News for Friday, August 15, 2008

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Park and ride City looking for ways to save fuel

COVINGTON - Covington police officers could soon be patrolling parts of the city in electric-powered vehicles.

Announcements 8/15/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

450 students ask to transfer to new schools

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System have processed 450 applications from parents of current students who requested to transfer from one of three schools on the state's Needs Improvement list to another school in the county.

Newton Blotter 8/15/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department.

Lady Eagles excited about move to 8-AAA Eastside volleyball team hoping for playoff berth this year

COVINGTON - Eastside's volleyball team is excited about a lot of things this year and hopefully that excitement will translate into a more productive season.

Community Calendar 8/15/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Cubs cap sweep of Braves despite Kotsay's cycle

ATLANTA - A brief benches-clearing skirmish and only the second cycle in Atlanta history couldn't stop the Chicago Cubs from completing their first season sweep of the Braves.

Man gets life plus 7 for murder Francis found guilty in 2006 shooting of wife

COVINGTON - Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson sentenced Thomas Marlin Francis on Thursday to life in prison, plus seven years, after a jury found him guilty last week of malice murder and 11 other charges related to the 2006 shooting death of his wife, Denise Michelle Francis.

Jack Simpson - Which candidate is our American Idol?

I don't know how you feel abut this, but some folks are weary of turning on their television only to find the news dominated by the activities of two candidates for president. Which individual, John McCain or Barak Obama, can best handle the problems of war and peace? Who do we choose?

Medal-work Chinese dominate on Phelps-less day

BEIJING - Michael Phelps finally had a breather, a day to sit and count his gold medals instead of trying to add to his collection. There was no slowing the Chinese, though.

Two men nabbed in roadside metal heist

COVINGTON - A theft that could aptly be described as "highway robbery" was thwarted recently when a Newton County Sheriff's Office captain witnessed two men loading up road construction equipment on their private vehicle, according to a NCSO incident report.

8-15-2008 Police Blotter

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department.

Rockdale Blotter 8/15/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Aug. 4 and Monday:

'Joey Sunshine' finds hope in Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joey Harrington's teammates in Detroit sometimes called him 'Joey Sunshine' for staying upbeat after another crushing loss.

Public invited to meeting on Miracle League

COVINGTON - The Newton County Recreation Commission is holding a community meeting Thursday to discuss the creation of a Miracle League to give disabled children the opportunity to play baseball.

Softball teams start today in tournaments

COVINGTON - All the hard work done during the offseason will hopefully pay off as five local softball teams launch their 2008 seasons in tournaments today.

Darrell Huckaby - Bigfoot pays visit to Georgia

I have said it before; I will never run out of topics as long as there are human beings on earth.