News for Saturday, August 9, 2008

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Newton minority population increases

COVINGTON - Newton County's minority population has increased by 149 percent since 2000, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week.

Putting on the final touches

Landscapers Felix Marinero, left, and Daniel Martinez of Grassco in Atlanta plant black-eyed susan's on the grounds of Oxford College's newest addition to their campus. The new residence hall will be ready for students entering the college for fall semester, which begins Aug. 27. Students are expected to start moving in later this month. The $28.5 million facility broke ground in early May of last year. It is expected to be the first LEED-certified structure in Newton County, which means that the buildings have several "green" features that make them environmentally friendly. The new campus addition also features a courtyard between the two buildings and a new student health center on the first floor of one of the buildings.

Holmes leads PGA Championship with only sub-par score

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - J.B. Holmes and his monster length turned out to be a good fit for Oakland Hills.

Community Calendar 8/9/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

County clears way for Elks annexation

PORTERDALE - The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city that paves the way for Porterdale's annexation of the Elk's Club Lodge on Crowell Road and a corresponding change in zoning.

Government Meetings 8/9/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Hall suspect found dead in Newton

COVINGTON - A Hall County woman who was "a person of interest" in the suspicious death of a 7-week-old infant was found dead Thursday afternoon in Newton County, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.

The voyage home Falcons' Smith back in Jacksonville for opener

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No one expects the Atlanta Falcons to finish near first place in the NFC South, but players give new coach Mike Smith credit when they say they already feel they're on top.

Oxford to revise traffic control rule City to limit trucks cutting through

OXFORD - After receiving complaints from residents and dealing with extra road maintenance, officials in the city of Oxford are hoping to decrease through traffic on side roads.

On the Beat: Thieves not so lucky after stealing lotto tickets

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Dixie Boys World Series: South Carolina repeats as champs

COVINGTON - South Carolina had its back against the wall after losing in the first round before winning the rest of its games to repeat as the Dixie Boys champions.

Newton Citizen Poll 8/9/2008

"On Election Day I too was at the Newton County Commissioners meeting where the commissioners voted 5 to 0 to approve rezoning for two strip malls in the western part of the county. I also was at the earlier Voter's League Forum when the candidates, including incumbents, were asked how they would improve the traffic congestion in the western part of the county. Most replied that it was the state who had to pay for improvements to state roads and the state funds were slow at coming in. Then the commissioners voted to rezone for these large strip malls, one on Almon Road of over 80,000 square feet, to dump more traffic onto our overcrowded streets. Guess what commissioners? With the high energy costs and poor economy, taxpayers in the rest of the state are hurting the same as we are, and state highway funds will continue to come in slow. Why don't you freeze rezoning until the roads can be improved and traffic congestion improved? What good is a Comprehensive Land Use Plan when you rezone every two weeks anyway?"

Hawks match Grizzlies' offer for Josh Smith, will retain forward

ATLANTA - Josh Smith will remain with the Hawks after Atlanta quickly matched an offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Newton faces trials of youth movement

COVINGTON - The Newton softball team is going to have to build team chemistry and trust if the Lady Rams hope to have a successful season.