News for Tuesday, June 12, 2012


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Three NCSS seniors named Gates Millennium Scholars

Three Newton County 2012 graduates are part of the 1,000 students across the nation to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

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Darrell Huckaby: On this vacation I'm following the wake of Christopher Columbus

Vacations, Huckaby-style, are exhausting, understand. This year I could not afford to be exhausted. I couldn't afford a vacation, either, but that is another story for another day.

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Jeff Meadors: RCA successfully links learning with careers

RCA has far exceeded the statewide goal of creating access to career options for all students by 2020.

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THOMAS: The "Iron Lady" warned us

LONDON -- One of many things left out of the film "The Iron Lady" was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's warnings on the effects a single currency would have on the economies of European nations. Thatcher's premonitions place her among the great political prophets of all time.

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College World Series to use video review

OMAHA, Neb. -- For now, only an umpire's call on whether a home run really is a home run will be subject to video review at the College World Series.

Mystery man poses as ex-Brave at reunion

ATLANTA -- Retired major leaguers who gathered for the Atlanta Braves alumni weekend noticed the pudginess of one former player.

Smith done at U.S. qualifying tourney

LITHONIA -- Two of the final seven holes of the 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying Tournament at Mystery Valley Golf Club was the downfall for Covington's Taylor Smith on Monday.

Newton boys hold summer hoops camp

COVINGTON -- There's no doubt in the mind of Newton boys basketball head coach Rick Rasmussen that the players trying out are willing to put in the work needed as they prepare for a basketball-strong Region 2-AAAAAA next season.

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Cathcart signs with Reinhardt

The Heritage baseball team had a successful 2012 season, winning 18 games and reaching the Class AAAA state tournament before losing in two games to South Forsyth. The off-the-field successes are starting to add up as well. Left-handed pitcher Luke Cathcart recently signed a scholarship with Reinhardt

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WWII veteran Hattendorf recalls airborne adventures

Wilbur Hattendorf and his brother Rich flew and fought and dodged anti-aircraft fire for 50 missions over North Africa during World War II.

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T-SPLOST to be decided on July 31 ballot

Newton voters will head to the polls July 31 to decide whether to approve a one percent sales tax to be used for transportation projects.

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Rookard continues love for teaching through cancer

Melissa Rookard, a teacher at Indian Creek Middle School, has dealt with fighting cancer this school year

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

The Rockdale and Newton animal shelters have a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption each week.