News for Friday, May 8, 2009


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Newborn Schoolhouse closes for repairs

NEWBORN - The Newborn Schoolhouse will be closed for the next few months while roof repairs are under way.

Reminding students to buckle up

Class is over and summer looms large, but the staff at Georgia Perimeter College, along with the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Chick-fil-A restaurant were reminding students to buckle up and drive safely as they left the campus Thursday afternoon. Here, GPC student Amani Chahine accepts a coupon provided by Chick-fil-A for a free sandwich from Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, as GPC Police Chief Christopher N. Albers looks on. Students were rewarded for having their seat belts buckled and received information on the dangers of not buckling up if they did not. After approximately 50 cars had gone through the checkpoint, only two drivers were found not to be wearing seat belts. "It's just something we can do to give out information to make sure kids are safe this summer," said GPC Police Lt. Andrew Moore. "Most of them are pretty good about wearing seat belts, but (we see them) talking on the phone and texting while driving." Also on hand for the event was a representative with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers who was furnishing information to the students.

Newton Medical named NCSS Partner of the Year

During its annual Partners in Education reception Wednesday morning, the Newton County School System honored Newton Medical Center as the 2009 Partner of the Year. NMC is a partner with East Newton Elementary School and was lauded for having had a positive influence on the morale of teachers by providing breakfast on teacher workdays; volunteering as readers and judges for the school spelling bee and recitation contest and providing supplies for the school clinic. Pictured, left to right, are Joe Stier, chair of Newton County Chamber of Commerce; Michelle Green, president of NMC's auxiliary board; Heather King, NMC/NCSS liaison; James Weidick, administrator of NMC; Naomi Cobb, principal of East Newton Elementary School; John Boothby, president of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Steve Whatley, superintendent of Newton County Schools.

Suspect arrested in robbery

COVINGTON - Covington Police have made an arrest in connection with the robbery of Long John Silver's restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 in mid-April.

GPC to close continuing ed center

COVINGTON - Georgia Perimeter College announced Thursday morning that it will close its Center for Continuing and Corporate Education on June 30.

Monthly bike ride starts up Community invited to pedal their way through Covington

COVINGTON - Pedalers young and old are invited to participate in a monthly community bike ride through the streets of historic Covington.

Community Calendar - 05/08/09

May 8

Carter Letter - 05/08/09

Bicycle and Walking Trails are Very Safe Places

Molette leads Bulldogs with third-place throw

JEFFERSON - Rockdale County junior Xavier Molette seems to do his best when the pressure is greatest.

Jurrjens pitches Braves by Marlins

MIAMI - Jair Jurrjens enjoyed the rare luxury of pitching with a lead. And it turns out he's good at it.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/08/09

No offense to anyone, but please - y'all just leave my rain alone! I've been praying for it for three years and now that we are finally getting our share, all I hear is people trying to wish it away - just like we did when we were children and would sing, "Rain, rain go away; come again some other day" when we were cooped up inside.

'Nothing to lose' for Eastside Eagles hope to upset No. 4 Creekview in matchup today

COVINGTON - Although it's a long shot, Eastside baseball coach Michael Poor said that his team has the ability to shock Class AAA No. 4 Creekview in the best-of-three series in Canton at 5 p.m. today.

Newton Blotter - 05/08/09

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

Rockdale Blotter - 05/08/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between April 28 and Monday:

Title in reach Heritage girls make first semifinal appearance

CONYERS - The Heritage girls tennis team is just one match away from its ultimate goal - playing for a state championship.

First game important to Patriots South Paulding's Smith faces Patriots in opener

CONYERS - Heritage baseball coach Casey Teal isn't one to look ahead. That's why today's opening game of the Class AAAA state playoffs against South Paulding is the most important game of the year to Teal and his team. Add in an opposing pitcher like probable Game 1 starter Colby Smith and Teal will have no problem keeping his team focused.

Jack Simpson - 05/08/09 A New Age

Actress Ashley Judd recently appeared before a House subcommittee urging legislation to address global warming. So who pays attention to celebrities and their causes?

Wilson Letter - 05/08/09

In 2009, 4-H Camp is more than canoeing, campfires, and swimming. 4-H Camp is about learning in the areas of photography, stream ecology, conservation, archery, and forestry, as well as cooking meals, herpetology and creating a personalized radio show. All of these activities contribute to a week-long oasis for youth.

Tigers at home for playoffs School makes debut with key advantage

COVINGTON - Alcovy not only made it to the baseball playoffs for the first time in the school's three-year history; the Tigers are also hosting.

Stand-up comics appear at Carmike Cinemas

CONYERS - For those who want to enjoy stand-up comedians but don't want to deal with the hassle or expense of a comedy club, Stand-Up 360 may be just the ticket.

Smith Letter - 05/08/09

Fairy Houses at Chimney Park