News for Thursday, May 31, 2012


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Texas player on top in qualifier at Oaks Course

COVINGTON -- University of Texas golfer Haley Stephens thought that her 1-under-par 70 was good enough to get her one of the six qualifying spots for the United States Golf Association (USGA) Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Farmer, Tech set for regional

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Buck Farmer will have to wait at least one more day to get his 2012 NCAA Regional under way. Farmer, who has been No. 2 seed Georgia Tech's ace all season, will not start today's opener at 1 p.m. against No. 3 seed Charleston.

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Questions for Williams sisters after French flop

PARIS -- Almost from the moment Venus and Serena Williams appeared on the Grand Slam scene in the late 1990s, they've been winning titles and transcending tennis, becoming red-carpet celebrities as much as sports stars. Every so often, like all elite athletes, they've heard questions about whether their best days were behind them.

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Jack Simpson: Overuse of antibiotics may threaten future well-being

The antibiotics we depend upon are reportedly losing their effectiveness and we may share the blame.

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Darrell Huckaby: 'Pass the Rattlesnakes' won't be the basis for my ministry

I have never been compelled to take up a serpent in order to test my faith in the Lord.

Letter: Pat-downs violated students' rights

While I certainly understand the desire to avoid disruption during graduation ceremonies, the simple instructions of what was off limits should have been sufficient.

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Braves seek better defense with switch to Simmons

ATLANTA -- When choosing between Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons in spring training, the Braves said they opted for the more polished offensive player when Pastornicky was named the starting shortstop.. Now it's time for the better defensive player.. Simmons is expected to make his debut as the Braves' starter

Covington won't ask for bigger LOST share

City of Covington officials have agreed not to ask for a larger chunk of LOST revenues.

Bird causes power outage

About 300 Covington utility customers were without power Wednesday aftera bird flew into a power line.

Concert series kicks off with Buffett tribute band

A1A, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will open the 2nd Friday Summer Concert Series on June 8.

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Newton County's ISO rating improves to 5/9

Newton County FIre Service announces a lower ISO rating, meaning insurance premiums for county residents could drop.

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Stewart Anniversary

Don and Beverly Stewart of Conyers will celebrate their 60th anniversary on June 20. Childhood sweethearts since the second grade, the Stewarts were married at Girard Methodist Church in Phenix City, Ala.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Peanut butter frosting a versatile topping

The Recipe Box - Peanut butter frosting

Newton County jail blotter for June 1

The Newton jail blotter for June 1.