News for Wednesday, April 2, 2008


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KCNB hosting cleanup event

COVINGTON - Tired of seeing litter along county roadsides?

Gaither trees to be cut to keep beetles away

COVINGTON - Last year, southern pine beetles wreaked havoc on Newton's neighbor, Jasper County, and other counties farther south.

$10K reward offered in Jones murder Baptist churches seek to aid in homicide case

COVINGTON - Pastor Eric Lee Sr. of Springfield Baptist Church announced Tuesday afternoon that a $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Gary Lamar Jones late Sunday.

Newton students increase scores on writing test System grades lower than state

COVINGTON - According to the 2007-08 Georgia Eighth Grade Writing Assessment results recently released by the Newton County School System, averages at each of the county's four middle schools increased in the percentage of students who passed the test, but as a system, fell short of the state and regional averages.

Snellville pair charged with burglary, trespassing

COVINGTON - A pair of Snellville friends face burglary charges after they were reportedly caught trespassing at a home for sale recently.

Bailey Creek Road to be realigned SPLOST money to fund project

COVINGTON - Newton County is undertaking a realignment and widening of Bailey Creek Road, a major residential connector road between Newton and Rockdale counties.

Sweet Senior Night Salem teams sweep Eastside, win South titles

CONYERS - It was a sweet Senior Night for Salem's soccer squads as both the boys and girls teams wrapped up 8-AAAA South titles with wins over Eastside.

Jack Simpson - Change

OPEC says it is President George Bush and "mismanagement of the U.S. economy." Bush says he thinks it is a mistake for OPEC to insist on not boosting output. The price of gasoline to the American consumer goes up overnight and the economy moves closer to recession.

Letter - Pray for America

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Panthers score two quick to beat Atlanta

ATLANTA - Jay Bouwmeester and David Booth scored 17 seconds apart early in the third period Tuesday night and the Florida Panthers held on for a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers, ending a three-game losing streak.

Eastside squads take lead in Newton Cup

COVINGTON - The Eastside boys golf team had three of its four posted scores in the 70s in the first round of the Newton Cup at The Oaks Course on Tuesday.

Classes aim to help parents cope

Conyers resident Carla Sligh is a single mother raising two children while working full-time. Sometimes, it can be a strain.

Rockdale boys, Salem girls get tennis victories Both have clinched No. 2 seeds for upcoming region tourney

CONYERS - The Salem girls and the Rockdale boys tennis teams chalked up 4-1 victories in a clash of county rivals Tuesday at Salem High School.

Heritage tennis teams sweep subregion titles

ATHENS - The Heritage tennis teams notched their second straight Region 8-AAAA South titles Tuesday by sweeping Cedar Shoals at Bishop Park.

Mark Shields - "Pander Bear" for president

In the 1972 Florida Democratic presidential primary, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, an especially admirable public servant, was featured speaker at a Miami dinner sponsored by combined Jewish philanthropies. In attendance was a group of voters widely known for their generosity and political clout, who had been regularly courted and wooed by the most importunate and creative of candidate-suitors.