News for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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County may have to cut workers Plans call for laying off about 50 Newton employees

COVINGTON - To balance the upcoming budget without increasing the millage rate, Newton County commissioners are considering terminating 46 to 62 county employees.

NCSS expected to keep hiring globally

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education may decide next month whether to keep a program that provides the system with international teachers.

EMT nabbed in online sex sting

CONYERS - An emergency medical technician in Rockdale County has been arrested on allegations that he used the Internet to lure a 13-year-old girl for sexual purposes.

A ripe delivery

Eastside High School students,from left to right, Mark Yancy, JaCorey Maddox and Nathan Harvill load 575 pounds of Vidalia onions into a truck belonging to Covington Rotarian Terry Clark, who has sold 23 bags. The great onion delivery is part of an annual tradition for Covington Rotarians, who sold about 1,000 25-pound bags of the sweet onions at a cost of $15 per bag. The Covington Rotary Club has about 50 members who picked up the onions Tuesday with assistance from student volunteers at Eastside High School. Proceeds from the onion sales go to support the club's annual Empty Stocking Fund. EHS student volunteers not pictured are Jarrett Hubbard, James Johnson, Broderick Alexander and Antaruis Terrell.

Eating for the cause

The smell of savory hickory and spicy barbecue sauce is in the air and that can only mean one thing - it's time for Stalvey's Spring Barbecue. This photo showing volunteers hard at work was snapped at last year's event. Tickets are $6 and proceeds will benefit the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit equipment fund. Lunch will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Stalvey's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 278. Customers are invited to dine in or use the drive-through. The menu will include chopped barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, cole slaw, pickles and bread. Beverages and homemade deserts will be available. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the NMC volunteer services office or the NMC gift shop. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 770-788-6553.

Hundreds graduate from Oxford College

Oxford College held its 164th commencement exercises Saturday, when about 350 graduates said farewell to the campus they've known for the past two years. Many of the students will continue their junior year at Emory University in Atlanta. The school presented Helen Suzanne Hill of Thomson with the Eady Sophomore Service Award, given to the graduate who has given outstanding service to campus life during the year, and Brenda Harmon, senior lecturer in chemistry, the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. James T. Laney, president emeritus of Emory University, gave the commencement speech.

Two caught in purse snatching Third suspect still at large

CONYERS - Two Newton County schools were placed on lockdown for several hours Tuesday while law enforcement officers from Conyers, Newton County and the Georgia State Patrol searched for one of the suspects involved in a purse-snatching outside a Conyers bank.

Judgeship in good shape to be funded

COVINGTON - A fifth judgeship for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, which was approved by the General Assembly last year, is expected to be funded in the 2010 state fiscal year budget.

Georgia Perimeter takes 2nd in region

DOUGLAS - The magic that whisked the Georgia Perimeter College baseball team through a memorable season ran dry Sunday.

Bill Shipp - 05/13/09 KINDRED PARTIES

The red, white and blue Republican elephant logo adorns the cover of this week's Time magazine, with this headline: "Endangered Species." Inside, the Time header asks, "Is the Party Over?" The story goes on to say, "Lacking leadership and fresh ideas, the GOP has officially entered the political wilderness. It could take years to find the way back."

Darrell Huckaby - 05/13/09

"There's no such thing as a free lunch."

Mullins Letter - 05/13/09

In addition to concerns about the security of our nation are the fiscal concerns. The thinking, or maybe it is the scheming, of the president and his financial advisors is puzzling. It is hard to determine whether they use the dartboard approach, pin the tail on the donkey, or employ the blind hog theory. The apparent objective is to gain control of all financial institutions, finalizing the transformation of a free market capitalist society to a collectivist state, closely resembling Communism. By whatever name, if you have control of the money, you control industry, and thereby control of the people.

Community Calendar - 05/13/09

May 13

'No pressure' on Eastside in second round

COVINGTON - Eastside baseball coach Michael Poor doesn't have an explanation for why his team is playing in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

Hawks have made great strides, but still not among elite

ATLANTA - Give the Atlanta Hawks their due. In the course of five seasons, they went from being an NBA laughingstock to a team that made the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Baseball bargains still there, if you look

BALTIMORE - The crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards was so sparse on a recent weeknight, its murmur so low, that you could hear clear across the field when a fan let out a disappointed wail at first pitch: "Where IS everybody?"

Balance key for Heritage vs. Northgate No. 8 Pats face No. 3 Vikings today in 2nd round of playoffs

COVINGTON - It's going to be a battle of top 10s in the second round of the Class AAAA baseball playoffs when No. 8 Heritage travels to Newnan to play No. 3 Northgate in the first two games of a best-of-three series starting today at 4 p.m.