News for Friday, August 14, 2009

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'Truly a calling' After shootout, wounded deputies eager to be back on the job

COVINGTON - Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies who were recently shot in the line of duty appear to not only have survived, but are thriving, and both say they're ready to go back to work.

Covington to apply for energy efficiency grant

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is joining other municipalities that are members of Electric Cities of Georgia in applying for a grant through the State Energy Program.

NCSS changes theme school transportation

COVINGTON - Two weeks into the new school year, the Newton County School System plans to change transportation arrangements at the Fairview and Clements theme schools.

Ozburn loses bid for top Ga. court

COVINGTON - Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn's bid for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court is over.

Group helps ease school transition

CONYERS - Rockdale County Public Schools is known to help students with their transition to high school, but this year, one group also is focused on helping parents with that transition.

Rockdale Blotter - 08/14/2009

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Aug. 4 and Monday:

Tiger without a blemish in leading first round of PGA Championship

CHASKA, Minn. - Tiger Woods was twirling his club, not tossing them at his bag in disgust. Putts that grazed the edge of the hole and caused him so much angst were for birdie, not par or worse.

Lady Pats counting on juniors Heritage looks to reload after suffering key losses

CONYERS - On the surface, it would appear Heritage softball was about to embark upon a rebuilding period.

Announcements - 08/14/09

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Newton Blotter - 08/14/09

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

Jack Simpson - 08/14/09

June through September are hurricane months. These are days of worry and possible danger; a matter of concern. We know what rotating storms, high winds, rain and surging waves can do to our communities.

Community Calendar - 08/14/09

Aug. 14

New Newton coach inherits veteran squad Lady Rams have 11 players back from last season's team

COVINGTON - With a new coach and only two players gone from last year's team, the Newton softball team is in a good position as it prepares to start the season.

Gonzalez making most of first camp with Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH - Tony Gonzalez is doing his best to get through another training camp.

Streaking Braves prepare to face Phillies

ATLANTA - Brian McCann says Atlanta is in the NL East playoff race to stay and the Braves get a chance to back up that claim this weekend.

Vick signs deal with Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Michael Vick is back in the NFL, landing a job with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Darrell Huckaby - 08/14/09

Once upon a time in a galaxy far away ... OK, so it wasn't all that long ago and it was right here in Newton County ... there was a nice little community that was considered "rural" by just about any measure used to denote such things. Yes, I am talking about Covington and Newton County.

Mark Shields - 08/14/09

Whatever happened to manners? Recently, my wife and I were two of the guests at a dinner party for eight in the home of friends. Two of the other guests were, by Washington standards, VIPs, of the kind whom have their own assigned parking spaces or are guests on the Sunday talk shows.