News for Wednesday, March 18, 2009


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Let the water flow Newton residents can increase irrigation

COVINGTON - Watering restrictions have been relaxed for Newton County residents and other metro Atlantans.

Resource fair to give help to local disabled

CONYERS - Families and their special-needs children are invited to a resource fair that will provide valuable information for managing their lives.

Covington to acquire more juice Council approves buying more power from suppliers

COVINGTON - The City Council approved Monday night the purchase of additional power from two suppliers, a move officials say they hope will help stabilize utility rates.

93-year-old house gutted by fire

COVINGTON - The Covington Fire Department is asking for help in locating the person who set a house ablaze at 6144 E. Baxter St. on Monday afternoon.

Community Calendar - 03/18/09

March 18

Darrell Huckaby - 03/18/09

My mama was a weaver most of her adult life. She ran a "stand of looms" on the first shift in the Osprey Mill, and I never knew her to "lay out" or call in sick. Never. Not once. She probably missed a day or two when her mother passed away, but that was it. She was proud of her job and didn't intend to give anyone an excuse to take it away from her.

Squeaking by Newton prevails over M.L. King in extra innings

COVINGTON - Newton freshman Darius Hill showed senior-style poise as he not only got the 4-3 eight-inning win over M.L. King Tuesday at Riverside Parkbut also drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off single.

Kathleen Parker - 03/18/09 WEIRD NEW MEDIA WORLD

BOSTON - The biggest challenge facing America's struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenues, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry.

Penguins skate over Thrashers 6-2

PITTSBURGH - NHL scoring-leader Evgeni Malkin tied a career-high with five points to surpass 100 for the second consecutive season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-2 Tuesday night.

Jurrjens leads Braves to win over Mets 5-1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jair Jurrjens threw six scoreless innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-1 on Tuesday.

Hawks get sixth-straight win

ATLANTA - Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Atlanta Hawks' sixth straight victory, 119-97 over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Cox has first day as No. 1 quarterback

ATHENS - The changing of the guard on Georgia's offense became official Tuesday. With Matthew Stafford watching in street clothes, Joe Cox was the No. 1 quarterback as the Bulldogs opened spring practice.

John Douglas - 03/18/09 Crossover day passes

The Georgia Legislature reached a significant landmark in the 2009 session on March 12th, which was the 30th legislative day. That means that it was the turning point for all Senate legislation to be passed and transferred to the House in order to continue through the legislative process. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives worked diligently to send their legislation to the Senate for a chance at final passage. Several important pieces of legislation were voted on this week, but perhaps most significant was the fiscal year 2009 supplemental budget.