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PORTERDALE - The City Council plans to have its attorney provide a thorough review of a proposed contract for 911 dispatch services at its retreat today. The contract, which extends for five years, would require Porterdale to pay $46,000 this year for its percentage of police calls that are dispatched through the Covington-Newton County 911 Center.
COVINGTON - Some students at Newton High School got a special visit Thursday afternoon.
COVINGTON - Representatives from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant have had their eyes set on property along Ga. Highway 142 for more than a year, but a spokeswoman confirmed Friday the company will not open a restaurant there.
COVINGTON - The BP station and convenience store at 3501 Salem Road was burglarized on April 11, and Newton County Sheriff's Office officials are hoping the community can help solve the crime.
Porterdale Elementary School students, from left, Chelsea Augusta, Natalea Lue-Fung, Jala Johnston and Mirelle Thomas escort Miss Georgia Chasity Renee Hardman down the school halls to the cafeteria with school Principal Lizzella Dodson. Hardman, Miss Georgia and first runner-up to Miss America, spoke to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls at the school Friday morning. She encouraged the girls to find out who they really are and embrace it; look in the mirror every day and tell themselves that they are beautiful; go for success and write down their life goals or make a picture of it and look at that goal every day; and work hard to reach their goals because nothing in life is free. She also sang "You Gotta Believe" by Yolanda Adams, answered several questions and took group pictures. The Porterdale cheerleaders and dance team paid tribute to Miss Georgia by performing to the song "Black Butterfly," and the Pearls of Essence Girls Group presented Miss Georgia with a small gift that they had created, along with a Porterdale Elementary shirt.
ATLANTA - Ronald Murray is used to taking the long way.
Eagles out of region tennis tournament
DANIELSVILLE - One team had an easy time capturing its third straight region championship. The other had to sweat it out for its first.
PITTSBURGH - Paul Maholm combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Atlanta Braves their fourth straight loss with a 3-0 victory Friday night.
CONYERS - It took the Patriots a while to get started, but once they did, Heritage's baseball team took care of business, beating Cedar Shoals 10-0 in five innings on Friday.
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Daleski family was among the first in line when the gates opened Friday at Gwinnett Stadium, offering fans in the Atlanta area an option of minor league baseball.