News for Friday, August 8, 2008


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Community Calendar 8/8/2008


A clean plate Resident competes in eating contests

Newton County resident Ben Griffith competes in an environment that features opponents with names like "Eater X," "Erik the Red," "El Toro," "Skinnyboy" and "Jaws."

County changes ordinance Board tweaks sprinkler rule

COVINGTON - The Board of Commissioners made several changes to the county's sprinkler ordinance Tuesday night, including increasing the square footage commercial buildings and multi-family residential developments must have before a sprinkler system is required.

ACC football preview: Clemson's new role: ACC favorite

Someday, Tommy Bowden says, the fortunes of the Atlantic Coast Conference are going to change.

Par problems Scores high as Singh, Karlsson take PGA Championship lead

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The PGA Championship looked a lot like the U.S. Open, with only six players able to break par Thursday among the early starters who got the best of the weather at Oakland Hills.

Newton Blotter 8/8/2008

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

Darrell Huckaby - Were rules meant to be broken?

I have rules on my mind today. There are an awful lot of them around these days.

Rockdale Blotter 8/8/2008

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 July 28 and Aug. 1:

Eastside retools for return to Class AAA

COVINGTON - The Eastside softball teams were powerhouses in Class AAAA for several years. However, things may slow down a little as the Lady Eagles return to Class AAA this season.

Favre joins Jets after trade from Packers

CLEVELAND - Brett Favre held up his new green jersey, hoping he made the right decision.

Cool kids

Temperatures may be stifling, but everyone could take tips from these youngsters on how to stay cool. Four-year-old Michael Layson enjoys the cool breeze generated by his swing as he visits Academy Springs Park with his grandfather Warren Christian.

Announcements 8/8/2008


Man found guilty of slaying wife Jury convicts Francis on all counts

CONYERS - It took only an hour Thursday for a jury to find Thomas Marlin Francis, 63, guilty on all counts in the 2006 murder of his wife, Denise "Shelley" Francis, 52.

Scout building beds for shelter

COVINGTON - One local youngster is taking on the task of building 80 beds for the new homeless shelter set to open later this year, and he's asking the community for help.

Falcons to start Redman in Saturday's preseason opener

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman has edged out rookie Matt Ryan and will start at quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener Saturday night at Jacksonville.

Jack Simpson - High prices

Office watercooler conversation usually includes today's high prices. Go grocery shopping and be shocked at shelf prices today as opposed to those of last week. Just the other day, a lady in line waiting to pay for her basket of food complained, "I cannot believe at these prices for bread, milk and orange juice!"

Schools to hold senior meetings

COVINGTON - Even though end-of-the-year exams, high school graduation and the first day of college are many months away for Newton County senior students, officials at the high schools want the students and their parents thinking about those types of things now.