On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVINGTON - Lifelong Newton County resident Andre Cooper has joined the race for District 3 county commissioner, qualifying on the Democratic ticket this week.
COVINGTON - The Rotary Club of Covington will honor the top 10 students from each of Newton County's three high schools Tuesday.
COVINGTON - Qualifying for the July 15 general primary ends at noon today. On Thursday, candidates for the District 3 county commission seat and coroner added their names to the Republican ballot.
COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that motorists on Interstate 20 will be detoured at Ga. Highway 142 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, while work to remove the old highway bridge over I-20 resumes.
CONYERS - Two former Waffle House employees have been arrested in Henry County and are accused of committing a series of armed robberies at area Waffle Houses, including one in April on Salem Road.
RICHMOND, Va. - The smiles on the faces of the veterans in wheelchairs were unmistakably broad Thursday as they posed for pictures with NASCAR icon Richard Petty.
The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Covington Police Department.
The struggle for the Democratic nomination continues. People are tired of listening to the bickering between candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Questions are asked about Clinton's Bosnia visit. Was she under sniper fire? Obama has his own problems, one of which is trying to distance himself from the views of his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another trivial question is his aversion to wearing an American flag pin. He claims he is patriotic, yet he doesn't care to proclaim it with a pin (the same one worn by the president, numerous public figures, policemen and firemen).
· Kyle Carlos Williams, 22, 874 Andrews Drive, probation violation.
The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department.
On a sunny breezy April day, Winnell Smith bounces back and forth on her feet readying her racket for the next volley. When the shot comes to her, Smith returns it with a controlled backhand, adding a good amount of spin to the ball. The ball bounces off the top of her opponent's racket and out of bounds.
ATLANTA - Facing the prospect of trying to make it through the season with an aching shoulder, John Smoltz is pondering another dramatic career change.
Newton's Morgan Smith recently signed a softball scholarship with the Brenau University. Looking on were, front, from left, mother Michele Smith, Morgan Smith and father Robert Smith; back, Brenau softball coach Devon Thomas.
The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:
Randy Poynter Lake was closed Wednesday, as normally is the case, and my mind was on fishing. I wasn't longing to wet a line that day, but it was a chance for me to think about fishing with my dad and Uncle Tump.
When I read that the house specialty at Big Judd's Diner in Ririe, Idaho, is a hamburger made from a whopping 1 pound of ground beef - appropriately known as the "Big Judd" - I could think of only one logical response:
COVINGTON - The Newton girls golf team knows that winning the Class AAAAA championship is not a realistic goal.
ATLANTA - The Hawks were back home Thursday, feeling a lot more comfortable as they watched film and practiced for nearly two hours at Philips Arena.
NEW YORK - Lou Holtz's first big break in his Hall of Fame career came when he got dumped by his girlfriend.
I've had a pretty busy schedule this spring - and so has the rest of my family - which means we have all spent way too much time on the road and not nearly enough time at home with our feet propped up.