News for Friday, June 12, 2009


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Farmers get prepared to sell produce

CONYERS - According to Leroy Bigham, a Conyers resident and farmer, farming is a wonderful way of life - if you can make a living out of it. Now his farming is more of a hobby than a livelihood, and he and a few other area farmers are planning to offer their goods for sale.

Uniform policy approved for theme schools

COVINGTON - The parent involvement theme schools, scheduled to open for the 2009-10 school year in the current Fairview Elementary and Clements Middle school buildings, now have some more rules.

On the Beat: Off-duty deputy foils trio's plant heist

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

Watering awaits OK from BOC State relaxes rules, but commissioners must vote

COVINGTON - Watering restrictions have been relaxed to a non-drought schedule by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, meaning outdoor watering is allowed at any time on assigned days, but Newton County residents must wait for approval from the Board of Commissioners before taking advantage of the new rules.

Rockdale Blotter - 06/12/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between June 2 and Monday:

Gaulding - Laiche

Mrs. Lillie Gaulding of Conyers announces the engagement of her daughter, Susan Rebecca Gaulding of Covington, to Jason Douglas Laiche of Marietta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Laiche of Destrehan, La.

Catch of the day

Staff Photo: Lee Depkin

Pitching keeps Salem competitive Braves take two local players in first-year draft

CONYERS - So far, a lot of Salem's summer season has been about starting pitching.

Newton Blotter - 06/12/09

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 - 06/12/09

June 12

Darrell Huckaby - 06/12/09

Jay Milligan is one of my favorite folks in the world. He's a Covingtonian, by way of Social Circle and the U.S. Marine Corps and, like me, married up. Way up. He is also one of the funniest human beings on earth - but that's another story for another day.

To the next level Jackson takes over reins of Lady Eagles basketball

COVINGTON - After two years as an assistant coach, Matthew Jackson is taking over the helm as the Lady Eagles basketball coach.

Rob Jenkins - 06/12/09 Marriage doesn't stink, just me

When I was a teenager, I thought maybe when I grew up I'd start to understand women. Well, here I am, some 30 years later, and I still don't know anymore than I did back then. Or maybe I just never grew up.

Childress: 'Stay tuned' on Favre situation

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Eventually, the Minnesota Vikings will need to know: Is Brett Favre going to play or not?

LaRoche's hit beats Braves in ninth

ATLANTA - Andy LaRoche and the Pittsburgh Pirates started hitting as soon as Javier Vazquez left the game.

Kathleen Parker - 06/12/09 OBAMA'S MUSLIM CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON - If it ain't broke, the saying goes, don't fix it. And so it was that the Muslim world got to hear the 2009 version of Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic convention speech.

Jack Simpson - 06/12/09 Pests

We got 'em, you got 'em! All God's children got 'em, and we cannot get rid of 'em! Yes, I'm talking about those pesty ants. Exterminators are trying but, so far, their special repellents have not succeeded in total control of the problem. No doubt about it. Too many ants are a damnable situation.

NCAA places Alabama teams on probation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks.

Alexander Letter - 06/12/09

I remain completely amazed at the county commissioners and their obtuse decisions regarding their constituents. How can these elected officials unanimously approve such a drastic increase in our water rates when many families are struggling day to day in our current economy? And to be so obtuse as to more than double the current rates for water/sewage in support of future expenditures clearly demonstrates that they are not in tune with their constituents.

Glover - Howell

Donald and Deborah Patten of Conyers and David and Sara Glover of Brighton, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica Lynn Glover of Richmond Hill, Ga., to Dallas Alton Howell of Richmond Hill, son of John and Maria Howell of Richmond Hill.