News for Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Braves fade with wave of 1-run losses

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will have a losing record at the All-Star break for the second time in three seasons.

Police search for suspect in armed robbery

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department is looking for a man who pushed his way into an apartment on Magnolia Heights Circle, pointing a gun at the three people there and asking, "Where is it at?"

More than a gameMore than a game Special Olympians head to Savannah for bowling tourney

Editor's Note: Special Olympics organizers asked the Citizen to only identify the Olympians by their first names.

Pitchers' duels Conyers, Rockdale split doubleheader

CONYERS - Offense was certainly not on the menu Thursday night at Henson-Carr Legion Field as Conyers Post 77 and Rockdale Post 77 split a doubleheader in the first two meetings of the two teams.

On the beat: Thieves take metal items from property

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.

Teams guess under new Chicago lights

JOLIET, Ill. - Although there will be floodlights all around the track, NASCAR teams still are very much in the dark going into the first Sprint Cup series night race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Government Meetings 7/12/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Olympic swimmer diagnosed with cancer

ATLANTA - When Eric Shanteau touched the wall second at the U.S. Olympic trials, he was overcome by the joy of reaching a lifelong goal.

Community Calendar 7/12/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Newton Citizen Poll 7/12/2008

I keep hearing in the news about people complaining in reference to the sale of scratch-off lottery tickets after the largest prizes have been won. The reason that the tickets continue to be sold is that 1) there are still other prizes to be won. 2) the prizes are funded by the sale of the tickets. 3) If it was required that tickets stop being sold after the top prizes are gone, then the Hope Scholarship would get a lot less money because the prizes would not be funded since if the top prize was sold early in the game, taxpayers would have to fund the prize.

Favre wants release from Packers

The Green Bay Packers want to do the right thing in response to Brett Favre's latest round of flip-flopping on his future in football.

Rainbow reps take a trip to Washington

COVINGTON - The Rev. Clara Lett and members of her staff at Rainbow Community Center recently took a trip to Washington, D.C., to minister to the homeless and attend a national conference where President George W. Bush spoke.

Covington to get three new hotels

COVINGTON - Pretty soon, visitors to Covington should have no problem finding a place to stay.