News for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Small explosion causes disruption at Alcovy

COVINGTON - A loud noise sent students scurrying for cover and law enforcement personnel converging on Alcovy High School early Tuesday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Cleared EHS coach warns of home ploy

COVINGTON - The Eastside High School football coach recently cleared of charges in an apparent mortgage fraud investigation is looking forward to putting away the alleged criminals involved.

Future scholars Palmer Stone fifth-graders take tour of Oxford college

OXFORD - Some Newton County fifth-graders got a seven-year head start on some of their peers this week.

Police hope surveillance photos point to killer

NELLVILLE - Whoever fatally shot a Conyers woman in a Target parking lot Sunday probably had one thing in mind: murder.

Newton home destroyed in morning fire

COVINGTON - A home located in the Magnolia Walk subdivision in western Newton County burned late Tuesday morning, causing approximately a quarter of a million dollars in damages, according to Newton County Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Tim Smith.

Community Calendar - 04/29/09

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Bill Shipp - 04/29/09 MURDER IN ATHENS

Three people were shot to death Saturday in Athens, and three others were wounded. A UGA professor was being sought as the killer. I was mildly surprised to hear the news before I switched the TV to "Cops" to watch the San Diego police collar hapless derelicts.

Diaz's late hit gives Braves win

ATLANTA - Matt Diaz drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Kyle McClellan in the eighth inning, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

GPC to host Picnic Pops Concert

If you're looking for a free outdoor family event this weekend, then pack up your picnic basket and blanket and head on over to Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus for the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra Picnic Pops concert.

Darrell Huckaby - 04/29/09

We have a lot of weeks set aside for various causes and events. We have National Nurses Week and National Education Week and World Health Week and ... well, you get the picture. Sometimes the weeks offer real opportunities to show appreciation for a group of people or become aware of a certain cause and sometimes Hallmark sells a lot of greeting cards.

Heritage girls roll to Elite 8 Doubles teams lead Lady Patriots to 3-1 win

CONYERS - The Heritage girls tennis team is starting to carve out its own list of impressive postseason accomplishments.

Defending champs put an end to Heritage's season

Mary Coffed and Ali Mackay scored two goals apiece and Marist dominated Heritage, 6-0, Tuesday in a Class AAAA second-round game.

Hawks gaga for Zaza Pachulia takes a leading role in playoffs

ATLANTA - Zaza Pachulia spends most of his time as an obscure backup center for the Atlanta Hawks, playing a few minutes here, a few minutes there. He's rugged but hardly graceful. He's a banger who handles the dirty work, letting others claim the glory.

Hodges, McCallum push Salem girls to 2-1 win

CONYERS - It took two freshman to give the Lady Seminoles the goals needed to give Salem its 2-1 win over Northgate in the second round of the Class AAAA soccer playoffs Tuesday at Seminole Field.