News for Tuesday, June 17, 2008


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Health Reports 6/17/2008

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.

NCSO looking into large diesel fuel thefts

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is questioning two men in connection with several large thefts of diesel fuel at construction sites around the county, according to Lt. Bill Watterson.

Elite Eight not enough for Patriots Heritage coach still seeking baseball state championship

CONYERS - The Heritage baseball program is a lot like a gravy train with biscuit wheels. The seasons keep rolling by, but the getting is always good.

Bridge Building

Construction on the new Hightower Trail Bridge over Gum Creek has begun. The bridge was closed by the county in August 2006 due to safety concerns.

Georgia rallies in 7th to beat Stanford 4-3

OMAHA, Neb. - Matt Cerione's two-out, bases-loaded single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and three Georgia pitchers combined for six innings of shutout relief to lead the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over Stanford in the College World Series on Monday night.

NCSS juniors succeed at grad testing

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System released last week school-level scores from the 2008 Georgia High School Graduation Test, which showed Alcovy and Eastside 11th-grade students performing at or above the state averages and Newton performing below the state.

Campaign focuses on youth, elderly

COVINGTON - Democrat Gabe White is running on a platform built almost entirely from his desire to help the young and old in the community.

County asks DOT to fund traffic study

COVINGTON - The county is requesting that the Georgia Department of Transportation pay for a study to determine if a traffic light is needed at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road.

Don't stop believing Woods wins 91-hole, 5-day U.S. Open battle

SAN DIEGO - With a throbbing knee and a pounding heart, Tiger Woods made one last improbable escape Monday and won the U.S. Open in a 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate, his 14th career major and maybe the most amazing of them all.

Covington trio plays key role for Piedmont

COVINGTON - The Piedmont Academy baseball team had a great run this spring in Class AA of the Georgia Independent School Association, winning its region and making it to the state semifinals.