News for Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Lawmakers to begin taking furloughs Aug. 1

COVINGTON - Georgia lawmakers will begin a one day a month furlough in August in response to the state budget crisis.

All invited to park ceremony Public groundbreaking scheduled for July 29

COVINGTON - A public groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of Denny Dobbs Park will take place at 11:30 a.m. July 29.

Morning blaze ruled 'accidental'

COVINGTON - The Covington Fire Department was summoned to 3163 Monticello St. at about 9 a.m. Monday, but not before the female homeowner had tried to extinguish a fire herself, according to Capt. Tony Smith.

CPD: Teen robbed man for $3

COVINGTON - A Covington man was brazenly robbed at gunpoint while walking down Turner Street at about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to the Covington Police Department.

Gearing up to go back

Lori Smith, a third-grade teacher at Palmer-Stone Elementary, makes some letter charts that her students will use this year. She and many of her fellow teachers have already returned to their classrooms to set up before the start of the new school year, which is Aug. 3. This is Smith's first year teaching third grade; she previously taught fifth grade for 13 years.

Squads eye state tournament Conyers sweeps Rockdale in final game before contest

CONYERS - Conyers certainly looked like a state championship contender, Sunday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

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Health Reports - 07/21/09

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.

Vick released from federal custody

HAMPTON, Va. - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick ended his federal dogfighting sentence Monday, freeing him to lobby for a return to the field.

Harvick not so happy anymore

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - They called him ""Happy Harvick' at the start of his NASCAR career, when success came so easy that Kevin Harvick had a seemingly perpetual smile.

Running out of time Tom Watson close to British Open's age limit

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Tom Watson was among the British Open champions whom the R&A consulted when it decided the game was getting younger and it was time to lower the age limit to 60 for winners of golf's oldest championship.

Nationals advance in tourney

COVINGTON - A two-run homer by Newton County National Alex Parish put Blake Shope in position to end the game with a two-run, walk-off homer of his own in the bottom of the fourth inning as the National team beat West Augusta 15-4 in the third round of the Dixie Youth Baseball Major State Tournament on Monday.