News for Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Braves blank Jays Teixeira homers in 4-0 win against Toronto

TORONTO - Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched a career-high eight innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday night.

Newton Citizen Poll 6/28/2008

"I want to urge every citizen of Newton County to educate themselves on impact fees and what it will mean to the taxpayers if these fees are not paid by those impacting our community. Maybe it is me, but it seems that a lot of folks that are associated with the real estate profession want to hold a public office. Ever wonder why that is? Well, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out!"

Former Lady Rams coach found dead Mike West led basketball team to state four times

COVINGTON - The Union County girls basketball program was handed a heavy blow with the sudden death of a former Newton Lady Rams girls basketball and girls soccer coach.

Community Calendar 6/28/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Sports briefs

Thornton takes checkered flag in Thursday Thunder's Masters Division

Salem Road to be repaved Stretch between Ga. 81 and Rockdale to be resurfaced

COVINGTON - A 6-mile stretch of Salem Road between Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County and Golfview Drive in Rockdale County will be resurfaced this summer.

School board changes rules for honors

COVINGTON - After holding several discussions concerning tougher requirements for Top 10 students and honor graduates, Newton County Board of Education members came to an agreement during their last meeting.

And they call the thing rodeo

Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

SIU, SWAT shut down alleged drug den

COVINGTON - Six were arrested Thursday evening in a drug raid at a home that has allegedly been a longtime thorn in the side of its neighbors on Lower River Road.

Felton kicks Humphrey off UGA hoops team

ATHENS - Georgia coach Dennis Felton dismissed starting guard Billy Humphrey from the team on Friday following Humphrey's third arrest in less than a year, his second on alcohol-related charges.

Government Meetings 6/28/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Goodell not a fan of big rookie pay NFL commissioner says high contracts 'ridiculous'

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it's 'ridiculous' to reward untested rookies with lucrative contracts, and wants the issue addressed in contract talks.

Sample ballot for July 15 primary released

Editor's Note: The following is a sample of what Newton County voters will find on the ballot in the July 15 primary. Please note that not all of the following choices will be available on all ballots, depending upon which district the voter lives within.

Conyers defeats Savannah Record improves to 7-5

SAVANNAH - Conyers Post 77 bumped its record to 7-5 on the season after beating Savannah Chain 1-0 in a pitcher's duel Friday.