News for Wednesday, August 7, 2013


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RGSA looking for fall-ball players

Just because softball is currently being played at middle and high schools, that does not mean that softball season is over for those too young to participate at that level. The Rockdale Girls Softball Association (RGSA) is thriving as they had more than 250 players last fall with seven teams in the 14-U division alone. Even though those numbers are less than the spring, they hope to exceed that mark this season.

Looks like Stewart will be out for a while

It appears that Tony Stewart will not be returning any time soon to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after he suffered a broken leg on Monday night during a sprint car race in Iowa.

Injury takes Morgan out of Saints' WR mix

Explosive. Consistent. Good Shape. Improving route-runner. Those were the adjectives New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton used to describe wide receiver Joe Morgan to wrap up the first week of training camp. The third-year player out of Walsh caught 10 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns in 2012 — averaging 37.9 yards per reception while emerging as a new deep threat for quarterback Drew Brees.

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Newlook McIlroy aims for change in form at Oak Hil

Rory McIlroy will launch his title defence at this week’s PGA Championship with a change in hairstyle and fervent hopes for a change in his golfing form. The Northern Irishman has struggled since switching his club brand at the start of the season to Nike in a lucrative deal reported to be worth $250 million over 10 years.

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Homer-happy Upton has lifted Braves again

Justin Upton fueled the Atlanta Braves’ 10-game winning streak in April by hitting .350 with six home runs and nine RBIs.

Pats get good news at tight end

As NFL training camps move through their second week, some players are making it clear that they deserve attention, either for the first time or again. From unknown rookies demanding respect, to veterans reminding that they can still play this game, players all over the league are making important impressions and much of this is little-known or lightly reported.

Oak Hill Bridge to be replaced

County officials have been concerned about the safety of Oak Hill Bridge over Snapping Shoals Creek for years, and now the bridge is finally set to be replaced.

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Cushions add comfort at BOC meeting

Attending a Board of Commissioners can be a little uncomfortable, with hard wooden benches for seating.

School system to develop next facilities plan

Another discussion held on razing old NHS

The Newton County School System is moving forward with plans to create its next five-year local facilities plan.

Newton County man faces arson charges after domestic dispute over eviction

Newton County man faces arson charges after domestic dispute over eviction.

ON THE BEAT: It may pay to sober up before going to the police station

‘On the Beat’ is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in the course of their duties.

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Signed with love

“The Vampire Diaries” fans have taken to signing barricades outside Mystic Grill, the fictional cafe in the show that is being converted to a real restaurant.

Buck Farmer continues solid start on mound

Buck Farmer may be on an innings limit in his first season in professional baseball, but that hasn’t stopped the Rockdale graduate from impressing on the mound.

Covington Tractor Supply presenting Pet Appreciation Week

Tractor Supply Company, which has a location at 10161 Lochridge Blvd. in Covington, is holding its third annual Pet Appreciation Week Aug. 14 to 18, with the main event on Aug. 17 to feature pet adoptions, giveaways and nutrition demonstrations. Pets are also welcome to take part in the festivities.

Community Calendar for Aug. 8, 2013

Community Calendar for Aug. 8, 2013