News for Friday, June 19, 2009


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Shot fired into home

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office reported that a bullet entered a home in the Windridge subdivision, located off Ga. Highway 36, and struck a wall in a hallway about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Schools approve $159M budget

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved the school system's 2009-10 school year budget during its regular meeting Tuesday night, allowing for some school nurses to be rehired and reinstating the services of graduation coaches and a college and financial aid advisor.

Owners: Inspections unfair Local restaurateurs meet with Health Department

COVINGTON - Representatives from the East Metro Health District met with local restaurant owners Wednesday to hear their concerns about restaurant inspections in Newton County.

Special-needs scholarship deadline soon

COVINGTON - The deadline is approaching for parents of special- needs students to apply for school scholarships.

Rockdale Blotter - 06/19/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between June 9 and Monday:

Conyers Post 77 falls to Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE - Post 145 closer Dalton Acord was laboring in the top of the seventh inning. After walks to Travis Tarleton and Anthony Bazzani, which followed Cameron Gibson's run-scoring single, Acord had a bases loaded, no out situation and a lead that had been 8-1 was trimmed to 8-6.

Newton Blotter - 06/19/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:

Prep deaths prompt new heat policies

SAN ANTONIO - High school football teams should eliminate two-a-day practices during the first week of August drills when heat stroke has proven particularly deadly, a leading trainers' group said Thursday in a report issued less than two months before the sweltering rite of passage begins at thousands of schools.


Mr. and Mrs. David E. Sargent of Stockbridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Jade Sargent, to Brett Allen Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Moore III of Conyers.

Jack Simpson - 06/19/09 Good Times

So what is new? I'm frustrated. If you care enough to ask why, I could say it is the state of the economy. Or, perhaps I could complain about bank failures, bailouts, unemployment, auto makers going bankrupt, loss of American jobs being shipped overseas, the wars and a decline of the middle class. I'm sad to see gloom in my favorite country and wonder how long it will be before China, India and Brazil replace us as the primary nation.

Community Calendar - 06/19/09

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Loran Smith - 06/19/09 Bulldogs lost great friend in Luke Lassiter

With the passing of time the incumbents change, and those who market the head football coach's television show at Georgia today are probably not aware of the contribution that Luke Lassiter made to the show when Vince Dooley was the Bulldog coach.

Mark Shields - 06/19/09 Newt Gingrich -- Character Is Destiny

Over more than half a century of superb work, David Broder has earned the title of dean of American political reporters. So I pay attention when David Broder writes, as he did, on the eve of the last presidential campaign:

Rain stops first round of U.S. Open

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Already played on a long course, the U.S. Open suddenly turned into a long week.

Darrell Huckaby - 06/19/09

I was 18 years old - a freshman at UGA - and invincible. My buddy needed a ride home - to Macon - and I had my mother's car for the weekend. The fact that it was almost midnight on a Saturday night seemed totally inconsequential. I invited a friend to go along for the ride. She was still in high school and may have even asked permission of her mother.

Serra - Van Heest

Carley Liang Serra and Timothy Milner Van Heest were married on May 16 at the TPC Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth.


Ron and Robyn Johnson of Atlanta announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Michelle Johnson of Conyers, to Justin James Powers formerly of Conyers, son of Jim and Pam Powers of Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Pitching AND hitting Combo of Hanson, McLouth lead Braves over Reds 7-0

CINCINNATI - For the third time in their three-games series, Atlanta outhit the Cincinnati Reds. This time, Tommy Hanson and Nate McLouth made it pay off with a win.


Johnny Ewing of Dacula and Linda Ewing of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ewing of Dacula, to David Nash of Comer, Ga., son of Freddie and Cheryl Nash of Comer.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Russell Jr. of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Callie Elizabeth Russell, to Jay Benjamin Hecht IV, son of Ms. Paula Hecht of Columbus and Mr. Jay B. Hecht III of Columbus.