News for Friday, April 3, 2009

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Social Circle to hold city cleanup day

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle is doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend.

Preparing for the hunt

City gets grant to beautify Interstate 20 exit

COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $50,000 Gateway Grant to the city of Covington for beautification of the I-20, exit 90 interchange.

Ga. Power warning of scam

COVINGTON - Georgia Power is warning customers about a scam that could put their personal information and money at risk.

Doug Holt - 04/03/09 A View from the House

The fiscal 2010 budget was still in the Senate's hands last week, as their Appropriations Committee reviewed the bill. However, the recently released February revenue numbers have us wondering whether this budget will have to be cut even further. State revenue during February was down an incredible 34.8 percent, compared to February 2008. Contrast this to a drop of 14.3 percent for January, and 8.9 percent in December. It's possible that this astounding plunge is some kind of statistical fluke, perhaps due to a slowed pace of businesses and taxpayers filing their 2008 returns. If such is not the case, and the trend continues, some rather dramatic budget decisions will be in order. Gov. Perdue may have to call the General Assembly back for a special session later this year to deal with the problem. For now, all we can do is wait on further information.

Rescue a warning of swift water dangers

COVINGTON - The rescue of a 20-year-old woman from rising waters in the Alcovy River is a reminder to all area residents of the dangers of swollen rivers and creeks, according to the Newton County Fire Service.

Final tune-ups Jurrjens, Jones lead Braves past Astros 2-1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones is showing off a million-dollar swing.

Prep roundup: Lady 'Noles stay perfect in region

CONYERS - The Salem Lady Seminoles remain perfect in Area 8-AAAA play after a 10-0 win over Winder-Barrow, while the boys got back to .500 in the area with their 3-0 win Tuesday.

Rob Jenkins - 04/03/09 Depressed over economy? You're in the right place

If you're wondering where to invest your money in these dark economic times - assuming you have any to invest - you might want to consider drug companies that market anti-depressants. Unlike banking and automobile manufacturing, depression is a growth industry these days.

Jack Simpson - 04/03/09 My Gray Has Gone

Mr. Gray never achieved the fame of Socks, the stray cat that lived in the Clinton White House. In fact, few people care one way or another about Mr. Gray or his life on this good earth. Oh, sure some readers ask about him from time to time and wonder what he is up to these days.

Darrell Huckaby - 04/03/09

OK, y'all. It's official. I am impressed with the Internet.

After near destruction, Big East the king of the hardwood

DETROIT - OK, so maybe it wasn't the end of college sports as we know it.

Rockdale Blotter - 04/03/09

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 24 and Monday:

Community Calendar - 04/03/09

April 3

Newton Blotter - 04/03/09

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

Top seniors to face off in all-star game

COVINGTON - Newton basketball coach Rick Rasmussen is putting his Rams shirt aside as he gets the Newton Senior All-Star team ready to take on the Rockdale Senior All-Star team in a college-style matchup April 16 at the Newton gym.