News for Friday, May 15, 2009

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Retooling the road Bad intersection has new work plan in development

PORTERDALE - A new plan is in the works for improvements at what has been called one of the worst intersections in Newton County.

Local car dealers avoid ax Chrysler outfits safe; GM operations get fates today

CONYERS - Amid months of bad news surrounding American carmakers, General Manager Tim Cartledge of Ginn Motor Company in Covington received word Thursday from Chrysler LLC that his dealership, Ginn Chrysler Dodge Jeep on U.S. Highway 278, will continue to operate.

Legislators revisit session highlights

COVINGTON - Two state legislators representing the local delegation talked about the highlights and lowlights of the 2009 General Assembly session during the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Post-Legislative Breakfast held Thursday morning at DeKalb Technical College.

County school system's millage rate not expected to increase

COVINGTON - Newton County School System Superintendent Steven Whatley presented the 2009-10 school year tentative general fund budget for the first time during Tuesday's Newton County Board of Education monthly work session.

Crash kills two during rush hour

COVINGTON - Two people were killed Thursday morning in a traffic crash on Interstate 20 eastbound, just east of Ga. Highway 11 and near exit 98, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Taylor wins top award

Martha Taylor, director of volunteer services for Newton Medical Center, has been named "Director of Volunteer Services of the Year" by the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations. Taylor, who has volunteered her time for more than 25 years and oversees more than 250 volunteers who donate more than 34,000 hours of time annually, is described as "a major ambassador for her hospital, an outstanding leader, a visionary, and has exemplary leadership abilities. She has the ability to make people want to serve and to match their talents with a position they find rewarding and fun," according to a press release from SDVSHO. In presenting the award, Taylor was also lauded as a "guiding force for many fund raising and community outreach projects. Her influence is pervasive and measurable in hard data and human impact," the release states.

Heritage falls short to Northgate Rally not enough as Patriots are eliminated from playoffs

NEWNAN - Heritage fought back in the bottom of the seventh inning to score four runs, but unfortunately, they needed five.

Alcovy bested by Wayne County

JESUP - Errors, lack of hitting and one tremendous Yellow Jackets pitcher kept Alcovy from reaching the Class AAAA Elite Eight with a five-inning 11-1 loss to Wayne County in the final game of a best-of-three series in the second round of the baseball playoffs on Thursday.

White Letter - 05/15/09

I listened Tuesday, May 4, as Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden outlined his plans for Rockdale County before the League of Women Voters. He stated that the Rockdale water system had too much debt and he wanted that decreased. On Friday, the Rockdale Citizen had the article about increasing the rates we all pay for water. Chairman Oden also said we need to increase sewage capacity. Obviously, we need more sewage capacity to allow denser growth in the county. Thus Rockdale County residents can expect to pay more for water to allow more growth.

Williamson Letter - 05/15/09

After attending the first meeting this past Tuesday of the Water and Sewer Authority, it became very evident that this is not just an advisory board as Chairman Oden stated.

Kathleen Parker - 05/15/09 WHY IS THAT MAN SMILING?

WASHINGTON - There's nothing un-funnier than Saturday night's jokes reviewed by the caffeinated light of Monday morning.

Community Calendar - 05/15/09

May 15

Pioneerof the Nile wants revenge

BALTIMORE - Bob Baffert oozed confidence in Pioneerof the Nile leading to the Kentucky Derby.

Newton Blotter - 05/15/09

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

Darrell Huckaby - 05/15/09

I won't go into why I found myself standing outside Mrs. Wilkes's Boarding House in Savannah at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, but the reason involved lots of liniment and even more Kleenex.

Jack Simpson - 05/15/09 Scams

It has been raining a lot lately keeping many people inside and away from spring yard work. You might be watching a favorite soap opera or preparing something for dinner when the telephone rings.

Yeatman Letter - 05/15/09

My dear friend, Thom Klika, a.k.a. "The Rainbow Man," died on Sunday May 3. Thom was an incredible artist who lived his last years creating art in Oxford. In the late 1960s he began to paint rainbows as "pocket art." He painted little 2-inch squares, popped them in his pocket, then walked around and gave them away to anyone he met. One person plus one rainbow equaled a movement. Thom has painted and given away millions of rainbows, and brought smiles, love, hope, and cheer to many a heart. During the two weeks prior to his death he completed a new series of rainbow collages that reflect a renaissance of spirit.

Investigation idles Source: Mayfield not on steroids; NASCAR not talking

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A day after learning Jeremy Mayfield failed a drug test for something other than a performance-enhancer, NASCAR allowed him to drive a race car at Darlington Raceway at speeds up to 173 mph.

Rockdale Blotter - 05/15/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between May 5 and Monday:

Atlanta seeks to reverse course back at Turner Field

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones can't think of a better time for the Atlanta Braves to rediscover their home run swing at Turner Field.