News for Saturday, June 7, 2008


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Kahne to start up front at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Kasey Kahne continued his midseason turnaround Friday by winning his first pole of the year at Pocono Raceway.

Leader of Ministers Union runs for BOC

COVINGTON - Willie J. Smith has a lot of practice bringing people together, and he believes those experiences, gleaned from his 22 years as president of the Newton County Ministers Union, will benefit the county if he's elected District 1 commissioner.

No surprise: Federer, Nadal battle for French Open title

PARIS - As the points piled up and the light faded, it was tough to decide which scenario had seemed less likely at the outset of the French Open semifinals Friday:

Conyers sweeps season-opening doubleheader 12-run inning sparks Game 2 win

CONYERS - A 12-run inning quickly turned a 5-2 deficit into a 14-5 lead as Conyers Post 77 swept the visiting Grayson Post 251 in its season-opening doubleheader Thursday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Food pantry has new location

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

City plans to curb activity at gazebo

PORTERDALE - In an effort to curtail illicit behavior in a park at the town's southern entrance, the City Council voted Monday night to explore the cost of adding lighting and moving the entrance of the park's gazebo to face Broad Street. The council also agreed to post a sign reminding residents that the park closes at sundown.

Three candidate forums planned

COVINGTON - Given the slew of candidates running for local office this political season, several forums have been scheduled to give voters all the information they need before heading to the polls for the July 15 primary.

Bulldogs a win away from CWS Georgia's Holder keeps Wolfpack at bay in win

ATHENS - After Trevor Holder's 124th pitch, Georgia coach David Perno took a prudent approach with his No. 1 starter.

Police arrest five people for DUI in four separate incidents

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

A costly mistake Johnson's error allows tying run; Phils win in 10

ATLANTA - Shane Victorino drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the 10th, then threw out Gregor Blanco at the plate in the bottom of the inning as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Friday night.

4 buses added for summer school

Covington - The Newton County School System has had to increase school bus services in the county due to the high volume of students attending summer school.