News for Friday, May 16, 2008


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NCSS starts process to approve budget

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System presented the school system's 2008-09 budget for the first time during Tuesday's monthly work session when NCSS Superintendent Steven Whatley presented the Newton County Board of Educations members with a presentation on the tentative general fund budget.

Poplawski wins Public Links sectional match Covington's Lewis an alternate

COVINGTON - Katelyn Poplawski had two bogeys canceled by two birdies on the back nine of The Oaks Course to shoot an even par 35 and prevail in the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship qualifying sectional Thursday.

Emotional rollercoaster Heritage sweeps Dalton, advances to quarterfinals

CONYERS - All season, the Heritage baseball team has lived by the motto of "a different hero every night."

Conyers native in final trials for Olympics

ATLANTA - Conyers native Chandler Alford, 22, will try to capture his dream this weekend and become one of three weightlifters in his weight class to make the 2008 USA Olympic Weightlifting Team.

Top students have big plans ahead

Barrick to study computers at Tech after summer with friends

Rockdale Blotter 5/16/2008

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department between May 5 and Monday:

Newton Blotter 5/16/2008

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

Seminoles' deciding Game 3 delayed a day by rain

CONYERS - After Thursday's rainout, Salem baseball coach Chris Davis has no idea what to expect in today's third-and-deciding game of the Class AAAA second-round playoff series against East Paulding.

Rainy day in Covington

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Darrell Huckaby - Grocery runs used to be more orderly affairs

I was sitting around the kitchen table with my lovely wife, Lisa, and a few close friends the other day and the talked turned to gasoline prices. Imagine that. We all began brainstorming about ways to cut down on fuel consumption and somebody mentioned combining trips to the store. Now that sent me thinking.

Perry earns share of AT&T Classic lead on rainy day

DULUTH - Kenny Perry sloshed through the water-logged fairways, ducking under an umbrella every chance he got.

Hamels pitches shutout, Phillies top Braves 5-0

PHILADELPHIA - Cole Hamels pitched his first career shutout, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Thursday night.

Porterdale not interested in Transfer of Development Rights program

PORTERDALE - The county's exploration of a proposed Transfer of Development Rights program doesn't interest the city of Porterdale right now. That was the consensus reached Tuesday night at a City Council work session.

Aldridge first winner of Pat Patrick award

COVINGTON - Lee Aldridge is known for having one of the biggest hearts in Newton County.

Jack Simpson - America must clean out its closets

I was hunting some ant killer at the local hardware store recently. A clerk remarked, "Our country sure is in bad shape these days." When I asked what he had in mind, he replied, "Take your pick." Inflation, the economy, war in Iraq, fuel prices, violence, theft, unemployment, healthcare costs, and the list goes on.