News for Tuesday, August 11, 2009


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Rockdale BOC to vote on trail plan Greenway would connect Conyers, Newton County

CONYERS - Recreational walking, running and biking may get a little easier - even be encouraged - as Rockdale County commissioners heard from Ed Shirey, who is hoping to get the wheels going for creating a multi-use trail with Atlanta's PATH Foundation.

Washington Street begins registration

COVINGTON - Washington Street Community Center is gearing up for its annual After School Homework Tutorial Program.

County looking at more budget cuts

COVINGTON - Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and county staff are busy finding even more ways to trim the fiscal year 2010 budget after receiving news that the county will be about $929,000 short in property tax revenues.

Substitute teacher budget cut Committee appointed to create new subbing rules

COVINGTON - The use of substitute teachers in the Newton County School System could change this year.

Taking a tumble

Instructors Sensei Joel Wheelus, left, and Sensei Michael Stabile demonstrate one way senior citizens can protect themselves. Aikido School of Self-Defense at 3281 Salem Road in the Salem Square shopping center, under the direction of Chief Instructor Stabile, is now offering free Saturday self-defense classes to senior citizens. Stabile said recent reports of muggings in Gwinnett County spurred him to action. "With what's going on with the seniors, we felt we had to do something," he said. "Anybody can do what we teach them here. We're offering the classes free and they can come as many times as they want." Aikido is a combination of judo, karate, jujitsu, bo-jutsu, yawara, aiki-jujitsu and a few other lesser known styles of combat self-defense. Stabile, who has appeared on cable news and authored a book on self-defense titled, "Escape with Your Life," also works as a consultant in martial arts. Regular classes for adults and children are offered seven days a week. For more information, call 770-602-2811.

Community Calendar - 08/11/09

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Health Reports - 08/11/09

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 volleyball: Briggs plans to focus on teamwork

COVINGTON - Alcovy head coach Amanda Briggs is hoping that an older and more mature team will translate into a winning season.

White back at practice with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White practiced for the first time Monday as one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.

Richt hands Georgia offense to senior Joe Cox

ATHENS - A wealth of individual stars made Georgia the star of the preseason polls one year ago.

Woods' criticism shows respect for Harrington

CHASKA, Minn. - Tiger Woods didn't take much time to celebrate his 70th career victory on the PGA Tour, and not just because he was on Hazeltine National at dawn Monday to get ready for the PGA Championship.

Government Meetings - 08/11/09


King of The Glen Stewart holds off Ambrose for fifth win at road course

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - When the rain held off and The Glen heated up, "Smoke" was in his element.

Conyers' run in regional comes to end Post 77 shut out for first time this season

SUMTER, S.C. - How quickly a season changes.

Police search for suspects in drive-by House, truck damaged

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are seeking the suspect or suspects who apparently drove by a residence on Ga. Highway 162 in the early morning hours and fired shots into the house.