News for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Barnes family wants city investigation Relatives of deceased murderer seek probe of cemetery protest

COVINGTON - The Georgia State Conference of the NAACP is joining the family of Lanny Perry Barnes - the man who ran down a family, injuring four and killing a 2-year-old at the Covington McDonald's in May 2006 - in calling for an investigation of the Covington Police Department's handling of a protest by victims outside his funeral service.

Covington may take over airport

COVINGTON - The city of Covington may take over operations of Covington Municipal Airport following an apparent breach of contract by current fixed-base operator Atlanta East Aviation.

Updated list of Newton County road closings

The following roads remain closed in Newton County:

Flooding potential tree hazard

COVINGTON - The Georgia Forestry Commission is warning residents to monitor flood waters for the dangerous effect they may have on trees.

Yellow River runs wild Unprecedented flood ruins roads and homes, keeps rescuers busy

COVINGTON - Areas adjacent to the Yellow River in western Newton County have seen flooding before, but nobody remembers seeing it as bad as it was Tuesday.

Community Calendar - 09/23/09

Sept. 23

Kathleen Parker - 09/23/09 Playing the Race Deck

Charges of racism these past several days, from op-ed pages to Jimmy Carter's interpretation of Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst, are proving ... complicated.

Salem eyes key road test Seminoles looking to put together complete game at Madison

CONYERS - Just think what good shape Salem would be in if it started games better.

Darrell Huckaby - 09/23/09

About 22 months ago Georgia's governor, Sonny Perdue, held a prayer meeting at the State Capitol in Atlanta to ask for rain. The great Methodist minister, Gil Watson, was the only person in the crowd who brought an umbrella. Oh ye of little faith!

Johnson looking for Ga.Tech to improve

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson insists he doesn't care that Georgia Tech's first loss of the season knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the Top 25.

Longbottom Letter - 09/23/09

I pledge allegiance ... as I have now, for more than 70 years. I was years out of school before "under God" was added during the Eisenhower Administration. Although it disrupted the rhythm, I had no problems with the revised pledge. Its meaning had been explained to us in grade (elementary) school. Those who now parrot the words might be well-served by reading the following paragraph. Caution from that point on!

Meyer Letter - 09/23/09

I saw recently in the Rockdale Citizen that Liberal Democrats are trying desperately to get 0bama's health care plan passed.

Newton volleyball improves

COVINGTON - Despite dropping matches to Area 2-AAAAA Luella and Warner Robins on Tuesday, the Newton volleyball team is showing signs of getting better with each game.