News for Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Porterdale may borrow to avoid cuts Extra money could be taken against future taxes

PORTERDALE - A combination of cost-cutting and borrowing may solve Porterdale's budget woes for another year, giving the city time to explore other options for the future.

Newton County Sheriff's Office expands K-9 Unit

COVINGTON - The two newest deputies at the Newton County Sheriff's Office will work for food. They are the new canines - a Belgian Malinois and a bloodhound - who are members of the revamped NCSO K-9 Unit.

General Mills celebrates 20 years

COVINGTON - For two decades, General Mills has been churning out Cheerios and goodwill toward the community.

Porterdale eyes rollback millage rate

PORTERDALE - City officials are not planning a millage rate increase this year, following a recommendation by the city manager to borrow against anticipated tax revenues if the town runs short of cash in 2010.

Newton Phone Poll - 08/22/09

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com or by calling 770-787-7303 ext. 1349.

Call of duty

David Thomas of the Newton County Fire Service is getting ready for the next call by inspecting his rescue rope. Thomas and other firefighters had just returned from an emergency when Citizen photographer Erin Evans stopped by Fire Station No. 1 at the intersection of Flat Shoals Road and Covington Bypass on Friday. Thomas has been working in fire rescue with NCFS for two years.

Community Calendar - 08/22/09

Aug. 21

Early birds get Rams Atlanta jumps on top of St. Louis in first half to seal 20-13 victory

ST. LOUIS - Atlanta Falcons starters were flawless. St. Louis Rams starters had no answer, even against the second-stringers.

Man found guilty in shooting death

CONYERS - An Olde Salem Township resident was found guilty of murder by a Rockdale County jury in the shooting death of his neighbor, who was found dead in his driveway in December.

Eagles' goal: Complete run to state meet Eastside boys, girls cross country teams open season in Athens

COVINGTON - Experience and a large turnout of new runners could give the Eastside cross country teams the edge they need as both try to make it to the state meet together for the first time.

Government Meetings - 08/22/09

Tuesdays

Dress rehearsal

An Eastside running back breaks through a hole as the Heritage defense closes in during Thursday night's scrimmage. The Eagles and Patriots, as well as the other four local high school teams, will kick off the 2009 football season next week. Eastside opens the season Thursday at Harris County, while Heritage squares off with county rival Salem on Friday night. Also on Friday night, Alcovy clashes with Newton, and Rockdale travels to Madison County.

Rockdale finds its swagger Lady 'Dogs confident after summer work

CONYERS - Rockdale girls basketball coach Alex Springs was pleased with the confidence his squad developed during its summer workouts.

Martin takes Bristol pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Alan Gustafson gambled at Michigan and it cost driver Mark Martin dearly in his chances to make the Chase for the championship.