News for Friday, June 26, 2009


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Plane crash investigation continues

COVINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration's investigation into a single-engine plane crash in Porterdale is ongoing. However, information from the crash site Wednesday indicates that the plane may have run out of gas.

Child left in van spurs dad's arrest

COVINGTON - The father of a 2-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot on U.S. Highway 278 after a passerby found the child alone in a parked van with the windows partially down.

Jobless rate hits record County's 11.5 percent rate higher than state's

COVINGTON - Newton County's unemployment rate was at 11.5 percent in May, higher than Georgia's record rate of 9.7 percent.

Flowers in bloom

Photo by: Erin Evans

Robertson plans to keep busy

COVINGTON - Beginning Wednesday, Deborah Robertson, associate superintendent for administrative services at the Newton County School System, will have more time to sleep in and spend with her family.

Jack Simpson - 06/26/09 Household Pest

Regular readers of this column already know of my sympathy and love for animals. My views have resulted from the manner in which I was reared in the hills of Pennsylvania. Our family lived among animals, grandfather had a mink ranch, and we had animals for pets. I have long been compassionate about God's creatures.


Ruth and Richard Pendergrass of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Pendergrass, to Jonathan David Eveleth, son of Suzanne and Michael Eveleth of Lillian, Ala.

Hawks trade for Jamal Crawford

ATLANTA - The Hawks acquired guard Jamal Crawford from the Golden State Warriors on Thursday for guards Acie Law and Speedy Claxton, hours before the NBA draft.

Newton Blotter - 06/26/09

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

Darrell Huckaby - 06/26/09

It's one of those days. So much going on in the news.

Rockdale Blotter - 06/26/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between June 16 and Monday:


Larry and Faye Lippard of Raeford, N.C., announce the engagement of Katie Lippard of Raleigh, N.C., to Bobby Watkins, Raleigh, N.C., son of Herb and Betty Watkins of Mansfield.

Mark Shields - 06/26/09 Health Care Reform: Partisan or Bipartisan?

All things being equal (which, as we all know, they never are), President Obama would rather, we are told, that the U.S. Senate pass 85 percent of his proposed health care reform with the backing of 70 senators than pass 100 percent of his plan with just 51 or 52 votes.

Venus victorious at Wimbledon Five-time champ wins despite knee trouble

WIMBLEDON, England - Even on one good leg, Venus Williams is tough to beat at Wimbledon.

No answers for young Newton All-Stars Team booted from tournament; coach seeking answers

COVINGTON - The 5-and-6-year-old Newton County All-Stars learned the hard way that not everyone likes winners after being kicked out of the Best of the Rest Tournament at Hunter Park in Douglas County on Saturday.

Community Calendar - 06/26/09

June 26

NCSO: 2 arrested during theft in progress

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

New Level provides an opportunity Founder began program to help athletes play in college

CONYERS - Three years ago, Rick McCleskey came to Conyers with a vision: start a baseball training program that could help local players get an opportunity to play college baseball.

Trade joins Shaq, LeBron in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - One is the King, a reigning MVP who at age 24 needs only a championship to complete his resume. The other is a larger-than-life personality who may be past the prime of his career but remains an undeniable force and hungers for a fifth NBA title.


Tracy Lane Argo and Sgt. David Michael Sellars were married on June 13 in Newborn. The Rev. Deanna D. Lancaster officiated the ceremony.


Christina and Ray Prewitt of Newborn and Terry Bolden of Atlanta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Bolden, to David Long Jr., son of Kim Messier of Covington and David and Denise Long of Covington.