News for Friday, August 7, 2009


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Newton County schools contract for foam tray recycling

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is not giving up on foam tray recycling.

Tiny dancers

The Creative Movement class at Mainstream Dance Studio in Covington takes a turn at the barre. Students putting their best foot forward are front to back Mackenzie Losch, Joshua Arocho, Sarah Gregory, Elizabeth Pope, Larkin Arnold and Ada Laomon.

Newton School Editorial - 08/07/09

Schools are up and running in Newton County - a fact that still seems a bit odd at this time of year for those of us who grew up starting school after Labor Day. We may not all agree on when the school year should start, but we should all be on the same page when it comes to our attitude toward the importance of school and getting a good education. And that attitude starts with parents who should be committed to ensuring that their children attend school and do the required work to get ahead in life.

County recycling center hours extended Most to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday

COVINGTON - County neighborhood recycling centers will open earlier two days a week beginning Tuesday.

Nelson Heights Center creates confusion

COVINGTON - A certificate of occupancy will soon be issued for the new Nelson Heights Community Center on Laseter Street, but commissioners say they need more information about who will run the center and what will take place there.

1 dead, 1 critical in crash Neighbors say that stretch of roadway is a death trap

COVINGTON - One man is dead and a woman remains in critical condition following a head-on collision about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.


Bridget Roberta Larsen and Ryan Carter Leverette were married on May 11 in Grand Cayman Island. The Rev. O. McLaughlin officiated the ceremony.

Woodson a defensive dynamo Hall of Fame inductee excelled at two positions

PITTSBURGH - Rod Woodson did everything an NFL player supposedly shouldn't do to begin his career.


Tiffany N. Brown of Clearwater, Fla., and David F. Boyd IV of Kanehoe, Hawaii were married on July 25 at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Fla. Brandon Wheeler of Tampa, Fla., officiated the service.

Bazzani strikes out 8 in Conyers win at regional

SUMTER, S.C. - It's safe to say South Carolina's state champion saw all it wanted to see of Anthony Bazzani on Thursday.

Community Calendar - 08/07/09

Aug. 7

Rockdale Blotter - 08/07/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between July 28 and Monday:

Mark Shields - 08/07/09 Independent Voters' Jury Still Out

TOWSON, MD. - Those of us who live in Washington, D.C., do not make movies or airplanes. We do not raise corn or cattle. What Washington occasionally makes is public policy, and we constantly produce "conventional wisdom."

Injury hits Falcons' offense Douglas lost for season

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' depth chart at wide receiver doesn't look much like coach Mike Smith planned.

Jack Simpson - 08/07/09 Ex-Governor

When we first heard of Sara Palin, she kinda grew on us, huh? She was pretty, outdoorsy, family-oriented and pleasant - and she was governor of Alaska.

Darrell Huckaby - 08/07/09

It was just another routine news story. Law enforcement agents were answering a domestic call. A young man had a gun, as I understand it, and was holed up inside his own home, threatening to kill himself.

Newton Blotter - 08/07/09

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

Harrington takes two-shot lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington never allowed himself to get down during the worst of times, whether he was missing five straight cuts or finishing toward the bottom of the leaderboard.


Craig and Betty Finamore of Atlanta announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Finamore, to Dusty King, son of Mike and Kathy King of Braselton.


Bo and Caron Bateman of Conyers and Perry and Tina Shupe of Lilburn, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Lynn Shupe, to Charles Henry Earl III, son of Chuck and Patricia Earl of Rochester, Mich.

Athletes, parents invited to recruiting seminar

CONYERS - Rockdale County Public Schools wants student-athletes to be prepared for their future sporting careers.