News for Friday, August 28, 2009


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Progress made on Vogtle plant Future power supply moves forward

COVINGTON - A major hurdle has been cleared toward construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, which will supply the city of Covington with future power needs for the next few decades.

Free Concerts on the Square series starts Thursday

COVINGTON - It's time for one of Newton County's favorite summer traditions: The Concerts on the Square series starts Thursday, in downtown Covington.

Family affair

Husband and wife team Charles and Linda Skrobot have combined their culinary skills to create Town Center Breads on Monticello Street and its off-shoot, Town Center Breads Coffee House in Clark's Grove. Above, Charles mixes up his next batch of sourdough after beginning his day at 2 a.m. to ensure fresh bread, muffins, scones and focaccia for his customers. The type of breads available rotate and in addition to sourdough, he bakes wheat, multigrain, banana nut and roasted pecan raisin.

Rep. Marshall can be reached toll free

Residents can now dial a local number to reach the Macon office of Congressman Jim Marshall, a Democrat who represents Georgia's 8th congressional district. The number is 678-625-8221.

Pavers will honor citizens at Sharp

COVINGTON - Newton County athletes soon can be a permanent part of Homer Sharp Stadium history.

High school football kicks off tonight

COVINGTON - Newton County residents and football fans from across the state will get a chance to see the updated look at Homer Sharp Stadium starting tonight.

Rockdale Blotter - 08/28/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Aug. 18 and Monday:

Newton Blotter - 08/28/09

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

Community Calendar - 08/28/09

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Kathleen Parker - 08/28/09 DEFUSING THE GOOGLE BOMB

When Oscar Wilde observed that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, he could not have imagined the Internet.

Nothing typical in Heritage, Salem game

CONYERS - Opening night is usually about starting fresh, getting re-acquainted with teammates and coaches in a football game atmosphere, and playing a non-region opponent.

Braves destroy Padres 9-1

ATLANTA - Javier Vazquez pitched seven scoreless innings, everyone in the Atlanta lineup contributed to a 17-hit attack and the Braves romped past the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Thursday night, avoiding a sweep and moving closer in the wild-card race.

Alcovy, Newton kick off season at Sharp

COVINGTON - When Alcovy and Newton renew their county rivalry tonight, it could be a high-flying game or a battle in the trenches, depending on the weather.

Jack Simpson - 08/28/09 Lunch

This is the time of the year for homegrowns, yes, as in tomatoes! There is nothing quite like this fruit, some say is a vegetable.

Quarles Letter - 08/28/09

I find it so unsettling that the senator representing District 17 in Covington in 2009 is so uninformed and falling into the same old rhetoric that is being spewed from the hill. Does this senator not know that in Porterdale there is a homeless shelter, serving food and housing people of his district that don't have the medical care they may need? Is he just that oblivious to the obvious that the rest of us in this county are aware of. If so, shouldn't he be more aware?

Darrell Huckaby - 08/28/09

What started as a simple question soon turned into a full blown debate and ultimately spiraled downward into a classless argument, complete with regional slurs and name calling.

Atha Letter - 08/28/09

The family of Wesley Atha would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of the Newton County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Covington/Newton County SWAT team, the Butts County Sheriff's Department and EMTs, the Georgia State Patrol, the GBI, and the staff at Atlanta Medical Center for the outstanding and professional job that was done during the recent unfortunate incident involving Wesley and Officer Trent. This was a call that all family members of police officers everywhere never want to receive, and everyone that was involved did everything they could to help us through this terrifying event. We are blessed to live in Newton County and have the protection of these outstanding men and women that serve our county so well. It also was amazing to witness the devotion each member of the various teams has to each other when an event like this occurs.

Mishaps, mistakes Blunders cost Lady Eagles second region game

COVINGTON - Lack of hitting and fundamentals helped the Lady Eagles lose their second Region 8-AAA game to Oconee County 6-3 Thursday.

Rockdale travels to Madison Co. for opener

CONYERS - Rockdale football coach Mike Etheridge believes in taking things one step a time.