News for Monday, November 18, 2013


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Investigator to widen probe into Dolphins bullying scandal

The National Football League’s (NFL) independent investigator looking into the bullying scandal that has engulfed the Miami Dolphins will meet with several of the team’s personnel as he continues his probe.

Newton opens new gym against Alcovy in region matchup

The Newton Rams are ready to start a new era in their new gym as they take on Region 2-AAAAAA and county rival foe Alcovy in their first game at Rams Arena.

Mitchell, Foster and the Rockdale relay team qualify for state meet

Tickets have been stamped to the state meet with wins at the tri-meet involving Rockdale, Heritage and Eastside on Saturday.

Graves, Vols too much for Tech

In Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Tennessee women’s basketball team displayed scoring balance befitting of a top-5 team.

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Bucs Rainey all over Falcons’ parade

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Bobby Rainey rushed for 163 yards and scored three touchdowns to ignite a 41-28 victory over the visiting Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

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Auburn has play for the ages

On a day that determined the final four teams in the race for the SEC championship, two in each division, the national focus was on one play Saturday, a play that likely will be talked about for years to come.

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Festival of Trees comes to downtown Covington

The Optimist Club will sponsor the annual Festival of Trees this year, bringing a holiday forest to downtown Covington.

Covington City Council studies changes to electric utility rates

The Covington City Council will consider changes to the city’s electric utility rates following recommendations by a consultant from Electric Cities of Georgia.

Covington's Magical Lights of Christmas set for Thursday

The downtown Square will be aglow Thursday night, welcoming the holiday season with Covington’s Magical Lights of Christmas celebration.

Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in Newton County case

The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a man who shot and killed his estranged wife in 2008.

Community Calendar for Nov. 19, 2013

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

Victim of phone-snatching chases 14-year-old suspect

A woman shopping at Walmart on Salem Road recently didn’t let a young teenager get away with snatching her cell phone out of her hand.

Newton Schools and Rockdale institutions get grants from General Mills

Among the many institutions to receive financial grants from General Mills, the Newton County School System along with a few individual schools within the system, and some organizations in Rockdale all obtained generous awards from the plant.

Salem sweeps season opening doubleheader

There’s a lot of optimism for the 2013-2014 season surrounding the basketball teams at Salem, and both squads got off to a great start Saturday as the girl’s blew out Meadowcreek and the boy’s won a thriller in overtime.

Health Reports for Rockdale counties for Nov. 12-18, 2013

Health Reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for Nov. 12-18, 2013

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Local bikers invited to join in toy rides, donate to the needy

Local bikers invited to join in toy rides, donate to needy

Rockdale and Newton motorcycle riders invited to toy rides.

Two parades will usher in holiday season in Newton County

There will be parades a-plenty in Newton County this holiday season, with both Porterdale and Covington hosting events in early December.

Fire safety officials offer tips for staying safe and warm

Freezing temperatures last week prompted area residents to crank up the heat. Fire safety professionals offer some tips to keep you safe while you’re trying to stay warm.

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Patriot Players present 'Mermaid'

HHS Patriot Players present “Mermaid”

Newton County Sheriff's Office unveils Gang Tip Line for anonymous tips

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled a new resource for the public to communicate anonymously about possible gang activity in the community.

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Historical association educates public on Buffalo Soldiers' role in military

Historical association educates public on Buffalo Soldiers’ role in military

Local chapter of Buffalo Soldiers aims to educate public about history of blacks in military prior to WWII.