News for Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Medical center holds jewelry sale

Newton Medical Center surgical nurse Tish Mann takes a break Monday afternoon and peruses the goodies at the annual Phantasia's Jewelry Sale in the main lobby of the hospital. She said she always shops the sale and buys gifts for others and, of course, a few trinkets for herself. Included in the shopping bonanza is jewelry, purses, gift items, accessories and more. Everything is priced at $5. The sale will continue today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and is open to the public.

Charlie Elliott holds festival Saturday

MANSFIELD - Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is offering kids a chance to get off the sofa and get into the great outdoors.

Porterdale honors retiring teacher

Julia Duff, a supplemental service teacher at Porterdale Elementary School, will retire this year after nine years at Porterdale and a total of 35 years of service with the Newton County School System. There will be a reception honoring her in the school cafeteria on Thursday, May 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. All former students, parents and friends are invited to attend the event.

Jobless get new resources Seminar set for Saturday; City runs job ads on TV

COVINGTON - In an effort to provide hope to the jobless in the community, District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons is sponsoring the Newton County Job Resources Seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

McDonald's reports $17K in food missing

COVINGTON - The manager of the McDonald's restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 has reported to the Covington Police Department the theft of nearly $17,000 worth of food.

Stadium to get new video board

COVINGTON - Football fans in Newton County will get a better view of the scoreboard in the fall.

Good enough to eat

Four-year-old Taylor Loyd of Covington was happily gathering strawberries at Cottle Strawberry Farm in Rockdale County Monday morning and may have even sampled a berry or two. She was visiting the farm with her grandmother, Frances Crowe of Conyers, along with her preschool classmates from Heritage Hills Baptist Church who were enjoying the novelty of the pick-your-own farm. Taylor admitted she was hoping she'd be able to convince her grandmother to make a cobbler from the berries.

Alcovy confident, ready for No. 7 Wayne Co.

COVINGTON - Alcovy's Bryan Daniel is the engine that could push the Tiger's over Class AAAA No. 7 ranked Wayne County as the two clash in the second round of baseball playoffs in Jesup at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

NASCAR should reveal Mayfield's drug violation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR proved how serious it is about its toughened new drug policy with a swift suspension of Jeremy Mayfield, the first driver to run afoul of the random testing program.

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Owner: Thrashers not moving from Atlanta

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers have had 'several inquiries' from possible investors, but have not had talks about moving the team.

Singleton ready for next step New Eastside girls coach looks to keep improving

COVINGTON - New Eastside girls soccer coach Joel Singleton will try to keep the Lady Eagles on the steady road of improvement and build the program from the previous two coaches.

Swept away James' 27 helps push Cavs to win

ATLANTA - LeBron James didn't come close to matching his performance in Game 3.

Health Reports - 05/12/09

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.

Health Reports - 05/12/2009

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.