News for Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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Landfill honored by SWANA Space-saving practice garners recognition

COVINGTON - The Newton County Landfill has been awarded the 2008 Most Innovative Program Award by the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Sounds of the season

Community Band Director T.K. Adams leads band members, who came from eight counties, in a rehearsal of Christmas favorites. The group will perform its annual winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Eastside High School. Admission to the concert is free. The band is comprised of 54 amateur musicians, ranging in age from high school seniors to an 82-year-old. The community is encouraged to kick off the holidays by enjoying this concert.

Covington man guilty of murder Dedric Sherrod convicted in decade-old murder case

SUFFOLK, Va. - Dedric Sherrod of Covington has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Melik Powell 10 years ago, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

CFD still investigating fatal house fire 85-year-old resident perished in blaze

COVINGTON - Covington Fire Department officials say they are still investigating the cause of the Saturday morning fire that took the life of an 85-year-old man. The fire-related death marked the first in 22 years for the CFD.

BOE looks for help naming new elementary school

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education is asking the community to help name a new elementary school that will open on Kirkland Road.

GSP: Heart attack caused traffic fatality

COVINGTON - A 77-year-old man died Friday following a one-vehicle crash on Dixie Road in east Newton County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Franklin Co. sweeps Salem at tournament

Franklin County swept a pair of games over Salem on Saturday afternoon during the Jefferson High School Thanksgiving Tournament.

Government Meetings - 11/25/2008

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Coin flip puts Eastside on the road Eagles travel to Cairo for the third round of state playoffs

COVINGTON - Just like Harvey "Two-Face" Dent in the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight," where the fate of lives depended on the simple toss of a coin, Eastside's destiny was determined Saturday using a similar technique.

Rockdale softball ends on high note Lady Bulldogs recover from start to contend for playoffs

CONYERS - After a bumpy start, one that began with an 0-6 record to open the season, the Rockdale softball squad eventually recovered to end on a positive note.

Health Reports - 11/25/2008

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.

Eyes on the South Mike Smith has the backing of his players and the Falcons in reach of a division title

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mike Smith isn't about to change his routine with the Atlanta Falcons.

Community Calendar - 11/25/2008

COMMUNITY CALENDAR