News for Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Qualifying takes place this week

COVINGTON - Qualifying for the July 15 general primary is taking place this week. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify with the local Republican or Democratic parties.

Helping our soldiers

Pfc. Garrett Bitts and Cpl. Jose Resto help members of Brownie Troop 26432 from DeKalb County stack boxes of Girl Scout cookies at the National Guard Armory on Carroll Street on Monday. The troop donated 400 boxes of cookies to Operation Sandbox to send to soldiers deployed overseas. Pictured are Brianna Harding, 8, Erin Gimmesey, 7 and Emma Hardman, 8. This is the second year the troop has sold extra cookies to donate. Operation Sandbox recently moved headquarters from Park Place Baptist Church in Snellville to the Armory for additional space. The organization has reached more than 60,000 troops since it was formed by Virginia Pearson and her daughter Julie in 2004. For more information, visit www.operationsandboxga.com or e-mail Pearson at opsandboxga@bellsouth.net. Operation Sandbox also now has a new address for monetary donations: P.O. Box 1003, Oxford, GA 30054.

City council approves permit for comedy club

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council has approved a special-use permit for a comedy club and restaurant on Washington Street.

BOE votes for changes to 2008-09 school calendar

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved revisions to the 2008-09 school year calendar at its monthly meeting last week.

Authorities awaiting extradition of suspect Man arrested in Alabama after roommate found dead in Newton

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities say that Abel Torres, 28, of 170 Trelawney Circle is awaiting extradition from Birmingham, Ala., after he was arrested Saturday in connection with the murder of his roommate.

Evacuation triggered by bomb threat

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking into a bomb threat left on an answering machine at Eastside High School on Sunday evening.

Health Reports 4/29/2008

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.

Salem, Alexander soccer squads not familiar with each other

CONYERS - Although Salem and Alexander are two of the 16 teams left in the Class AAAA boys soccer state tournament, both Salem coach Sean DeWeese and Alexander coach Chris Small admit they really don't know much about their opponent.

Stewart has many reasons to leave Joe Gibbs Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If winning really and truly is the most important thing to Tony Stewart, then he'll be hard pressed to find an acceptable reason to leave Joe Gibbs Racing.

Community Calendar 4/29/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Pats claim 4th straight region title

COVINGTON - Make it four.

Crumbley on target Salem slugger 3-for-3 in win over Rockdale

CONYERS - Salem put on a hitting clinic against county rival Rockdale on Tuesday.

Eastside wins 8-AAAA track championship Eagles win four events; locals earn seven state berths

LOGANVILLE - Eastside dominated the second day of the Region 8-AAAA boys track meet, finishing first in four of the nine events and scoring 58 points to claim the region championship.

Government Meetings 4/29/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS