News for Thursday, September 27, 2012


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Penalties lead to Newton downfall in 10-0 loss

COVINGTON -- Once again Newton was its own worst enemy as penalties stopped the Rams more than the Langston Hughes defense did in a 10-0 loss on Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium. Not including penalties that were declined or offsetting, the Rams were penalized 13 times for 120 yards.

Patriots, Red Elephants to battle on gridiron

CONYERS -- The Heritage football team is off to one of the best starts in the program's 37-year history. It's the second time in as many seasons the Patriots are 4-0 after the season's first month, with last weekend's 21-0 victory over Cedar Shoals keeping the Conyers school perfect.

Running game key as Tigers face Lions to start region play

COVINGTON -- Establishing a strong running game is going to be key as Alcovy begins its real season against Region 2-AAAAAA opponent Luella at 7:30 tonight at Homer Sharp Stadium, putting a 1-3 non-region start behind it.. "What we have to do is be able to run the

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Regular refs back; Goodell apologizes

NEW YORK -- The replacement officials are gone and the NFL is sorry it took so long. Now fans can go back to complaining about the calls made by the regular refs.

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Chipper's last CHOPS: Retiring Jones relishing last homestand

ATLANTA -- With one last trip to the postseason assured -- albeit maybe for just nine innings -- Chipper Jones is relishing the final days of his last season.

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HUCKABY: Politics and food a natural combination

I have watched a lot of politics over the years and I have observed that you shouldn't trust a man who eats too high in the hog

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Jack Simpson: A poetic change of pace

Are you tired of all this political outrage -- charges and counter charges?

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Cal Thomas: Who needs reform most: Egypt or US?

It isn't the policies and attitude of the United States toward the Arab world that need changing. It's the attitude and policies of the Arab world that need to change.

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High sign

The city of Covington is installing new stop signs at the corner of Usher and Brown streets.

Child abuse prevention advocate urges community action

A local child abuse prevention advocate is urging the community to be vigilent of signs of child abuse in the wake of several child murder cases in Newton and Rockdale.

Nearly 3K students withdrew from schools last year, 300 students dropped out

The Newton County School System reported to the Newton County Board of Education last week that nearly 3,000 students withdrew from its schools last school year, including nearly 300 dropouts.

Voter registration deadline nears

The deadline to register to vote in the November General Election is Oct. 8.

Unemployment down in Newton, Rockdale

The unemployment rates in Newton and Rockdale decreased in August.

Sept. 28 Newton Jail Blotter

Sept. 28 Newton Jail Blotter

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Holly Adams of Holly’s Cupcake Shop in Conyers recently visited Newton High School to speak with students in Quinita Morrow’s entrepreneurship class.

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AT&T donated $2,500 to the Arts Association in Newton County to sponsor Christmas in Covington in December, to be presented by Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers.

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Snapping Shoals donates funds to economic development

Snapping Shoals EMC recently awarded $10,000 to both the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council and the Covington-Newton Office of Economic Development. The funds were allocated from the co-op's unclaimed capital credits and will be used by the groups in several areas.

Kroger launches breast cancer awareness month campaign

All Atlanta Division Kroger stores will host multiple campaigns in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and drive awareness and raise funds for breast cancer screenings, treatments and education.