News for Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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AT&T Classic won't return to Sugarloaf Champions Tour event may fill the void left by departure

ATLANTA - Atlanta is losing its regular PGA Tour event year after four decades because it could not find a title sponsor, paving the way for the Valero Texas Open to move its tournament to the spring.

Authorities investigating Shell burglary

COVINGTON - In yet another case of smash-and-grab, the Newton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to Shell Food Mart at 14656 Brown Bridge Road when a burglar alarm began sounding about 4 a.m. June 1.

Bicycle tour

Cyclists participating in the 2008 Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) round the Square on Sunday morning on their way to the next stop in Griffin. The seven-day ride, described by organizers as a recreational tour of the state rather than a race, kicked off at Oxford College on Sunday morning and is scheduled to end Saturday at St. Simon's Island. The event drew between 1,500 and 2,000 riders from all over the country, and even a few from Canada.

Elkins signs with Ga. Southwestern

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Lowry finishes first in Thursday Thunder race

HAMPTON - Covington's Kyle Lowry and Oxford's Randy Thornton started the 2008 Thursday Thunder series with first- and second-place finishes in their divisions at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

CPD rules woman's death an accident

COVINGTON - An autopsy performed on a woman found dead in the woods behind the Fountain Banquet Hall at 10150 Alcovy Road on Saturday morning has ruled out foul play, according to the Covington Police Department.

School staff retention rate improving

COVINGTON - Students and staff members in the Newton County School System won't see as many new employee faces on the first day of school as they have in the past - most of this school year's certified staff is sticking around.

Soldier charged with Internet crimes

COVINGTON - A 28-year-old soldier who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq was arrested Sunday afternoon by the Newton County Sheriff's Office and charged with multiple offenses after he allegedly carried on a sexually-charged Internet relationship with who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. In reality, he was communicating with an anonymous undercover NCSO investigator.

Eason runs for seat on commission Political newcomer pledges vigilant fiscal responsibility

COVINGTON - Republican Matthew Eason is running for District 3 county commissioner on a platform of fiscal responsibility.

Exhibit to feature county courthouses in Georgia

COVINGTON - An exhibit celebrating Georgia courthouses will be on display during the next six weeks at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

Malachi Outlaw: Natural-born leader's actions speak louder than words

COVINGTON - Alcovy's Malachi Outlaw is a soft-spoken athlete who lets his actions speak for him.

Lady Pats get back to winning

CONYERS - In his first year at the helm of the Heritage girls soccer team, Chad Suddeth was able to guide the Lady Patriots back to a place they were accustomed to being - the state playoffs.

Health reports 6/10/8008

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.

Reeling Braves head to Chicago, begin 10-game stint on road

ATLANTA - Three straight losses to Philadelphia left the Atlanta Braves looking like also-rans again in the NL East.