News for Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Area band students to perform in Europe

CONYERS - Four local band students are preparing this week for what will be an exciting Fourth of July holiday outside of the United States.

Ride to benefit Porterdale PD

COVINGTON - The Porterdale Police Department is gearing up for its first Porterdale Police Benefit Ride on Saturday.

Robbery suspect nabbed after chase Ohio man accused of taking drugs from Walgreens

COVINGTON - A gunman robbed the new Walgreens drug store at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads Monday afternoon, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

County renews jail contract for health care

COVINGTON - County commissioners recently agreed to renew a contract for health care services at the Newton County Detention Center with NaphCare Inc., at an annual cost of more than $1.4 million.

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Photo: Keith Davis

Local officials back Ozburn for judgeship

COVINGTON - Officials with Newton County and the city of Covington have passed resolutions supporting the nomination of Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Safin's last Wimbledon ends with first-round loss

WIMBLEDON, England - It seemed fitting, somehow, that two-time major champion Marat Safin's always-turbulent relationship with Wimbledon would end this way.

Red-hot Spain meets underdog Americans in unlikely semis

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - For Spain, it always was a given that the team would reach the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. For the United States, it turned out to be an unexpected gift.

Kathleen Parker - 06/24/09 ZAHRA!

WASHINGTON - There's a "new" old name suddenly in circulation that is both filled with ancient history and ripe with a revolutionary spirit for today's game-changing events.

Community Calendar - 06/24/09

June 24

Moye Letter - 06/24/09

Although time has passed since the events on May 11 and 14, I would like to publicly say that anyone who missed the opportunity to attend the choral masterworks presented by the advanced choirs of Eastside, Heritage, Rockdale County and Salem high schools truly missed a program well performed.

Hanson, Braves blank Yanks 4-0

ATLANTA - Rookie Tommy Hanson won his third straight start, Brian McCann had two RBIs including a solo homer and the Atlanta Braves threw consecutive shutouts for the first time in four years with a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Darrell Huckaby - 06/24/09

Have you thought about trying a staycation this summer? That was not a typo. I wasn't talking about a "va-cation" - where you pack suitcases and make hotel reservations and vacate your premises for a week or so to head off to some exotic destination like the French Riviera or Panama City. I am talking about a "stay-cation" - where you stay at home, sleep in your own bed, and visit the places that tourists visit when they come to our part of the world; places that you may or may not have visited recently, or at all.

Black course provided an Open mess

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Lucas Glover finally found dry ground where he could pose with his U.S. Open trophy, taking it to the top of the Empire State Building on Tuesday.

Health Reports - 06/24/09

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.

Baseball notebook: Kitchens pleased with Salem's summer

CONYERS - Salem wrapped up its summer season with a 3-1 win over Social Circle. The Seminoles continued their summer trend, getting solid pitching performances from Jimmy Gerard (3 IP, 1 H) and Gazzara Mitchell (2 IP, 1 H) in the victory.