News for Thursday, September 11, 2008

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Detention officer is put in jail Woman is accused of fraud, theft by taking

COVINGTON - A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer has been arrested and charged in connection with using an inmate's credit card, according to Sheriff Joe Nichols.

Porterdale cuts budget with layoffs

PORTERDALE - Two employees have been laid off by the city in an effort to make up an approximate $200,000 budget shortfall for the year.

Rockdale girls place first at home meet

CONYERS - On Wednesday afternoon, the Rockdale girls took first place while the boys finished second during their cross country home meet against Henry County and Jackson County.

Perdue tours plant Governor lauds General Mills for water conservation

COVINGTON - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue visited the General Mills plant in Covington on Wednesday to recognize a unique public-private partnership that resulted in the company conserving millions of gallons of water each month.

Ryan's debut will be a difficult act to follow

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan reacted just the way one would expect of a rookie who just threw a 62-yard touchdown on his first NFL pass.

Lions Club looking for 'Covington Idol' at BBQ fall festival

COVINGTON - Covington will have its first "Idol" in a few weeks.

Literacy Festival returns to Covington for 5th year

COVINGTON - The Learning Center and Main Street Covington want families to know that learning can be fun.

Community Calendar 9/11/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Johnson homers twice in Braves' win Five-run seventh inning lifts Atlanta to 9-5 win

ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson homered twice, James Parr pitched six more scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves overcame a shaky bullpen to deal another blow to Colorado's fading playoff hopes, beating the Rockies 9-5 on Wednesday night.

Government Meetings 9/11/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Playing his role Stafford leaves the big numbers to other QBs

ATHENS - As a high school senior, Matthew Stafford threw for more than 4,000 yards.

Salem eyes key clash with Loganville

On Friday, the Salem football team will try to avoid something it hasn't done since 1999 - begin a season 0-3.