News for Friday, March 27, 2009

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Rescue group educates public on snakes

Most people do not find snakes to be warm and cuddly, but Jason Clark with Southeastern Reptile Rescue hopes visitors to this year's Cherry Blossom Festival can learn enough about them to overcome their fears.

Oxford zebra dies on way to zoo

OXFORD - Sherry and Curtis Jackson, owners of a zebra named Barcode that was part of a prank at Oxford College and another zebra named Jazz, learned this week that both their pets had died en route to a Midwest zoo in December.

Weather may move troops farewell inside

COVINGTON - In the event of inclement weather, the farewell ceremony for soldiers from Company B 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade will take place at 2 p.m. today at the National Guard Armory, located at 4124 Carroll St. S.W. in Covington.

Property owners to see decrease in tax

COVINGTON - More than 95 percent of Newton County property owners will see a reduction in the value of their properties, and therefore, their tax bills, when assessment notices are mailed out April 15, according to Chief Appraiser Tommy Knight.

We got trouble

Harold Hill, played by Robbie Ellwanger, an eighth-grader at Indian Creek Middle School, tries to get the attention of Marian Paroo, played by Samantha Thompson, a seventh-grader from Indian Creek, during a rehearsal Thursday afternoon of "The Music Man Jr." About 160 seventh- and eighth-grade chorus students from the middle school will present their production at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Eastside High School, which is located at 10245 Eagle Drive on the Covington Bypass. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.

Clark-Webb

Billie Clark of Spartanburg, S.C., announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessie Allison Clark of Thomasville, to Larry Scott Webb of Thomasville, son of Larry and Teresa Webb of Covington.

BOE, sex offender bill passes House OKs measure to keep offenders off boards

COVINGTON - A bill prohibiting sex offenders from serving on local boards of education overwhelmingly passed the Georgia House on Wednesday.

Tiger charges back at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. - In their own way, Jason Gore and Tiger Woods changed their fortunes Thursday at Bay Hill.

Community Calendar - 3/27/09

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Cochran-Cox

Mark Cochran and Cathy Williams announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandy Michelle Cochran, to Matthew Lee Cox, son of Randy and Darlene Cox, all of Covington.

Rob Jenkins - 03/27/09 Listening to classic rock has its drawbacks, too

My youngest son's musical education - OK, indoctrination - seems to have hit a snag.

UConn moving on Huskies fend off Purdue 72-60, make Elite Eight

GLENDALE, Ariz. - After cruising through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Connecticut found itself in trouble for the first time.

Lowe strong, but Braves lose to Jays Ace strikes out 7 in 6 innings, but Atlanta can't keep lead

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves signed Derek Lowe to be there ace, and he's pitching like one.

Jack Simpson - 03/27/09 Funny Farm, Anyone?

AIG almost brought down the financial system, but it was too big to fail. The reckless and greedy actions of some of the company executives were nevertheless rewarded with a taxpayer bailout.

Rockdale Blotter - 03/27/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between March 17 and Monday:

Doug Holt - 03/27/09 A View from the House

The House passed the fiscal 2010, or "big" budget last week. This measure reflects a significant reduction of expected revenue, and is over 12 percent less than the original fiscal 2009 budget we adopted last year. In raw numbers, the budget is $18.5 billion, a decrease of $2.6 billion. Thus most areas received significant cuts, though we held to the mindset that cuts to education would be less severe. If revenues drop even more, we will have some truly difficult decisions to make.

Darrell Huckaby - 03/27/09

The nice lady in charge of the student newspaper approached me Thursday morning and wanted a picture of me as a child. It seems that her news staff is running a feature on "Teachers Back When." I guess they want to humanize us and show the students what we looked like before we grew horns and forked tails and developed eyes in the backs of our heads.

Newton Blotter - 03/27/09

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

Lady Eagles lose to Rockdale, but beat Cedar Shoals

COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles lost a costly 3-2 match against Rockdale on Monday before winning a 3-2 game against Cedar Shoals on Wednesday.

Pitt hangs on, beats Xavier on Fields' late baskets

Levance Fields gave Pittsburgh the lead with a 3-pointer with 50.9 seconds left, then scored off his steal as the Panthers advanced to the regional finals for the first time in 35 years with a 60-55 win over Xavier on Thursday night.