News for Friday, July 25, 2008

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Former Heritage star Jones comes up short in bid for U.S. Amateur Championship

ATLANTA - Former Heritage golf standout Bill Jones came up a little short in his quest to qualify for the upcoming 108th U.S. Amateur Championship on Wednesday in the sectional qualifier at the Piedmont Driving Club.

Newton All-Stars finish second in state

COVINGTON - The Newton County Majors All-Star baseball team had its share of lows and highs.

Rockdale Blotter 7/25/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between July 14 and Monday:

Jack Simpson - Americans face an energy crisis

The energy crisis is frustrating, isn't it? Gasoline prices seem to go up overnight and solutions to the problem seem elusive. Even the president's visit to Saudi Arabia with a plea for relief fell on deaf ears to some extent. Some say it is speculators causing the fluctuation in prices. Others say it is world demand for energy. Still others blame oil-producing nations and oil companies for gouging the common man.

Announcements 7/25/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mets climb over Phillies in NL East

NEW YORK - Jerry Manuel was curious to see how his New York Mets would respond after a heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Norman struggles at Senior British Open

TROON, Scotland - Four days after nearly making history at the British Open, Greg Norman labored to a 4-over 75 on Thursday in the opening round of the Senior British Open to finish seven shots behind co-leaders Bruce Vaughan and Eduardo Romero.

Forces combine for fire training

COVINGTON - Newton County and the city of Covington are joining forces to build a new training facility for their respective fire departments.

Vols coach served for NCAA suit

HOOVER, Ala. - Lawyers for a former Alabama football booster said they staked out the annual Southeastern Conference football media days Thursday and served Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer with a subpoena to testify about a lawsuit against the NCAA.

7-25-2008 Newton Blotter

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

Architects selected for new library

COVINGTON - The Newton County Library Board of Trustees has selected the architectural firm that will design and oversee construction of the planned Porter Memorial Branch Library.

One week left for summer reading

COVINGTON - Assuming, of course, that they have already begun, Newton County School System students have less than a week to finish their summer reading, with the new school year slated to begin Aug. 1.

Handling the hype Title talk surrounds Georgia's preseason

HOOVER, Ala. - The Georgia Bulldogs were still celebrating a Sugar Bowl victory when the national title talk started.

Darrell Huckaby - French tips and green thumbs don't mix

My son Jackson and I live in a house with three women and they all went to the nail salon the other day and came home with something called French manicures - although I am pretty sure the ladies who did them were from Vietnam and not France.

Newton Blotter 7/25/2008

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

Warming up for series

Newton County Recreation Department employee John Prescott waters three tea rose bushes that were recently planted in front of the new City Pond sign in preparation for the Dixie Boys World Series. The opening ceremony for the event will take place Aug. 1 on the Square in downtown Covington. A concert by Statesboro Blues Band will kick off the event at 7 p.m., with the ceremony expected to start at 8:30. Games will take place Aug. 2 through 7 at City Pond Park Complex off City Pond Road. Tickets are available at the gate for $5 per game. Tournament passes are also available for $25. For more information, call the Newton County Recreation Commission at 770-786-4373.

Community Calendar 7/25/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR