News for Thursday, August 6, 2009

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GBI confirms man shot himself 20-year-old used same gun to wound deputies

COVINGTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released the results of an autopsy performed at the Georgia Crime Lab on Thomas Leland Powell, 20, the man who shot two Newton County deputies Monday night before turning the gun on himself.

CPD gets $37K grant

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department has been awarded a grant in the amount of $37,787 to purchase digital video equipment for patrol cars.

Community Calendar - 08/06/09

Aug. 6

NCSS graduation rate: System hopes to improve

COVINGTON - Officials in the Newton County School System are hoping that the district's graduation rate will be the highest it has been in at least the last seven years.

Good to be back Hanson cruises in California homecoming

SAN DIEGO - Once he got through a shaky first inning, rookie Tommy Hanson put on a decent show for the 100 or so friends and family members who watched his first big league start in Southern California.

Running on empty Dealerships wait for funding of Clunkers program

CONYERS - Local dealers are taking a wait-and-see approach this week on continuing their participation in the federal Cash for Clunkers program following concerns that the program may not continue.

Government Meetings - 08/06/09

Thursdays

Close to the cut Second-round slips spoil Jones' tourney

CONYERS - Former Heritage golfer Bill Jones III keeps getting close but cannot quite seem to finish in the top.

Suddenly a problematic position Injury, holdout make receiver spot source of concern for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - An injury to Harry Douglas and the continued contract holdout by Roddy White have combined to make wide receiver a position of rising concern for the Atlanta Falcons.

Shortstop stepping up for Conyers Heritage senior Woodward batting .461 in tournament at No. 9 spot

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 heads into the first round of the American Legion Southeast Regional at 5 p.m. today in Sumter, S.C., with an unsung hero leading the way.

Oxford College to remember late dean

OXFORD - Addressing participants at a philosophy conference in 2000, Dr. Bond Fleming said, "I have always been more involved in doing than in publishing. I have sought to do my writing in the lives of students."

NCSO seeking three suspects in beating death

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are still seeking three suspects in connection with the beating death of William Okafor.