News for Friday, July 10, 2009

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Porterdale votes for 911 contract

PORTERDALE - The City Council approved a contract for 911 dispatch services at its meeting Monday night, returning the contentious issue to the Covington City Council and Newton County Board of Commissioners for their determination.

A little zydeco music

It's the second Friday night in July and time for the the Arts Association in Newton County Summer Series presentation of the Zydeco T band on the Square in Covington beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a chair or a blanket and join the fun.

Denny Dobbs Park gets OK from board

COVINGTON - Commissioners gave go-ahead orders for Denny Dobbs Park on Tuesday night.

Jumping right in

Youngsters participating in the Covington YMCA's day camp program had a field day Thursday afternoon at the Y's outdoor recreation fields on Stone Road. Ed Munster, president of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, paid the Covington facility a visit and the 200-plus campers joined in the fun. Here, camper Samuel Warren gets a thrill as he slides down an inflatable.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests: Many schools score below state average

COVINGTON - School-level scores from the state's 2009 CRCT released Tuesday show many schools in Newton County scoring below state averages in several subject areas.

Rockdale Blotter - 07/10/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between June 30 and Monday:

Tough trials ahead in Tour de France Armstrong near top as Pyrenees loom

BARCELONA, Spain - A split second off the lead with the mighty Pyrenees looming, Lance Armstrong now gets to see what his rivals can throw at him.

Turner Letter - 07/10/09

Although I can sympathize with Ms. Hyde in her support to change a county law that would best serve her interests, I sympathize more with the balance of the county residents that currently enjoy the ability to have a say in what happens in their neighborhood.

Victims leave signs at Barnes gravesite Family told police they feared for their safety

COVINGTON - Family members of Lanny Barnes contacted the Covington Police Department the morning after his burial to inform them that two signs had been placed on his grave in Westview Cemetery on West Street, according to Covington Police Department spokesman Detective D.J. Seals.

Community Calendar - 07/10/09

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Mark Shields - 07/10/09 Ugly Republican Backbiting

Losing presidential campaigns are a lot like failed marriages. In their aftermath, both unhappy experiences regularly leave similar casualties: open wounds, paralyzing self-doubt and an irresistible urge to settle personal scores.

Jack Simpson - 07/10/09 Depression

During the Great Depression, I was growing up in a small Pennsylvania town. Times were tough after the stock market plunge. Unemployment was rampant and jobless people could be seen in bread lines everywhere. It was very difficult to earn a dollar and keep it long enough for it to burn a hole in your pocket.

Poll: MLB fans feel priced out

Clarence Eckstein grew up in Ohio, when a great summer day meant driving 21/2 hours with his dad to see Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine.

Researcher: High school teams should cut back on two-a-days

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Top researchers on heat-related illnesses called on high schools to cut back two-a-day preseason football practices the way the NCAA forced college teams to do six years ago.

Mayfield case has NASCAR doping policy in national spotlight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Although NASCAR contends it has the best anti-doping procedures in sports, some experts see flaws in the policy and question whether drivers are getting a fair shake in the lab or a safe ride on the track.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/10/09

I was invited, last week, to speak to a group of folks over in Louisville, which happens to be the county seat of Jefferson County - whose population is roughly the size of one of our local football stadiums on an October Friday night. The very nice lady who invited me wanted to make sure I was aware that the name of her town was pronounced "Lewis-ville" and not "Looie-ville," which is how it would be pronounced were I headed for Kentucky to make my talk.

Newton Blotter - 07/10/09

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

Earnhardt expresses Indy desire NASCAR star says he'd love to drive in prestigious open-wheel race

INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Earnhardt Jr. would jump at the chance to drive in the Indianapolis 500 if there were not a conflicting NASCAR race on the same day.