News for Tuesday, March 10, 2009


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Economic strategy revealed

COVINGTON - A new economic development strategy for Newton County was recently revealed by officials with the Leadership Collaborative.

Oxford may extend water service Airport Road residents could benefit

COVINGTON - The city of Oxford and Newton County will be partnering to get water to Airport Road residents, but only if they want it and are willing to pay tap fees.

Trio busted with drugs on Mulberry Street

COVINGTON - Porterdale Police Chief Wayne Digby said anybody who sells drugs in Porterdale should pay attention - they're going to be arrested.

Newton school board approves block scheduling

COVINGTON - Next school year, all high schools in Newton County will operate on block scheduling.

Porterdale annexation dropped

PORTERDALE - City Council members were told at a recent work session that a proposed annexation of seven properties that would close a gap between the city limits of Porterdale and Covington on Ga. Highway 81 will not take place.

Government Meetings - 03/10/09


Health Reports - 03/10/09

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.

Chipper leaves game with oblique strain

TORONTO - United States third baseman Chipper Jones left Sunday night's game against Venezuela after five innings with a mild oblique strain and will be evaluated again Monday.

Martin's bad luck not new

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If Mark Martin didn't have bad luck, he probably wouldn't have any luck at all.

Little big man Ponce breaks title drought for Rockdale wrestling

Among Rockdale County senior Luis Ponce's top goals for the 2008-09 wrestling season were to win the South Metro championship and to finish his four-year career with a Class AAAA state crown.

Joe Johnson leads Hawks past Hornets

ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored 30 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat New Orleans 89-79 on Monday night, ending the Hornets' season-best seven-game winning streak.

Community Calendar - 03/10/09

March 10

Eastside gets tight victories Newton tennis squads fall by score of 3-2

COVINGTON - Newton's boys tennis team came back to tie the match at two games each against Eastside before Micah East prevailed at No. 3 singles to give the Eastside boys a 3-2 win in Monday's match at Eastside.

Ought to do the job

Hansbrough again a unanimous all-ACC pick Jackets' Gani Lawal makes third team

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough's impressive list of accolades continued to grow Monday when the North Carolina star became the first player in league history to be unanimously selected four times to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team.