News for Thursday, May 14, 2009

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General Mills to add jobs in Social Circle Distribution facility will create 112 new positions in the area

SOCIAL CIRCLE - General Mills will open a new distribution center in Social Circle, investing $42 million and creating 112 jobs, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.

Visiting with local heroes

Top right, State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, chats with soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade during a May 8 visit to Camp Shelby, Miss., where the troops are undergoing their final days of training before deploying to Afghanistan. Bottom right, National Guard soldiers pause to pose for a shot by the local media attending Media Day at Camp Shelby. They are, from left, Spec. Michael Goines of Conyers, Pvt. Chris Stephens of Milledgeville, Spec. Charles Jeffries of Barnesville and Spec. Seth Callaway of McDonough. Jeffries and Callaway are based at the armory in Covington, while Goines is based in Lawrenceville. For more images taken at Camp Shelby, see Sunday's Citizen.

911 Center fees: Porterdale outlines objections

PORTERDALE - The City Council has sent a 90-plus page response to the Covington Newton County 911 Center director and board of governors regarding a proposed contract requiring the city to pay for its police dispatch calls handled by the center.

Strolling down Memory Lane

Members of Senior Girl Scout Troop 2482 on Wednesday present former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey with six scrapbooks featuring newspaper clippings from his decade in office and documenting the last 10 years of Covington history. Pictured are, left to right, Brittany Rogers, Ramsey, Danielle Roelofs, Shelby Meissner and Chloe Bickford, who came up with the idea for the scrapbook and began working on the project but had to stop due to declining health. The scouts took over the scrapbook project from her. "This was something that we could easily plug into and help her complete it," said Troop Leader Lori Wagnon, who co-leads the troop with Stephanie Meissner. The scouts worked on the project off and on for about a year, putting in about 40 hours of work. Scouts not pictured are Mary Ashlynn Dennis and Jessie Wagnon.

WASA drops water use by 24 percent

COVINGTON - The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is one of 16 communities or water authorities to reduce consumption by 15 percent or more since November 2007.

New deal gets Rahal back in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - Bobby Rahal just wanted to get back into IndyCar racing.

Government Meetings - 05/14/09

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St. Pius ends Eastside's run Eagles taken down 7-5, 15-4

ATLANTA - Eastside's improbable run through the Class AAA state playoffs as a No. 4 seed ended Wednesday, as St. Pius swept the second-round series 7-5 and 15-4 at Oglethorpe University's Anderson Field.

Community Calendar - 05/14/09

May 14

Atlanta outlasts New York 8-7 in 12 innings

NEW YORK - After blowing a save chance about 19 hours earlier, Mike Gonzalez was determined.

Tigers rally to split at Wayne County Alcovy one game away from Elite Eight

JESSUP - The Alcovy Tigers are one game away from the Elite Eight.

Rachel Alexandra is 8-5 Preakness Stakes favorite

BALTIMORE - Rachel Alexandra was made the early 8-5 favorite Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, the first filly accorded that status since 1988.