News for Thursday, April 10, 2008

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Some irked by fee study negotiations Consultant deal ruffles feathers in Porterdale

PORTERDALE - The City Council voted to move ahead with an impact fee study and simultaneous update of the comprehensive land-use plan at Monday's regular meeting, but the decision did not come without some discord.

Social Circle gets $200,000 grant for clean up of mill site

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the site of an old mill on Cannon Road.

Porterdale wants cap on right of way payment

PORTERDALE - After agreeing to pay half of the costs for right of way acquisitions at Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road, Porterdale has yet to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Newton County.

Smoky delights

The smell of hickory smoke and barbecued chicken filled the air Wednesday as the Covington Lions Club prepared lunch and supper for hundreds of customers at their 36th Annual Chicken BBQ at Academy Springs Park. Two-year-old Reagan Mask gets her first jolt of tangy barbecue sauce as she helps her grandfather, Curtis Lynch, eat his lunch. The Lynch family has made the annual feast a family tradition.

Police investigate child cruelty claim on learning center

COVINGTON - A woman who left her child at New Journey Learning Center at the Heritage Park apartment complex has made allegations of child cruelty, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Former UGA football coach to sign books

University of Georgia football fans have a chance to see a Bulldog legend this weekend.

Police chase ends in crash into median

COVINGTON - A 22-year-old Rockdale County man allegedly led law enforcement officers from three agencies on a chase before he crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 recently.

Catalytic converter thefts rising

COVINGTON - The latest petty crime wave to hit the area is the theft of catalytic converters, something that is accessible from underneath any parked vehicle. Both the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department are reporting multiple thefts of the devices.

Prep baseball roundup: All Rockdale teams chalk up region wins

CONYERS - Junior pitcher Anthony Bazzani tossed a two-hitter to lead Heritage (16-2 overall, 16-0 Region 8-AAAA) to a 1-0 victory over visiting Madison County on Wednesday at Danny Blue Field.

Ahonen signs with Randolph-Macon

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The Masters: A career coming to an end Kuehne doesn't regret path taken after losing to Woods

AUGUSTA - Trip Kuehne will always be remembered as the other guy, the one who played a pivotal supporting role on that summer day when Tiger Woods revealed to everyone just how special he was going to be.

Salem makes state Lady Seminoles take down Cedar Shoals 10-0

CONYERS - The Salem girls soccer team got off to a fast start against Cedar Shoals on Wednesday at Reid Memorial Stadium.

With close races and good storylines, NBA has bounced back

NEW YORK - David Stern has all kinds of data showing NBA attendance is up, TV ratings are up and merchandise sales are up.