News for Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Teens to hold golf tourney Group also will unveil plans for academy

CONYERS - It's a big month for local teen golf organization Teens on the Green.

School choice transfer deadline Wednesday

COVINGTON - Parents of students at Liberty Middle School and Middle Ridge Elementary School have until Wednesday to complete an application for school choice if they do not want their students attending their assigned school for the 2009-10 school year.

Retirees protest slow union talks with AT&T

CONYERS - Retired members of the Communications Workers of America marched with signs in front of AT&T Inc.'s Conyers facility Monday to signal the latest round of contract talks between the union and the telecommunications company.

Students swarm Square

Chris Devoe and his daughters Heaven and Amaya look through a goodie bag at the Back 2 School Block Party held Sunday on the Square. Amaya is a student at Porterdale Elementary School. About 2,500 people attended the event, which celebrated the start of a new school year. Organizers handed out 1,250 bookbags full of school supplies. Students return to Newton County schools Monday.

Sports briefs

SEC title game to stay at Georgia Dome through 2015

Newton recycling: Centers to be closed more days

COVINGTON - With new holidays added to the county employees' calendar, the folks at Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful want to make sure the community is aware that the landfill and neighborhood recycling centers will be closed some additional days.

Man, 18, drowns Saturday

COVINGTON - An 18-year-old Covington man drowned at Factory Shoals Park on Saturday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

City to back land purchase

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The city of Social Circle entered into an agreement with the Downtown Development Authority to back a $600,000 purchase of property that includes an apartment complex near the town's cemetery.

Vick reinstated with conditions

NEW YORK - Michael Vick is back in the NFL. Now all he needs is a team to play for.

State champs Conyers Post 77 wins American Legion title

DOUGLASVILLE - The 1989 Conyers Post 77 team now has some championship company.

Government Meetings - 07/28/09

Tuesdays

Health Reports - 07/28/09

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.

Pattie saves Montoya's day at Indy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brian Pattie doesn't really come to mind when listing NASCAR's best crew chiefs, a distinction probably reserved for guys like Chad Knaus, Greg Zipadelli, or maybe even Alan Gusatafson.

Community Calendar - 07/28/09

July 28

Legion notebook: Plenty of heroes for Conyers

DOUGLASVILLE - Ross Roberts, who batted .350 and hit the huge three-run triple in the seventh inning of the title game, won MVP honors, but several others could make a claim to the trophy.

NASCAR: Mayfield lied to federal court

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR said Jeremy Mayfield lied to a federal court about the chronology of a second random drug test.

Va. Tech again the pick to win ACC crown

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Frank Beamer isn't worried about the pressure of being picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference again. The Virginia Tech coach has had plenty of practice dealing with high expectations.

Raptors finish second at state

The Rockdale Raptors 6-and-under team recently finished second in the USSSA State Championship at Hidden Valley Park in Stockbridge. Members of the team are, front, from left, Brayden Tatum, Malachi Gilbert, Jason Allwood, Tyler Moore and William Kahn; middle, from left, Trace Payne, Braden Allen, Jemal Foster, Ethan Booth, Mitchell Eason and Darryl Buggs; back, from left, coach Sam Allen, coach Erik Booth; coach Steven Andrews, coach Stacey Moore, coach Dennis Raines and coach Darryl Buggs.

Local briefs

Drive to collect school supplies

Oaks prepares for annual Open

COVINGTON - An old fixture will be missing from the The Oaks Open this year with the loss of the big oak tree on the second hole.