News for Tuesday, April 28, 2009


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'Everyone's a winner'

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith Special Olympians from Clements Middle School exhibit this year's theme, "Everyone's a Winner!" as they, along with Special Olympians from other Newton County schools, marched around the Square on Monday as part of opening ceremonies for the events which will take place this week.

Charges against EHS coach dropped

COVINGTON - The state dropped charges against Eastside High School's football coach Wednesday in an alleged mortgage fraud investigation, citing insufficient evidence, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney's office.

No swine flu reported in Ga.

No cases of swine flu have been reported in Georgia, but local health officials are keeping a close eye out.

Citizen staffers earn AP honors

The Rockdale and Newton Citizen newspapers recently earned a combined nine awards from The Associated Press for outstanding reporting and photography.

Relay for Life: Event raises $250,000

COVINGTON - After lots of hard work raising money and then staying up for Friday's all-night event, Newton County Relay for Life participants know it was all worthwhile.

Top 10 matchups await soccer teams Salem girls face Northgate; Heritage girls get No.1 Marist

CONYERS - It's only the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, but the Salem and Heritage girls soccer teams both face top-10 postseason showdowns this evening.

Government Meetings - 04/28/09


Crushing defeat Loganville win knocks Heritage out of title race

LOGANVILLE - The Patriots were stunned, losing to Loganville 8-7 after taking a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning in Monday's game.

NASCAR: No track surface changes Debris from late wreck at Talladega injures fans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Despite injuries to fans from flying debris, NASCAR's satisfied with its safety standards, saying the fence at Talladega Superspeedway did what it was supposed to do - keep Carl Edwards' car out of the grandstands.

Community Calendar - 04/28/09

April 28

Braves fall to Cards 3-2 in series opener

ATLANTA - Rick Ankiel drove in two runs for St. Louis to back another strong outing by Joel Pineiro, who equaled the best start of his career when the Cardinals edged the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday night.

Health Reports - 04/28/09

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.

Alcovy sends 4 to state Second good for track & field berths

COVINGTON - The Alcovy boys track team made good use of its home track advantage in the Region 4-AAAA meet, earning four individual state meet berths during the event held Friday and Saturday at Alcovy High School.

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