News for Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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School board approves four new principals

COVINGTON - During a special-called meeting of the Newton County Board of Education on Monday morning, the school board approved the appointment of four principals to fill vacant positions for the upcoming school year.

Gresham pleads guilty, gets probation 72-year-old sentenced for false statements made in election document

COVINGTON - Horace Don Gresham pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of false swearing when he filed documents with the Newton County Board of Elections to run for a seat on the Newton County Board of Education in July 2008.

Cities see steady rise in growth Official: Covington more attractive to businesses

COVINGTON - Statistics recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show steady annual growth for all of Newton County's municipalities since 2000.

More than meets the eye

Staff Photo: Erin Evans

Fireworks at horse park cause brush fire

CONYERS - Fallout from the fireworks during the city of Conyers' Fabulous Fourth festival caused a brush fire after the show Saturday night near the Georgia International Horse Park.

2 killed over July 4 holiday

COVINGTON - Newton County recorded two traffic fatalities within hours of each other over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Facing expectations: Confronting pressure allows Federer to move past it

WIMBLEDON, England - So many milestones and never-been-done-befores arise seemingly every time Roger Federer steps on court. The 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick was no different, and not merely because they played a 16-14 fifth set and 77 games total, records for any Grand Slam championship match.

Community Calendar - 07/07/09

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Armstrong makes a move up to third place

LA GRANDE-MOTTE, France - Lance Armstrong jumped from 10th to third place at the Tour de France on Monday, positioning himself for a shot at the yellow jersey after evading trouble on a windy ride along the Mediterranean.

Conyers tries to get past faults Post 77 returns to action after wood bat tournament

Tonight's return to legion play couldn't come at a better time for Conyers Post 77.

Jurrjens roughed up as Cubs top Braves

CHICAGO - Rookie Randy Wells won his fourth straight start, Derrek Lee homered and the Chicago Cubs got their sixth win in eight games, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Monday night.

Komatsu employees to hold reverse job fair

COVINGTON - Jobs are being lost all over the country, with Georgia reporting a record unemployment rate for May. The impact of the economic downturn has affected the local job market as well, and one group of displaced employees is taking a proactive approach to finding new work.

Eagles, Pats finish 7th in Directors Cup

Eastside and Heritage recorded seventh-place finishes in their respective classifications in the final standings GADA 2008-09 Dodge Directors Cup, which is awarded by Georgia Athletic Directors Association.

Health Reports - 07/07/09

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.

NASCAR asks federal judge to put Mayfield back on suspension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR asked a federal judge Monday to reverse the ruling that lifted driver Jeremy Mayfield's indefinite suspension for failing a random drug test.