News for Friday, September 11, 2009

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Newton deputies attend driver training classes

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are undergoing decision-based driver training presented by Local Government Risky Management Services.

Mark Shields - 09/11/09 Is There an "Obama-Clinton-Doctrine"?

As a young Army lieutenant, and later a major, he served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, where he would know the personal pain of holding in his arms a young, dying soldier and where he pledged, if he ever were to make policy, that he "would not quietly acquiesce in half-hearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand."

Social Circle incumbents keep seats

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Social Circle voters will likely not need to head to the polls this year since no resident qualified to challenge any of the incumbents up for re-election on either the City Council or the school board.

NCSS asks for more budget cuts

COVINGTON - Although the school system has already made significant cuts to its original 2009-10 school year budget since approving it in June, more cuts are likely to come.

Patriotic tribute Eastside, Newton bands to put on special halftime show for Sept. 11

COVINGTON - Although the Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams will be competing on the football field tonight, the schools' bands will join together at halftime.

City holds mock disaster training

COVINGTON - Around 40 staff and department heads from the city of Covington and other emergency service agencies gathered Thursday morning to practice for an event they hope will never happen. But if a full-fledged emergency does occur, residents can know there's a plan in place.

Darrell Huckaby - 09/11/09

Darn that Pat Conroy!

Dickson Letter - 09/11/09

I have been moved to write to address a comment in the Citizen Poll printed Sept. 5 concerning the Rockdale County DUI Court and its treatment program. I am a graduate of the program.

Jack Simpson - 09/11/09 Debate

If you happen to be in an area where people mingle, you find out they are worried. War, the economy, layoffs, higher living costs and health care are major concerns.

Community Calendar - 09/11/09

Sept. 11

Evil Genius? Spurrier just another coach for UGA

ATHENS - There was a time when Georgia fans would've been looking forward to this game like no other, largely because of the coach on the other sideline.

Pharr Letter - 09/11/09

Everyone wants health care reform and for all Americans to have access to health care. The U.S. has the best, although expensive, health care system in the world. We do not need to apologize for a system that we created through free enterprise, while most countries with considerable resources took the easy way out with government-provided health care that is less than satisfactory.

A little rivalry to get past bitter losses Heritage, Rockdale suffered defeats in last week's games

CONYERS - There's nothing quite like a rivalry game to help you get the bad taste of a loss out of your mouth. Such is the case for Heritage - a last-minute loser to Habersham Central - and Rockdale, which fell 21-14 to Salem.

Newton Blotter - 09/11/09

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 - 09/11/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Sept. 1 and Monday:

Consumer Debt Editorial - 09/11/09 Consumers cut down red ink

Whether it's because they want to or because they have little choice, U.S. consumers are reining in their debt.

One-hit wonder: Ferrell dominant in 1-0 Rockdale victory

Rockdale hurler Katie Ferrell allowed a single in the top of the second inning Thursday and decided that was all visiting Salem was going to get. Ferrell retired the last 16 batters she faced after Stephanie Brassard's hit, part of a five-strikeout, one-hitter in Rockdale's 1-0 victory.

Rams try to halt Eagles' win streak

COVINGTON - County championship on the line or not, the Eastside-Newton game is always a battle. This year should be no exception as the Rams try to stop Eastside from winning for the fourth straight year at 7:30 p.m. today at Homer Sharp Stadium.