News for Wednesday, July 29, 2009


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Fresh tastes of summer

Above, Rebecca Hubbard of Rutledge stops by Ramsey's Produce on Usher Street for a portion of the sweetest of the sweet potato crop. Here, she selects just the right sweet potatoes to complete a delicious summer meal.

Lions Club seeks singers for competition Second Covington Idol to be held at BBQ fall festival

COVINGTON - Area residents don't have to go all the way to Hollywood and audition in front of Simon Cowell to become an Idol.

DOT to repave three more city roads

COVINGTON - City officials got a pleasant surprise recently when they learned the Georgia Department of Transportation would fund the resurfacing of three streets.

3 charged in home invasion

COVINGTON - Three arrests have been made in connection with a recent home invasion that took place at 6186 Green Acres Drive on June 27, according to the Covington Police Department.

Social Circle sets election, qualifying

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The civic-minded are invited to throw their hats into the ring of Social Circle politics at the end of August.

Georgia Municipal Association honors Covington councilwoman

Covington Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams received a Certificate of Achievement from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's 76th Annual Convention in Savannah on June 23.

Group corrects dates for recycling center closings

An article in Tuesday's Citizen, "Centers to be closed more days," included an information box listing the dates and times the Newton County Landfill and Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed in fiscal year 2010.

Students can tour schools this Friday NCSS to hold open houses

COVINGTON - Ready or not, the start of the new school year is less than a week away for Newton County students.

Conton Letter - 07/29/09 Sensible Health care

I am a health care provider in Rockdale County. One of my patient groups is children with developmental delays. Treatment is paid for by Georgia Medicaid. A few years ago, the state had the brilliant idea of transferring the management of Medicaid to private insurance companies. They touted greater efficiency and reduced costs. The effect on my practice for this group of patients was dramatic. My administrative costs doubled through needless denials, resubmissions and certification processes. The time to get paid increased from a week to several months. My bad debt write-offs quadrupled. The money per unit of treatment, when it is eventually paid, was squeezed to 75 percent of what it was under the government run Medicaid. Basically, the cost of providing care went up while the reimbursement for the service went down. I was left with three choices to ensure the survival of my practice.

Mark Shields - 07/29/09 Obama Without the Poetry

The late Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, a political leader of surpassing eloquence, once introduced John F. Kennedy, the man who defeated him for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination, this way: "Do you remember that in classical times when Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, 'How well he spoke,' but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, they said, 'Let us march'?"

Brett Favre says no to a comeback Future NFL Hall-of-Famer won't be playing as Viking

MINNEAPOLIS - Brett Favre has handed the Minnesota Vikings one more loss.

Dungy: Vick wants to put life back together

Tony Dungy believes Michael Vick is focused on putting his life back together.

Watson: Golf all about having the right weight

Tom Watson made bogey on the 72nd hole at Turnberry because of his weight.

Fish get off the hook Marlins slide past Braves on walk-off home run

MIAMI - Pinch-hitter Ross Gload hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Florida Marlins rallied past the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/29/09

Well it's time for back-to-school shopping. Tax free weekend, too. I wonder why we can afford a tax free weekend when we can't afford to pay our state employees? At any rate, from Rabun Gap to Tybee Light mamas and daddies will be out in force taking advantage of the bargains. OK. Mostly mamas.

Community Calendar - 07/29/09

July 31

Funeral service Monday for ex-boxing champ Forrest

ATLANTA - A funeral is scheduled Monday for former boxing champion Vernon Forrest, who was killed in an attempted robbery over the weekend.