News for Tuesday, December 2, 2008


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Two arrested in shooting Pair charged with robbery

COVINGTON - The Covington police have arrested two men in connection with the Oct. 30 shooting at the intersection of Alexander and Clark Streets.

Nominees sought for MLK award

COVINGTON - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is seeking help from the community in finding a deserving person to receive this year's I Have A Dream Award.

Christmas sights Home tour Dec. 11

COVINGTON - Local historic homes will be aglow in candlelight and decorations of the season in preparation for the Covington Candlelight Christmas Tour sponsored by the Satsuki Garden Club.

Eastside football coach arrested Hurst previously charged in connection with mortgage fraud investigation

COVINGTON - The head coach of Eastside High School's football team was arrested over Thanksgiving break in connection with a mortgage fraud investigation dating back to 2004 and 2005.

On the beat: Some people get an early start celebrating holidays

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

Eastside has fewer obstacles Lady Eagles' hope region change leads to playoffs

COVINGTON - A change in classification and region from 8-AAAA to 8-AAA will improve the chances of the Eastside girls making a run at the state basketball playoffs, but those two things alone won't make it easier for the Lady Eagles.

Salem gets sweep in tournament

The Salem basketball teams swept a pair of games Saturday against Oconee County during the final day of action in Tabo's Tip-Off Tournament at Jefferson High School.

Newton boys open 2-0 in Tennessee

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Newton boys basketball squad tipped off its season in style over the weekend by winning its first two games - in a different state roughly 250 miles away, nonetheless.

Four Jackets on All-ACC first team

RALEIGH, N.C. - No teams dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference during this football season. Appropriately, no schools dominated the all-ACC team, either.

Patriots look to make waves in the pool

CONYERS - The Heritage swim teams have two goals this season: win the county championship and send more swimmers to the state meet.

Community Calendar - 12/2/2008


The contenders Falcons making surprise push for playoff spot

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are becoming more than a feel-good comeback story.

Government Meetings - 12/2/2008


Health Reports - 12/2/2008

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.