News for Friday, July 24, 2009

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At first bite 'The Vampire Diaries' begins filming in Covington

COVINGTON - Filming of the new television series "The Vampire Diaries" got under way Thursday on the Square in downtown Covington.

School board approves furloughs

COVINGTON - Teachers and other staff in the Newton County School System should expect a cut in pay this year due to state-enacted furloughs.

Stormwater utility: City to file liens for late bills

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is ready to place liens on properties whose owners are delinquent in paying stormwater bills.

Dog rescued from river

COVINGTON - The victim of an attempted drowning was rescued from the Yellow River Thursday afternoon after he was tossed from the Ga. Highway 81 bridge, surfacing at the waterfalls.

Police arrest suspect in radiator theft

COVINGTON - The proprietor of L&B Recycling in Porterdale recently reported to a Covington Police officer that he had video surveillance tape showing a suspect stealing radiators from his business, according to a Covington Police Department incident report.

Shelter to host grand opening

COVINGTON - The new homeless shelter that recently opened at 7153 Turner Lake Circle will celebrate its grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday.

SEC teams dealing with hype

HOOVER, Ala. - Florida is an overwhelming favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference and national champions with quarterback Tim Tebow back under center.

Community Calendar - 07/24/09

July 24

Newton Blotter - 07/24/09

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

Mark Shields - 07/24/09 Is Obama a "Tough Liberal"?

All Democrats with an IQ above room temperature understand the gigantic stakes involved in the success - or failure - of President Barack Obama's commitment to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. Those stakes include nothing less than the political fate, fortune and future of this still-new Democratic administration and, quite possibly, the continued survival of Democratic majorities in the Congress.

John Douglas - 07/24/09

Water ruling defies logic, common sense

Zito, Giants avoid sweep, beat Braves 5-1

ATLANTA - Barry Zito earned the win in the box score and the save from his manager.

Rockdale Blotter - 07/24/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between July 14 and Monday:

Darrell Huckaby - 07/24/09

I was ecstatic when I got the e-mail last spring from Samantha Fuhrey, inviting me to speak to the teachers who would be new to the Newton County School System this year. I first met Samantha when I spoke to the faculty of Indian Creek Middle School, of which she was principal - and a legend among delivery men everywhere.

Jack Simpson - 07/24/09 Crime Prevention

Turn on your television news or pick up your local newspaper. It seems like every day there are more and more reports of increased criminal activity. If you don't want to become a statistic, remain alert. They are out to get you - thieves, I mean!

Conyers, Rockdale still in tourney

DOUGLASVILLE - Both Post 77 teams are still in contention in the American Legion State Baseball Tournaments with wins on Thursday at Hunter Park.

Contador wins time trial; Armstrong in 3rd

ANNECY, France - Alberto Contador all but assured his second Tour de France victory Thursday, winning the race's final time trial while Lance Armstrong struggled with fatigue but moved up one spot to third place.