News for Wednesday, April 1, 2009


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Man arrested after neighbor complains about parked car

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

Slow your roll New speed signs put Porterdale on the radar

PORTERDALE - It took just over a year, but City Council member Robert Foxworth saw one of his goals achieved last week with the installation of two radar signs on Main Street. The signs flash the speed of oncoming vehicles to let drivers know when to slow down.

Homeless shelter move delayed

COVINGTON - It's been 18 months since the city of Covington agreed to help fund a new homeless shelter to be located on Turner Lake Circle, but the shelter has yet to open.

Board OKs arts academy

COVINGTON - Staff at Newton High School and at the Newton County School System will work the rest of the year and into the summer to fully develop the planned Academy of Liberal Arts at the school before next school year.

Barbecue to benefit Lions' charities

Trace Larimer prepares to chow down at last year's Covington Lions Club Chicken Barbecue. This year the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 8 at Academy Springs Park off Conyers Street. Half-chicken plates with all the trimmings are $6. Desserts cost extra. Delivery for 20 or more can be arranged ahead of time. For more information, call 770-385-6697 or e-mail Proceeds will go to aid Lions charities, including Georgia Lighthouse Foundation, Emory Children's Eye Center, Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and Dyslexic, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lions Club International Foundation and scholarships for local students. Lions will also collect used eyeglasses, cell phones and hearing aids for the needy.

Questions surround shooting

COVINGTON - Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the Summerset apartment complex off Salem Road on Sunday evening after a man was shot in the leg.

John Douglas - 04/01/09 The 2009 legislative session nears the end.

The 2009 Legislative Session will end April 3 as we complete the 40th day of meetings. Last week was a busy week as we focused on the economy and other areas as well.

Smith's 33 not enough for Hawks

PHILADELPHIA - Andre Iguodala scored 19 points, Andre Miller added 18 points and 10 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame a season-high 33 points from Josh Smith in their 98-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Bill Shipp - 04/01/09 THE RAT RETURNS?

Remember "The Rat" - a giant Godzilla-like creature that stalked the Georgia TV-scape nearly 10 years ago? The monster - a guy in a rat suit - starred in the darnedest political commercial Georgia had ever seen. The rat gobbled up everything in sight. He even ate the Capitol. The year was 2002.

Calipari to leave Memphis for Kentucky Coach gets eight-year, $35M deal to lead Wildcats

LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge - and riches - of returning Kentucky to college basketball glory.

Darrell Huckaby - 04/01/09

They say politics makes strange bedfellows. I guess, for once, "they say" is right. You'd better sit down for this one. I know I had to.

Eastside closes in on Newton Cup

COVINGTON - Eastside's golf teams are one round away from retaining the Newton Cup after taking a commanding lead in the first round at The Oaks Course on Tuesday.

Tigers release Sheffield one homer away from his 500th

LAKELAND, Fla. - Gary Sheffield's next home run will be his 500th in the major leagues.

Braves sign Jones to 3-year, $42 million extension

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones already had a World Series ring and an MVP trophy. What he wanted was the chance to finish up in the place where he started.

Community Calendar - 04/01/09

April 1

Vick to owe Falcons at least $6.5M

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Vick has agreed to pay the Atlanta Falcons at least $6.5 million as part of his bankruptcy case, moving closer to cutting ties with a team that doesn't want him back.