News for Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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Morgan looks to lobbyist for help

COVINGTON - Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan is considering hiring a lobbyist to try to secure more transportation funding for the county.

Cool bones on a hot day

Photo: Erin Evans

School system asks students to open a book this summer

COVINGTON - Many students in Newton County may be spending the summer by the pool or sleeping late, but in between their relaxation, officials at the Newton County School System want students to get in a little educational reading, too.

Alcovy finishes positive summer Brown pleased with progress

COVINGTON - The Alcovy boys basketball program finished its summer workouts with a lot of confidence and potential players for the upcoming season.

Health Reports - 07/01/09

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.

Kathleen Parker - 07/01/09 PLEASE CRY FOR ME, SOUTH CAROLINA

WASHINGTON - A wise man once said that love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

An older Armstrong awaits Tour de France

PARIS - Lance Armstrong believes he can win an eighth Tour de France title, well aware his aging legs are not as strong as they used to be. He is also willing to put such ambitions aside if it means helping teammate Alberto Contador win.

Officials warn public of rabies danger

COVINGTON - With outdoor activities in the summertime increasing the risk for exposure to rabies, health officials are warning the public to be vigilant.

Community Calendar - 07/01/09

July 1

Williams times two Sisters, two Russians make Wimbledon semifinals

WIMBLEDON, England - Her 19th consecutive victory at the All England Club already wrapped up, Venus Williams grabbed a seat and watched younger sister Serena win easily to reach the semifinals, too.

Coach K: I'm not going to Lakers

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made it clear: He's not going to ever be the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Conyers blanks East Cobb in tournament Busenitz pitches gem in 5-0 victory

MARIETTA - If Tuesday afternoon was an audition for new Conyers pitcher Alan Busenitz, it's safe to say he earned at least start No. 2.

Shooting probe continues

COVINGTON - The investigation into the Monday morning shooting of three people in a subdivision in south Newton County continues, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/01/09

The late great Lewis Grizzard defined "naked" as not having on any clothes. He defined "nekkid" as not having on any clothes and being up to something. When Aimee Jones had to write, in this newspaper, about a naked man who had been arrested by local police, she described him as "a man unencumbered by clothing." It may have been my favorite line ever printed in this medium. Except of course for the one where former Salem Principal Bob Creswell was quoted as saying he "didn't give a ... " Well, never mind about that.

Douglas Letter - 07/01/09

I am writing to remind your readers of the importance of honoring the passing of American heroes. Recently, Ed Freeman passed.