News for Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Stewart hires Ryan Newman

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Tony Stewart plans to build his new NASCAR team into one that can win races and championships sooner than later.

City to host town hall meeting Mayor, City Council members will be on hand to answer questions

COVINGTON - The city of Covington will hold a town hall meeting open to all residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Turner Lake Complex at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

Newton Citizen Poll 8/16/2008

"Kudos to Newton County commissioners and the city of Covington for finding a way to bring a civic center to Newton County without picking the pockets of taxpayers. The jobs created and economic stimulus for the county is a tremendous boon."

Stolen spotlight Liukin overshadowed by Phelps' sixth gold

BEIJING - Under other circumstances, Nastia Liukin would have been the star of the Olympics for the U.S. delegation Friday. After all, she was crowned the all-around champion of women's gymnastics, with a heck of a backstory about overcoming the exact obstacle that stopped her father 20 years ago.

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Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

NCSS to make cuts

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System are preparing for additional budget cuts from funds they previously expected to receive from the state until they hear otherwise.

Government Meetings 8/16/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Newton tops Salem in Griffin Diamond Classic Lady Rams split opening two games

GRIFFIN - Newton's softball team finished with the best record of the three local schools at 1-1, while Salem and Alcovy were winless, going 0-2 in pool play, during the opening day of the Griffin Diamond Classic on Friday.

School system to limit field trips to save money

COVINGTON - Students in the Newton County School System should expect to take fewer field trips this school year.

Official: New Wal-Mart won't open until 2010

COVINGTON - The opening of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads in Newton County has been delayed by two years, according to a spokesman.

Volleyball team sets lofty goals Lady Bulldogs reload for run at state playoff berth

CONYERS - The Rockdale volleyball team is looking to continue its steady improvement once again this fall.

Porterdale seeks changes in intersection deal

PORTERDALE - The City Council on Tuesday night had a sometimes heated discussion of its pending intergovernmental agreement for improvements to the congested Ga. Highway 81/Crowell Road intersection, but failed to reach a resolution on the matter other than to turn it over to the city attorney for changes.

Vickers wins Michigan pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Nobody could touch Brian Vickers on Friday in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.

8-16-2008 Citizen Poll

"Kudos to Newton County commissioners and the city of Covington for finding a way to bring a civic center to Newton County without picking the pockets of taxpayers. The jobs created and economic stimulus for the county is a tremendous boon."

Jenkins out to prove he was worth first-round draft pick WR hoping for breakout season

ATLANTA - Michael Jenkins just wants to have fun.