News for Thursday, March 6, 2008

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Fire Dept. sees rise in call volume

COVINGTON - In 2007, firefighters with Newton County Fire Service ran about 200 more calls than they did in 2006, according to Chief Mike Satterfield.

Construction on bridge to begin soon

COVINGTON - Construction on Hightower Trail Bridge over Gum Creek is about to get under way.

Newton Pre-K registration opens at end of March

COVINGTON - Parents and guardians who want their 4-year-olds to attend a Newton County School System prekindergarten class can register their child in the NCSS Pre-K lottery beginning March 24.

Appliances, copper stolen from houses

COVINGTON - Two houses under construction in Newton County were stripped of more than $9,000 worth of appliances and copper by thieves earlier this week.

Porterdale road project moving slowly

PORTERDALE - Officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation and their engineering consulting firm met with members of the Porterdale City Council and residents at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the intersection improvement project at Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road.

On the rise

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Newton teams split with Stephenson

COVINGTON - The Newton girls soccer team started slow, but it quickly built momentum, beating Stephenson 4-0 Wednesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Heritage tennis rolls to pair of 5-0 victories

CONYERS - Both Heritage tennis teams picked up their second subregion wins Wednesday, sweeping Eastside by identical 5-0 scores.

Events 3-6-08

March 6

Newton's golf teams set sights on making state

COVINGTON - Even though Newton's golf teams are young, both the boys and girls teams have valuable experience.

Government Meetings 3-6-08

Thursdays

Ric Latarski - School system has more to worry about than fat students

Let me get this clear in my mind: Georgia trails everyone except Bangladesh in SAT scores, class size is still a problem, No Child Left Behind is a tangle of bureaucratic subterfuge, Gov. Sonny Perdue killed the foreign language program for elementary schools and we have one school system - Clayton County - so poorly managed it's about to lose its accreditation and students have petitioned the school board to resign.

Edwards docked total of 110 points Crew chief fined $100,000 for rules violation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carl Edwards used two straight wins to take the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time in his career.

In brief

One-hit wonder for Braves

Big shutout wins Rockdale girls cruise; Alcovy boys get first subregion victory

CONYERS - Both the Rockdale girls and the Alcovy boys soccer teams picked up big wins Wednesday night at Reid Memorial Stadium.

Darrell Huckaby - March runs strong campaign for 'Best Month' award

My friend and I were having a conversation the other morning about the month of March. Yes, after 10 years as a columnist, I still have a friend left; but just the one. It was his contention that March might just be the very best month of the year. He had a Top Ten list of reasons to back up his claim. Honesty compels me to admit that many of his reasons centered on the sports world, but that's OK. I like sports, too, and I must say, he made a compelling argument.