News for Wednesday, February 18, 2009


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Porterdale: $1.1M budget proposed

PORTERDALE - City Manager Tom Fox presented a proposed $1.1 million budget to City Council members at a work session last week, along with a cautionary note that the city should "prepare for the worst and hope for the best."

Two horror movies to film in Newton

COVINGTON - Be forewarned: a murderous madman wearing a white mask and wielding an axe will be unleashed on the streets of Covington soon.

Conyers Middle School student does not have mumps

CONYERS - Several days after putting parents of Conyers Middle School students on alert that a student had been diagnosed with mumps, school administrators are now sounding the all clear signal.

No pay raise for mayor, council

COVINGTON - The City Council took a proposed pay raise off the table Monday night on the advice of City Manager Steve Horton.

'Trees are our life' Public invited to events for Arbor Day

COVINGTON - Several local events are taking place to celebrate Arbor Day, which will be observed in Georgia on Friday.

Community Calendar - 02/18/09

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Braves try to close deal with Griffey

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves tried to close a deal with Ken Griffey Jr. on Tuesday, hoping the aging slugger who ranks fifth on baseball's career homer list can bolster an outfield that produced the fewest long balls in the majors last season.

John Douglas - 02/18/09 Nearing the half way point of the legislative session

We have a lot of work ahead of us in a short amount of time, but I am confident that we will finish the drill having passed sound public policies for the benefit of all Georgians. Last week we were very pleased to have distinguished visitors as we passed bills to provide homeowner tax relief and acted in the best interest of homeland security.

Darrell Huckaby - 02/18/09

KEY WEST - When it comes to no-holds-barred hedonism I can never decide who takes the prize; Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Duval Street in Key West - but I intend to continue visiting each location until I reach a definitive conclusion.

Salem baseball coach optimistic in first year on the job

CONYERS - First-year Salem baseball coach Chad Kitchens faces the daunting task of replacing a man who led the Seminoles to a school-record 28 wins in 2008.

Eagles free from baseball kings of 8-AAAA Eastside's new region not filled with dominant foes

COVINGTON - For the first time in several years the Eastside Eagles baseball team find themselves in a position where they can actually compete for a playoff spot.

Bill Shipp - 02/18/09 THE PEANUT INSPECTOR

Georgia's 9th District congressman, Nathan Deal, usually doesn't make ripples in Washington. So when he came out of his shell the other day to defend the peanut before Congress, he made news. He told a House committee hearing on the recent Georgia peanut scandal that he often ate raw peanuts and suffered no ill effects.

Eastside clinches state tournament berth Eagles ride surge to 59-51 win over Oconee Co.

COVINGTON - Four 3-pointers by Neal Latimore helped turn Eastside's early 13-6 deficit into a 31-23 halftime lead against Oconee County in the first round of the Region 8-AAA playoffs Tuesday. Eastside held on to beat the Warriors 59-51 and secure a spot in the Class AAA playoffs.

Francoeur tries to recapture early-career magic

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur graced the cover of Sports Illustrated not long after he got to the majors. The headline dubbed him 'The Natural.'