News for Friday, March 6, 2009

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Piedmont competes in math

Piedmont Academy participated in the Middle Georgia MATHCOUNTS competition on February 13 at Macon State College.

Covington-Newton 911 dispatcher victim of house fire

COVINGTON - Emergency responders and county and city employees are banding together to come to the aid of one of their own.

Meal prices reduced at county jail Newton to save $35,000

COVINGTON - One local business is doing its part to help the county save money.

Newton high to hold grad test info session

At 6 p.m. Tuesday Newton High School will have a GHSGT Informational: Help Your Child Pass The First Time! for parents and their students who will take the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. It is given by the "How Can I Help My Child Succeed" program.

Live Oak Pre-K registration rescheduled

The Newton County School System has announced a make-up date for Fairview Elementary School's Pre-K Registration for students who will attend Live Oak Elementary School that was canceled due to Inclement Weather.

Students attends legislative breakfast

Earlier this semester, the Georgia Career and Technical Education in conjunction with the Georgia Career and Technical Student Organization's sponsored the Annual Legislative Breakfast at the at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. Attending from Newton High School was CTI State Student Officer DeOndre Robinson and Region 7 Director Gloria Fallings. The Legislative Breakfast is held each year and is an opportunity for students enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses in middle and high school programs to have their Senator and Representative as their guest for breakfast. State Superintendent Kathy Cox, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker of the House Glenn Richards were on program and spoke to the group.

Sigman urges county to reduce legal fees

COVINGTON - With the county being forced to cut costs wherever possible to make up a budget shortfall, a resident urged the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night to reduce legal expenses.

Tearing down the walls

Maddox Demolition Company is cleaning up what was left of the former Double G's Sports Bar and Grill on U.S. Highway 278. The establishment was gutted by fire during the early morning hours of Oct. 2 and is believed to have started in the kitchen area. Sean Wilson is seen here operating the trac hoe.

Cousins Middle students of the month

Cousins Middle School Students of the Month

SIU makes drug arrests in February

COVINGTON - He may have adopted the name Superman, but he was no match for the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit.

Seminoles split pair with Eagles

CONYERS - The Salem Seminoles split their doubleheader against Eagle's Landing losing the first game 4-3 before coming back to win the second game 6-1 on Wednesday.

Heritage boys, girls sweep past Rockdale Lady Patriots' Maloney scores perfect 6-0, 6-0 victory

CONYERS - Heritage set the tone in subregion play by sweeping Rockdale 5-0 in both the boys and girls tennis matches at Heritage on Thursday.

Newton Blotter - 03/06/09

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

Rockdale Blotter - 03/06/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Feb. 24 and Monday:

Community Calendar - 03/06/09

March 6

Darrell Huckaby - 03/06/09 4-H Club

The 4-H Club has been around a while - close to a hundred years, in fact - and its roots are deeply entrenched in Newton County. We won't go into the history of the organization right now, but it is a long and storied one. You might have been a member of 4-H yourself at one time or another. Most of us were - but even if you don't know that the "H's" in 4-H are health, head, heart and hands, you are probably aware of at least some of the club's functions.

Jack Simpson - 03/06/09 National Law Enforcement Museum

America has thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement officers. These men and women are well-trained professionals who make daily sacrifices in the service of their communities. They put their lives on the line protecting society and go to work daily with prayers from their families that they come home safely at day's end.

Doug Holt - 03/06/09 A View from the House

The House passed the supplemental budget last week. This bill is the device for adjusting the present budget (fiscal 2009, which ends on June 30th) based on tax receipt trends. Overall revenue is down enough to require roughly 8 percent cuts in most of the major components of the budget. The only significant exception is education, which will be cut by about 5 percent. This budget does include the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant, in order to keep local governments from having to cut more services. The bill moves on to the Senate now, and we will get to work on the 2010 budget.

College Notebook: Eastside alum earns PBC honors

Senior pitcher at Georgia College and State University and former Eastside standout Mandy Chandler has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week.