News for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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04/01/2008 Community Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Area hospitals recognized for service

CONYERS - Rockdale Medical Center and Newton Medical Center were recognized recently by state professional organizations for their quality of service. Specifically, RMC was recognized for its patient care, while NMC was recognized for the work of its hospital volunteers.

Gunmen brutalize employees during restaurant robbery CPD makes quick work of finding suspects

COVINGTON - Two armed men who police say admitted they went riding around looking for a place to rob Friday night settled on the Royal Palace restaurant on U.S. Highway 278, according to Covington Police Sgt. Arvo Bowen.

Seminoles cruise to 12-2 win over Eagles

COVINGTON - The Salem baseball team moved to 12-2 on the season and 10-2 in Region 8-AAAA play with a 12-2 over Eastside on Monday.

Health reports 4-1-08

The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.

'Good pitching' Heritage beats Rockdale on Bazzani's no-hitter

CONYERS - The Heritage baseball team completed the first half of Region 8-AAAA play with a perfect 12-0 record Monday, beating county rival Rockdale 5-1 at Danny Blue Field.

04/01/2008 - Government Meetings

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Eastside girls blank Rams; boys edged

COVINGTON - The Eastside girls passed out the hats with Ashton Tehrani scoring six goals and Taylor Queen adding four as the Lady Eagles became Newton County champions with their 10-0 win over Newton.

John Douglas - Largest ever Georgia tax cut passes the Senate

On Friday, the Legislature completed the 36th day of the session. With four more days to go until the final day of legislative business, the General Assembly has decided to complete its work this week by convening every day except Thursday. We still have a lot of work ahead of us in a short amount of time, but I am confident that we will complete this year's session having passed sound public policies for the benefit of all Georgians.

Mother discovers son's body in home Authorities calling death a homicide

COVINGTON - A Newton County woman arrived home from work late Sunday night and found her 28-year-old son dead, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Local National Guard unit set to deploy to Afghanistan in 2009

COVINGTON - Three years after returning from Iraq, soldiers with Covington's National Guard Unit will be deployed to Afghanistan in summer 2009.

Kovalchuk scores twice in 2-0 victory

TAMPA, Fla. - Ilya Kovalchuk scored two third-period goals, Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots and the Atlanta Thrashers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Monday night.

Spiezio signs minor league deal with Braves

ATLANTA - Scott Spiezio will try to return to the majors with a team that rarely takes a chance on troubled players.

Doug Holt - Keep your eyes on regional transportation plans

Last week, the House was in session two days, so the Senate could digest the 2009 budget. We considered 15 items.

Passing the torch

Graduating seniors at Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools passed a torch, which is an actual Olympic torch, around the Sharp Gymnasium during opening ceremonies for the 2008 Newton County Special Olympics on Monday morning.