News for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Police: Boy steals wallet from shopper

CONYERS - One shopper's holiday season got off to a rocky start when a young boy reportedly snatched her wallet from her purse and then jumped in the passenger seat of a get-away vehicle waiting in the parking lot outside a department store.

Hotel/motel tax increase: Covington to explore other uses

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is exploring other options for using revenues generated by a planned 3 percent increase in the hotel/motel tax, now that the civic center/hotel project is on hold.

Man shot outside of home

CONYERS - An ongoing dispute among neighbors in the Olde Salem Township subdivsion near the Rockdale/Newton County line turned deadly Monday morning.

Helping hands HBA brings mobile home up to code

COVINGTON - It's been said that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and on Monday, 10 volunteers with the Newton County Home Builders Association decided to live by that philosophy as they gave a special-needs man a chance to stay in his home.

Newton safety plans not approved by state

CONYERS - The Newton County School System was one of the 32 Georgia school districts that the Associated Press reported last week has yet to get state approval for their school security plans.

Flying under the radar Smith tries to keep team's focus off playoff hopes

FLOWERY BRANCH - With two weeks and 32 games left in the NFL schedule, Atlanta coach Mike Smith isn't considering how other teams could help the Falcons' playoff hopes.

Lady Tigers named to all-region

COVINGTON - Accolades for the Alcovy softball team continued as six Lady Tigers were named to the 2008 4-AAAA All-Region team.

Government Meetings - 12/16/2008

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Community Calendar - 12/16/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Bulldogs pin third-place in tourney

COVINGTON - Rockdale's 103-pounder Jake Morris and Heritage's 112-pounder Billy Abrahamsen were tournament champions from the area going a perfect 5-0 in the South Metro Tournament at Henry County High School held Friday and Saturday.

Rockdale swims to historic finish Bulldogs finish fifth overall at Northside Eagle Invite

FORT VALLEY - Rockdale swimming continued to make a big splash Saturday after finishing fifth overall at the Northside Eagle Invite.

Health Reports - 12/16/2008

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.

Seminoles win eighth straight Salem boys fall; Alcovy swept

Of the four games played Saturday, the Lady Seminoles were the only ones to walk off the court with a victory.