News for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Covington native pens television movie

COVINGTON - It's always nice when a hometown boy makes good, and for Frank Sharp, that moment has arrived.

NHS student arrested after BB gun found

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two men in the Newton High School parking lot Friday about 3 p.m., one of whom had a BB pistol.

Old landfill not safe, too costly for recreation

COVINGTON - The city's old landfill may not be an ideal recreation spot to complement the planned Nelson Heights Community Center, Safety Director John Copeland told the City Council on Monday night.

Paving the way

Construction on a left-hand turn lane is under way at the intersection of Salem and Old Salem roads. Motorists should expect short delays all week, County Engineer Kevin Walter said. The new turn lane should help traffic congestion at the intersection, Walter said. Small, round concrete barriers, called "turtles," in place to block a deceleration lane being improperly used by motorists will be removed.

CPD: Robber maced restaurant employee

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department arrested a former Waffle House employee Monday who is accused of using pepper spray on a former co-worker during an armed robbery at the restaurant.

Pizza delivery man attacked

COVINGTON - A Domino's Pizza delivery man was assaulted and robbed by a gang of four to five black men when he attempted to deliver a pizza to Fieldstone Lane in Covington, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Summer job fair for students to be held

Students still in town for spring break this week can get a head start on their summer job search.

Prep baseball roundup: Seminoles win 5-2 at Jackson County

JEFFERSON - The Salem baseball team (13-3 overall, 11-3 Region 8-AAAA) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 5-2 victory over host Jackson County on Tuesday.

With national title in hand, Self seeking 'security' at Kansas

SAN ANTONIO - Kansas coach Bill Self slept for less than an hour after the Jayhawks stunned Memphis in one of the more memorable finals in NCAA tournament history, wrapping up their first national title in 20 years.

Heritage girls win, make state

WINDER - After a brief stint outside of the Class AAAA playoffs, the Heritage girls soccer team is headed back to state.

Patriots prevail Heritage moves to 15-0 in region with win

CONYERS - With four games in five days, it's going to be a long spring break week for the Heritage baseball team.

Habersham shuts out Alcovy 8-0

MOUNT AIRY - The Alcovy Tigers had three different goalkeepers, but they all had the same result with Habersham scoring as the Class AAAA No. 6 ranked Raiders won a Region 8-AAAA playoff game 8-0 Tuesday at Raider Stadium.

Darrell Huckaby - Taking time to remember a different Atlanta in a different day

Attendance was sparse at Sunday school - hey, it was Spring Break - and while we were waiting to see if anyone else would walk in before delving into Paul's instructions to the church at Thessalonica, the talk around the table turned to the Atlanta of the 1960s. I think someone asked me about a comment I had written about "The Great Speckled Bird," an underground newspaper circulated in downtown Atlanta back when the youth of America - and some who were old enough to know better - were going through their hippie phase.

John Douglas - Tax cut for elderly, library funding among year's gains

The two-year 2007-2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly ended April 4 at midnight when both the House and Senate declared, "Sine Die," the Latin phrase meaning adjournment without a day to return. This was a session of accomplishments for both Newton and Rockdale counties and I was proud to sponsor many of the initiatives in the Senate.