News for Friday, May 2, 2008


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On the Beat: Woman arrested, charged with DUI

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

Ex-cop joins BOC race for District 3 seat

COVINGTON - Lifelong Newton County resident Andre Cooper has joined the race for District 3 county commissioner, qualifying on the Democratic ticket this week.

Covington Rotary celebrates top 10 Newton students

COVINGTON - The Rotary Club of Covington will honor the top 10 students from each of Newton County's three high schools Tuesday.

Qualifying wraps up

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.

DOT work resumes on Ga. 142

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.

Two former employees arrested in series of Waffle House robberies

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.

Shooting straight

Richard, Kyle cheer up paralyzed vets

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.

Rockdale Blotter 5-2-2008

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

Jack Simpson - What's Obama's problem with flag pins?

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).

Announcements 5/2/2008


Rockdale Blotter 5/2/2008

· Kyle Carlos Williams, 22, 874 Andrews Drive, probation violation.

Newton Blotter 5-2-2008

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

For the love of the game 86-year-old picked up tennis at 60

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.

Injured Smoltz ponders return to Braves' bullpen

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 softball player signs scholarship

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.

Community Calendar 5/2/2008


Newton Blotter 5/2/2008

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

Jay Jones - Fishing a fulfilling hobby

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.

Rob Jenkins - Quarter pounders are for sissies

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:

Setting their own goal Newton Rams look for good showing at AAAAA tourney

COVINGTON - The Newton girls golf team knows that winning the Class AAAAA championship is not a realistic goal.

Hawks back home, hoping to upset Celtics

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.

College HOF adds Lou Holtz, Aikman

NEW YORK - Lou Holtz's first big break in his Hall of Fame career came when he got dumped by his girlfriend.

Darrell Huckaby - Empty calendar doesn't mean an entirely stress-free day

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.