News for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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City adopts crisis system

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council approved Monday night a disaster recovery system that would allow city operations to continue in the event that City Hall is damaged or destroyed.

Salem Road widening stalled in Rockdale

CONYERS - Rockdale County officials said their hands are tied over getting the Salem Road widening project started now that they have learned state transportation officials will not consider the project until after 2014.

Wreck results in death

COVINGTON - A 45-year-old woman who was involved in a four-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 36 on Aug. 13 has died, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Newborn: Budget, millage passed

NEWBORN - The Newborn Town Council recently approved a $343,415.01 budget for 2008.

Ring in a joyful noise

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

School driver ticketed

COVINGTON - Last week, a special-needs school bus driver for the Newton County School System was issued a traffic citation for speeding in a school zone.

Lady Pats top Woodland in home opener

CONYERS - The Heritage softball team chalked up a 5-3 win over Woodland-Henry in its 2008 home opener Tuesday, but the victory did not please Coach Dickey Hightower.

Errors hurt Rockdale in 5-1 loss

CONYERS - The Rockdale softball team committed five errors and managed only two hits in a 5-1 loss to Southwest DeKalb on Tuesday at the Earl O'Neal Sports Complex.

Letter - Help elect McCain

To area residents:

US gets more gold Gymnasts go 1-2 on beam; Cejudo tops in wrestling

BEIJING - Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin are familiar faces by now, so seeing the gymnasts side-by-side on the medals stand Tuesday was nice, but nothing new.

Bill Shipp - One-term John?

If an aging presidential candidate loses his car keys once in a while or absent-mindedly puts his shoes in the Frigidaire, it's OK by me. I know how it is. If you keep playing this game, you begin to slip.

Mets score 5 runs in 8th to overcome Braves

NEW YORK - Carlos Delgado hit a go-ahead double off the left-center fence to end the Mets' long stretch of bases-loaded futility, and New York broke loose in the eighth inning to rally past the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Darrell Huckaby - Phelps resuscitates Olympic spirit

I didn't intend to get all caught up in the Olympics this time. To tell you the truth, I had become rather jaded toward the whole thing. It was one thing when our amateurs were trying to beat the rest of the world's professionals, but once they put all pretense aside and turned it over to the pros, the Games lost a little of their glitter as far as I was concerned.