News for Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Health Reports 8/12/2008

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.

Government Meetings 8/12/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Braves, friends honor Caray with memorial

ATLANTA - Skip Caray, the voice of the Braves for more than three decades, was remembered Monday for simple contributions like cracking jokes to players in the clubhouse and his cries of 'Braves win!' during the 1995 World Series.

Community Calendar 8/12/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Newton squads chase sixth trip to state Lady Rams need more runners to field cross country team

COVINGTON - The Newton cross country teams are hoping to return to the state meet for the sixth time as they begin their 2008 season.

Falcons seeing rookie progress

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan isn't the only rookie having a good training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.

Phelps, China cruising through competition

BEIJING - The records, the medals. They just keep piling up.

Woman charged with threatening police

COVINGTON - A Norcross woman faces extensive charges after first coming to the attention of the Newton County Sheriff's Office when she allegedly drove her red Mustang into the foyer of a South Greenfield Circle home Thursday. Her behavior rapidly deteriorated from that point, according to a NCSO incident report completed by Deputy Dale Shirley.

School Superintendent meets with former students

COVINGTON - This week, Newton County School System Superintendent Steve Whatley is reflecting about what he and some past students discussed last week.

New meter conversion near finish Electronic devices will be used to save time, money

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is wrapping up the conversion of its meter reading system. Once the conversion is complete, meter readers for the city won't even have to leave the comfort of their vehicles - they'll take readings simply by driving through a neighborhood.

Zoning class is added to curriculum Rep. Holt had pushed for the Superior Court training course

COVINGTON - State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Covington, has succeeded in getting a course on zoning law on the curriculum for Superior Court Judge training at the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education.

Witnesses: Motorcycle rider loses control showing off; bike catches fire

It wasn't the blinding speed that this "crotch rocket" can do that caused it to erupt in flames; it was the spinning impact with the pavement that did it.

A quack snack

Three-year-old Kayden Slycord feeds a lucky ducky who lives at Turner Lake Recreation Complex. Kayden was visiting the park with her parents, Lon and Denisha Slycord, and her 11-month-old sister, Payten. Duck-feeding and turtle-watching are reportedly two of Kayden's favorite activies at the park.