News for Friday, June 13, 2008

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Schools move funds around to pay for fuel

COVINGTON - With rising fuel costs and less money coming in from the state, the Newton County School System is having to move around funds to cover summer fuel costs for its buses.

Braves fall to Cubs in 11 innings

CHICAGO - Jim Edmonds hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs still lifted him for a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th inning.

Newton Blotter 6/13/2008

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

Community Calendar 6/13/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

ICE: Local police make tracking illegals easier

CONYERS - A member of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement team told the Conyers Rotary Club on Thursday that cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies is improving, making it easier to track illegal immigrants.

Jack Simpson - Protect your valuables

Ladies know not to leave purses in their cars, don't they? Well, yes, and they also know that an unlocked vehicle is a tempting target for thieves. So why are we reading and hearing about case after case where the lady of the house has been robbed of cash, debit and credit cards, GPS systems and cell phones from the family automobiles?

Woods narrowly misses par at U.S. Open

SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods grimaced and pursed his lips, unable to disguise the pain Thursday in the U.S. Open.

Growing pains for Bulldogs Inexperience hampered Rockdale girls basketball

CONYERS - Rockdale girls basketball coach Leonard Buckner knew the 2007-08 season was going to be a long one.

Writing 101 Authors to instruct at conference

Her husband died of a brain tumor leaving her with four children to raise. Struggling as a single mother, Marion Bond West had more than her share of troubles. Her twin sons were a challenge - one was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the other has fought addictions most of his life. But West found comfort in her faith - and words of inspiration that have now filled seven books and countless articles.

Darrell Huckaby - Tragedy brings memories of Scout camp rushing back

In the spring of 1975, having recently graduated from the University of Georgia, hallowed be thy name, I was hired by Scouting legend Uncle Jack Bowden to work at Bert Adams Scout Reservation, near Covington. I was excited about the fact that for the first time in six years I would not spend my summer working 48 hours a week in the Bibb cotton mills. Little did I know that being a Bert Adams staffer would become much more than a summer job. For the next six years being a Camp Jamison staffer would encompass my entire being and help mold me into the person I would become.

Newton Citizen Poll 6/14/2008

"To my friends and neighbors throughout Newton County who could not come out and visit us at the hummingbird festival, I assure you the (comment) in the Citizen Poll does not speak for all of us. I was a volunteer for this event and I assure you that it was not a money-making scheme. I for one can say I saw several families with children who appeared to be having a great time, from making candles to enjoying ice cream to jumping on the sling to just relaxing in the shade with a cold lemonade listening to the guy playing the piano, then to watching the kids join together and watch as they showed and talked about the birds. My hat's off to all who volunteered with Buddy Rowe and the caretaker of Gaither Plantation, Marty Roberts Jr., for all the efforts to make sure all the guests had the family experience that you hear about. Also, thanks for moving the festival up two months. It was a lot cooler this year. Once again, thanks, and I know I'll be there once again next year."

Rockdale Blotter 6/13/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between June 2 and Monday:

Council speaks to architects to fix Porter gym

PORTERDALE - Two of the three architectural firms chosen as candidates to rebuild Porter Memorial Gymnasium made presentations to the City Council at Tuesday night's work session. The third firm is expected to make its presentation at the council's meeting July 1.

Sex offender charged with molestation Man pled guilty to sexual battery of 11-year-old in October 2006

COVINGTON - A 39-year-old Covington man who was already on probation for sexual battery of a child has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office and charged with child molestation, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Announcements 6/13/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Taser parties geared to female market

COVINGTON - Tupperware parties are so yesterday. Today's woman is just as likely to need an effective method of protecting herself as a handy way to store leftovers.

Newton Athlete of the Year: Shay Marks Three-sport phenomenon leaves imprint on Newton sports

COVINGTON - Before her senior year, Shay Marks had already left her imprint on sports at Newton High School.

Dragon out some fun

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Curry accepts deal to coach Georgia Sate

ATLANTA - Bill Curry said he was speechless for about 20 seconds when first asked if he wanted to be Georgia State's first football coach.