News for Monday, May 2, 2011


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Let the Games begin

Newton High School seniors Christian Sewell and Joshua Hudson proudly carry the torch during opening ceremonies of the Newton County Special Olympics, which began Monday morning at Sharp Field.

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Porterdale fire chief: Problems arise due to training

An investigation into claims of wrongdoing against Porterdale Fire Chief Ronald Savage has determined that most of the problems are related to inadequate record-keeping and poor training on the part of the chief.

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Hay-Kapp named director of YMCA

Louly Hay-Kapp has been named executive director of Covington Family YMCA.

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Man arrested after car chase

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy leads a man to a nearby patrol car Monday afternoon following a car chase involving a stolen vehicle. The man was arrested in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20, just east of the Salem Road exit in Rockdale County. The man was identified as Terrold Layon Hodges, 24, of Lithonia. The Georgia State Patrol took the man into custody and took him to the Rockdale County Jail.

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Spring concerts return to Square

In these tough economic times, free family-oriented events are more needed than ever, and the Arts Association in Newton County's Spring Concerts on the Square fit the bill.

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Toddler found naked, wandering in Days Inn parking lot

The manager of the Days Inn motel on Alcovy Road called the Covington Police about 4:30 a.m. Friday to report a 2-year-old girl who was found wandering in the parking lot without any clothes on.

Obama: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the world's most-wanted man and the elusive mastermind behind the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan in a firefight with U.S. forces, President Barack Obama said Sunday.