News for Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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New school bus parking area opens

COVINGTON - Some Newton County school buses will have a new home this month.

Industry heads to Covington Few details revealed about cardboard manufacturer

COVINGTON - A new industry locating in the city of Covington has been labeled Project Cougar by state economic development officials, and those involved with it are keeping tight-lipped.

DOT suspends Ga. 142 widening Salem Road still in limbo

COVINGTON - The widening of a stretch of Ga. Highway 142 has been suspended by the Georgia Department of Transportation due to financial troubles.

Fire erupts after alleged tampering

COVINGTON - While allegedly trying to save money on their power bill, a Covington couple is now facing more than $6,000 in fire and smoke damages to their home in the Settlers Grove subdivision, according to the Covington Fire Department.

Restaurant robbed on Saturday

COVINGTON - The Subway sandwich shop at 55 Crowell Road was robbed at gunpoint about 8:45 Saturday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Taste of jail life

Youth lock-in inmates are escorted by Capt. Tommy Eaton, front, and Sheriff Jeff Wigington on their way to watch a seat belt safety demonstration on Friday during the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Youth Jail Lock-In. Area teens were invited to spend the evening in the county's new jail addition to get a feel for what life is like behind bars, as well learn about various roles of the criminal justice and public safety processes.

Patriots claim 8-AAAA volleyball title

MONROE - The Heritage volleyball team picked the perfect time to beat Monroe Area for the first time this season.

Eastside volleyball qualifies for state

WATKINSVILLE - On Saturday, Eastside volleyball made history.

Mularkey making most of new start

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons' mix of rookies and holdovers were not expected to have success on offense.

Health Reports 10/21/2008

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.

The odd couple Phillies, Rays battle for World Series title

PHILADELPHIA - Welcome to World Series, 2008. Let's meet our contestants.

Rockdale falls in area tournament

MONROE - The Rockdale volleyball squad saw its season come to an end Saturday after bowing out of Area 8-AAAA Tournament in its third match.