News for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Lightning dominate 14-and-under softball team finishes 13-1 season

COVINGTON - They came, they saw, they conquered.

More than 40 youngsters take part in tennis tournament First PATA Spring Fling held at Oxford

OXFORD - The first ever PATA Spring Fling - Junior Tennis Tournament was held May 31 at Oxford College. Forty-two young tennis players from surrounding counties turned out for the tournament, which was open to all local juniors 18 and under.

Porterdale updates logo design

PORTERDALE - THP Graphics Group Inc. presented city officials with a new town logo Monday night that identifies Porterdale as "Georgia's Historic Mill Village."

Robber decides to take jewelry in lieu of vehicle

COVINGTON - A woman living on Lakeview Trail said she was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in the driveway of her home, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Illegal dump found near Sycamore Trail

COVINGTON - The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating illegal dumping on several lots off Sycamore Trail behind Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park.

Bill Shipp - Déjà vu all over again

"Why would we ever go back?"

Braves rally again to win over Marlins

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer and Greg Norton came through with a two-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves another come-from-behind victory, 5-4 over the slumping Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Nadal, Djokovic set up for semis

PARIS - Rafael Nadal's French Open quarterfinal began more than 11/2 hours after Novak Djokovic's did Tuesday. Which is why, after wrapping up a three-set victory, Djokovic figured his coach could head over and check out some of Nadal's match.

A reason to smile

Eight-year-old Antonio Wise anxiously awaits the verdict as Dr. Hasnain Baquar goes over his dental charts. Antonio, a student at Livingston Elementary School, had an appointment with Dr. Mark Shurett's mobile dental unit, Help a Child Smile, which was visiting the Newton County Division of Family and Children Services on Tuesday morning. The program is able to operate in areas where a traditional dental practice would not be affordable and provides comprehensive dental care. More than 100,000 youngsters, ages 4 to 20, have benefitted from the program. For more information, call 800-770-0388.

Hundreds sent to summer school

COVINGTON - Approximately 625 students in the Newton County School System are in summer school this month after failing at least one portion of the state Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

Darrell Huckaby - How did hop scotch get left off the syllabus?

I was wandering through the British section of a large American amusement park the other day when I ran across a hop scotch pattern which had been permanently painted on the ground. Naturally, I hopped through it. What else could I do? I ask you - who could pass up a hop scotch pattern?

Renovations could top $30K Mayor's office to receive costly makeover

COVINGTON - Mayor Kim Carter cast the tie-breaking vote Monday night to approve renovations to the mayor's office at City Hall at an estimated cost of nearly $32,000.

A World of Hurt Salem senior caps off stellar career with monster season

Salem's Courtney Hurt produced a senior season that was truly mind-boggling.