News for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Conyers Post 77 season begins Thursday

CONYERS - Summer time is here, which means it's the time of year when some of the best baseball players in the area join forces and compete for the Conyers Post 77 baseball team.

HBAG battle intensifies Insurance group returns punches against takeover

COVINGTON - Builders Insurance Group is fighting back against an attempted takeover by the Home Builders Association of Georgia, mailing proxy cards to its 13,000 policyholders in an effort to keep its board of directors and charter in place.

Health Reports 6/3/2008

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.

Arson suspected in two related structure fires

COVINGTON - Two fires, which Newton County Fire Service investigator and Deputy Chief Tim Smith said were "suspicious in nature," erupted in the early morning hours Friday.

FaithWorks holds fan drive to help residents cool down

COVINGTON - It's hot out there already, and summer hasn't even officially started. But once again, FaithWorks, a local nonprofit organization, is doing its part to make sure Newton County residents can keep cool.

Schools to get improvements over summer

COVINGTON - At least two Newton County high schools and two elementary schools will receive renovations this summer.

Gardening for life Educational project promotes ecosystems

OXFORD - Emory University and Oxford College staff are getting students to think about sustainability and locally grown food - and maybe avoid gaining the infamous "Freshman 15" by eating healthier at the same time.

A close one Smoltz blows save, Braves still win on Escobar's homer

ATLANTA - John Smoltz's return to the mound as a closer didn't go like he wanted. Still, the Atlanta Braves actually managed to win a close game.

He's back: Smoltz returns to Braves as reliever

ATLANTA - John Smoltz returned to the Atlanta Braves as a reliever, hoping the role he had from 2001-04 will help him cope with an aching right shoulder and extend his career.

No.1 Sharapova upset by Safina U.S. men suffer losses

PARIS - Maria Sharapova did not go quietly.