News for Saturday, April 19, 2008

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On the beat: Police make three arrests at one residence

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

'Horsepower' of a different color Auto show kicks off today at horse park

CONYERS - The Georgia International Horse Park will play host to an entirely different kind of horsepower this weekend, when the 11th Annual Horsepower at the Park Auto/Truck & Cycle Show kicks off today.

Family recreation

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Deadline for state gun bill looming

COVINGTON - With a May 4 deadline looming for Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign House Bill 89, which would allow guns in more public places, State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, said he's worried pressure from opponents will result in a veto.

Principal hit during fight Weapons found at schools

COVINGTON - A 15-year-old student from Sharp Learning Center was arrested at Veterans Memorial Middle School on Monday after he struck the school's principal, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

BOC can't agree on increase Decision regarding private school tabled

COVINGTON - It took four motions at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting before commissioners reached a consensus on a petition by Crosspointe Baptist Church to increase the number of students at its private school.

Government Meetings 4/19/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Bulldogs hit home 15-10 win

COVINGTON - Three home runs, including two by Buck Farmer, helped lift the Rockdale Bulldogs over the Eastside Eagles in a 15-10 contest Friday.

Squads falter Alcovy's Moody only local state qualifier

LOGANVILLE - Day 1 of the Region 8-AAAA girls track and field meet was anything but a banner day for schools from Rockdale and Newton County.

Rockdale Citizen Poll 4/19/2008

"This is to the young lady who walked in the March of Dimes walk this past Saturday ... Shame on you for littering! Throwing your water bottle down and not picking it up after several people made a comment about picking it up - you had the audacity to look back and smirk and then just continue walking. I wish that I had said something to Newton County's finest. You deserve a littering fine! Shame on you!"

Newton Citizen Poll 4/19/2008

This week's Newton Citizen Poll was a open line:

Community Calendar 4/19/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Bill Shipp - DOT: Billion-dollar shortfalls - and Cupid

Since last fall, Georgians have been treated to a spectacle from our state Department of Transportation. The rancor in the poisonous relationship between Gov. Sonny Perdue and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, has never been higher than when the two were fighting over the replacement for former Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl.

Two homers lead Atlanta past Dodgers

ATLANTA - Another night, another two homers for Chipper Jones.

Darrell Huckaby - Encounter with young family puts things in perspective

So there I was, with my wife and two of my three children - the ones who are 22 and 16 - enjoying a nice day at the beach. Actually, it was day on the island, but give me a little leeway here, please.