News for Saturday, August 2, 2008

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Man dies in single-car crash

COVINGTON - A 70-year-old Covington man died in a one-vehicle crash on Oak Hill Road near Berkshire Drive on July 22, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Sgt. 1st Class Frank Pfirman of Conyers Post 46.

Community Calendar 8/2/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Government Meetings 8/2/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Newton Citizen Poll 8/2/2008

Editor's note: The Newton Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either in support of or in opposition to individual candidates in a political race. Comments of this nature submitted to the Poll will not be published. If you would like to express your support of or opposition to a candidate, please do so in a letter to the editor. All letters must be signed and contain a phone number for verification purposes.

Favre could get paid to stay home

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre's reinstatement to the NFL was held up again Friday as the three-time MVP mulled getting paid not to play through a marketing deal with the Green Bay Packers that could resolve the standoff over his retirement.

Rockdale sent home from state

COCHRAN - Rockdale Post 77 made an early exit in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament, losing its first two games to Leesburg and Gainesville.

Blanked Braves Cameron, Fielder lead Brewers past Atlanta

ATLANTA - A return to the road brought an immediate return to the Brewers' winning ways.

Fuzz Run around the corner

COVINGTON - Put on those tennis shoes and start running. If you haven't already, it's time to begin training for the 25th Annual Covington Police Fuzz Run, scheduled for Sept. 13.

Redman not rolling over Falcon QB no backup just yet

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman already pulled off the improbable, going from insurance salesman to starting NFL quarterback.

Poll: Georgia voted on top

ATHENS - The nation's college football coaches have voted Georgia as the team to beat this season.

School year begins with few glitches

COVINGTON - Except for a few normal first-day issues, the first school day for most Newton County School System students and parents went as planned.

Agony and ecstacy

Although they were the first students at Newton County's newest school, the first day of school wasn't much different for South Salem Elementary School students than it was for countless others. Some were decidedly unhappy, as pre-K student Noah Freeman, top right, makes abundantly clear while paraprofessional Vanessa Drake tries to comfort him. Noah, who was assigned to teacher Laura Green, did eventually stop crying and join in the fun. Others, like Makayla Moore, bottom right, could barely contain the joy as she ran into Green's arms with an excited shout of glee, marking the beginning of her school career. She has a twin brother who was assigned to Katie Greenway's pre-K class. School officials reported some snags, but overall it was a good start to the school year.

Welcome to Covington

Parents and fans of the 12 teams lucky enough to earn a spot in the Dixie Boys World Series were officially welcomed to Covington on Friday night with a celebration on the Square. The Statesboro Blues Band kicked things off with a concert and there was plenty of free watermelon, popcorn, Crackerjacks and other traditional ballpark snack foods. The double-elimination series will be played through Thursday at the City Pond Park Complex.

County, city honored by governor

COVINGTON - The city of Covington and Newton County were recently recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue for participation in the Department of Community Affairs Signature Community Program.