News for Thursday, August 20, 2009

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BOC hears proposal to save $929K

COVINGTON - County commissioners were presented with a plan to make up an estimated $929,000 shortfall in property tax revenues Tuesday night.

Brown attends sheriff's conference

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown recently attended the Georgia Sheriffs' Association's Summer Training Conference in Greene County.

Social Circle defers possible tax hike

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to defer until next month making a decision about a possible tax increase.

Snapping Shoals offers grants to teachers

COVINGTON - Teachers looking for a little more money for their classroom have the opportunity to get some help again this year.

The paws that refresh

Trigger makes no bones about it - he loves the feel of that cool water and bath mitt on his chest. Groomer Kelly Wood bathes the golden retriever at Wellspring Animal Hospital on Crowell Road, where she offers grooming, clipping and bathing four to five days a week. She said no dog is too big or too old that she won't attempt to give it a shampoo or haircut. Wood said she began grooming her own dog and liked it so much that she became a professional. For an appointment or more information, call 770-385-8181.

Officer fires gun at suspect Police: Man caught after foot chase with $1,520 in fake bills

COVINGTON - A Covington Police officer is on paid administrative leave following a foot chase Tuesday night during which he discharged his firearm, according to CPD Detective D.J. Seals.

Lofton expected to be Falcons' long-term leader

FLOWERY BRANCH - From the time the Atlanta Falcons made Tommy Nobis their first draft pick in 1966, the franchise has always had a long-term leader at linebacker.

Braves sink Mets with 8-run inning

NEW YORK - Brian McCann hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of another gaffe by Luis Castillo to put together their own eight-run inning in a 15-2 victory over the sluggish New York Mets on Wednesday night.

In brief

Eastside girls, Newton boys get wins at cross country meet

Heritage volleyball starts well Lady Pats defeat Gladiators, get pair of non-area wins

CONYERS - If Heritage is to defend its Area 8-AAAA championship, Wednesday was a good start.

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Going their way Salem dominates in 10-1 win over Locust Grove

COVINGTON - Salem had all three phases of their game - hitting, pitching and defense - against Locust Grove in the 10-1 mercy-rule, five-inning win Wednesday.

Newton looks to improve on '08 record

COVINGTON - With seven returning varsity players on Newton's volleyball team, head coach Shandelyn Carter has high hopes of achieving all their goals.