News for Thursday, January 17, 2013


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Home sweet to Patriots in conference title games

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Home sweet home. Sure works for the Patriots in the AFC title game.. New England gets a chance to extend its mastery in the final step to the Super Bowl on Sunday against Baltimore, the team the Patriots beat a year ago for the conference crown.

COLLEGE NOTES: Former Newton trio making college headlines

A trio of former area basketball players seems to have adjusted quite well to the college game.. Newton graduates Stephen Croone (Furman), Jamon Hawkins (Georgia Southwestern State) and Shane Henry (Georgia Perimeter College) all have made contributions to their respective teams.

Oxford College to host semi-professional basketball game

OXFORD -- Semi-professional basketball is coming to the Williams Gymnasium on the Oxford College of Emory University campus on Monday with a 2:45 p.m. tip-off time.

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Manny Fils: Manti Te'o, the jig is up

The other day I was thinking about writing something about Tim Tebow. But then the storm hit with Manti Te'o caught in it without protection. I mean seriously, what were you thinking?. For those that may not have heard, Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o's "girlfriend,"

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Falcons say 49ers' Kaepernick poses new challenge

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Turner's trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons' locker room.. Asked about San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Turner grinned Thursday and said "I'm glad I'm not on defense."

Letter: Let's be honest about gun control

Being honest is not a concern to many people if it means we can't get what we want when we want it.

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Jack Simpson: Eating out can be a risky business

I have come to the conclusion that senior citizens eat out a good bit.

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Darrell Huckaby: Retelling the tales of one of UGA's best coaches

Hugh Durham is and always has been one of the funniest men I have ever heard speak in public.

School Crime Report for Jan. 18, 2013

School Crime Report for Jan. 18, 2013.

BOC tables lawn, recycling center contracts

The Newton BOC tabled contracts for lawn maintenance and recycling centers management.

Nearly 14K people attend events downtown at end of year

Main Street Covington presented its quarterly report to the Board of Commissioners.

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Newton Sheriff's Office western precinct expected to open in March

Newton County Sheriff's Office hopes to have new western precinct open sometime in March.

Residents of Covington Place victims of burglaries, entering auto incidents

Enterinig autos and burglaries hit Covington Place subdivision.

Would-be kidnapper of Covington woman gets 40 years

A man who tried to rob and abduct a Covington woman and her grandchild in the Conyers Hobby Lobby parking lot has pleaded guilty.

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Community leaders visit schools for Education Day

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Leadership Newton County class visited several stops in the school system on Thursday as part of Education Day.

Jeffares named chairman of Senate Ethics Committee

Sen. Rick Jeffares has been named chair of the Senate Ethics Committee.

Newton County Jail Blotter for Jan. 18, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for Jan. 18, 2013.