News for Friday, June 6, 2008

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Fire destroys vacant house

Special Photo: Tasha Strickland

'A good memory of Mary Beth' Volunteers complete playground in memory of child

OXFORD - More than 300 volunteers opened their hearts and put their hands to work Thursday to honor the life of Mary Beth Malcom and support her family's dream to keep her memory alive.

New Post 77 team takes field this summer

CONYERS - Baseball fans in Rockdale County will have the distinct honor of having two American Legion Post 77 teams this summer.

Ivanovic advances to French Open finals against Safina

PARIS - If official statistics were tallied for fist pumps and self-exhortations during Grand Slam matches, Ana Ivanovic might well have established a record while winning her French Open semifinal.

400 for Chipper Jones' milestone homer helps Braves to 7-5 win

ATLANTA - A threat to hit 400? Chipper Jones is already there.

Candidate promises push for tax relief

COVINGTON - Democratic candidate Nicholas Day is promising to be a voice for the people if elected tax commissioner.

Rockdale Blotter 6/6/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department.

NCSS using schedule for summer

Covington - As of Monday and continuing until school is back in session Aug. 1, the Newton County School System is operating on a summer schedule at its central office and individual schools.

Naked man Tasered 3 times

COVINGTON - Nobody seems to know why Willie Robinson, 52, of 20 Haywood Court, got naked and chased two men through a car lot recently, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office said it took several officers and three Taserings to bring the man under control.

Rob Jenkins - In praise of marriage

Twenty-five years ago next Thursday, my wife Bonnie and I were married. I've never regretted it. Can't speak for her.

Home kind to Georgia in postseason Bulldogs, Wolfpack battle for a trip to College World Series

ATHENS - Georgia baseball coach David Perno doesn't mind talking about his team's postseason success at Foley Field.

MLB draft: Braves continue UGA connection with DeVall Left-handed Georgia signee first pick by Atlanta

ATLANTA - For the second straight year, the Atlanta Braves and the University of Georgia are competing for a pitcher.

Darrell Huckaby - Disney chosen as Huckaby clan's last hoorah

Last summer I loaded up my wife and three kids - two of whom are college students, understand - for one last cross-country vacation together. One last "great American road trip," if you will; the one that would finally satisfy my own wanderlust and satiate theirs. This would be the trip that would finally end the 50-state odyssey that we started so many years ago that I lost count.

Jack Simpson - Americans must live more moderately

President Bush knows we have economy problems. He went to Saudi Arabia to ask King Abdullah to increase oil production and was rebuffed. Saudi oil minister Ali-al Naimi as much as told the president that he could have stayed home and made his appeal to oil customers. The minister said, "We increase oil production because customers, mostly in the U.S., ask for it."

MLB draft: Rays take Griffin's Beckham No. 1 overall

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With the clock on the large television monitor ticking down to zero and a cluster of fans chanting from the balcony, commissioner Bud Selig stepped to the podium and announced that the Tampa Bay Rays had selected high school shortstop Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft.

Newton Blotter 6/6/2008

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