News for Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Four principals to leave NCSS

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is losing two high school and two middle school principals this summer.

Aboard the art train

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County passes $48.4M budget

COVINGTON - Following months of debate and long hours spent crunching numbers, commissioners passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010 with little fanfare Tuesday night.

Slaying case placed on dead docket

COVINGTON - Chief Superior Court Judge John Ott signed an order Tuesday placing the aggravated assault and murder case against Delaney Douglas Robinson on the dead docket. The motion, brought by the Newton County District Attorney's Office, cites the suspect's defense of justification for the shootings and credibility issues with witness statements.

Fundraiser planned for family of victim

COVINGTON - As the family of murder victim Tim Clements is still reeling from his tragic death, several longtime friends have joined forces to help them financially.

County to continue 911 talks

COVINGTON - Newton County officials intend to keep talking with their Porterdale counterparts to reach an agreement on payment for E911 dispatch services.

Baseball notebook: Post 77 offense clicking

CONYERS - It's no surprise what's carrying Conyers Post 77 through the early part of its season: The offense is clicking on all cylinders. Conyers swept a doubleheader from Loganville, Monday, out-scoring the home team 26-11 and displaying the kind of thunder that has the team poised for a successful summer.

Fan favorite, Lefty, goes for trophy

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The U.S. Open might have one tough act to follow.

Martin 8th in points, having fun, winning

When Mark Martin got the opportunity to return to NASCAR Sprint Cup racing full time this season, he and wife Arlene had a couple of heart-to-heart talks.

Community Calendar - 06/18/09

June 18

Newton Athlete of the Year: Top of his game McCray turns in strong senior year for Rams

COVINGTON - It didn't matter if Demetrius McCray was on the football field or the basketball court, he was always at the top of his game, making him the Citizen's 2009 Newton Athlete of the Year.

Ryan impressing Falcons in offseason

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons teammates say the quarterback will be even better in 2009 than he was when he won widespread acclaim as the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2008.