News for Friday, July 3, 2009


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Women vets recognized at celebration

CONYERS - Every July 4th, the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers recognizes a special segment of America's military veterans, and this year women veterans are being commended for all of their efforts.

Porterdale faces water rate hike

PORTERDALE - Water rates may soon increase in Porterdale as the City Council considers the necessity of passing along a wholesale rate increase to consumers.

Doster's Food Pride robbed at gunpoint

COVINGTON - Doster's Food Pride was robbed by an armed gunman Thursday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Camp Meeting starts July 10

COVINGTON - One of the longest standing local traditions is about to get under way again.

Lanny Barnes dies in prison Victims protest at funeral, grave site

COVINGTON - The man who was given a life sentence for running down a family, injuring four and killing a 2-year-old in the Covington McDonald's parking lot in May 2006, died in state custody on June 24. He was buried Thursday afternoon at a West Street cemetery in Covington, following a service at Grace United Methodist Church on Washington Street.

Conyers settles for 2-2 tie vs. Calif. Post 77 now 1-1-1 at World Wood Bat Tournament

MARIETTA - Conyers' bats went silent for much of Thursday's tilt with ABD California, and by the game's end time had run out.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/03/09

Every time the 4th of July approaches I think about the ways we used to celebrate when I was coming up in Porterdale. Sometimes the mill would close for the week of the Fourth and lots of families - mine included - would head to Jacksonville Beach for the week, or at least a part of the week. One year about a dozen families left at 2 in the morning and traveled in a motorcade to Florida. I still remember laying up on the back deck of our old Buick and gazing up at the full moon as we rolled down the two-lane blacktop that led to what seemed like a different world to me.

Sister Act, part 4 Siblings to face each other again in Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England - Richard Williams refuses to watch his daughters Venus and Serena play each other. Says he simply can't bear to see it, no matter the setting, no matter the stage.

Raynor Letter - 07/03/09

I'm glad that Mr. Huckaby has such a good deal on his health care plan (June 28, Don't go messing with the deal Huckaby's got). I'm sure it must be that he has an employer who provides many good benefits. There are many people who share his experience. But like Mama Clower to whom he compared himself, he is representative of a small slice of the pie.

Newton Blotter - 07/03/09

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

Community Calendar - 07/03/09

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Health Reports - 07/03/09

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.

Kim sets record at National 24-year-old hits 8-under at Congressional, leads Tiger

BETHESDA, Md. - Anthony Kim is regaining a lot of his strength and a little of his swagger. He can only hope his record start Thursday at the AT&T National will allow him to get rid of some frustration built up from a year of not winning.

Mayfield misses deadline to enter car at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeremy Mayfield missed the deadline to enter this weekend's race after successfully fighting NASCAR to get back behind the wheel following a failed random drug test.

Mark Shields - 07/03/09 Against "Government-Run" Health Care

There is a theme, a mantra you will hear regularly expressed by those who oppose President Barack Obama's push to overhaul the national's health care system: their all-out resistance to any "government-run" health plan.

Rightmire Letter - 07/03/09

I wish I had the deal Darrell Huckaby's got (June 28), Don't go messing with the deal Huckaby's got). My husband lost his job last year. Because his company employed less than 20 people, we were not covered under COBRA benefits.

Jack Simpson - 07/03/09 Candidates

We may have had a fixation with "American Idol," or could it have been apathy that helped us into our current mess? Anyway, a few Americans know by now that we were not paying enough attention when electing some of our current politicians. We made some poster children and the press helped make at least one candidate a messiah.

Vaughns donate property to campground

COVINGTON - The old parsonage used by Salem United Methodist Church, having sat vacant and vandalized for years, is being lovingly restored by Alvin and Roland Vaughn.

Thrashers sign Antropov from Rangers

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers signed free agent forward Nik Antropov to a four-year, $16 million contract on Thursday, setting up a reunion with Ilya Kovalchuk.