News for Thursday, July 3, 2008


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Cops seek public help finding girl Teen missing since Friday

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a juvenile who has been missing since Friday.

Par for the course Only one golfer breaks even at AJGA tournament

COVINGTON - Ross Whatley of Decatur was the only golfer in the 76-player field to shoot par in the Atlanta Junior Golf Association tournament Wednesday at The Oaks Course.

Phelps hits halfway for Olympic plan

OMAHA, Neb. - Michael Phelps is halfway home to setting his program for the Beijing Olympics.

Wimbledon: Federer routs Ancic, faces Safin in semis

WIMBLEDON, England - Lest anyone forget that Roger Federer has, indeed, lost at Wimbledon, the BBC filled time during a rain delay Wednesday by rolling tape of his 2002 first-round exit against Mario Ancic.

Braves fall to Phillies once again

ATLANTA - Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer, Pat Burrell added his second homer of the series and the Philadelphia Phillies survived a ninth-inning scare to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Thief makes off with General Lee

CONYERS - It must take some guts to steal one of the most recognizable cars in the world.

Government Meetings 7/3/2008


School officer deal reached

COVINGTON - County commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday night to provide school resource officers to the Newton County School System.

Volunteers to help with animal issues Porterdale approves ordinance aimed at curbing strays

PORTERDALE - Nancy Naya has been a one-woman animal control force in Porterdale. Tuesday night, the City Council gave her the go-ahead to enlist some recruits in her efforts to curb the dog and cat populations in the mill town.

Post 77 teams at top of area standings

CONYERS - Both Conyers Post 77 and Rockdale Post 77 have had solid starts to the American Legion baseball season as the two teams sit atop the North Georgia Area standings.

Community Calendar 7/3/2008


Mets go undefeated

Special Photo

Fire destroys Rockdale home

Top, Rockdale County firefighters work to extinguish the third residential fire in two days Wednesday. According to Deputy Fire Chief Mike Lee, a call came in around 1:30 p.m. that a home at 1423 Pickett's Court in the Pickett's Ridge subdivision was on fire. The home was totally destroyed by the blaze. Lee said at least four cars were damaged, and one vehicle caught on fire. No other homes in the subdivision were damaged. One Rockdale County firefighter was transported to Rockdale Medical Center, where he was treated for a sprained ankle. Lee said it appeared the fire began on a deck on the rear of the house and is considered accidental. Bottom, Nikki Kearns, center, comforts her mother, Susan Spezzano, while she watches the house burn, and her brother, Blake Spezzano, looks on.

Fun for the Fourth Counties offer plenty of events for Independence Day

COVINGTON - Residents in Newton and Rockdale counties have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, with lots of activities planned for the three-day weekend.