News for Friday, May 29, 2009


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Republicans, Dems make positions known

COVINGTON - Republicans called for conservative spending and staunchly opposed higher taxes at a rally held in downtown Covington prior to a county budget work session Wednesday night.

American Legion Post 32 holds ceremony

American Legion Post 32 of Covington held a Memorial Day ceremony on the Covington Square. Post 32 members who participated are shown above, left to right: Jimmy Cronan, Glenn Whitaker, Terry Moore, Lt. Col. Rick Stanford, Bobby Hamby, Danny Garner and Chaplain Wayne Hunt.

Board reaches consensus on budget Millage to remain at current rate; 16 jobs to be cut

COVINGTON - After months of debate and a process one commissioner called painful and grueling, the Board of Commissioners reached a consensus on how to balance the fiscal year 2010 budget at a work session Wednesday night.

2 teachers resign after drug charges

COVINGTON - Two special education teachers from Indian Creek Middle School may have been celebrating the end of school a bit early last week and were arrested after an off-duty police officer observed them allegedly smoking marijuana, according to the Covington Police Department.

Going out with a splash

The prekindergarten classes at South Salem Elementary School got drenched Wednesday morning and it wasn't because of the weather. Like many other classes in the Newton County School System, the students participated in an end of the year party. The pre-K class held "Going Out with a Splash," complete with water tables, kiddie pools, sprinklers and hoses, bubbles and temporary tattoos. Above, students "splish and splash" with water devices that were set up for South Salem's end of the year party.

Class of 2009 to graduate this weekend

COVINGTON - Hundreds of graduating high school seniors - and their families - are either extremely nervous or excited this week.

Glavine throws five in rehab at Gwinnett Pitcher may be on Atlanta roster by Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tom Glavine plans to make a regular start Tuesday. Where he starts remains a question.

Federer wins despite tough Open match Williams sisters both advance

PARIS - Close doesn't count. Roger Federer knows that as well as anyone.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/29/09

So now the brouhaha begins.

Community Calendar 05/29/09


Rockdale Blotter - 05/29/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office , Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between May 19 and Monday:

Juniors part Eury Jr. out as Earnhardt's crew chief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. stayed loyal to his cousin and crew chief through last year's frustrating finish and this year's slumping start.

Jack Simpson - 05/29/09

Perhaps you remember the column I wrote recently about deciding to have a small garden this spring. Because of the state of the economy, I reasoned a victory garden, like we had in World War II, might help the family budget. I liked the patriotic feeling I had back in the war years.

Eagles put together a strong year Eastside ends six-year playoff drought in 2009

COVINGTON - It's tough to find fault with a soccer season that produced 12 wins and a playoff berth for the first time in the last six years.

Driver a hero after saving toddler from oncoming traffic

COVINGTON - Saving lives is Norman Early's business as he's worked as a paramedic for 26 years, but last week he stepped up to become a guardian angel for 2-year-old Aleea Lackey, who wandered into evening traffic on U.S. Highway 278.

Rob Jenkins - 05/29/09

Random thoughts on the recent nondemic

Newton Blotter - 05/29/09

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

Bulldogs still a team led by good defense

After a 3-0 start to the 2008 football season, Rockdale lost five of its last seven games to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

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