News for Friday, May 1, 2009


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Teacher raises funds for Relay for Life

COVINGTON - Some students at Newton High School got a little break from class last week.

No students endangered in bus mishaps

COVINGTON - A bus driver misjudged her clearance and backed a Newton County school bus into her house Wednesday afternoon, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Fourth annual Scrabble Fest raises money for adult literacy

Forty-four players competed for prizes in Newton Reads' fourth annual Scrabble Fest fundraiser for adult literacy on April 18 at Oxford College's Card Student Center.

Georgia Perimeter to hold Picnic Pops

Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus will play host to a free DeKalb Symphony Picnic Pops this weekend.

Dorm goes green Oxford residence hall given eco-friendly gold designation

OXFORD - Oxford College recently set the standard for environmentally friendly buildings at Emory University.

Local officials keep eye on flu outbreak East Metro Health District: No need for 'undue' alarm

CONYERS - Local health and school officials continue to keep a cautious eye on the spread of swine flu, particularly after a woman was admitted to the hospital in LaGrange for the disease.

Man spots stolen truck at gas station

COVINGTON - A Covington man recognized his own stolen truck while pumping gas at the Kroger store on Salem Road, and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies made an arrest.

Rockdale Blotter

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between April 21 and Monday:

Piedmont celebrates Earth Day

Students in Tara Pope's K4 classroom recently recycled old paper to make new paper in celebration of Earth Day. The students used four types of paper to recycle: newspaper, magazines, construction paper, and white copy paper. As part of the process, the boys and girls shredded and wet the paper with water to make a paste-like substance by using a blender. Then, they flattened the mixture to a thin layer. After their "paste" dried, the students compared thickness, color, and how the paper looked for the final product compared to what they began with. Pictured are Jayce Wood, Bonny Holifield, Brody Anderson, Ragan McMichael and Dylan Pitts.

Local student wins UGA safety contest

Viktoria Domashchenko, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been announced a winner in a statewide seat belt safety poster, public service announcement and essay contest. Viktoria is the 3rd Place State Winner for grades 6-8 in the Poster Contest. Viktoria is a student in Laura McCanless' class.

NCSS draws borders for new school

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved at its April 21 board meeting a plan designating the attendance zone for Live Oak Elementary School, the new school on Kirkland Road that is expected to open in time for the 2009-10 school year.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/01/09

I shall fear no swine before my time!

Reyes makes his case for rotation spot Lefty grabbing Braves' attention after Tuesday's 'coming out party'

ATLANTA - Jo-Jo Reyes wasn't included in many preseason projections for the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

Community Calendar - 05/01/09

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Rob Jenkins - 05/01/09 Zen and the art of Lawn maintenance

I'm not exactly a yard guy. I know I've mentioned that before, but now, on the cusp of summer, seems like a good time to reiterate the point. OK, it's also a good time to aerate, but I'm not even going there.

GPC hosts pair of region tournaments

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College will be busy with activity this weekend as the girls play host to the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 softball tournament while the boys baseball team welcomes South Georgia College in a best-of-three first round playoff series.

Patterson-West & Davis

Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Patterson of Lanett, Ala., and Teresa Lynn Patterson of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Kari Ann Patterson-West, to Bryan Scott Davis, son of Jerry Leon Davis of Covington and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Dover Keener of Conyers.

Salem girls to maintain physical play Lady 'Noles to travel 4 hours for today's playoff matchup

CONYERS - The Lady Seminoles have to be careful not to overlook Thomas County Central's girls soccer team as they travel to Thomasville to play in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. today.

Newton Blotter - 05/01/09

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


Kevin and Nancy Montgomery of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Jean Montgomery of Conyers, to Corporal Jonathan Davis Pugh, son of Keith and Sandra Pugh of Conyers.


Amanda Beth Adams and Phillip Lee Adams were married on April 4 at the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse.

Heat want payback in do-or-die Game 6

MIAMI - Facing a win-or-else scenario, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat already would figure to have plenty of motivation.

Jack Simpson - 05/01/09 Midnight Observations

My spouse has had some health problems lately that keep her awake at night. As much aggravation as this causes her, she has found a bit of amusement in looking out the kitchen window at 2 a.m.

Humphries rallies to push Heritage into quarterfinals

The day didn't start off well for the Heritage girls tennis team. But sometimes it's how you finish.


David and Dorothy Garrison of Midlothian, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Joy Garrison of Columbus, to Justin Christopher Kennon of Knoxville, Tenn., son of Teresa Kennon and the late Tommy Kennon of Oxford.


Scott A. Bone of Monroe and Jolyn Dale of Social Circle announce the engagement of their daughter, Keeli Marie Bone of Conyers, to Jonathan Wayne Bias of Columbus, son of Wayne and Cindy Bias of Covington.


David Crowell of Lexington, N.C. announces the engagement of his daughter, Julie Nichole Anderson of Covington, to Kevin Ryan Wells of Covington, son of Janie and George Wells Jr. of Lithonia.