News for Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Get set ... Run

Jonathan Scharf of Covington (No. 1219) started out at the front of the pack for the 27th Annual Fuzz Run on Saturday morning, one of 2,080 runners registered for either the 5K race or a one-mile fun run.

Leaders eye $500K in grant funds

City officials and community leaders are eying up to $500,000 in federal grant funds with hopes the funding will make it possible for area students to walk to school -- in turn, cutting down on transportation costs.

Festival will honor at least 20 countries

Even better than the Jules Verne classic, Rockdale County residents can go around the world in a single day Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church's International Festival, where at least 20 countries will be represented.

DeKalb Technical College to convert to semester schedule

DeKalb Technical College students will experience some schedule changes next year.

Porterdale police chief resigns

PORTERDALE — Police Chief Wayne Digby said Friday afternoon he has tendered his resignation to the City Council, effective Oct. 15, citing issues with an employment contract offered by the city.

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Ready to play

It was a perfect September afternoon to dedicate the 53-acre Denny Dobbs Park, located off Ga. Highway 212, across from Oak Hill Elementary School. Here, the man of the hour Denny Dobbs, left, chats with Newton County Commissioner Mort Ewing and Georgia House Rep. Bob Lane, R-Statesboro, who was the guest speaker for the event. The park's central feature is a playground and pavilion that holds up to 175 people. Other amenities include two outdoor basketball courts, a LifeTrail, which is a series of outdoor exercise/physical activity stations, NEOS, an electronic game in which players race the clock to slap fast-moving blinking lights, trails, park benches and restroom facilities. The first event will take place today when Prospect United Methodist Church hosts a festival which is free and open to the public.

Councilman complaint goes to GBI

PORTERDALE — A complaint filed by a Porterdale resident against a City Council member has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Remembering the fallen heroes

Porterdale Volunteer firefighters pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11 as well as every day heroes who continue to save lives as they work as firemen, police officers, EMTs and other service work. Capt. Ron Savage and his men put the final touches on the memorial Friday afternoon as their way of honoring today's ninth anniversary of the New York City and Washington, D.C., attacks. Covington's First Methodist Church is also hosting an informal 9/11 Service of Remembrance for the public immediately following the Fuzz Run today.

Tethering animals law upgraded

COVINGTON — Newton County's animal control ordinance has been updated to include regulations on the manner in which dogs may be tethered.

ON THE BEAT: Man claims innocence in hit-and-run accident

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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