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.
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.
CONYERS - An ongoing dispute among neighbors in the Olde Salem Township subdivsion near the Rockdale/Newton County line turned deadly Monday morning.
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.
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.
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.
COVINGTON - Accolades for the Alcovy softball team continued as six Lady Tigers were named to the 2008 4-AAAA All-Region team.
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.
FORT VALLEY - Rockdale swimming continued to make a big splash Saturday after finishing fifth overall at the Northside Eagle Invite.
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.
Of the four games played Saturday, the Lady Seminoles were the only ones to walk off the court with a victory.