News for Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Bike Fest a resounding success

The gang was all there Saturday morning at the Washington Street Community Center when 50 youngsters showed up for the second annual Bike Fest. The event was open to children ages 3 to 13 and featured a bicycle safety check, a bike and helmet fit check, safety lessons and a skills course offered by the Covington Police Department. The day culminated with a parade of bike riders who pedaled to the Square and returned to the center. The event was co-sponsored by the CPD, the Covington-Conyers Cycle Club (C-4) and Conte's Bicycles and Fitness Equipment. C-4 President Maurice Carter said the volunteer effort for the event was outstanding with several officers from the CPD, 11 volunteers from C-4 and one volunteer from the Metropolitan Atlanta Cycling Club who drove out from College Park. "Mayor (Kim) Carter worked in the kitchen cooking pancakes for the WSCC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser," he said. "We gave away some 20 bikes and about 30 new helmets. It was a big success in every way."

CPD: Woman shot in ear by boyfriend

COVINGTON - Only a fraction of an inch saved a Magnolia Heights woman from death Sunday morning when she was shot with a .22-caliber handgun by her live-in boyfriend, according to the Covington Police Department.

Oxford dean, wife underwriting $100,000 scholarship fund

COVINGTON - Oxford College Dean Stephen Bowen and his wife, Nancy, have started a new scholarship fund for students attending the local campus of Emory University. This scholarship provides sophomores with $100,000 in financial assistance.

Paint a little picture

The Arts Association in Newton County is sponsoring its annual Creative Kids Camp at Oxford College this week. Top right, second-grader Kate Quinlan makes use of the morning light to get her drawing just right. Bottom right, enthusiastic first-graders keep time with the music during a jam session in their music class. Designed for rising first- through sixth-graders, the camp provides an intensive week of art, music and drama with daily performances by professionals and a final performance by campers.

Student's art getting Union Station stage

COVINGTON - One Covington student will take a special trip this summer.

Eatery owners say inspection scores are unfair

COVINGTON - A group of local restaurant owners has banded together in solidarity after months of receiving what they claim are unfair health inspection scores.

Vick gets new deadline for bankruptcy Former Falcon has until July 2 to submit revised Chapter 11 plan

NORFOLK, Va. - A judge who rejected Michael Vick's first bankruptcy plan warned the suspended NFL star's lawyers Tuesday that they have just one more chance to file a workable proposal for repaying the millions he owes to creditors.

Darrell Huckaby - 06/10/09

The thermometer on my back porch reached 90 degrees yesterday. The summer of 2009 is officially upon us. Don't blink. You might miss it. Camp meeting at Salem starts in 30 days and you know that summer is pretty near over once that bell rings for the first time on Friday night.

Nationals select Strasburg with top pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Drafting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the easy part for the Washington Nationals. Signing him could be much more difficult.

Braves rally to beat Pirates 4-3

ATLANTA - Derek Lowe pitched seven solid innings and Yunel Escobar hit a two-run single in the seventh, carrying the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mark Shields - 06/10/09 One Congressman Who Means It!

Whenever you get fed up listening to some gasbag run on and on about how everybody in Congress is a faker or a hypocrite or both, tell the gasbag to call me so I can introduce him to Rep. Walter Jones, the North Carolina Republican now serving his eighth term.

Community Calendar - 06/10/09

June 10

Athlete of the year Outlaw to focus on wrestling

COVINGTON - Malachi Outlaw became Alcovy's first 1,000-yard rusher and medaled in the Class AAAA state wrestling tournament.

Eastside wrestlers continue success in summer Eagles finish 5-2 at Militia Duals

The defending Class AAA wrestling champions are off to a good start in 2009.