News for Friday, April 10, 2009


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Kaiser gives GPC health grant

Georgia Perimeter College has received a $130,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente for its Department of Nursing. The funds will be used for faculty and student recruitment and retention programs.

Piedmont welcomes baby chicks

The long awaited arrival of baby chicks finally has occurred in Piedmont Academy's fifth-grade classroom. The eggs were incubated for 21 days before the first chicks began to peck out of their shells. Twelve of the 24 eggs hatched from the incubator. As part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness, the students are taking care of the chicks. Then, students will use their classroom "behavior bucks" to bid on chicks. The highest bidder will be the proud owner of a new baby chick to take home. Students have already named the chicks and are making deals for the bidding. Some students are combining behavior bucks so they will have a better chance of winning. Pictured, left to right are Bridgette Phillips, Summer Collins, Levi Ford and Matti Smith.

Newton celebrates National Library Week

COVINGTON - Forget about whispering in the library next week - the Newton County Library personnel want residents to have a little fun because it's National Library Week.

On the Beat: Man steals $150 in lotto tickets

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

City shifts site focus for NSP

COVINGTON - City officials want to change the site that will benefit from federal funds received through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and blighted properties.

Spring's blossom

Students aren't the only ones to enjoy a little down-time over spring break this week. Jackie Kelly, who teaches family and consumer sciences to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Edwards Middle School, spent her week off relaxing with her paintbrush. The Newton County resident attended the "paint party" that is held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the Square in Covington and put the finishing touches on her wild poppy oil painting.

Mansfield students plant tree for project

Mansfield Elementary School Pre-K and first-grade classes recently planted the last of 40 trees that were bought through a $5,000 grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission's Making the Shade program. Beryl Budd, a community forester at the GFC who also serves on the Mansfield Tree Board, helped with the project. Pictured finishing up the planting are, left to right, Ethan Baza, Stephen Bishop, Jaxon Dean and Zack Lundy.

Doug Holt - 04/10/09 A view from the House

Our final week of the legislative session saw the normal surge of legislating. We considered 42 bills and resolutions, and also worked to resolve many minor differences between bills and vote on conference committee reports that hashed out those major differences between House and Senate versions of bills.

CFD's chief awarded CFO designation

COVINGTON - Fire Chief Don T. Floyd of the Covington Fire Department has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer," a distinction shared by only 630 CFOs worldwide.

Roads to be named after local leaders

COVINGTON - Three late local leaders will soon be memorialized in a special way that will remind everyone who drives through Mansfield or down U.S. Highway 278 of their many contributions to the community.

Rob Jenkins - 04/10/09 What I learned at the ball park

A recent trip to the ball park reminded me of the years I spent as a Little League dad - 12 years, in fact, during which I served as a head coach, a hitting coach, a pitching coach, a base coach, a scorekeeper and an umpire, all without leaving the comfort of my folding chair behind the backstop.

Attacking Augusta Campbell leads low scoring assault on first day at Masters

AUGUSTA - Chad Campbell ran off five straight birdies, the best start ever in the Masters. Jim Furyk charged up the crowd with four straight birdies late in his round. Even that notoriously slow starter, Tiger Woods, got in on the action.

Daly hopes to return, minus all the chaos

AUGUSTA - The fans were checking out the hats, T-shirts, towels and golf flags covering the folding tables, but what they'd really come to see was still inside the oversized RV parked across the street from Augusta National.


Harold Esslinger of Covington and Wanda Esslinger of Conyers announce the engagement of their son, Joshua Bennett Esslinger, to Ashley Lauren Anderson, daughter of Ken and Laurie Anderson of Grayson.


Chanse and Mary Ann Roberts of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Roberts of Conyers, to Joe Delbridge of McDonough, son of Jim and Dianne Delbridge of McDonough.

Newton Blotter - 04/10/09

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

Community Calendar - 04/10/09

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Rockdale Blotter - 04/10/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between March 31 and Monday:

Darrell Huckaby - 04/10/09

It was a hot evening in August. My oldest child, Jamie Leigh, was in the first grade, which would have made it about 18 years ago.

Jack Simpson - 04/10/09 New Victory Garden

I do not know what triggered the idea. Maybe it was the arrival of robins on the lawn. Perhaps it was the flowering of trees, or maybe the advent of Daylight Saving Time.


Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Blount of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ann Blount, to Bernard Jefferson Wolff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Wellborn Wolff of Roswell.


Terri Sammons Williams of Covington and Greg Williams of Walnut Grove announce the engagement of their daughter, Tasha Lea Williams of Covington, to Kevin Duane Criswell of Covington, son of Alice and Duane Criswell of Covington.


Pastor Robert and Mrs. JoAnn Raynor of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Monica Paige Raynor, to Pastor Jason Edwin Dees of Huntsville, Ala., son of Mr. John and Mrs. Nancy Dees of Huntsville.

Semino-no: Muirhead pitches no-hitter as 'Noles earn 11-0 victory

Not a bad Thursday afternoon for a guy who wasn't even on the pitching staff in 2008.

Late goal dooms Thrashers

ATLANTA - The Florida Panthers were eliminated from the playoff race after they beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday night.