News for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Testing their street smarts

Seniors, from left, Joan Frazier, Jeanne Harper and Jessie Fowler call up all they know about driving as they take a quiz offered at the AARP Driver Safety Program at Turner Lake Senior Services Center on Tuesday. The program is designed especially for older drivers, taking into consideration physical changes that may affect driving safety and offers ways to compensate for those changes. It is offered in two, two-hour sessions and may qualify the participants for a 10 percent auto insurance savings. For more information on the next available session, call Jim Hurt at 770-385-0019.

Scammers make off with tires Stolen merchandise valued near $6,000

COVINGTON - Nearly $6,000 worth of Bridgestone tires were apparently stolen from Atlanta Tire Specialists on Monday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Snapping Shoals donates $10,000 to Chamber

COVINGTON - Snapping Shoals EMC has donated $10,000 to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce to support work force development.

City denies transition housing request Council approves permit for personal care home

COVINGTON - The City Council recently denied a special-use permit for a transitional facility and approved a permit for a personal care home.

Oxford City Council: College's HR manager runs for seat

OXFORD - Oxford resident and Oxford College employee Sue Dale has announced that she intends to run for an open City Council seat in the November election.

2 teenagers arrested in foiled burglary attempt

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies interrupted a burglary on Mountain Lane in southwest Newton County at about 7 p.m. Thursday night, according to an NCSO incident report completed by Deputy Ary Grijalva.

Community Calendar - 08/12/09

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Dallas Letter - 08/12/09

As reluctant as most students are to accept the end of summer vacation, for most Georgia counties the arrival of August signals it's time to go back to school. This means motorists must once again be aware of precious cargo commuting to school on our roadways. It's time to share the road with big yellow school buses and watch for shorter pedestrians crossing crowded intersections. It's time to "Avoid Harm, Obey the Stop Arm."

Kerr Letter - 08/12/09

During this time of high unemployment and need for job creation, it is critically important that small businesses not be burdened with additional employment costs. Indeed, may small businesses are struggling to remain open.

Offensive funk doomed Conyers in regional Post 77 hit just .214 in tournament

CONYERS - Just 17 days ago, Conyers was polishing off a Georgia American Legion state championship, scoring 13 runs in a mercy-rule rout of Douglasville.

Kathleen Parker - 08/12/09 THEM DANG SOUTHERNERS

Southern writer Walker Percy liked to poke fun at Ohioans in his novels, just to even things out a bit.

First-ever Georgia State football players report to campus

ATLANTA - Even though Drew Little passed up on an opportunity to play football at Boston College, he knows he'll be part of something big at Georgia State.

Listening to 'Babs' Falcons' Babineaux a strict mentor for young Jerry

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux seized the opportunity to remind an impatient Peria Jerry about post-practice protocol in the NFL.

Darrell Huckaby - 08/12/09

Time. It's been the object of a lot of discussion and the subject of a lot of memorable quotes. Back before it became politically incorrect to be a big fan of the movie "Gone With the Wind," I was a big fan of the movie, "Gone With the Wind." There was a sign on the fence - I believe it was at Twelve Oaks, but I guess it could have been Tara - that bore a quote from Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanac."

Eastside starts with new coach, reassignments Softball team begins season Friday

COVINGTON - Eastside's softball team will have a lot of eyes upon it as it starts the 2009 season.

Catch of the day More than 120 youths participate in fishing derby

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The 13th annual Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters Fishing Derby at the Department of Natural Resources Fishery in Social Circle has been officially proclaimed a success. More than 120 youngsters took part in the event with more than 65 adult volunteers assisting them as they dipped their hooks into the lake.

Hanson strikes out nine in Braves' win

ATLANTA - Rookie Tommy Hanson struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings and the surging Atlanta Braves won again, routing the Nationals 8-1 to snap Washington's eight-game winning streak Tuesday night.