News for Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Intersection red light given final approval

COVINGTON - A traffic signal recently installed at Turner Lake Road and Washington Street/Ga. Highway 81 will soon be activated, and city officials hope it will improve the safety of motorists.

Vampires to descend upon Square New TV series will begin filming in Covington

COVINGTON - Be forewarned: Vampires will be descending on Covington in just weeks.

Remembering the King Fans flock to Conyers cinema to watch Michael Jackson memorial

CONYERS - Hundreds of Georgians were able to take part in the memorial service Tuesday afternoon for late pop music icon Michael Jackson.

Evritt Letter - 07/08/09

With regard to the health care debate, one fact must receive emphasis: corporations "took over" our health care decades ago. The cost of this takeover has been great, both to our economy and to our health.

Graham takes over as AD at Rockdale

CONYERS - For Earle Graham, things got a little smaller and a little bigger all at the same time.

Lance nears Tour de France lead Armstrong moves to second; team wins time trial

MONTPELLIER, France - Calling his team "simply awesome," Lance Armstrong was nearly decked out in yellow again.

Health Reports - 07/08/09

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.

Mullins Letter - 07/08/09

Thankfully, after six months of the Obama administration, people are becoming more aware and concerned about the direction he and the Congress are taking the country. I see nothing of significance accomplished to the betterment of the country. Quite the contrary, much that has been accomplished has, or will have, a detrimental effect on preserving and protecting the Constitution and culture the founding fathers gave us.

Bibby to stay with Atlanta Point guard, Hawks reach an 'oral understanding'

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign Mike Bibby to a three-year deal.

Community Calendar - 07/08/09

July 8

Tiger a silent host with a mediocre field

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods is 33 and already has more PGA Tour victories than Arnold Palmer. One of these days, he might have the kind of influence on players that the King can wield with a mere glint in his eye.

Waltrip will scale back to help Truex MWR to bring in new driver for 2010 Sprint Cup season

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will scale back to a partial schedule to make room for Martin Truex Jr. to join the team in 2010.

Robertson Letter - 07/08/09

Please stop the madness of HR 2749! The bill would impose a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme on small farms and local artisanal producers, and it would disproportionately impact their operations for the worse.

Darrell Huckaby - 07/08/09

I don't want to make you envious, but I am writing this column while sitting on a balcony high above the soft sand and crashing waves of South Carolina's Grand Strand. Yeah, I'm at Myrtle Beach, y'all. My family and I made our annual pilgrimage here this week to enjoy the sun - which has been noticeably absent for much of the week, the ocean, some great Calabash-style seafood and, of course, one another's company.