News for Tuesday, February 17, 2009


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Schools to slash positions

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System met with more than 500 staff members Friday to inform them that some positions in their departments would be reduced or eliminated next school year.

Group seeks to promote area as bicycle-friendly

CONYERS - Cyclists in Conyers are picking up the pace to make the area a biker's destination.

Father faces child molestation charges

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a 49-year-old Covington man with aggravated child molestation, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Mumps hits Conyers school

CONYERS - Parents of students at Conyers Middle School are advised to keep a close watch on their children this week after one student was diagnosed with mumps.

County discusses pay cuts Commissioners could decide today how to handle $5M shortfall

COVINGTON - County commissioners are expected to decide how to handle the more than $5 million budget shortfall projected for this fiscal year at their regular 7 p.m. meeting today at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

Preparing for the worst

Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Health Reports - 02/17/09

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.

State berths come with tourney wins

WINDER - They came, they saw, they conquered.

21 wrestlers qualify for state finals

Twenty-one local wrestlers qualified for the traditional wrestling state tournament over the weekend during the sectionals tournament.

Eagles host first game of tourney Boys open at home; girls travel to Stephens County

COVINGTON - The time has come when it's win or go home.

Community Calendar - 02/17/09

Feb. 17

Heritage makes big splash at state

ATLANTA - The Heritage boys swim team certainly proved its worth Saturday at Westminster in the state swimming meet.

Government Meetings - 02/17/09


Tigers get state trip with win Alcovy erases 10-point deficit in tourney victory

STOCKBRIDGE - A huge fourth quarter by the Alcovy defense and the Butts brothers, Julian and Jordan, allowed the Tigers overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in their 57-54 overtime win over North Clayton in the opening round of the Region 4-AAAA boys tournament Monday.

Kenseth's Daytona 500 victory stacks his schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth sampled the champagne in Victory Lane, posed for a few photos, then got on a plane and went home.

Georgia State coach to speak at Rockdale Rotary

CONYERS - Georgia State University head football coach and interim athletics director Bill Curry will be the featured speaker for the Rockdale County Rotary Club on Wednesday. The meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the East Tower of Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave.