News for Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Tickets on sale for Chamber beach concert in August

COVINGTON - The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce will be rocking this summer with its annual beach concert.

Houseboat takes down power lines Watercraft hit cables while being pulled on access road

COVINGTON - A houseboat in tow by a truck hit power lines on Access Road at Harold Dobbs Road during rush hour Thursday evening, causing the lines to come down across Access Road and both eastbound and westbound Interstate 20.

Contract for airport rehab gets approved

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council held a special called meeting Friday morning to approve a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of Covington Municipal Airport.

Safety first Experts urge caution when using fireworks

CONYERS - With Independence Day coming next weekend, fireworks are a popular item. But fire safety experts urge the community to take precautions to ensure a safe holiday.

Exercise enthusiasts test limits at boot camp

COVINGTON - For D.J. Seals, fitness is survival, not only from a health standpoint, but because of his job. A detective with the Covington Police Department and a member of the Covington/Newton County SWAT team, fitness can mean the difference between life and death.

Newton Phone Poll - 06/27/09

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com.

Rockdale deputy hurt in crash

CONYERS - A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy was taken to an Atlanta hospital by helicopter Friday afternoon for injuries sustained after his patrol car crashed into a residence on McDaniel Mill Road.

Pitching, bats help Conyers sweep Duluth

CONYERS - Brandon Thomas must have taken personally Duluth's plan to pitch around the No. 9 hitter to face him instead.

Thrashers draft center Kane No. 4

DULUTH - Tell Evander Kane that he lacks the size to play next season for the Atlanta Thrashers, and the 18-year-old doesn't exactly agree.

Federer drops a set, but advances

WIMBLEDON, England - Lo and behold, Roger Federer actually lost a set at Wimbledon on Friday.

Johnson making uncharacteristic mistakes

LOUDON, N.H. - Jimmie Johnson hasn't hit his stride - yet.

Ready for another Agent Zero? Teague says he's ready for his shot with Hawks

ATLANTA - Jeff Teague posed in the Hawks' 18th-floor conference room, proudly holding up his new jersey with a number that hasn't been seen very often in Atlanta.

Smoltz returns to Atlanta in Boston colors

ATLANTA - John Smoltz woke up in his own bed, made pancakes for the kids, took a dip in the pool, then headed to the ballpark.

Sox top Atlanta behind Beckett

ATLANTA - Josh Beckett threw seven more scoreless innings against the Braves and David Ortiz homered, leading the first-place Boston Red Sox past slumping Atlanta 4-1 on Friday night.

Community Calendar - 06/27/09

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