News for Wednesday, July 23, 2008


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Suspected illegal alien caught

CONYERS - A man suspected of creating and supplying fraudulent identification cards to illegal immigrants has been arrested on a bevy of drug charges.

Kirkland Road murder victim, 17, identified

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has identified the murder victim in last week's triple shooting at 86 Kirkland Road as 17-year-old Joseph Matthew Miller.

The red brick road

Edward Murphy, with Hicklin Grading in Fayetteville, operates a large back hoe, while CJ Sears works out of a smaller one Monday at Oxford College. Construction crews are renovating the campus quadrangle this summer as part of the college's master plan, which was created in 1998 and updated in 2005. College Dean Steve Bowen said crews are replacing most of the roadways on three of the four sides of the quad and replacing it with brick. He said it will substantially increase the green space in the area and reduce the traffic. "We hope it will make it a more pleasant environment," he said. Crews started last week on the work and are aiming to complete the project by the time the college reopens for students the last week of August. The project also includes improving the lighting and landscaping.

Newman, Stewart play coy on potential NASCAR partnership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Ryan Newman is indeed in line to join Tony Stewart's new team next season, neither driver is saying.

Braves blanked Florida holds Atlanta to one hit in 4-0 win

MIAMI - Rick VandenHurk and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, and Mike Jacobs hit a three-run homer to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Tuesday night.

Lions Club visits Thailand

Oxford Lions Club member Richard Henderson and his wife, Nancy, recently traveled to Thailand where Richard was installed as one of Georgia District Governors for Lions International. The convention drew 18,000 Lions representing 110 countries from around the world. Henderson will be responsible for 41 clubs within his district. He has been a member of the Oxford club for eight years and has held local, zone, region and district positions. The club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month in the Oxford Community Room. Lions Club International is the world's largest service club. Lions aid the blind and visually impaired and have a strong commitment to community service and serving youth. For more information, visit

Area next challenge for Post 77 Rockdale, Conyers have top seeds for tournament

CONYERS - Both Rockdale and Conyers Post 77 appear to be ready for the North Georgia Area tournament, which begins Thursday at Cherokee High School in Canton.

Flier complaint filed against Cotton Man: Badge display violates law

COVINGTON - An Oxford resident and former GBI agent has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's Office alleging Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton, a candidate for sheriff, illegally used a Newton County Sheriff's Office badge in a campaign flier.

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Staff getting Oaks ready for tourney

COVINGTON - The Oaks superintendent Curtis Singleton and head golf professional Andy Bowman could not be happier with the condition of the golf course as everyone prepares for the 13th annual Oaks Open, which begins Aug. 2.

City Council plans new meeting time

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council approved Monday night the first reading of an ordinance amendment to move its regular meeting time up an hour.

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Triple digits hit home

Hot and humid was certainly the order of the day Tuesday, and motorists driving by the Newton Federal Bank probably felt even hotter when they saw the temperature surge to the 100-degree mark. Prognosticators said it may cool slightly as much-needed rain comes to the area the latter part of the week.

Darrell Huckaby - Proud to be a Southerner

I sat in last week with a group of highly educated folks who were debating regional distinctions in America. Most of them were of the opinion that they no longer exist. I beg to differ.

Olympic spotlight to burn on Phelps

Michael Phelps' epic pursuit of Mark Spitz. The ongoing rivalry between the American and Australian women. Prime-time television coverage back in America. Those elements add up to swimming making quite a splash at the Beijing Olympics.

Organizations plan school supply drives

COVINGTON - Dozens of organizations in Newton and Rockdale counties are joining together this summer to prepare students for school and help those in need of school supplies.

Sports briefs

Lowry claims second win at Thursday Thunder