News for Friday, May 22, 2009

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Chief Justice speaks to Rotary Club

CONYERS - Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears spoke Thursday on how the social problems facing the country could be best be addressed through a new emphasis placed on the importance of marriage.

NCSO budget short $1.08M

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is facing a shortfall of about $1.08 million in this year's budget, Sheriff Ezell Brown told county commissioners Tuesday night.

Reaching out to children KidsNet donates books for Mental Health Month

COVINGTON - Students at some Newton County schools are getting a special treat this month.

SWAT team called to help arrest man seen with shotgun

COVINGTON - The Covington-Newton County SWAT team was called into service Thursday afternoon after deputies made contact with a suspect who was seen with a shotgun minutes before they arrived, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office's Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Police urge safety during holiday

CONYERS - Temperatures are rising and local law enforcement are turning up the heat on impaired and reckless drivers.

Newton improves on mound Rams make playoffs in Hensley's first season

COVINGTON - Despite ending the season by being swept by Lowndes 12-0, 7-1 in the first round of the Class AAAAA baseball state playoffs, Newton made great strides under first-year head coach Ty Hensley.

LeBron, Cavs get first taste of playoff adversity

CLEVELAND - The 24-second shot clock has been fixed. The Cleveland Cavaliers are next on the repairs-to-do list.

Newton Blotter - 05/22/09

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

Eastside softball gets new leader Stokes takes over coaching reins of Lady Eagles

COVINGTON - Eastside softball has a long and proud tradition, winning state championships in 1998 and 1999.

Rockdale Blotter - 05/22/09

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 12 and Monday:

Community Calendar - 05/22/09

May 22

Riding the recession Selig pleased despite drop

NEW YORK - While Major League Baseball's attendance is down 6.4 percent from a year ago and 20 of 30 teams have experienced drops, commissioner Bud Selig is pleased with how the sport is surviving a season of recession.

Kathleen Parker - 05/22/09 TORTURING LAWYERS

WASHINGTON - It is supremely surreal to find oneself sipping sparkling water in a sunny hotel courtyard, dispassionately discussing the legalities of torture.

Jack Simpson - 05/22/09 Duke

Hanging on my bedroom wall is a memorial plaque of John Wayne. This American legend died in 1979. Sometimes when I look at the plaque, I wish we could call on the Duke to help us out of this mess we are in.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/22/09

This time the Obama Administration and his Democratic lap dogs in Congress have gone too far. Surely the American public won't stand for the latest proposal of infringement on our inalienable rights.

Rob Jenkins - 05/22/09 Voice of experience offers advice for college-bound graduates

If there's one thing I know - and there may, in fact, be only one thing - it's higher education. I've been teaching college students for 25 years, or long enough to retire if my 403b weren't worth less than a pick-up-bed full of GM stock.

Salem looks to improve in the fall

Salem wrapped up its week and a half of spring football Wednesday with a 12-12 tie in a spring game. Here's a look at how the Seminoles look after spring practice (summer workouts begin June 8).

Homestead grant loss to bump taxes Property owners to see higher bills later this year

COVINGTON - Tax Commissioner Barbara Dingler is warning Newton County homeowners to brace themselves for higher taxes.