News for Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Restaurant is held up at gunpoint

COVINGTON - Two suspects were arrested Wednesday morning shortly after the Waffle House restaurant near the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads was robbed at gunpoint, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Runners represent NMC at Peachtree

Participants shown here are Pam Brown, Ed Morgan, Nicole Rivers, Sam Johnson, Deborah Henley, Joan LeJeune, Sue Davies, Emmanuel Johnson, Cassandra Phillips, Holly Pelfrey, Dr. Andrew Malinchak, James Weadick and Robert Guyton.

DARE gets cut due to constraints

COVINGTON - The local Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has been discontinued in an effort to save money and focus more police resources on public safety.

Police think robberies are connected

COVINGTON - Three law enforcement agencies are working together, looking for a tall, thin black man who is suspected in three area armed robberies, according to Detective D.J. Seals of the Covington Police Department.

Highway dedicated to Jack, Davis Morgan

COVINGTON - The late Jack Hays Morgan Sr. and his son, Davis, who both changed Newton County with their visions for progress, were honored at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.

Work at Sharp continues

Construction crews continue work on the new field house at Sharp Stadium. DP Steel workers, from left, Gerald Stegar, Jose Domingo, Mario Cato and Dale Powell work on the building's roof. This summer, crews are working on the nearly $1 million project to complete it in time for the fall football season. The new field house will include concession stands, locker rooms and storage facilities for all three high schools. Crews also are working to construct new visitors bleachers. Earlier this summer, workers erected a new video scoreboard. All of the stadium projects will be paid for with SPLOST funds.

CFD recognized by sprinkler coalition

COVINGTON - The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has honored the Covington Fire Department with the designation of a "Built for Life Department," recognizing its efforts to educate citizens on the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

Juvenile Court awarded grant

COVINGTON - The Newton County Juvenile Court recently received some extraordinary good news. They were selected as one of two courts in the state to be awarded a $75,000 grant from the Governor's Office for Children and Families. The funds are earmarked to create a daytime reporting Center for Learning Alternatives for Suspended Students.

Smith's return provides spark for Conyers

CONYERS - It's safe to say Conyers Post 77 is happy to have Chunk Smith in the lineup again.

St. Louis puts best face forward City gears up for All-Star game on Tuesday

ST. LOUIS - Baseball's All-Star Game on Tuesday will bring more than 200,000 visitors to St. Louis, which has worked hard in recent years to make its streets safer and re-energize its downtown.

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Braves stifle Cubs Kawakami pitches past Chicago

CHICAGO - Kenshin Kawakami wasn't completely satisfied with one of his best major league outings.

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USOC surprised at complaints about network

DENVER - The U.S. Olympic Committee's venture into the TV business is irritating some international Olympic leaders - not exactly the reaction the Americans were expecting when they decided to create a network solely devoted to promoting the movement.

Armstrong 2nd as mountains loom

PERPIGNAN, France - In less than 48 hours, Lance Armstrong will have answered the last unresolved question about his capacity to win an eighth Tour de France: Can he still climb?