News for Friday, August 22, 2008

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Newton High School to hold senior parent meeting

COVINGTON - Newton High School staff members are encouraging parents of senior students to be involved with their future graduates this school year.

Starting a new adventure

Staff photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Churches not exempt from crime

COVINGTON - Nothing seems to be sacred for thieves. Two area churches have been victimized by crime recently.

Keep Georgia Beautiful celebrates 30th anniversary

Keep Georgia Beautiful unveiled a special recycling-themed license plate, new logo and identity/branding initiative yesterday in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The ceremony was held at the New World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta during Keep America Beautiful's Mid-year Affiliates Forum.

Dollar General pulls out Chain says it won't build in Newborn

NEWBORN - Dollar General has pulled out of plans to locate in Newborn.

Newton on fastest list again County still growing, but housing taking a downturn

COVINGTON - Newton County was one of the fastest growing counties in the nation from 2000 to 2007, based on the increase in residential housing units, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. But the local housing market has slowed drastically in the past year, according to sources with the county's planning and development department and the local homebuilder's association.

BOE approves money request Funds could bring in high school addition, new elementary school

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved a state capital outlay application that could provide the county with a new elementary school and an addition to Alcovy High School.

Arts Association set to kick off 24th season

Now in its 24th year, the Arts Association in Newton County's 2008-09 performance season may be more significant for what it doesn't include than for what it does.

8-22-2008 Police Blotter

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. 11 and Monday:

Bolen optimistic about seasoned Rockdale runners

CONYERS - Rockdale cross country coach Scott Bolen is optimistic about the 2008 season, especially when it comes to his girls squad.

Community Calendar 8/22/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Announcements 8/22/2008

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Rockdale Blotter 8/22/2008

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. 11 and Monday:

Golden girls Beijing Olympics: US avenges World Cup loss to Brazil

BEIJING - They came to the Beijing Olympics as a team trying to find its way, still adjusting to a new coach and each other, still smarting from a loss that brought humiliation on and off the field.

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Henderson near perfect for Eastside Pitcher gives up just one hit, walk in Lady Eagles' 2-0 win

COVINGTON - Eastside pitcher Amanda Henderson was two batters away from pitching the perfect game in their 2-0 win over Elbert County on Thursday.

Jack Simpson - Pharmacy serves as meeting place to swap stories

Working in Newton County as I do, I don't get to go to Evans Pharmacy in Olde Town Conyers as much as I would like to. It is such a friendly, accommodating place, isn't it?

Rob Jenkins - Decatur Book Festival not just for Decatur

Don't let the label fool you.

Local football teams hit field tonight Five programs holding scrimmages against other schools

COVINGTON - The time to see what the local high school football teams have on the gridiron is tonight as they square off against another team for the first time this season.

Darrell Huckaby - Whitewater adventure a far cry from 'Deliverance'

The most embarrassing two hours I ever spent in a movie theater was when I went with Kay Jones and her mother to see "Deliverance". Kay was maybe 12 or 13 and I was 20 and I have no idea how old her mother was, but it wasn't like that, so don't bother raising your eyebrows.

Newton Blotter 8/22/2008

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

Alcovy football: Experience will be key for success

COVINGTON - Alcovy football coach Kirk Hoffmann can finally say that his team has something it's lacked in the past - experience.