News for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Newton GOP hosts tax rally

COVINGTON - The Newton County Republican Party is hosting a rally tonight at 6 p.m. on the Square to oppose a potential property tax increase.

Habitat founder recognized Wade celebrates 22 years on the job

COVINGTON - The Rev. Billy Wade has been helping build homes and families' futures for more than 20 years.

Schools receive HP tech grant

COVINGTON - Students in Newton County schools will be more technologically savvy soon.

On the beat

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Pedalling to perfection

Special Photo: Taylor Queen Kaytie Wright of Covington says a bicycle will keep you fit, whether it's standing still or on the move. Wright works out on a stationery bike at the Covington YMCA daily, but just to make doubly sure she stays in shape, she rides a bike to and from her workout.

Serena survives Williams struggles in first-round French Open win

PARIS - Serena Williams entered Tuesday with a 37-0 record in the first round at Grand Slam tournaments.

Alcovy's Brown to attend LaGrange

Alcovy's Robert Ellis Brown Jr. recently signed his letter of intent to play football with LaGrange College. Sitting with Brown are his parents, Julia and Robert Sr., and head coach Kirk Hoffmann looks on.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/27/09

Kids crack me up. They think they invented classic rock music, for instance, and every now and then one of my students will come rushing into my room to tell me about a great "new" author, like Ernest Hemingway, or a great "new" book, like "Atlas Shrugged."

Community Calendar - 05/27/09

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Hendrick mum on Earnhardt crew chief Team could see changes at Dover

CONCORD, N.C. - After months of firmly backing Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief, car owner Rick Hendrick was noncommittal about Tony Eury Jr.'s future Tuesday.

Kathleen Parker - 05/27/09

Listening to President Obama and former Vice President Cheney give their respective national security speeches Thursday put me in mind of John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus."

Alcovy girls finish banner year in playoffs Soccer team earns its first-ever postseason berth

COVINGTON - The Alcovy girls soccer squad had a great season finishing above .500 and making it to the playoffs for the first time in the school's three year history.

Kiffin unapologetic to fellow coaches

DESTIN, Fla. - Lane Kiffin didn't back down or hand out apologies Tuesday before he met his fellow Southeastern Conference football coaches - many of whom he has called out and insulted.

Oxford man dies in one-vehicle crash

COVINGTON - A 22-year-old Newton County man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in the early morning hours Sunday on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford.