News for Tuesday, January 27, 2009


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County water is plentiful But drought, watering restrictions remain

COVINGTON - The Newton County water supply is holding up well, based on a recent report given by Water Resources Director Karl Kelley to the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

Improvements are headed to Livingston Lane

COVINGTON - A road that has been a concern to county officials for the past eight years is a step closer to being improved.

Fire it up

Top right, Newton County Fire Service Deputy Chief Tim Smith helps with the heavy lifting as he oversees the final touches of the new Newton County Fire Station No. 7 on Brown Bridge Road. Smith said the station will have a relocated ladder truck, a new engine and possibly an ambulance ready to meet emergencies on the west side of the county. He said most, if not all, of the furnishings for the new facility were purchased locally and included vendors such as Ramsey Furniture, Woods Office Supply and the Covington Wal-Mart. The builders and contractors were local as well. The station will begin operation next week, and a public open house will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 11.

Cops make arrests in burglaries

COVINGTON - The quick action of neighbors and deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office resulted in three arrests Friday night following a string of burglaries in the River Walk subdivision, off Dearing Road.

Top students to compete in spelling bee

COVINGTON - Newton County's top spellers will go head to head this week.

Government Meetings - 1/27/2009


Board of Education chooses 2009 meeting dates

COVINGTON - The Newton County Board of Education approved its 2009 meeting schedule during its regular session monthly meeting last week.

Alcovy boy hoops forfeits 4 games Clerical error puts team in second place

COVINGTON - A small clerical error cost the Alcovy boys basketball team two very important Region 8-AAA games and a possible top seeding in the region playoffs.

In the spotlight Tommy Talton finds success after years in the background

Throughout much of the 1970s, there weren't many music companies as successful as Macon's Capricorn Records, which made "Southern Rock" a household term and created superstars out of members of the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie and Elvin Bishop, among others.

Art Appreciation Ronn Smith makes Conyers debut with 'Art'

On the surface, the play "Art" is about a man buying a painting that his friends don't like. At the heart of the play, however, is the question how much stress can a friendship take until it breaks.

Too much heat Miami turns up defense, stifles Hawks in 95-79 win

MIAMI - Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat were far from perfect offensively. Fortunately for them, the Atlanta Hawks were worse.

Health Reports - 1/27/2009

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.

Night of subregion matchups Heritage visits Rockdale; Salem welcomes Loganville

CONYERS - Tonight a pair of significant games particularly standout on the hardwood, none bigger than the crosstown matchup featuring the Heritage boys at Rockdale.

Community Calendar - 1/27/2009


Gottfried quits as Alabama basketball coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mark Gottfried resigned as Alabama's basketball coach Monday, leaving in the middle of his 11th season amid criticism of both the team's play and the departure of a star player.

Newton takes second at Redkin Rumble

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Newton's Aaron Reynolds took the top spot in the 135-pound weight division to help the Rams get a second- place finish in the Redskin Rumble on Saturday.

Seminoles swim to sixth-place

ATHENS - Of the 19 teams competing, the Salem swimming team finished a respectable sixth overall on Saturday at the University of Georgia.