News for Friday, March 21, 2008

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Spring cleaning

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Off to the races

Special to the Citizen: Nancy Lockridge

Two motorists die in fiery crash on County Road 213

COVINGTON - Two people were killed Thursday afternoon when a pickup and a sedan traveling in opposite directions on County Road 213 near Ga. Highway 36 were involved in a collision.

BOE OKs budget adjustment

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the Newton County School System's recommendation of a midterm adjustment of its budget with the exception of two items.

County, Porterdale to split road costs

COVINGTON - Newton County and the city of Porterdale will split the cost for acquiring the right of way at the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road for an improvement project.

Newton pre-K registration starts next week

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants to remind parents who want their 4-year-old to attend a Newton County School System prekindergarten class that registration for the NCSS pre-K lottery begins Monday.

Big growth may have subsided Census says population up, but housing slump hit hard

COVINGTON - Newton County is still one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, but numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau may not reflect a recent decline in growth, according to local sources.

Club Meetings 3-21-08

Fridays

Johnson-Mason

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson of Seattle, Wash., announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Anne Johnson, to Jonathan Clinton Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mason of Conyers.

Salem crushes Cedar Shoals

CONYERS - Brandon Crumbley's three-run homer was the key blow in a nine-run third inning as No. 5-ranked Salem (8-1 overall, 6-1 in 8-AAAA) chalked up a 12-1 victory in five innings over visiting Cedar Shoals on Wednesday.

Lisa McLeod - The Fashion Whisperer: Going from Frump to Fashionista

One part stylist, one part shrink, one part fortune-teller; he's nixed half my wardrobe, but in a single two-hour meeting he showed me how I can look better at age 44 than I did at 20.

Rockdale Blotter 3-21-08

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between March 10 and Monday:

Announcements 3-21-08

Newton Precinct Changes

New Arrival 3-21-08

James Thomas Hamilton was born Feb. 24, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and measuring 191/2 inches long. Thomas is the son of James Brett Hamilton and Rachel Lea Hamilton of Conyers. His grandparents are Jan and Greg Hamilton of Conyers.

Pickett-Moss

Tony and Nan Pickett of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenny Pickett of Conyers, to Richard Moss of Conyers, son of Richard and Elaine Moss of Conyers.

Glavine open to helping pitchers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Few young pitchers can turn to a 300-game winner for advice.

Events 3-21-08

March 21

Barbour-Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barbour of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Allison Barbour, to Brian David Fowler of Atlanta son of Mr. and Mrs. David Fowler, of Woodstock.

68th Anniversary

James and Annie Fields celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on Feb. 21. LongHorn Steakhouse in Conyers donated a steak dinner for the couple and the activity staff at Westbury Health and Rehab, where the couple resides, decorated their room. The Fields celebrated with their family earlier in the day.

NCAA roundup: Blue Devils nearly upset by Belmont

WASHINGTON - Mighty, mighty Duke let teeny, tiny Belmont play with the big boys. And, for stretches, get the better of them.

Xavier rallies past fading Georgia

WASHINGTON - Xavier took full advantage of a Georgia team that was, well, 'Dawg tired.

Streaks continue Heritage boys, Rockdale girls take Conyers Cup titles

CONYERS - The Heritage boys and the Rockdale girls padded their championship streaks in the Conyers Cup on Thursday.

Newton Blotter 3-21-08

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

Dancing a fairy tale

Smith infuses country with rock and roll

Oklahoma native Damon Smith takes the old Donny and Marie axiom of "a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll" to an interesting extreme - he's country all right, but there's no lack of rock in his approach.

Rockdale Retired Educators Association Offers Henry Gibbs RREA Scholarship

The Rockdale Retired Educators Association is inviting applicants to apply for its annual scholarships to be presented again this year to deserving college students who have completed at least one year of college and who are majoring in education.

Ric Latarski - Excuses thrive in the spring

Spring has officially arrived.

Happy 8th Birthday

Patriots keep streak alive with 12-2 win Heritage gets seventh straight baseball victory in region play

CONYERS - The Heritage baseball team has been on quite a roll lately, and Thursday's game against Jackson County was no different.