News for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Nearly $1,500 worth of cigarettes stolen

COVINGTON - A man apparently was able to successfully shoplift $1,445 worth of cigarettes from the Golden Pantry at 3538 Salem Road, according to an incident report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

City to draft squirrel policy

COVINGTON - The City Council authorized the city attorney Monday night to draft an ordinance allowing residents to obtain permits to shoot squirrels and other rodents.

Several drivers on Newton County roads fail sobriety tests

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Porterdale: City OKs 911 deal

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council approved a contract with the city of Porterdale for 911 dispatch services Monday night.

Contador, Armstrong stay first, second at Tour de France in Alps

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France - Alberto Contador kept the overall lead in the Tour de France on Tuesday after another ride in the Alps, with teammate Lance Armstrong clinging to second place.

A dress rehearsal Rising sixth-graders get a peek at their future

COVINGTON - Although school doesn't start again for about two weeks, some future middle school students took their seats in the classrooms this week.

On the Fringe: A claret jug, black hat for Cink's win

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Only when it looked easy did Stewart Cink face his toughest challenge.

Community Calendar - 07/22/09

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Goodell still mum on Vick

NEW YORK - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't revealing when he'll decide whether to reinstate Michael Vick now that the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback has been released from federal custody.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/22/09

Has it really been 40 years since Walter Cronkite described Neil Armstrong's first "small step for man?" It must have, because that's what all the newspaper articles and television specials were saying all weekend.

Kathleen Parker - 07/22/09 THE MYSTERY OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR

WASHINGTON - Doubtless thousands of other women's ears perked up when Sen. Charles Schumer, introducing Sonia Sotomayor at Monday's confirmation hearing, mentioned the Latina jurist's girlhood affection for Nancy Drew books.

Trio of talent Former teammates reunited for title chase

CONYERS - A second consecutive trip to the Class AAAA semifinals wasn't enough for three Salem soccer stars.

Young softball players hopeful for 2016 Decision on sport's status for Olympics expected next month

OKLAHOMA CITY - For years, the likes of Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Lisa Fernandez have been carving out a niche for U.S. softball and giving young women a chance to reach the Olympics.

MLB Roundup: Braves continue hot streak with win over Giants

ATLANTA - Martin Prado and the Atlanta Braves continued their hot July, beating the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Tuesday night to move two games over .500 for the first time in almost two months.