News for Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Local named Contractor of the Year

COVINGTON - Regina Shelnutt of Robert M. Anderson Inc., based in Covington, has been named 2008-09 Contractor of the Year by Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc.

2 hurt in plane crash Men survive after aircraft goes down in Porterdale

PORTERDALE - A single-engine Cessna 205 went down on an undeveloped tract of land just southeast of Porterdale on Wednesday afternoon, injuring both the pilot and passenger on board.

Several cities offer events for July 4th Fireworks, parades among Independence Day festivities

COVINGTON - Though there will be no county- and city-sponsored Fourth of July celebration this year, Newton County residents still have plenty of options to show their patriotic spirit.

School neighbor complains of dust

COVINGTON - Salem Road resident Stacey Coady hopes he doesn't have to wash the dust off his cars and house later this month.

Israel trip an eye-opener for local law enforcement

COVINGTON - Covington Police Department's Capt. Ken Malcom has welcomed delegations from Israel to study American policing for years, and he hoped one day to be selected to participate in the two-week training exchange. This was his year.

United States stuns No. 1 Spain 2-0

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - The world will surely take notice of this.

Smoltz anxious about first start

WASHINGTON - After reflecting on the three weeks of sleepless nights that followed his shoulder surgery, John Smoltz sounded as if he might be tossing and turning one more time - this time out of sheer anxiousness over his first major league start for a team other than the Atlanta Braves.

Community Calendar - 06/25/09

June 25

Rockdale earns split Squad loses first game, but comes back in second

LOGANVILLE - No two games could have been more different for Rockdale Post 77 in its doubleheader with Loganville Post 233 on Tuesday.

Sharapova upset by Dulko in second round at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England - In the final game, a desperate Maria Sharapova lunged to hit one shot left-handed, and twice challenged calls but lost. Then she lost the match as well.

Schimmel signs with Belhaven

Rockdale's Thomas Schimmel recently signed with Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., where he will continue to play football. Supporting Schimmel, from left, are his sister, Nicole, and his parents, Nick and Kay. Watching him sign is Rockdale coach Mike Etheridge, standing.

Sports briefs

Heath pitches two scoreless in Gwinnett Braves victory

Conyers takes one in twin bill Bazzani continues good pitching in 8-2 victory

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 split a doubleheader with Douglasville on Tuesday, winning the first game 8-2 and dropping the nightcap 7-3 at Henson-Carr Legion Field.