News for Thursday, May 21, 2009

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Rockin' seniors

Seniors at Newton County Senior Services Center at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex, from left, Hugh Smith, Irene Alexander and Mildred Scott are limbering up to "rock around the clock," as they take part in the center's 2009 Rock-a-Thon today and Friday. The group is taking pledges from supporters for $5 for every 15 minutes a senior rocks; $10 for 30 minutes; $15 for 45 minutes and $20 for an hour. The fundraiser is set to be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The fundraiser is held in conjunction with Older Americans Month, which will conclude with the Tri-County Picnic at Turner Lake on May 29. To make a pledge, call 770-787-0038 or go by the center.

Booting burns

Covington Firefighters will be out with boots in hand over the Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, collecting funds for the 20th annual Georgia Burn Foundation's "Give Burns the Boot" campaign. Look for firefighters at Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 and the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Ga. Highway 142. Funds generated will be used for fire safety education, supporting Georgia burn centers and assisting burn survivors in their recovery. One of the special ways burn survivors are assisted is through Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. Last year Covington firefighters collected $8,008.28. This year's goal is $10,000, according to Engineer Jody Roberson, far right, who is coordinator of the campaign. Other CFD firefighters shown here are, from left, Wes Daniel, Brad Smith, Allen Stoud, David Powell and Lance Collum.

Porterdale officials angered over 911 fees Councilman rips up contract

COVINGTON - Porterdale City Councilman Robert Foxworth didn't hold back his feelings as he faced the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

NCSO moves to 12-hour shifts

COVINGTON - If you think you're seeing more deputies patrolling the roadways lately, it's because Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has implemented a new 12-hour shift rotation. The result? The same number of deputies in the department, but more deputies on duty at the same time giving better coverage of the patrol area.

Local residents oppose railroad purchase

COVINGTON - Residents of rural southeastern Newton County are content with the little-used rail line that snakes from Porterdale, through their properties to Newborn, and on to Shadydale. What they don't want is a walking and biking trail to take its place.

Money for trails, SPLOST would fund railroad purchase

COVINGTON - The bulk of the funding for Newton County's possible purchase of 14 miles of Norfolk Southern Railroad line in Newton County would come from two earmarks secured for trails programs by Congressman Jim Marshall, D-Ga., with additional funding available through the county's special purpose local option sales tax.

Briscoe finds himself in the dark despite success

INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Briscoe is a little surprised to find himself mentioned among the favorites for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Government Meetings - 05/21/09

Thursdays

Salem baseball survives tough year

CONYERS - Sometimes a baseball team has to go with the hand it was dealt. Such was the case for the 2009 Salem Seminoles, who survived team dismissals and a rash of injuries to finish a respectable 11-9 in the top-heavy Region 8-AAAA. The fact that a fifth-place finish kept first-year coach Chad Kitchens' team out of the playoffs after reaching the Class AAAA final four a year ago, didn't make the 2009 season was a failure.

Alcovy boys post first winning record

COVINGTON - The Alcovy boys soccer team may not have made the playoffs, finishing fifth in Area 4-AAAA, but its season was far from being disappointing.

Community Calendar - 05/21/09

May 21

NFL looking to expand "Rooney Rule'

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - NFL teams looking to hire general managers may soon be required to interview at least one minority candidate.

Bryant's free throws give Lakers win

LOS ANGELES - In an inconsistent start to the Western Conference finals, Kobe Bryant was the steadying presence the Los Angeles Lakers needed.