News for Saturday, June 6, 2009

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4-H'ers help Operation: Military Kids Group makes care packages for children of U.S. troops

COVINGTON - Children of U.S. military families soon will get a special treat.

DTV switch set for Friday

COVINGTON - On Friday analog broadcast television will transition to an all-digital system.

Ballroom dancing takes off in Olde Town

CONYERS - Whether it is tango or foxtrot, East Coast swing or waltz, those who have a passion for ballroom dancing can find space on the floor every Tuesday night in Olde Town Conyers.

Newton Phone Poll - 06/06/09

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Tourney to be held in coach's memory

CONYERS - Students and friends of former Rockdale County teacher and coach Jeff Blount, who lost his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in September, know he's going to be watching them next week.

Clements Middle ready for the big move

Trae Guinn, 14, left, and Demarcus Pitterson, 15, help move boxes in the cafeteria at Clements Middle School on Wednesday morning. Since near the end of the school year, the school's students, teachers and other staff at the school have been packing up items and getting ready to move to Liberty Middle School. Liberty officially opens in the fall for the 2009-10 school year, and Clements will become a parent-involvement theme school for those who applied.

NCSO nabs suspected robbers SIU makes drug arrest of repeat offender

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects in the Wednesday night armed robbery of a Ga. Highway 81 Citgo station and has tied one of the suspects to the robbery of a BP station that occurred on May 29, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Higher, please

Seven-year-old J.D. Henderson seems to be heading for the clouds as his mom Amanda Henderson gives him a big push on the swings at Academy Springs Park Wednesday. Predictions are that it will be good swinging weather over the weekend as prognosticators say the rain is leaving the area for a few days.

Federer rallies to reach finals One win from tying Sampras' mark of 14 Grand Slam titles

PARIS - Fresh off a ragged, rugged, five-set French Open semifinal victory Friday, Roger Federer was leaving for the night when a dozen or so fans drew his attention.

Glavine: 'A couple' teams have called

ATLANTA - An aggravated Tom Glavine said Friday that he wasn't happy with how Atlanta handled his release, and after his public comments Braves president John Schuerholz apologized for the club's approach.

Yates hosts camp for wrestlers

COVINGTON - Peter Yates will host an advanced wrestling camp June 29 and 30 at the Black Watch School of Wrestling in Covington.

Kobe shows his teeth Lakers' star focused on capturing 4th title

LOS ANGELES - Magic Johnson had his magnetic smile. Michael Jordan soared to the basket with his tongue hanging out. Kobe Bryant is baring his teeth and scowling in these NBA finals.

Gallardo, Brewers blank Braves 4-0 Atlanta manages 2 hits in OF McLouth's debut

ATLANTA - Yovani Gallardo and Carlos Villanueva combined for a two-hit shutout, rookie Mat Gamel drove in three runs and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Friday night.