News for Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Variance granted to flea market Business is located within 9 feet of residential homes

COVINGTON - Commissioners granted a variance to a commercial property owner who is in violation of the county's buffer ordinance Tuesday night, and a homeowner impacted by the decision said it's proof that local government doesn't look out for the little guy.

Under close scrutiny Inappropriate dresses won't be tolerated at Newton proms

COVINGTON - Getting ready for prom isn't as easy as it used to be.

Family offers a reward in hit-and-run

COVINGTON - The family of a man who was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of a local shopping center last week is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the driver who reportedly fled the scene.

Black Easter to be commemorated Sunday

COVINGTON - The African American Historical Association of Newton County will commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Black Easter march for civil rights Sunday.

Five arrested on charges of drug possession

COVINGTON - Five people were arrested on drug charges during the early morning hours Tuesday after an acquaintance turned them in to police.

Salvation Army store to hold Easter activities on Saturday

COVINGTON - The Salvation Army Thrift Store, located at 5193 Washington St., will be having an entire day of activities in celebration of Easter.

Government Meetings 3-20-08

Thursdays

Nets tie Hawks for playoff spot Carter has season-high 39 in 125-117 win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Vince Carter had a season-high 39 points and 10 assists and the New Jersey Nets moved into a tie with Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 125-117 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.

Prep roundup Patriots' teams get sweep of Union Grove

MCDONOUGH - Heritage's soccer squads collected a sweep of Union Grove on Tuesday as the Patriots won 2-1 and the Lady Patriots prevailed 2-0.

Lady Rams place second in track meet

COVINGTON - The Newton first track team finished second in a six-team meet Tuesday.

'They're America's team' Even eventual opponents were pulling for 'underDawgs'

WASHINGTON - Everybody appreciates an underDawg, including Stanley Burrell and his Xavier teammates.

Events 3-20-08

March 20

Darrell Huckaby - Digging a hole to China

I have never been to China, although I do eat a lot of their food and wear a lot of their clothing. I tried to go when I was a little kid. I was inspired by a Popeye cartoon in which the squint-eyed sailor got all hopped up on spinach and dug right through the earth. He came up on the opposite side and ran face to face with a guy in a Coolie hat, pulling a rickshaw.

In brief

Laser Atlanta awarded patent