News for Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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Plenty of interesting match ups as bowl season approaches

The match ups for the five BCS games are set, along with the match ups for the other 30 bowls as the college football postseason schedule was released recently.

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THOMAS: Two Mandelas

Many violent revolutionaries became peacemakers once their oppressors were removed from power. Whether Mandela experienced a “conversion” after we met him, or simply adapted a more pragmatic path to his goals, I cannot say. Let us charitably assume the best about a man revered by many who ended an evil and gave his country an opportunity to build something better.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Some eye-opening talk about sleeping arrangements

Tis the season, once again, for attending holiday gatherings and having to make small talk, often with folks you don’t know that well — or sometimes not at all. I average two a day, it seems. I was at such a gathering last week when the talk turned downright personal.

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Former Newton Commissioner Fleming to run for Holt's seat

Lifelong Covington resident and former Newton County Commissioner Ester Fleming said Tuesday he plans to run for the legislative seat that represents Morgan and Newton counties.

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Conyers Police Department reminds shoppers to keep valuables out of plain sight when shopping

The Conyers Police Department has come up with a creative way to remind shoppers not to leave valuables in plain view in their vehicles while they are inside stores.

JEFF MEADORS: Burge diary chronicles Decembers of another era

On this day in Newton’s history in 1852 Dolly Burge passed the day frying doughnuts, building a fire, and looking for “a beau for Miss Barber.” The beau never came, but Dolly went right on writing prolifically through Christmas chronicling killing hogs, drying up lard, and stormy weather.

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Shop With A Cop helps less fortunate kids

Every holiday season for the past 12 years, the Covington Police Department has held its annual Shop With A Cop event to help less fortunate children have a happier holiday.

Newton schools receive average ranking on writing test

Newton County Schools is on par with the state average for the Georgia High School Writing Test, but is ranked slightly lower than the rest of the Metro-Atlanta region in comparison.

Community Calendar for Dec. 11, 2013

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

Newborn to hold March special election

After the death of Mayor Roger Sheridan, 92, last week, Newborn is in need of a new leader. Newborn Town Clerk Elisa Rowe said Mayor Pro Tem Mark Vandervoet will be the interim mayor until Newborn Town Council appoints an acting mayor in January.

Five arrested in bus stop brawl

A brawl broke out last week at a school bus stop that resulted in the arrests of five adults.

Police officer on a break makes drug arrests

Covington Police Department Officer Chris Smith stopped by QuikTrip on U.S. Highway 278 around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to get something to drink when he recognized the man in the driver’s seat of a car parked in the handicapped parking spot.

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Pet of the Week: Toto and Scruffy are ready for adoption

Pet of the Week, pets, dogs, cats, adoption, Newton County, Rockdale County, Covington, Conyers

Seminoles roll past Clarke Central for fourth straight

Coming into Tuesday’s game against Clarke Central, the Salem girl’s basketball team had been on a winning streak built with a combination of balanced scoring from its top three players and solid defense. That trend continued against the visitors from Athens.