News for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Covington trims its budget

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council trimmed the 2008/2009 budget Monday night in response to a decline in projected revenues and expenses.

NHS teacher's keys, car stolen

COVINGTON - A Newton High School teacher reported her car was taken from the school parking lot on March 25, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Fun with words Scrabble Fest to raise money for Newton READS

COVINGTON - Newton County READS is hosting its fourth annual Scrabble Fest on April 18, to raise funds for adult literacy programs.

Police investigate 2 arsons in Newton

COVINGTON - Two cases of arson were reported last week, according to the Newton County Fire Service.

Social Circle councilman dies at 77

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle District 3 Councilman David Terry, 77, died Sunday afternoon at his home.

Smith first hopeful for city council

COVINGTON - Chris Smith is the first to announce his candidacy for a Covington City Council seat in the Nov. 3 Municipal general election.

Hawks use 3-pointers for road win

TORONTO - Josh Smith had 25 points and seven rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks used 11-for-22 shooting from 3-point range to beat the Toronto Raptors 118-110 on Tuesday night.

Bill Shipp - 04/08/09 A TALE WORTH REMEMBERING

Richard Whitt, 64, a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 17 years and a Pulitzer Prize-winner for the Louisville Courier-Journal, keeled over one day in January and died of a massive heart attack. The AJC didn't even bother to run an obituary. The Courier-Journal said Whitt had been one of the best investigative reporters around.

Keepers of the Cup

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Heritage in position to take region crown Patriots one game behind Madison County; Salem, Rockdale also eye playoff berths

COVINGTON - Heritage baseball finds itself in a position to win the Region 8-AAAA title with Salem and Rockdale still in contention to make it to the playoffs.

Darrell Huckaby - 04/08/09

OK. Who teed off Mother Nature this time?

Community Calendar - 04/08/09

April 8

Finding a way Salem struggles but comes away with 7-6 win

CONYERS - Five errors, the lack of timely hitting and the less than lackluster pitching were quickly pushed aside after Cody Davis crushed a full count, one-out pitch out of the park for a three-run walk off home run and a 7-6 Salem victory Tuesday.

John Douglas - 04/08/09 2009 Legislative Session comes to close

On April 3, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned after completing the 40 required days of the 2009 session. This year, the Senate took important steps to stimulate the economy, provide quality education and improve our transportation infrastructure. By passing several key pieces of legislation and approving essential funding in the FY10 state budget, the Senate has worked to benefit all Georgians. Here are some of the major initiatives we approved during the 2009 session:

Jurrjens shuts down Philly's bats

PHILADELPHIA - Jair Jurrjens and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, Kelly Johnson and Chipper Jones hit solo homers and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Tuesday night.