News for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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Students mostly not transferring Only 3 changing schools by using new state law

COVINGTON - Three students in the Newton County School System will attend a school other than their assigned school after their parents took advantage of a new state law.

Rodent ordinance off table

COVINGTON - Residents of the city of Covington won't be able to obtain permits to shoot squirrels and other rodents, the City Council decided Monday night.

Deputies recovering NCS0: Officers shot by man who later killed himself

COVINGTON - Two Newton County deputies continue to recover in an Atlanta trauma center from gunshot wounds received when they answered a suicide threat call Monday afternoon. The man they went to help died by his own hand in a bedroom of his home on Parker Road in the extreme southern portion of the county, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Computer glitch costs $3M County, city, NCSS to lose projected funds

COVINGTON - Due to a computer error, taxable value of property in this year's tax digest was overstated, meaning the county, city of Covington and Newton County School System will not collect as much revenue as projected.

Mullins Letter - 08/05/09

It should be obvious to any informed and open-minded citizen that our president and Congress are miserably failing to abide by their oath of office, paraphrasing - "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; to bear true faith and allegiance to the same; taking the obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; to faithfully discharge the duties of the office they are entering." What I have seen thus far raises more questions about the motives of both the president and Congress.

Lady 'Noles focus on team chemistry Salem coach pleased with girls' summer workout

CONYERS - With four starters back from last season's 23-3 squad, the Salem girls basketball team worked on something a little different this summer - team chemistry.

WR White working out in Alabama

FLOWERY BRANCH - Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White is working out with former UAB teammates in Birmingham, Ala., while holding out for a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Darrell Huckaby - 08/05/09

Fall is fast approaching, and at this time of year my thoughts always turn to two things - women's breasts.

Kathleen Parker - 08/05/09 A CRUDE REALITY

What's in a name? A bit of deception when it comes to the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Community Calendar - 08/05/09

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Oaks to host golf tournament for troops

COVINGTON - Just because the military is beginning to pull troops from Iraq does not mean that we should forget about those who remain.

Peterson has fresh outlook Falcons LB believes 11th year will be his greatest

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Peterson finally made peace with himself after last year's meltdown with Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio.

Larsen Letter - 08/05/09

I am taking this way to say a public "thank you" to some very hard-working, but probably overlooked, people. Our neighborhood, just five blocks from the Covington Square, has a terrible problem with feral cats. We have recently been in touch with someone to correct this problem. From Mr. John Middleton, deputy chair of the Board of Commissioners, and his secretary, to Ms. Terry Key-Hoosan, director of Animal Control, her (most likely over-worked and under-paid) staff, and especially Animal Control Officer Kerrick, we have received professional, prompt and courteous service. These people all deserve a huge thank you and, at the very least, a pat on the back for the service they provide for us, the citizens of Newton County.

A healthy start UGA returns to practice on a high note

ATHENS- It has been a summer of healing for Georgia, and for that a grateful Mark Richt offered one word: "Amen."