News for Friday, February 27, 2009


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County will get grant for homestead relief

COVINGTON - Newton County will receive its share of the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant for 2008, Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Kathy Morgan said Wednesday.

Working on the wetlands

Social Circle studet wins national award

Broadway actress Jenn Colella, left, from films like "High Fidelity" and "Urban Cowboy," Social Circle Theater student Kaylee Ruark and Broadway actress Jenifer Foote, from shows like "A Chorus Line" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Colella and Foote presented Ruark with Ruark with an award for Outstanding Individual: Female during the January 18 closing ceremony of the 2009 Junior Theater Festival at the Hilton Atlanta. It's the world's largest musical theater festival dedicated to groups working with elementary and middle school students to bring them together with students, teachers and Broadway professionals to celebrate on-stage and backstage excellence.

Field house project hits funding snag Bids for building come in much higher than expected

COVINGTON - Getting started on the new field house at Sharp Stadium may take a little longer than first expected.

Schools hope for new scoreboard

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education is considering the addition of a new scoreboard at Sharp Stadium as part of the project to improve the facility.

Registration open for next ACT

The next ACT achievement test will be administered on April 4, and students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by today. Late registration deadline is available from Saturday until March 13 for an extra fee.

No salary cuts for county employees Budget-cutting measures spare workers furloughs, reduction in pay

COVINGTON - County employees were spared a salary cut and a mandatory furlough Wednesday afternoon, as Administrative Officer John Middleton announced department heads had found alternative ways to reduce the budget by more than $1 million.

Official: Vick OK'd for home confinement

RICHMOND, Va. - Imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick will be allowed to finish his sentence under home confinement because there is no room at a halfway house for him, a government official told The Associated Press on Thursday.


Bruce and Vicky Giles announce the engagement of their daughter, Lorien Kelly Giles, to Steven Richard Moran Jr., son of Steven Moran Sr. of Newnan and Theresa Moran of Covington.

Doug Holt - 02/27/09 A View from the House

On Tuesday last week, Gov. Perdue announced that the revenue estimate for the state budget must be lowered by another $465 million. This makes the job of cutting an even more significant challenge. Considering this bad news, the House majority caucus has concluded that we must do more than merely react to the crisis by cutting the budget. Since any sustained revival will be driven by private enterprise, especially small business, the most valuable thing we can do is create incentives to get the dominoes of daily business decisions falling forward, instead of backward. We are launching the Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success Act, which is a package of primarily small business-friendly hiring credits and new business incentives. We began moving the package legislatively this week. The state government has a responsibility to pitch in too, and this is where we start.

Darrell Huckaby - 02/27/09

Back when I was coming along - which could mean any time between my birth, in 1952, or my graduation from college, in 1975, give or take a semester or two - there was a lot of talk about the so-called "generation gap." Children were not supposed to be able to understand their parents and vice versa. Honesty compels me to admit that I never put much stock in that whole generation gap malarkey. My parents, Homer and Tommie Huckaby, never had any trouble making themselves understood - by me or anyone of any age, and I am fairly certain that they understood me, too.


Daisy Cole of Lawrenceville announces the engagement of her daughter, Theresa Cole, to LaMar Erkard of Conyers, son of Lester Erkard of McDonough and Cynthia Christopher of Lithonia.


Mr. and Mrs. James Wiseman of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Marie Wiseman of Conyers, to Eli Robinson of Sandersville, Ga., son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Robinson of Sandersville.

Key players return for Eastside golf

COVINGTON - The best way to characterize the Eastside boys and girls golf team is experienced.

Ride for the Cure set for March 28

COVINGTON - Snapping Shoals EMC is getting ready for the 5th Annual Ride for the Cure, a community motorcycle ride and poker run that benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Bulldoggs shut out Eagles 12-0

WINDER - Eastside baseball coach Michael Poor said he considered the Eagles' 12-0 loss to Winder-Barrow on Thursday "a learning experience."

Eastside splits with Alcovy Eagles boys win 4-1; Lady Tigers on top 4-1

COVINGTON - Whatever adjustments are being made by the Eastside boys and the Alcovy girls tennis teams appear to be working as they won their matches 4-1 Thursday.

Hanson brings heat Prospect throws 99 mph fastball as Braves top Astros 8-7

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Team USA should feel pretty good about putting Roy Oswalt on the mound in the World Baseball Classic.


Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Rooks of Florence, Ky., formerly of Conyers, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Marie Rooks, to Thomas Edward Eten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eten of Alexandria, Ky.

Community Calendar - 02/27/09

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Jack Simpson - 02/27/09 Honor Bestowed

Jack B. Simpson

Newton Blotter - 02/27/09

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


Speed and Lisa Young of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandria Young of Conyers, to Chad Crawford of Monroe, son of Terry Crawford of Conyers and Deanna Crawford of Monroe.

Rockdale Blotter - 02/27/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Feb. 17 and Monday:

Kids encouraged to celebrate National Poetry Month with pets

April marks the 13th anniversary of National Poetry Month. To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 2nd annual "Paws for Poetry" Contest.


Christina Ann Beasley and James David Carter Jr. were married on Jan. 24 at Tabernacle of Praise in Mansfield. Dr. Jeffrey R. Perkins officiated the service.

Sylvan encourages every child to read

Sylvan Learning is launching a pledge drive to encourage local students and parents to read on March 2, designated as NEA's Read Across America.