News for Thursday, February 21, 2013


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Farmer to start for Tech against St. Johns

ATLANTA -- It'll be tough to match his opening night effort, but Buck Farmer will give it a shot today. Farmer, the former Rockdale standout and senior ace for Georgia Tech, will start today's series opener against St. Johns at 4 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.. Farmer, a preseason All

Riptides ready for short course championships

As is the case each February, the Rockdale Riptides swim team has plenty of representation at the Georgia 14-under Short Course Championships. The Riptides, based out of Conyers, will have nine swimmers competing in dozens of events starting today through Sunday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta

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McCray ready to show talents at NFL Combine

COVINGTON -- Demetrius McCray beat the odds by getting invited to participate in the NFL Combine starting Saturday at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Now comes the hard part -- impressing one or more of the teams.. McCray, a former quarterback/defensive back at Newton, will be in the

Westlake upends Rockdale in state playoffs

Raymond Saunders scored 21 points to lead four in double figures as Westlake defeated Rockdale 81-76 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs Wednesday.. Westlake, the No. 3 seed from Region 3, will play the winner of Region 1 champion Tift County and McEachern in this weekend's

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Mark Shields: President not a fan of Washington

President Obama spends a lot of time knocking his adopted hometown of Washington.

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Jack Simpson: Quit smoking before you learn the hard way

Observers are wondering if President Obama is fighting his battle with tobacco and trying to quit.

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Darrell Huckaby: Family travels set to country music

Country music brings back memories of our family travels.

'Prisoners' filming closes Conyers thoroughfare

A portion of Flat Shoals Road in Conyers will be closed Friday for filming of the Hugh Jackman movie, "Prisoners."

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Company sponsors landscaping of roundabout as part of Covington's beautification efforts

Great Estates Landscaping is sprucing up the Turner Lake Road/Clark Street roundabout as part of the city of Covington's landscape sponsorship program.

Ducks Unlimited fundraiser set for March 14

The Ducks Unlimited Rockdale County Chapter banquet will be held on March 14 at the Stone Mountain Harley Davidson.

Bill would limit EBT card use

State Rep. Andy Welch has introduced a bill that would limit use of EBT cards.

School board fires bus driver after crash; Board also approves Carpenters release

The Newton County Board of Education has approved the termination of bus driver Gloria Inscore.

Run for Hope to benefit Relay

the 5th Annual Run for Hope benefitting Relay for Life takes place March 3.

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Heartland hosts casino fundraiser

Southern Heartland Art's annual fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, took place Feb. 9.

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Learning to build

Students from the Covington YMCA visited the Covington Home Depot this week while out for Winter Break.

School Crime Report for Feb. 22, 2013

School Crime Report for Feb. 22, 2013.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Feb. 22, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for February 22, 2013.