News for Thursday, March 13, 2008

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Online gangbusters NCSO launches new site on gang activity

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office launched a new Web page earlier this week dedicated to addressing the growing problem of gangs in the area.

Newton Co. seeks to expand landfill

COVINGTON - Newton County is readying to file an application with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a landfill expansion.

Abandoned car found with stolen RCSO equipment

CONYERS - Discovery of law enforcement equipment in a car reported stolen out of Newton County had Rockdale investigators scratching their heads. The vehicle was found abandoned in a church parking lot with the motor running and two flat tires.

Ric Latarski Mug

Foundation seeks nominations for award

COVINGTON - The Newton Fund of the The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced that it is seeking nominations for the first annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award.

County, foes debate merits of South River Consultant says it shouldn't be used as a water source

COVINGTON - Opponents of the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir have accused Newton County officials of failing to fully study other alternatives, especially a proposal by Thomas Bros. Hydro Inc. to pull water directly out of the South River.

School board to vote on budget changes

COVINGTON - Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley is recommending the approval of a net mid-term adjustment of more than $330,000.

Perfection is over Madison County hands Seminoles first loss of the year

CONYERS - Salem's first loss of the baseball season was an ugly one.

Rams sink Eagles with 12-run sixth

COVINGTON - Newton sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs in the sixth inning as the Rams dominated Eastside 22-5 on Wednesday.

Prep golf: Heritage boys count on experience; girls try to gain a little

CONYERS - The Heritage golf teams will be on two different paths toward the same goal this spring.

Patriots beat Tigers, stay unbeaten in region Alcovy's Roberts hits school's first-ever home run

COVINGTON - Ross Roberts made school history Wednesday, hitting the first home run for Alcovy baseball.

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Darrell Huckaby - Why do we need new sins when we still have trouble with the old ones?

One day I was sitting at the soda fountain at Standard Pharmacy in Porterdale when the new preacher came in and invited me to come to church on Sunday.

Letter - Take the time to know the real Clara Lett

To the editor:

Sunday liquor sales bill revived

By Dave Williams

Red-light camera bill shelved in Senate

ATLANTA - Efforts to impose state regulations on local governments' use of red-light cameras keep coming up in the General Assembly and keep getting shot down.