News for Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Women charged with destroying property in fights

COVINGTON - There are at least two Newton County men who can attest to the truism, "When mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

Chimney Park enters next phase Public invited to bird walk, cleanup event on Saturday

COVINGTON - Construction on Chimney Park, a playland designed with special-needs children in mind, could begin within a year if enough funds are donated, said the chairman of the group that is coordinating the project.

Winning lotto ticket bought in Covington $1.2M Fantasy 5 jackpot unclaimed

COVINGTON - If you bought a Fantasy 5 ticket at the Kroger on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington recently, you might want to check those numbers - they may be worth $1.2 million.

A modern day Romeo and Juliet

Ninth-grade language arts classes at Alcovy High School had an in-school field trip Friday morning. The Georgia Shakespeare Company performed an updated version of "Romeo and Juliet" in the school's auditorium. In this version, set in modern-day New Orleans, Kate Graham as Juliet and Bobby Lambartino as Romeo recreate the famous balcony scene in the play. After the performance, the group held a question-and-answer session, during which the students, who have studied the play this school year, had the opportunity to ask the actors questions. The Georgia Shakespeare Company performs productions and educational programs inspired by William Shakespeare and other playwrights in and around Atlanta.

Doug Holt - Session comes to a close

The final week of the 2008 session saw the usual legislative flood. We considered about 95 items. Despite the quantity of work, the will of the House to scrutinize each item remained strong. Several bills sparked debate, or saw multiple attempts to amend. At one point, during consideration of an insurance bill, Speaker Glenn Richardson made a tongue-in-cheek comment along the lines of "If every member of this body who is an insurance agent intends to ask a question, we won't get to much else today." I'll describe a couple of the more interesting measures that won't get coverage in major media, and then give a session wrap-up. Please keep in mind that passage of a bill I list here does not mean final passage. Most of the measures I'll discuss had to go back to the Senate, and as of this time, I don't have word about how they fared in that body.

3 charged in pellet gun incidents

CONYERS - A DeKalb County man and two juveniles, who all claimed to be members of an Asian gang, were charged by Conyers police in connection with a series of car windows being shot out along Dogwood Drive.

Citizen to undergo content changes

CONYERS - Beginning Wednesday, our readers will notice a few changes within the pages of the Newton and Rockdale Citizen newspapers.

Newton Family Literacy Coalition starts hotline

COVINGTON - The Newton County Family Literacy Coalition hopes to help more children and adults with its new Family Literacy Hotline.

Rob Jenkins - The magic of joint enrollment

On May 10, Brooks Mosley will graduate from the University of Georgia. Next October, she'll turn 21.

Patriots blank Cedar Shoals

ATHENS - The Heritage baseball team stayed perfect in Region 8-AAAA play with a 7-0 win over Cedar Shoals on Monday.

Sprint Cup: Safety measures lauded after McDowell's crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As rookie Michael McDowell barrel-rolled across Texas Motor Speedway, one thing became clear: NASCAR's latest safety measures are clearly working.

Coggins' arm leads Eagles past Alcovy

COVINGTON - Eastside took advantage of one bad Alcovy inning in which the Eagles scored three runs en route to a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Missed chances Seminoles upended by region foe Loganville 5-2

CONYERS - Salem baseball coach Chris Davis didn't have to search very hard for the difference in Monday's 5-2 loss to Loganville at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Buildup to Masters starts on soft, slow golf course

AUGUSTA - There was a buzz at Augusta National on Monday.