News for Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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Lady Rams see low turnout in summer

COVINGTON - Newton softball coach Jason LaChappelle has battled an interesting obstacle this summer trying to prepare his squad for the 2008 season.

Dixie Boys to receive welcome Covington prepares to host World Series

COVINGTON - On Aug. 1, Covington will host opening ceremonies for the Dixie Boys World Series for the fourth time. But it will be the first time the event is held on the Square and with such fanfare.

Pilot program approved DeKalb Tech to begin law enforcement academy

COVINGTON - DeKalb Technical College's Newton Center is one of the six technical colleges in Georgia approved for a pilot program to start a mandate law enforcement academy.

Talent at the tee Elliott to compete in Optimist International

CONYERS - At 13 years old, Edwards Middle School student Hunter Elliott is already building quite a resume on the golf course.

A colorful place to learn

Students and teachers walking down the halls of Ficquett Elementary School will now have a more scenic view. Covington artist Shannon Oglesby has spent part of the summer painting a mural on the main hallway at the school, where her daughter, Bryanna, attends. Shannon started the project during the first week of June and also has painted a picket fence, clouds and crepe myrtle trees along the hallway. She said the entire project, which will include painting the hallway on both sides and the school's foyer, will take at least a couple of more months to complete. She plans to paint a teacher reading to students and students playing with jacks, flying a kite, reading and doing other activities.

7-22-08 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 7/22/2008

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.

Harrington wins Open

SOUTHPORT, England - Padraig Harrington never tires of reading the fine print on the silver claret jug, and as he stood up from a table Monday morning at Royal Birkdale, he slowly turned golf's oldest trophy to see his name on consecutive rows.

Rockdale sweeps Loganville, clinches top seed

CONYERS - Rockdale Post 77 wrapped up its regular season and a No. 1 seed in the North Georgia Area Tournament by sweeping Loganville on Sunday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Day care cleared by state Allegations of spanking prove unfounded

COVINGTON - New Journey Learning Center, located in the Heritage Park apartment complex, has been cleared of allegations of child cruelty lodged against it in December, according to documents released by Bright From The Start of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Porterdale gazebo saved by council fundraising

The gazebo in Porterdale is getting a facelift thanks to efforts by Councilwoman Arline Chapman to save the structure near the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Elm Street.

Community bike ride planned for Olde Town Conyers

CONYERS - Cycling enthusiasts and residents in Olde Town Conyers are looking to begin a new tradition Sunday with the first of a series of monthly organized bicycle rides through town.

Elliott collects AJGA win at Double Oaks

COMMERCE - Conyers' Harrison Elliott collected his first victory on the Atlanta Junior Golf Association tour this summer by prevailing in the 18-hole open boys 13-14 division Wednesday at Double Oaks golf course.