News for Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Letter: Congrats to judge

All Georgia lawyers and judges should appreciate Judge Johnson's continued commitment to public service.

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Darrell Huckaby: Simple solutions never fly

Remember blue laws? They are laws that often, when compared to the nuances of modern day society, make people shake their heads and wonder what group of lawmakers ever thought that we needed such regulations.

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Jack Simpson: It's time to address our extreme weather

Pick up your morning newspaper. Tune in to your favorite television news station. Chances are that among major stories about the economy, jobs, and the Presidential campaign will be information about tornadoes, forest fires, floods and drought.

Bob Furnad: What have legislators done for you?

The issue of effective governance comes under increased scrutiny as an election approaches.

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'Nice walk in the park' gives Scott near-record score at British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Unlike the guys in charge of the weather forecast, Adam Scott got everything just about right Thursday in the British Open.

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FILS: Let the Lions live

There's a big protest brewing at Penn State University about whether to keep the statue of former head coach Joe Paterno outside of Beaver Stadium.

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REBOUND: Braves beat Giants 3-2

ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves' win against San Francisco on Thursday could prove to be their biggest of the season. Atlanta's manager was obviously pleased the Braves avoided being swept by the Giants, but he was particularly encouraged by the way his team bounced back after a tough loss.

Bailey, Scott honored

The next high school baseball season may still be seven months away, but a pair of Salem players are making headlines. Rising senior Zach Bailey was selected to the Georgia Dugout Club Top 100, while rising sophomore Jordan Scott was selected to the Under Armour Top 100 Underclassmen Showcase.

Former Newton slugger Markea Sheppard plays big role in win

ATLANTA -- Browns Mill Parks' Patillo RBI Atlanta Lady Braves Softball Team went undefeated in Vero Beach, Fla., when they beat the defending champion Tampa Bay Lady Rays by a score of 4-2 to win the 2012 Northeast RBI Major League Baseball/Softball Championship last weekend.

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Georgia seniors have 'unfinished business' in SEC

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- The Georgia Bulldogs want to put the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division back atop the league. They see no reason why it can't happen this season, especially after a big group opted to return for their senior seasons instead of heading to the NFL.

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Wilbanks-Bennett Engagement

Jo Slade Wilbanks announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Louise Wilbanks, to Nicholas Lewis Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bennett of Conyers.

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Hoffman-Gibson Engagement

Heidi and Chuck Massey announce the engagement of their daughter, Ally Hoffman of Jasper County, to Keith Gibson of Newton County, son of Tim and Lisa Gibson of Newton County.

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Ferguson 50th Anniversary

Anne and Carl Ferguson of Conyers will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.

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Caylin Cook Arrival

Caylin Grace Cook was born on June 8 at Piedmont Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

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It’s back to work time

Angela Hopewell, left, store manager at The School Box in Conyers, helps Regina Williams, a teacher at Liberty Middle School on Salem Road, to select materials for her chorus students.

Criminal complaint against Porterdale officer dropped

The complaint brought against Porterdale Police Officer Jason Cripps alleging that he divulged the WiFi password of a local restaurant without permission has been dismissed by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Dixie Boys headed back to Covington

Opening Ceremonies for Dixie Boys World Series are set for Aug. 3.

Man says he was robbed at gunpoint at apartment

A Conyers man was robbed at an aparetment by two male suspects.

Dems speak out at forum

Democrats with no General Primary opposition or those whose opponents did not attend were allowed to speak at a Democratic Party forum.

Newton County man held without bond on molestation charges

A 26-year-old Newton County man is being held without bond on child molestation charges.

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Look for construction, traffic changes near Newton Medical Center

GDOT to make traffic changes at Hospital Drive, U.S. 278.

C.A.R.E. to give school supplies to Porterdale youngsters

C.A.R.E. to give away school supplies in Porterdale on July 31.

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Oxford resident reaches out to single parents with magazine

Bobby Mackey grew up in a single-parent household, and watched his mother struggle to keep her family together.

Quick action leads to robbery arrests

Two suspects were charged with robbery following a Wednesday evening incident at Kroger.

Newton Jail Blotter for July 20, 2012

Newton Jail Blotter for July 20, 2012

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