News for Thursday, May 7, 2009

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CPD, NCSO to receive stimulus Funds to go toward new equipment, investigators

COVINGTON - Washington dollars will soon be arriving in the coffers of local law enforcement agencies as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

City extends permit for academy

COVINGTON - Covington Mayor Kim Carter cast the tie-breaking vote to extend a special-use permit for Peachtree Academy Private School LLC to locate a school on McGuirts Bridge Road.

Salutatorian plans to help others

COVINGTON - Newton High School's 2009 salutatorian Geoff Nolan soon will be off to continue his life filled with helping others.

Newton High School: Valedictorian remembers good times

COVINGTON - This month, Newton High School's 2009 Valedictorian Sarah Lanners is reflecting on her time spent in school and looking forward to the next step in her life.

Cookbook to benefit Special Olympians

Newton County Special Olympians, from left, Cory Conrad, Gabrielle Crews, Cindy Hamlin and Taylor Bradley are hoping residents will be lining up on May 16 in the parking lot of Antiques and Stuff on Pace Street near the intersection of U.S. Highway 278, to purchase their recently published cookbook. The book, titled "Inspiring Recipes," is a fundraiser for the organization which has offered athletic competition to more than 600 young Newton County athletes this year. The price is $12. "Through the purchase of this cookbook, you are helping Newton County's special athletes continue to experience the joy of sports, confidence in their ability and pride in their accomplishments," said Cindy Conrad, a member of the volunteer Management Team which coordinates the program. Books can also be purchased through Conrad by calling 678-625-2515 or by calling Mickie Bradley at 770-784-9821.

East Newton to present 'Seussical Jr.'

East Newton Elementary School's Teddy Bear Players will perform "Seussical Jr." at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Alcovy High School's auditorium. There will be a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. The musical incorporates approximately 15 of Dr. Seuss' books and includes appearances by some of his most famous characters, including Horton the Elephant and Cat in the Hat. The show tells the story of Horton the Elephant who finds a speck of dust containing Whoville. The other animals in the jungle find Horton to be the "Biggest Blame Fool in the Jungle of Nool." But regardless of feeling "Alone in the Universe," Horton vows to protect the Whos after he befriends the Mayor's son, JoJo, who also is reprimanded for his grand imagination. "Don't anticipate a small children's play. You won't believe your eyes and ears," promises school principal Naomi Cobb.

Porterdale weighs in on railroad purchase

PORTERDALE - The City Council was divided during a discussion Monday night on whether or not to offer its support of a proposal under consideration by Newton County to purchase 14 miles of railroad line. The line, owned by Norfolk Southern Railway, runs from Ga. Highway 81 in Porterdale, through Covington, and on to Rose Acres between Mansfield and Newborn.

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Pats, Tigers fall short of golf Top 10 Boys take 14th, 16th place overall at state tournament

CONYERS - The Heritage boys golf team recorded a 14th-place finish in the Class AAAA boys state tournament Monday at Nob North Golf Course in Tunnel Hill.

Hawkins signs with Ga. Southwestern

COVINGTON - Newton basketball standout Jamon Hawkins will follow in his parents footsteps by playing basketball at the college level.

Cavs defense a force to be reckoned with Hawks held to 28 in second half of Game 1

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Arms flailing, fists pumping, a crazed look behind those designer eyeglasses, Cleveland coach Mike Brown nearly jumped out of his suit.

Lowndes gives Rams formidable opponent

COVINGTON - The Rams should not feel any pressure as they play in the Class AAAAA baseball tournament starting on Friday in Valdosta against Lowndes.

Braves awake Anderson drives in three in 8-6 victory

MIAMI - Garret Anderson's first three RBIs this season helped the Atlanta Braves end a four-game losing streak Wednesday night by beating the Florida Marlins 8-6.

GPC hits way into baseball semifinals

COVINGTON - The Georgia Perimeter College baseball team drove its opponent batty this weekend.