News for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Newton Library plans summer activities

COVINGTON - Staff at the Newton County Library want everyone to stop by the library this summer to have a little fun and learn a little, too.

Commissioners at stalemate over budget

COVINGTON - Despite spending four-and-a-half hours trying to balance the fiscal year 2010 budget, commissioners were unable to reach a consensus at a work session Monday night.

Dogs days of summer Kennel club hosts annual show

CONYERS - Dog enthusiasts will have a chance to see how their dogs measure up in an upcoming competitive show match hosted by the Conyers Kennel Club.

Festival held to benefit church tutoring program

COVINGTON - If you're looking for some fun over the Memorial Day holiday, look no further than Porterdale. The public is invited to attend Festival at the Mill, an event sponsored by Porterdale Baptist Church in an effort to raise funding for its free tutoring program offered to Newton County students.

Covington Council OKs rate hikes

COVINGTON - The City Council approved natural gas, water and garbage collection rate increases Monday night.

Braves tie up series with Rockies

ATLANTA - Jair Jurrjens pitched seven strong innings and Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/20/09

It's graduation time in Georgia. You want to talk about a pandemic! Senioritis has been running rampant in high schools from sea to shining sea since the week before spring break. Yard signs dot neatly mowed yards throughout suburbia and deals are being brokered for extra graduation tickets that would make the biggest tycoon on Wall Street squeamish.

Bill Shipp - 05/20/09 SONNY SNAPS OUT OF IT

Perhaps we had Gov. Sonny Perdue all wrong. When we said Perdue was a do-nothing governor, maybe he wasn't really doing nothing. He was just waiting for something to happen - something big and awful so he could really show his stuff.

Tagliani's drama ends with Indy 500 start

INDIANAPOLIS - Alex Tagliani never dreamed his first Indianapolis 500 start would come with so much drama.

Community Calendar - 05/20/09

May 20

Rams try to go airborne during drills

COVINGTON - Spring football showed that Newton will be heading into uncharted territory after losing key personnel off last season's squad.

Heritage ends year optimistic

CONYERS - When assessing his team's 2009 season, Heritage coach Casey Teal chose not to dwell on the second-round exit in the playoffs. Instead, the longtime head coach decided to look at the players that exceeded expectations.

Oxford wins national tennis title Eagles claim crown for third time in four seasons

OXFORD - For the third time in four years, Oxford College has come away triumphant from the NJCAA III Men's Tennis National Tournament, which took place May 11 to 15 in Plano, Texas.