News for Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Porterdale to clear land for trail

PORTERDALE - The city will use some remaining funds from its 1995 special purpose local option sales tax to connect its walking trail to a multi-use trail planned by Newton County.

Back to school party set

COVINGTON - It's inevitable: School must start again. But rather than mourning the end of summer, local students are getting the chance to celebrate a return to reading, writing and arithmetic.

Newton Phone Poll - 07/18/09

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com. This week's poll was an open line.

BOE to hold combined meeting

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education will meet on an altered schedule this month.

Hays honored with parkway naming, dedication

MANSFIELD - The late Lamar B. Hays was honored Thursday by family, friends and the Georgia Legislature with the dedication of a highway in his honor.

Ready to play ball

City Pond baseball fields are ready and waiting for the invasion of teams and fans in town for the Dixie Youth Baseball Major Georgia Tournament which will begin today. Newton County will have three teams in the 16-team tournament, including the Amerian Team, the Southern Team and the National Team, all of which face opponents today. Opening ceremonies for the event will take place at 5 p.m. at City Pond field. Play will continue through the week.

Government Meetings - 07/18/09

Tuesdays

Armstrong in third as rain, shooting hit Tour de France stage

COLMAR, France - Lance Armstrong stayed in third place after a wet and chilly ride Friday and lost a crucial ally for the rest of the Tour de France when teammate Levi Leipheimer withdrew because of a broken wrist.

Braves honor Maddux Pitcher's No. 31 retired by Atlanta

ATLANTA - On the day the Atlanta Braves retired Greg Maddux's number, his former manager Bobby Cox led the praises.

Dixie Youth tournament opens today Three teams from Newton County participating

COVINGTON - The sounds of baseball will once again be originating from City Pond Park as the Dixie Youth Baseball Major Georgia State Tournament starts today.

History lesson to be offered at Conyers Depot

CONYERS - Having 32 ancestors who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and having grown up listening to stories about those relatives, Jim Cabaniss couldn't help but be interested in the subject. Turns out, he's devoted most of his life to studying the Civil War and travels throughout Georgia dressed as a Confederate chaplain giving presentations of Southern life during the war.

British Open: Turnberry turnabout Watson leads after two; Woods misses cut

TURNBERRY, Scotland - In one unforgettable hour, as nostalgia gave way to disbelief, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods walked off the 18th green at Turnberry headed in opposite directions few could have imagined.

Jurrjens, Braves blank Mets 11-0

ATLANTA - Brian McCann drove in four runs in the first three innings, Jair Jurrjens combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 11-0 on Friday night.