News for Thursday, May 10, 2012


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Manny Fils: Don't hate the players, hate the payers

When the story about the bounties set on opposing players by the New Orleans Saints coach -- or coaches, I'm still not convinced that there was only one person calling the shots --came out I said that I hope that something is done to the "hit squad" as well. But I'm reconsidering that.

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No more tricks? MLB set to nix the 1st-and-3rd pickoff play

NEW YORK -- Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano stepped toward third base and bluffed a pickoff throw, then twirled and made a soft toss to first. No dice, the Tampa Bay runners didn't fall for that ol' trick -- they'd seen it too often. Starting next year, no one might ever see it again.

Alford, Phillips lead Georgia State softball

As Georgia State's softball team prepares to defend its Colonial Athletic Association championship this weekend, two former Heritage players are expected to be at the forefront.

Taylor Smith leads Georgia College to region title

CONOVER, N.C. -- Former Eastside golfer Taylor Smith showed that he could handle the pressure as he carded a 5-under par in the three day tournament to help give the Bobcats the NCAA South/Southeast region championship at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa Jones Course.

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Poulter takes early lead at Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Ian Poulter is enjoying his new digs -- his newly built home and his spot atop the leaderboard Thursday in The Players Championship.

Letter: Booster funds should not be used to pay subs

Band Booster funds should not be used to pay for substitute teachers.

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Darrell Huckaby: Harold's is an institution worth saving

We already have too few authentic barbecue joints in this world and Harold's has long been one of the best.

Letter: Free speech isn't problem; culture of intimidation is

Attack on free speech should be dismissed.

Letter: FaithWorks reaches milestone of service

As of the end of March, FaithWorks has served more than 15,000 individuals in Newton County.

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Jack Simpson: What motivates candidates to run for president?

Which presidential candidate has the magic touch?

Newton school board gets first look at tentative budget

The Newton County Board of Education got a first look at a tentative budget for the 2012-13 school year this week.

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Covington Square office building, Mystic Grill destroyed by fire

Fire erupted in an office building adjacent to the Historic Courthouse in Covington Thursday morning. The building housed a law office and accounting firm and was also used as the facade for "Vampire Diaries'" Mystic Grill.

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Lawyer Johnson running for District 5 BOC seat

Laywer Philip Johnson is runing for the District 5 BOC seat.

Chamber asks for economic development budget to double

The Chamber of Commerce is asking local lofficials to double its economic development budget.

Porterdale workshop to focus on Yellow River Park project

Porterdale to host visioning workshop Saturday.

Newton Detention Center blotter for May 11

The Newton Detention Center blotter for May 11

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Georgia Perimeter College names interim president

Rob Watts has been named interim president of Georgia Perimeter College by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

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Fire destroys law offices, Mystic Grill on Covington Square

Fire destroys law offices used as Mystic Grill on the Square Thursday morning.

Multiple cows cause crashes overnight on U.S. Highway 278

Six vehicle crashes overnight killed 15 to 16 cows wandering on the roadway of U.S. Highway 278.