News for Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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Runoff election held today

COVINGTON - Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for the runoff election that will decide who will be on the November ballot in three important local races.

On the beat: FBI arrests man on an outstanding warrant

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Gunthorpe claims fifth Oaks Open

COVINGTON - While the Oaks Course challenged many of the 80 participants in the Oaks Open, Mark Gunthorpe was not one of them, as he won the event for the fifth time in 14 years over the weekend.

LB Dewberry suspended

ATHENS - High expectations for Georgia were overshadowed by off-field troubles as the Bulldogs held their first practice Monday.

8-5-2008 Health Reports

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.

Health Reports 8/5/2008

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.

Life of lessons Benefit to aid teacher fighting cancer

For 17 years, Jeff Blount has devoted himself to the Rockdale County community by serving as a beloved coach and teacher. Now, the 41-year-old is getting back what he has given at a time when he needs it the most. An outpouring of support is flowing to Blount, who is fighting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Diagnosed in April, Blount has experienced a rollercoaster of good days and bad days, and the love he gets from family and friends keeps him going.

Going green Students learn about recycling, beautification

COVINGTON - This school year, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful hopes to get more students, their parents and community members thinking about recycling, beautification and waste reduction.

A cut above Smith, Kelly headline All-Area Golf Team

Eastside's Taylor Smith and Rockdale's Kayla Kelly spent most of their high school golf careers at or near the top.

Anderson trying to forget rookie season

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jamaal Anderson is willing to talk about his expectations for 2008.

Police nab two in theft of 6 trailers Men charged with theft by receiving stolen property

COVINGTON - Two men were arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday in connection with the theft of six utility trailers from various jurisdictions, according to spokesperson Investigator Sharron Stewart.

Alcovy starts season in new region

COVINGTON - The Alcovy softball team is heading into a new region with high hopes.