News for Friday, April 18, 2008


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Elementary school requests uniforms

COVINGTON - Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley is recommending that the Newton County Board of Education approve a request by Middle Ridge Elementary School to have its students wear uniforms next school year.

Darrell Huckaby - E-mail delivers a blast from the past

You've heard the expression, I presume: "a blast from the past." Well, I got one Wednesday morning - and we're talking the distant past here. Twenty-eight years distant.

Books and bouquets

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Newton OKs task orders

COVINGTON - Newton County commissioners approved task orders Tuesday night for additional consulting work on two major intersections.

County seeing jump in crimes NCSO makes plea for public's helpBy Barbara Knowles

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has seen a surge in burglaries and thefts in the past two weeks, predominantly thefts of copper wire and catalytic converters.

Krystal employee finds restaurant's safe empty

COVINGTON - Covington police were called to Krystal restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 on Saturday morning when the first shift supervisor called them to say she had arrived at work to find the safe empty.

Town won't pay tax for fire station

NEWBORN - Newborn will not pay an invoice from Newton County for the town's insurance premium tax to fund operations at Fire Station No. 6 on Ga. Highway 213, the Town Council agreed April 7.

Jack Simpson - Taking time to remember an important anniversary

We have just had the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. No doubt many of us have our own memories of the sad occasion. It was a period of racism and injustice in our country, and, as a federal officer, I was called upon to assist in the investigation. I had done some work in cases involving blacks struggling for a fair place in society.

Lisa McLeod - The scariest reptile on earth lies deep within

Is your inner lizard gnawing away at your happiness?

Tennis tourney: Then there was one Heritage boys only local team alive in Region 8-AAAA

DANIELSVILLE - After the first day of the Region 8-AAAA tennis tournament, the Heritage boys are the only local team left standing.

Rob Jenkins - Please, just give us Sunday

You don't have to be particularly religious to recognize God was onto something with that work-six-days-rest-on-the-seventh idea.

Kicking it pro Mahaffey joins Atlanta Silverbacks

CONYERS - Former Heritage standout soccer player Chris Mahaffey has made it to the show.

Water Works Art On The River to showcase local talent

The upcoming Art On The River event in Porterdale signals the end of yet another performance season from the Arts Association in Newton County, but it may also provide a sign of the cultural ascension of the tiny mill village.

Smoltz, Jones lead Braves to 8-0 victory

MIAMI - With John Smoltz on the mound and Chipper Jones at the plate, their team looked like the Atlanta Braves of old.

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New challenge awaits Reeves at Georgia State

ATLANTA - Dan Reeves has the perfect cheer for Georgia State.

Rockdale Blotter 4/18/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between April 7 and Monday: