News for Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Rockdale Gymnastics hosting Nationals Next year's competition will be held in Savannah

CONYERS - Coaches and gymnasts at Rockdale Gymnastics have had a busy summer.

Garden fresh Families look to homegrown foods to save

CONYERS - With rising gas prices and economic hardships helping to increase food costs and straining Americans' wallets - in addition to recent worries about salmonella poisoning in vegetables - many families are looking to homegrown foods as a way to save money and keep themselves safe.

Favre: Packers should let me play elsewhere

MILWAUKEE - Brett Favre finally is speaking for himself: He wants to play but doesn't feel welcome in Green Bay, so he's asking to be released.

Walk it out

What better way to get the blood pumping and make folks feel good about themselves than to host a walking and running event? That's what organizers at the Youth and Young Adult Development Center in Covington figured when they put together Saturday's 2K Walk Against Laziness and Low Self Respect, or WALL. Dozens turned out to travel from the development center on Washington Street to the Square early Saturday morning. Attendees collected monetary pledges to help aid the center, and had a good time together while they were at it.

UGA defensive end Lemon dismissed

ATHENS - Michael Lemon, a sophomore defensive end for the Georgia Bulldogs, has been dismissed from the team.

Thrashers sign free agent RW Jason Williams

ATLANTA - Free agent forward Jason Williams, who scored 13 goals for Chicago despite missing nearly half the season with an injury, signed Monday with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Star-studded Ben Sheets, Cliff Lee to start All-Star game

NEW YORK - Fired up about his first trip to Yankee Stadium, Ben Sheets had it all planned out. Arrive early and visit Monument Park, gaze up at that famous facade, drink in the entire experience the same way any fan would.

Kmart employee charged with theft Cashier arrested in connection with missing register funds

COVINGTON - An employee with Kmart of Covington has been arrested and charged with theft by taking in connection with more than $1,000 missing from the store's cash registers, according to the Covington Police Department.

Election Day has arrived

COVINGTON - The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for today's general primary to determine which candidates will make it to November.

Health Reports 7/15/2008

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.

Newton County sample ballot for today's primary election

Editor's Note: The following is a sample of what Newton County voters will find on the ballot in today's primary. Please note that not all of the following choices will be available on all ballots, depending upon which district the voter lives within.

Guard unit training in Tbilisi

COVINGTON - Three hundred Georgia National Guardsmen, including those based at the Covington unit, have arrived in Tbilisi, the capital of the nation of Georgia, for a three-week training exercise.