News for Saturday, May 31, 2008

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First Friday Concerts set for Monroe

MONROE - Downtown Monroe will host The Sensational Sounds of Motown on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m. on the Walton County Historic Courthouse lawn.

On the beat: Men accused of helping themselves to wood

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Frazier pleased with spring drills at Heritage

CONYERS - In the eyes of the average high school sports fan, Chad Frazier's first season as the Heritage head football coach was not a memorable one.

Broughton pleads guilty in teen's death Man shot 15-year-old in 2006

COVINGTON - The 21-year-old man who shot and killed a 15-year-old girl inside his home over the Christmas holidays in 2006 pleaded guilty in Newton County Superior Court Friday.

Man robbed at gunpoint in vacant rental house

COVINGTON - A man was robbed at gunpoint at a vacant house on East Country Woods Drive around 1:15 Tuesday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

TDR ordinance to be presented to cities

COVINGTON - Newton County's Planning and Development Department intends to visit with representatives from the county's municipalities in the upcoming months to gauge their interest in a proposed Transferable Development Rights (TDR) ordinance.

Rockdale Citizen Poll - 5/31/2008

"I am amused by Cynthia Hudson's quote in the paper regarding graduation. She blustered on about dignity and decorum that the seniors deserve. Hmmm. This from a principal that didn't attend baccalaureate. This from a principal who likes to be heard, but is never seen to support those very seniors. I'm wondering if she's going to be at graduation. Oh, wait, since she's moved the venue to an inappropriate setting, who cares?"

Williams sisters out in three

PARIS - Oracene Price, mother and coach to Venus and Serena Williams, stood near the steps to the locker room at the end of a long, rough day at the French Open.

Local KidsNet program a model for state

CONYERS - Youth and family support program KidsNet Georgia, which started as an effort in Rockdale County and now has programs throughout several Georgia counties including Newton and Chatham, is being used as a model by the state to help fund other similar start-up programs in Georgia.

Athens Regional sees split results Ga. Tech wins; Georgia falls

ATHENS - Jason Haniger and Charlie Blackmon each had three hits and two RBIs, leading Georgia Tech past Louisville 8-5 Friday at the NCAA Athens regional.

Conyers man accused of impersonating doctor

ATLANTA - A Conyers man remains in jail on charges that he impersonated a doctor at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

Newton Citizen Poll - 5/31/2008

This week's Citizen Poll was an open line ...

Goggin, Perry both lead at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio - The first sign of hope at the Memorial came from the scoreboard, which showed Mathew Goggin coming back to the pack after a blazing start. The second sign came from a gray sky that promised relief from a brutal test of golf.

Cincinnati showdown Volquez, Bruce lead Reds over Braves

CINCINNATI - Rookie Jay Bruce had four hits - three of them off 300-game winner Tom Glavine - and scored on Chipper Jones' error in the 11th inning Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Denby promises change if elected

COVINGTON - Democratic candidate Emmett Denby is promising to offer "a change for the better" if he's elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners.