News for Tuesday, August 4, 2009


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Back to the books School bell rings for Newton Co. students

COVINGTON - More than 19,000 students in Newton County's public schools headed to classes Monday after a two-month summer hiatus filled with family vacations, summer camps and, possibly, summer reading.

Man dies of beating One suspect turns himself in

COVINGTON - A Newton County man died Sunday after he was allegedly lured outside home and beaten to death, according to information given to Fox 5 News by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

School buses pass first test of new school year

COVINGTON - Students are all spiffed up in their best back-to-school clothes and the classrooms are spic and span for the 2009-10 school year, but school buses look the same. They have, however, undergone a thorough check-up to ensure the safety of students, and motorists should be prepared to watch for them on the county roadways, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Deputies shot in standoff Injuries not life-threatening; suspect shoots, kills himself

COVINGTON - The Covington/Newton County SWAT team surrounded a home on Parker Road near Jackson Lake late Monday afternoon in what turned out to be a four-hour standoff after two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were shot.

Government Meetings - 08/04/09


Hamlin ends skid at Pocono Driver ends long dry spell with win in delayed race

LONG POND, Pa. - Denny Hamlin ended a 50-race winless skid Monday, holding off Juan Pablo Montoya over the final riveting laps at Pocono Raceway before choking up with grief in Victory Lane.

Hall of Fame to induct late LB Derrick Thomas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Marty Schottenheimer was walking up the 16th fairway near his Florida home when he noticed a golf cart hurrying toward him. It was someone from the golf shop.

Community Calendar - 08/04/09

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Here's the beef Turner loves edge of Falcons' big men

FLOWERY BRANCH - As much as Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner appreciates his five offensive linemen in Atlanta, Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo have a special place in his heart.

Health Reports - 08/04/09

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.

Conyers wields potent pitching rotation

Following its first American Legion state championship since 1989, Conyers now prepares for the Southeast Regional in Sumter, S.C., on Thursday.

House hunters Canines looking for a place to call home

COVINGTON - Two beautiful gals are suddenly homeless - one's a blond, the other a brunette and they are desperately seeking love and affection.

Tech enters season light on seniors

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson could almost count his seniors on one hand when Georgia Tech opened practice Monday.

Officials urge public to get vaccinated

COVINGTON - August is National Immunization Awareness Month and health officials are urging the public to make sure it is up-to-date.