News for Friday, June 27, 2008

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Advance primary voting gets under way July 7

COVINGTON - For those who want to try to beat the rush to the polls July 15, early voting will take place the week before the general primary.

Lady Eagles committed to progress Basketball team focuses on consistency, physical play

COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles basketball is are doing all the right things to get better during its summer practices.

Warrants issued in Waffle House slaying

CONYERS - Arrest warrants have been issued for a DeKalb County teenager local authorities believe shot and killed a man in May outside Waffle House on Salem Road.

Wimbledon: Sharapova, Roddick bit by upset bug

WIMBLEDON, England - Moments after Maria Sharapova walked off the court in defeat, her father stomped away from the stadium down a Wimbledon walkway, spitting out words in Russian as he gestured to a companion.

Field of Dreams Former Brave guiding Conyers baseball teams

CONYERS - Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg McMichael is giving something back to baseball, and it's happening right here in Conyers.

NBA draft: Bulls take Rose with No. 1 pick

NEW YORK - Derrick Rose is going home, and a whole bunch of freshmen are following him to the NBA.

On the beat PSO performs Newton native's concerto

For more than a dozen years, classical music patrons in Pittsburgh have known the performance abilities of Covington native Tim Adams, principal timpanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Scores fall below state averages

COVINGTON - According to results released by the Newton County School System on Thursday and the Georgia Department of Education on Monday regarding the spring 2008 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the average percentage of first- through eighth-grade students in the Newton County School System to meet or exceed standards, or pass the test, were at or below state pass averages.

Braves hoping for the return of some key injured players

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves finished a homestand with a patchwork starting lineup. They hope to have some more familiar names back on the field when they play their next home game next week.

Mansfield approves '08 budget

MANSFIELD - The city of Mansfield has approved a $1.3 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Rob Jenkins - New rules for 21st century etiquette

Etiquette, they say, is the oil that lubricates social interaction. Unfortunately, like oil, most people these days seem to be trying to use as little as possible.

Two-wheel test

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Announcements 6/27/2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Darrell Huckaby - Southerners are still making waves

Know what I like about the South? People still wave at one another.

Community Calendar 6/27/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Jack Simpson - Much-maligned vine could be our energy savior

When I moved here to south Rockdale County back in the 1970s, the road in front of my house was dirt, narrow and dusty. When it rained, you might even get stuck in the mud or have to get out the tractor to pull out some stranger who drove off the straight and narrow!

Newton Blotter 6/27/2008

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

Rockdale Blotter 6/27/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between June 16 and Monday: