News for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Doug Holt - Second half of session picks up in House

Moving into the second half of the legislative session, action really picked up last week. The House considered 46 bills and resolutions.

NCSO: Tots left alone Mother charged with cruelty

COVINGTON - A mother of three young children was arrested and charged with cruelty to children in the second degree last week after she allegedly left her kids home alone.

Object shatters window on I-20

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are investigating an incident in which a semi-truck's window was shattered by an unknown object on Interstate 20 in the early morning hours Sunday.

Birthday wishes Newton County students celebrate Dr. Seuss' 104th birthday

COVINGTON - Students in Newton County - and all over the United States - celebrated one man's birthday Monday.

Students to attend career expo Wednesday

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants more students to be prepared for life after high school and college at an early age.

Pit bull attacks boy, 10

COVINGTON - A Covington man was issued a citation for reckless conduct last week after his pit bull allegedly attacked a 10-year-old boy.

Fifth-graders set to take writing test

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System wants its fifth-grade students to be at school ready to write Wednesday.

Bulldogs blank Tigers Rockdale opens region with 5-0 win over Alcovy

CONYERS - Strong pitching and clutch hitting propelled Rockdale (2-0 overall, 1-0 in 8-AAAA) to a 5-0 victory over visiting Alcovy (0-1, 0-1) in the Region 8-AAAA opener for both squads Monday.

Health Reports 3-4-08

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Newton County Health Department. As of Dec. 1, the Environmental Health Division implemented new regulations that include both a letter grade and numeric score. The current form, along with the two most recent inspection reports, must be visibly posted within 15 feet of the establishment's main entrance and drive-through windows.

Darrell Huckaby - Bob Hope helps close generation gap

Back in the last century it was fashionable to talk about the "generation gap." I haven't heard that term lately but can readily testify that the gap does still exist. Does it ever!

Government Meetings 3-4-08

Tuesdays

Falcons release Dunn, sign Turner

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons released running back Warrick Dunn on Monday, one day after signing free agent Michael Turner.

Rob Jenkins - Confessions of a field tripper

So I finally went downtown with my son to see all those old fossils. And no, I'm not talking about the state Capitol. I'm talking about the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Heritage gets soccer sweep Patriots earn pair of victories

CONYERS - Heritage's soccer squads collected a clean sweep of Dutchtown on Monday at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Events 3-4-08

March 4

Salem sweeps Newton teams Seminoles crush Rams squads

CONYERS - Consistency was the name of the game for the Salem boys golf team as they had four scores in the 40s in a 167-198 win over Newton on Monday at The Highland Golf Club.

Alcovy boys get second victory Tigers beat Monroe Area by 12

COVINGTON - For Alcovy golf coach Chris Newsham, this year's goal is simple: Show steady improvement and hammer out some consistency.

John Douglas - Senate continues to work at intense pace

The 2008 legislative session continued last week as we began to look ahead to March and the looming end of the 2008 session. At this writing, we were completing Day 26 of the session and working hard deliberating bills that will have an impact on the citizens of Georgia. This week, I expect that all committees will be meeting at the Capitol working to pass as many bills as possible within the next four legislative days. Day 30 is the last day bills can pass between the House and Senate or visa versa. It's a key day in the session. After Day 30, each chamber will only consider bills from the other body.