News for Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Man charged with 23 counts, including pit bull puppy theft

COVINGTON - A Covington man has been arrested on 23 charges brought against him by an off-duty Morrow police officer after he was allegedly involved in a chase and the theft of a puppy, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

CPD: Wal-Mart gang rumor a hoax Unfounded information leaked from Newton 911 trainee

COVINGTON - Authorities said the rumor of a planned gang initiation murder that swept across Newton and Rockdale counties like an e-mail wildfire Wednesday is unfounded.

63-year-old man dies when tree falls on him

COVINGTON - A man cutting down a tree at a residence on Macedonia Road was killed Wednesday morning when the tree fell on him, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. The 63-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chambers wins seat on council Newcomer gets decisive victory in Porterdale race

PORTERDALE - Political newcomer Lowell Chambers won the Post 5 seat on the City Council by a wide margin in a special election Tuesday.

Students won't have to make up missed snow day

COVINGTON - Students in the Newton County School System won't have to make up their snow day from earlier this month.

Growth slowing Population expansion drops below 3 percent

COVINGTON - Newton County was the 11th-fastest growing county in the nation from 2000 to 2008, but it didn't break the top 100 for growth from 2007 to 2008, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Newton sweeps Boys, girls win in crucial area matchups

COVINGTON - Seven goals by the Lady Rams' Lynea Fouser and three by the boys' Jonathan Triana helped give both Newton teams wins over Douglass in a crucial Area 2-AAAAA match on Wednesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

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Braves notch another win against Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Livan Hernandez strengthened his grip on the No. 5 spot in the New York Mets' rotation with five strong innings Wednesday in a 7-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Rockdale tennis has tough time Squads swept by Loganville

LOGANVILLE - The Rockdale tennis coaches continue to have confidence that their teams will improve even after being swept by Loganville on Tuesday.

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Radford's Greenberg facing Tar Heels

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Radford coach Brad Greenberg has watched his brother's Virginia Tech teams lose close games to North Carolina the past two years that ultimately might have cost the Hokies an NCAA tournament bid.

Eastside soccer has chance to host playoffs

COVINGTON - The Eastside soccer teams have all but guaranteed themselves a Class AAA playoff spot, all that needs to be determined is where.