News for Friday, July 31, 2009

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CPD charges 2 with gang activity

COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department has arrested two Conyers men connected to a shoplifting incident at CVS pharmacy and charged them with criminal gang activity, according to a CPD incident report.

No raises for mayor, council

COVINGTON - The mayor and City Council will not get a pay raise this year.

Partnerships help groups raise funds

COVINGTON - Tough economic times call for creative measures to increase sales and raise money, and a few local businesses and organizations are joining forces to meet the challenge.

Rain doesn't stop roadwork

A little rain Thursday morning didn't stop road crews from getting their job done. The milling and resurfacing of Ga. Highway 36 in downtown Covington will be ongoing during the next three weeks, so motorists should expect small delays. The project will run from west of Eagle Drive, extending to Ga. Highway 81, and on Ga. Highway 36 South beginning at Clark Street, where crews are working here, and extending to Church Street. The DOT is funding the project at a cost of $567,980.91, with the city paying for utility work at a cost of $30,810. Later this year, the DOT will abandon the portion of the highway that runs around the Square to the city's ownership.

Williamson Letter - 07/31/09 WHAT'S NEXT? HOMER SIMPSON FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR!

Although our new Rockdale County commissioners bash the policies and practices of the previous administration, they have now stepped up to the plate by being just as irresponsible. Good ol' boy politics is alive and well with the shenanigans Commissioner Oz Nesbitt and Chair Richard Oden pulled at (Tuesday's) BOC meeting.

Newton Blotter - 07/31/09

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

Oden Editorial - 07/31/09 Oden's actions self-serving

Commission Chairman Richard Oden has borne his share of criticism during his first seven months in office - some deserved and some perhaps not-so-well deserved. At times the criticism has been quite harsh, but in our view citizens have a right to express their opinions about the actions of their elected officials, how their government is run, and how their tax dollars are spent. Those who seek to represent the rest of us should be held to a higher level of accountability.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/31/09

I picked up one of those trashy magazines in the supermarket checkout line the other day and got a laugh or two from a feature in one of them describing readers' most embarrassing moments. I assume they were readers. They had first names and cities of residence under each little blurb.

GBI's DNA database hits milestone

DECATUR - The DNA Database at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab or CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) has reached more than 1,500 hits to unsolved cases. The total number of hits is now 1,511.

Summer a tough time for Alcovy Coach: Girls team showed grit during rough season

COVINGTON - Alcovy's girls basketball team did not have a successful summer. But on the other hand they had a very successful summer.

Mullins Letter - 07/31/09

It should be obvious to any informed and open-minded citizen that our president and Congress are miserably failing to abide by their oath of office, paraphrasing - "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; to bear true faith and allegiance to the same; taking the obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; to faithfully discharge the duties of the office they are entering." What I have seen thus far raises more questions about the motives of both the president and Congress.

Community Calendar - 08/07/09

July 31

Jack Simpson - 07/31/09 Survivor

Are you tired of today's preoccupation with fame and celebrity, stories about war, economics, politics, healthcare and the like? Try this simple column on for size.

Kathleen Parker - 07/31/09 REFORMING REFORM THE UTAH WAY

In a way, it's too bad President Obama tapped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to serve as ambassador to China.

Going the distance Hudson earns Heritage top athlete honor

CONYERS - When Heritage cross country coach Brian Smith first saw Jake Hudson in the fall of 2005, he didn't exactly see an all-state athlete.

Bears, Raiders not interested in Michael Vick

The rejection notices for Michael Vick came from Lovie Smith, Jeff Fisher and Tom Cable on Thursday.

Rockdale Blotter - 07/31/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between July 21 and Monday:

Norman shares Senior Open lead

CARMEL, Ind. - Greg Norman looked like his old self Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Ortiz: Union told him of positive test

NEW YORK - Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became the latest star implicated in baseball's ever-growing drug scandal, acknowledging Thursday that the players' union confirmed he tested positive in 2003.