News for Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Schools' HR director to assume new role

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is hoping to save a little money at the end of this school year by merging two central office positions.

County facing $8.6M shortfall Revenue projected to be much lower than expenditures in new budget

COVINGTON - County commissioners were recently notified that they are facing a nearly $8.6 million shortfall for the fiscal year 2010 budget.

$350M veterans project stalled

CONYERS - Organizers seeking to build a $350 million, mixed-use residential complex to house veterans announced recently they will suspend their efforts as a result of the troubled economy.

Government Meetings - 04/07/09

Tuesdays

In the pits: Montoya, crew chief have it in gear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The last thing Juan Pablo Montoya wanted was a crew chief change. He didn't want the turmoil and feared another leadership change would unravel his race team.

Patriots make comeback from 7-1 deficit

COVINGTON - Sometimes you have to believe in yourself even when the odds are stacked against you.

Triple threat Teens on parade at the Masters

AUGUSTA - Danny Lee figured he would see Tiger Woods at some point during the Masters, but it was no less surprising to look up from the putting green at golf's biggest star hitting a 3-wood off the 10th tee.

Community Calendar - 04/07/09

April 7

One more round of winter

Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Tailback competition heating up

ATHENS - There could be some new competition in Georgia's competition to replace Knowshon Moreno at tailback.

Health Reports - 04/07/09

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.

Environmental impact grants available to nonprofits

ATLANTA - Are you involved with a nonprofit organization that would be interested in "greening up" its building and work environment? Launched in April 2008, Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the 23-county metro Atlanta region.

Man accused of killing girlfriend competent to stand trial

COVINGTON - The man accused of killing his girlfriend and turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt in November of 2007 has been deemed competent to stand trial, according to the Newton County District Attorney's Office.