News for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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Braves bombed Early 5-0 hole dooms Atlanta in 8-3 loss

ATLANTA - Shane Victorino hit a home run and drove in four runs and the Phillies beat the Braves 8-3 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at Turner Field this season.

Fire damages salon, flower shop

COVINGTON - Fire damaged a portion of the C&S Mini-Mall at 3192 Washington St. on Monday night, but a quick response by firefighters saved the majority of the building.

Rockdale builds on momentum

CONYERS - Rockdale wrestling coach Craig Hargrove is looking forward to next season - and with good reason.

Bill Shipp - Is Mack back?

Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?

Respect flags by retiring properly

OXFORD - In the time surrounding Independence Day, June's Flag Day and other American events, Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry encourages residents to properly retire worn or damaged flags, instead of throwing them out.

Purple Heart recipients to be honored at festival

CONYERS - The city of Conyers will honor recipients of the Purple Heart military award during the Fabulous Fourth Festival at the Georgia International Horse Park on Friday.

Community Calendar 7/2/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Venus, Serena near meeting in Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England - One prematch glance Tuesday at the data displayed on those fancy, new digital scoreboards at staid, old Wimbledon provided a pretty persuasive case for why Venus Williams might be considered the woman to beat.

Porterdale offers weekend event

PORTERDALE - For those who want to extend their Independence Day festivities into the weekend, the city of Porterdale offers a perfect opportunity. Porterdale will host its second annual Patriot's Day Celebration Saturday, July 5, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Newton rolls through camp Rams collect impressive wins in workouts

COVINGTON - You gotta believe.

Oxford to host Independence Day parade

OXFORD - Residents in the city of Oxford are looking forward to welcoming surrounding communities into their town again for Independence Day festivities.

County sees slew of auto break-ins

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for a break to help them solve a rash of automobile break-ins in the Butler Bridge Road and Falls subdivision areas.

Harvest of Sunshine

The stage is set and blooming like crazy at the 8-acre site of the Sunflower Farm Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1430 Durden Road in Rutledge. Organized in 2001, the festival has become a community and regional event with more than 6,000 in attendance last year. Crafters and artesians will be on hand; traditional Fourth of July fare, including much-anticipated local barbecue, will be served; live music will be played; and there will be an assortment of activities for children. And there will be cut-your-own sunflowers available for sale.

Darrell Huckaby - Long live the king

Come on now. Y'all knew I was gonna write about the dawg today.

Sports briefs

Almirola to be promoted at DEI