News for Thursday, June 11, 2009

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State CRCT scores up

COVINGTON - Local school officials may see improved test scores later this month if statewide results are any indication.

Traffic stop nets possible bootleg media

COVINGTON - An alert Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy made a traffic stop and wound up arresting the driver on much more serious charges.

Free fishing day, boat safety education part of national event

COVINGTON - It's National Fishing and Boating Week, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, is offering an incentive to take part: a free fishing day on Saturday.

Porterdale 911 dispute: City offers interim contract Porterdale would pay center about $3,400

PORTERDALE - The City Council approved an interim contract for 911 dispatch services at a special called meeting Tuesday night.

Shopping for a good cause

Sheila Blackwell, who works for the Salvation Army store on Washington Street, restocks clothing racks with an assortment of "gently used" items. The Salvation Army of Newton County recently celebrated National Salvation Army Week with proclamations being signed by both Covington Mayor Kim Carter and Newton County Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan praising the organization for the assistance offered to the entire community and their contributions to the betterment of mankind. During the week, the store held Customer Appreciation Day and offered free food to customers and a $5 per bag sale, according to Service Center Director Jody Carver. Proceeds from the store, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, go to assist the needy.

Shear nonsense

Cashew, a sheep who lives at Country Critters Corral Petting Zoo in Newborn, might think it's not worth the stress right now, but he'll be cooler tomorrow after he receives a shearing by Scott Fuss. Fuss has been shearing sheep since he was 12 years old and said he always makes time for a call each summer at Country Critters. For the full story on Fuss and his craft, see this week's Sunday Citizen.

Covington YMCA to hold soccer tryouts

COVINGTON - The Covington YMCA Academy/Select Soccer Program, Covington Galaxy, will hold tryouts June 24 and 25 at the Covington YMCA Outdoor Center. Tryouts are for boys ages 8-14 and girls ages 8-15, and they are open to the public.

Styrofoam-loaded truck catches fire

COVINGTON - A tractor-trailer caught fire at the intersection of Ga. Highway 11 and Marvin Farms Road, near the Jasper County line, around noon Monday and more than 12,000 pounds of Styrofoam plates and other supplies melted, according to Newton County Fire Service Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

Conyers remains unbeaten Crumbley, Diaz toss gems in sweep of Loganville

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 remained unbeaten with a doubleheader sweep of Loganville, 10-0 and 6-0, Tuesday night at Henson-Carr Legion Field. In his first game with the team, Augusta State commitment Brandon Crumbley pitched 51/3 innings of one-hit ball and struck out seven to win the nightcap.

Hotter shots Magic's great night tightens series with Lakers

ORLANDO, Fla. - Rashard Lewis stood at the free-throw line with less than one second left as several workers hurriedly broomed off confetti that had fallen prematurely onto the Amway Arena floor.

Petty: Economy 'hit us between the eyes'

RANDLEMAN, N.C. - From behind those trademark shades, Richard Petty has seen just about everything during a half-century in racing.

RYFA adds football for special needs

CONYERS - The Rockdale Youth Football Association is trying to expand and make football enjoyable for everyone by starting a flag football league for kids with special needs.

Community Calendar - 06/11/09

June 11

An emotional return for Mickelson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - An emotional Phil Mickelson returned to the PGA Tour on Wednesday, trying to keep some normalcy in a life that has been turned upside-down by the discovery that his wife has breast cancer.

Karstens bails out Pirates, 3-2

ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, Jeff Karstens pitched well in his new role and Craig Monroe pulled off some nifty baserunning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.