News for Friday, July 17, 2009

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Orientation offered for new middle schoolers One-day camps begin Tues.

COVINGTON - Many students making the transition from being a fifth-grade elementary school student to becoming a sixth-grade middle school student may have apprehension going into the new school year. However, the middle schools want to help calm their fears by offering one-day summer camps.

School supply drive held for troops' kids

COVINGTON - The Family Readiness Group supporting the Covington National Guard Armory is holding a school supplies drive to benefit the children of soldiers currently in Afghanistan.

First catch

Lucas Pedrious, 7, celebrates his first catch during a recent fishing trip to Turner Lake Park. Lucas is participating in the Newton County Recreation Commission's Summer Day Camp, for children ages 4 to 12, which runs through July 24.

Annual free fishing derby returns Aug. 1

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters Bass Club is once again offering kids the chance to enjoy the great outdoors as it presents the 13th annual Casting for Kids Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/17/09

Read to your children.

Holtz, Donnan among coaches going into Hall

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - He is the only man to lead six universities to bowl games. Still, Lou Holtz never considered coaching his primary calling. He had a lot more to teach than X's and O's.

An electric affair Snapping Shoals EMC holds annual celebration

CONYERS - For an annual business meeting, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation's Thursday gathering gave members plenty of reasons to attend. It began with the trademark yellow plastic bucket filled with goodies.

Armstrong prepares for more climbing

VITTEL, France - Lance Armstrong is ready to climb again, ready to leave the pack at the Tour de France after days of flat riding that belonged to sprinters.

Baseball notebook: Austin gets to showcase at national level

CONYERS - Tyler Austin has always been in select company on the baseball field in the state of Georgia. Now, Austin can make that claim on a national level.

Newton Blotter - 07/17/09

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

Rockdale Blotter - 07/17/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between July 7 and Monday:

Mark Shields - 07/17/09 Our Humor-Impaired Politics

President John F. Kennedy frequently told audiences: "There are three things which are real: God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third." Nobody in recent American politics ever did more with and for laughter than former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, who sadly left these mortal precincts, altogether too soon, not quite three years ago.

Community Calendar - 07/17/09

July 17

Watson in Open hunt 59-year-old shoots 5-under, one back of leader Jimenez

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Tom Watson, famous for winning the "Duel in the Sun" that forever links him with Turnberry, is at the stage in his career where the British Open should be a ceremonial stroll into the sunset.

Jones hits a winner Braves' star drives in go-ahead run in 5-3 victory

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves prevailed in the matchup of bullpens in a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Sports briefs

Duluth looking for youth wrestling coach