News for Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Crowning achievement

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

New principal approved by school board Cousins Middle assistant to take job at Indian Creek

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved a new principal for Indian Creek Middle School at its work session last week.

Mansfield to celebrate Tree City anniversary with dedication

COVINGTON - Mansfield is celebrating its first year as a member of the Tree City program by conducting a special ceremony set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

'Grandpa Bandit' pleads guilty in Tenn.

COVINGTON - The Covington man who became known across the Southeast as the 'Grandpa Bandit' pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Tom Varlan in Knoxville, Tenn., according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Drunk drivers, victims join forces to dissuade teens

COVINGTON - A group of individuals affected by drunk driving hopes to influence a lot of kids in Newton and Rockdale counties this week.

Vikings vanquish Heritage

ATLANTA - The Heritage boys were ousted from the Class AAAA state playoffs Tuesday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Lakeside-DeKalb at Adams Stadium.

Newton girls lead after first day of Region 2-AAAAA track meet Marks wins triple jump contest; Ransom claims pole vault

ATLANTA - The Newton girls caught the attention of the their opponents in the Region 2-AAAAA track meet after qualifying three for the state meet and finishing in the lead after the first day at Lakewood Stadium on Tuesday.

Smith's sizzling 69 lifts Eagles to state

HELEN - Eastside's Taylor Smith left little doubt about who was the best golfer in the Region 8-AAAA tournament Monday at Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club.

Darrell Huckaby - We're havin' a party, y'all!

Howdy, y'all. Good news. I am giving a party next week - May 1 to be exact - and I want you all to come - or at least a couple hundred of you. We're gonna really throw down, too, so make sure my event is on your calendar and plan to put on your party duds and show up at the Rockdale Medical Center around 7 p.m. for more fun than you've had in years.

Smoltz records 3,000th strikeout

ATLANTA - John Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts when the Atlanta Braves' right-hander struck out Washington's Felipe Lopez in the third inning.

Tough early matchups Salem squads, Heritage girls to get tested in first round of state tournament

CONYERS - Both Salem soccer squads and the Heritage girls soccer team have drawn tough opponents in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

Bill Shipp - The white hat syndrome

As former state Attorney General Mike Bowers used to say, "Dirt shows up more on a white hat."