. The Gators have been downright dominant in the kicking

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East Newton teacher wins top teacher award

Julie Thompson, a fourth-grade teacher at East Newton Elementary School, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year for the Newton County School System.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Oct. 26, 2012

The Newton County Jail Blotter for Oct. 26, 2012

School Crime report for Oct. 26, 2012

The School Crime Report for Oct. 26, 2012

Covington library to get new computers

The Covington branch library is getting new computers.

Turnout for early voting tops 8,500 in Newton

More than 8,500 voters have taken advantage of early voting in Newton County.

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Snapping Shoals awards grants to Newton County teachers

Snapping Shoals EMC recently awarded about $15,000 in grants to Newton County teacher projects through the Bright Ideas program.