News for Tuesday, February 4, 2014


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Tucker, Rockdale boys handle Alcovy

Rockdale got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Darryl Tucker and eight of Conner Ferrell’s 12 points in the fourth quarter to hang on for a 62-56 victory over Alcovy Tuesday at Stroud Gymnasium.

Eight 3-pointers help give Eastside girls region win.

Three-point shooting and defense allowed the Lady Eagles to win their Region 8-AAAA home game with a 56-29 victory over Madison County on Tuesday.

Rockdale girls holds off Alcovy

Rockdale didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the field Tuesday against Alcovy, so the Bulldogs instead polished off a league win from the free throw line.

NASCAR revamps penalty system

NASCAR revamped its penalty system on Tuesday with offenses now carrying specific sanctions, ranging from a loss of practice time for minor infractions to 150-point deductions for the most serious.

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Braves’ Freeman, Heyward get extensions

The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with first baseman Freddie Freeman on a contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration,’s Jon Heyman reported Tuesday. Just hours before Freeman’s deal, the Braves and outfielder Jason Heyward agreed on a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration as well.

DOUG HOLT: Georgia House gets busy in third week of session

The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.

JEFF MEADORS: Lack of student engagement hurts performance

While NCES data indicate overall satisfaction with the job of teaching classroom teachers report the following problems as serious ones: routine duties and paperwork interference with teaching, low salary, low administrative support, and inconsistent enforcement of school rules.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Going whole hog

My daddy used to tell a story about the first time he drove a car with an air-conditioner. It wasn’t his, by the way. It was up in September — a hot sultry day — and he stopped and offered a lift to an old farmer who was walking to town. After a few minutes the farmer asked Daddy to stop and let him out.

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Judge resigns after allegations of racially prejudiced remarks

COVINGTON – Municipal Court Judge Steve Hathorn resigned Monday after the Covington court clerk filed a personnel complaint accusing him of making prejudiced comments toward black defendants.

Jealousy believed to be motive in stabbing

A Covington man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man and beating his car with a sledgehammer in an apparent jealous rage.

Community Calendar for Feb. 5, 2014

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

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City approves gazebo, benches, historical marker for the Square

he Square Park could soon receive a facelift. In efforts to beautify the downtown park, Covington City Council approved to build a gazebo, purchase park benches and allow a Civil War historical marker be installed during Tuesday’s meeting.

RCSO, NCSO make drug, counterfeiting arrests

Rockdale and Newton county deputies attempting to serve a warrant at what authorities consider a known drug house in Conyers arrested three people there when they not only found drugs, but evidence that counterfeit money was being produced.

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Pet of the Week: Dierdre and Taco ready for adoption

Pet of the Week: Dierdre and Taco ready for adoption

GSP: Buckle up!

Buckle up! The Georgia State Patrol urges drivers and passengers not only to wear their seat belts, but wear them properly

GPC offers program on Financial Literacy for students, parents

Achieving career dreams — without falling into the college debt trap — is a major theme of the 2014 Financial Literacy Day program on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

Rockdale dominates NewRock swim meet

Rockdale’s swim team showed their dominance winning all phases of the NewRock swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25.

RCPS offers survey to see which make-up days would be best

Last week’s severe weather resulted in Rockdale and Newton students missing school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and students in both systems are expected to make up the days one way or another.

McCray signs with Hoosiers

Rockdale’s football team, which went 6-4 a year ago and made the state playoffs in 2012, had 12 players signed scholarships Wednesday.

THOMAS: Retreating on illegal immigration

If Republicans fail to come up with a workable immigration plan, they will simultaneously help Democrats who rely on the Hispanic vote and lose Republican votes. As Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told Breitbart News, they could also fail to achieve their major goal for 2014: winning a Senate majority.