News for Friday, September 4, 2009

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Check for $6,500 given for arson info

COVINGTON - The message, "Crime doesn't pay, but honesty does," was reinforced Thursday afternoon when a check for $6,500 was awarded to the person who gave authorities information to solve a 2006 Newton County arson case.

Judge nods exceed expectations

COVINGTON - The Judicial Nominating Commission has received nine nominations for the fifth Superior Court judgeship in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

War drama coming to Covington Historical Society to host free presentation Tuesday

COVINGTON - History will come to life Tuesday night when the Newton County Historical Society presents an original drama by Civil War historian the Rev. Jim Cabaniss at 7 p.m. at Mansfield Community Center.

Music and lyrics

Staff Photos: Erin Evans

Boating safety: Tips given to avoid accidents

COVINGTON - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division in Social Circle is stressing boating safety over the final summer holiday weekend, especially warning boaters not to drink while on the state's waterways.

Morning raid nets alcohol Two businesses rammed by SUV

COVINGTON - Armed with an Isuzu SUV, a burglar struck, literally, two Covington stores in the early morning hours Sunday, according to the Covington Police Department.

Bragging rights on the line Alcovy looking for first county championship

COVINGTON - Alcovy is just one win away from claiming the Newton County football championship for the first time, while Eastside is hoping to win the title for the fourth year in a row.

Community Calendar - 09/04/09

Sept. 4

Mullins Letter - 09/04/09

Reviewing the history of the birth of the United States of America, one immediately recognizes the intelligence of the Founding Fathers who gave us the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Constitution establishes the framework, and the Bill of Rights declares its authority, its limitations, and its objectives. They had experienced what government should - and more importantly - -should not be. The 10th Amendment is unmistakably clear; they did not want a big or powerful government. They meant to restrain any greed, of those who govern, for the power to dominate and control the people. Yet, I heard Obama say, "We are going to fundamentally change America." Since the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, one can only assume he plans to declare it null and void, Article V notwithstanding.

Jack Simpson - 09/04/09 Scottish Justice

Few of us probably ever heard of Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice secretary, before he was motivated by compassion to release convicted terrorist Abdul al-Megrahi. You may remember al-Megrahi as the person responsible for the deaths of 270 innocent people on the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Rockdale Blotter - 09/04/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Police Department and Georgia State Patrol between Aug. 25 and Monday:

Newton Blotter - 09/04/09

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

Darrell Huckaby - 09/04/09

1957 was a heck of a year. Whammo introduced the Frisbee in 1957, and beaches haven't been the same since. Ed Sullivan was still censoring Elvis from the waist down, which didn't stop "The King" from buying a Memphis mansion called "Graceland." Dr. Seuss wrote "Cat in the Hat," and Julie Andrews starred in a made-for-television musical version of Cinderella. Half-way around the world Sputnik launched the Soviets into the space age, and in Arkansas, Gov. Orville Faubus was leading the fight to keep Little Rock Central High in the Dark Ages. The Milwaukee Braves won the World Series over the New York Yankees, and in Covington, Ga., some of the finest people in the whole long history of the world graduated from Newton County High School.

A defensive showdown in the making? Salem, Rockdale square off in clash of county rivals

CONYERS - Tonight's game between Salem and Rockdale should be all about defense.

Clutch hitter Voyles' hit leads Heritage past Salem

CONYERS - Amanda Voyles had been coming up with big hits for Heritage throughout the season's first month. Thursday evening was no different.

NFL says Vick can play in Eagles' third game

NEW YORK - Michael Vick got the green light for full reinstatement in the NFL on Thursday when commissioner Roger Goodell said the disgraced quarterback could play later this month instead of waiting until October.

Meyer Letter - 09/04/09

After reading the article of the town hall meeting on health care reform I was first shocked and then outraged.

Mark Shields - 09/04/09 Before They Vote for You, People Must Like You

On Jan. 21, 1971, the 55 Democratic U.S. senators caucused to elect by secret ballot their party leaders. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had been elected to the Democrats' No. 2 Senate job, majority whip, two years earlier, was challenged by West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd. In an unexpected upset, Byrd defeated Kennedy by a vote of 31 to 24.

Traffic Safety - 09/04/09

Another holiday weekend is upon us, and area law enforcement agencies are gearing up to increase traffic patrols on our roadways. The Labor Day holiday weekend is arguably one of the biggest travel periods of the year, with motorists taking advantage of a three-day weekend to get in that last summer excursion.

Marietta's Oudin stuns No. 4 Dementieva

NEW YORK - It's right there on her shoes: 'Believe.' Melanie Oudin always has, though even she had to admit this latest accomplishment felt a bit overwhelming.