News for Thursday, June 5, 2008


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First read of alcohol law approved

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council approved the first reading of a revised alcohol ordinance Monday night that would extend alcohol sales hours, regulate activities and require permitting of establishments that sell alcohol.

Lakers, Celtics hold NBA Finals reunion

BOSTON - They're like long, lost fraternity brothers who left college with bad haircuts and wearing those thigh-hugging short shorts that were fashionable during the Reagan years. They drifted to opposite coasts and barely kept in touch.

Complex commits to clean up

COVINGTON - It's a new day at Heritage Park apartment complex. Residents, management and law enforcement are mobilizing to demonstrate that they are "Bringing Pride Back to the Heritage."

Porterdale approves pay raise, insurance premium for employees

PORTERDALE - It took an orchestrated effort Monday night, but the City Council was able to require employees to contribute to the cost of their health insurance premiums without hitting them too hard in the pocketbook.

Taking a swing

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Is this Smoltz' end? Pitcher's season over, will decide about career soon

ATLANTA - John Smoltz knew the pain was too intense to keep pitching this season.

Oxendine speaks to Chamber about health care

Covington - Georgia's Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine warned members of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday against a national health care system.

Bullpen lets Braves down in ninth Acosta gives up pair of homers in loss

ATLANTA - No Smoltz. No Soriano. No save for the Atlanta Braves.

Etheridge spends spring rebuilding Bulldogs

CONYERS - Mike Etheridge spent his first spring as the head coach of the Rockdale football team building the squad from the ground up.

Federer two wins from career Slam

PARIS - There have been times this year when Roger Federer's cloak of infallibility slid from his shoulders, when his absolute dominance against anyone but Rafael Nadal and at any tournament but the French Open wasn't quite so absolute.

Expansion beginning BOC awards contract for treatment plant

COVINGTON - A $12 million expansion of the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Plant will soon get under way.