News for Friday, September 18, 2009


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Newton Fund accepting nominations for Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is now accepting nominations for the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award.

Asphalt plant denial: Judge rules with county in lawsuit

COVINGTON - A lawsuit filed against Newton County and the Board of Commissioners over the 2007 denial of a conditional-use permit for an asphalt plant at a quarry on Marble Drive has ended in victory for the county.

On the beat: Wife goes to jail after calling in abuse

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

Whatley meets with schools over concerns

COVINGTON - School officials know the new parent-involvement theme schools need some work, but they have high hopes that the provisions at the schools could help the entire system in the future.

Opposition/race edit - 09/18/09

Opposition isn't all about race

Couple tied up during break-in

COVINGTON - A couple living in a mobile home park off Turner Lake Road was awakened early Thursday morning by two men armed with handguns who tied them up and stole several items, including guns, electronics and a car.

Park protest Fairview Estates residents angered over NSP

COVINGTON - Residents of Fairview Estates subdivision came out in force at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting to state their objections to the county targeting their community for its Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Rockdale Blotter - 09/18/09

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:

Mark Shields - 09/18/09 The End of the "Me" Generation?

Beyond the constitutionally mandated annual State of the Union addresses, presidential speeches to a joint session of Congress - of the kind that President Barack Obama delivered on health care reform last week - are historically rare.

Chipper thinks retirement after struggles in '09

ATLANTA - A drop of almost 100 points from his 2008 NL-leading batting average has Chipper Jones wondering if the end of his career is near.

Community Calendar - 09/18/09

Sept. 19

Tigers still in need of an offense Alcovy hasn't scored an offensive TD in 2 games

COVINGTON - Stockbridge could be 3-0 as far as Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffmann is concerned as his Tigers prepare to take on their next Region 4-AAAA opponent today at 7:30 at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Hooper Letter - 09/18/09

I have been reading the letters to the editor over the past week and have been gratified to see others writing letters regarding the political issues and concerns of these times. The electorate, which is who we are, must get more involved with our government at every level and most importantly the national level. There is much at stake these days, and we must be active participants, not silent bystanders. We have been doing that for far too long and that is why things are in such a mess. We must begin to hold our elected officials at all levels of government accountable. We have a tendency to do that better at the local level than we do at the state level, with an even worse job for those we send to Washington.

Jack Simpson - 09/18/09 Military Rations

In World War II, veterans remember their reliance on K-rations and C-rations. Today the field ration of choice goes by the name MRE, Military Meals Ready-to-Eat.

Serving keeps Heritage perfect on the season

Still without a blemish.

Newton Blotter - 09/18/09

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

NSDAR Letter - 09/18/09

Thursday, Sept. 17, marked the beginning of the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Sept. 17 marked the 222nd anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

Darrell Huckaby - 09/18/09

Have you ever found yourself feeling depressed because a favorite television show went off the air and you missed the people on the show? Well, if you have you probably shouldn't admit it 'cause that's just crazy, but I have been a little bit like that since Jay Leno left the Tonight Show last May.

Salem not looking past 'Canes Monroe Area enters with 22-month losing streak

CONYERS - Salem coach Chad Estes is not looking past Monroe Area.

Lead short-lived as Salem falls to Habersham

COVINGTON - Salem's volleyball team was able to take a short lead over Habersham Central, but in the end it was unable to maintain it, losing both games to the Lady Raiders on Thursday.