News for Tuesday, May 5, 2009


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BOE OKs abstinence curriculum

COVINGTON - Some students in the Newton County School System might hear more about abstinence next year.

Chamber hosts state lawmakers Public welcome at breakfast

COVINGTON - State legislators will be on hand to discuss this year's legislative session and answer questions from the public at a Post-Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

School choirs to hold joint concert

CONYERS - Four separate high schools will join together next week for a special and unique event.

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Conyers braces for heavy July 4th crowds

CONYERS - Organizers of the annual Fabulous 4th Festival are bracing for a significant increase in visitors to the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers since Fourth of July festivities in Covington were canceled this year.

In the Pits: Quick success for Stewart's new team Two-time champ has two cars in Sprint Cup Series Top 10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Everyone said Tony Stewart was crazy to leave the cozy confines of Joe Gibbs Racing to run his own NASCAR team. A struggling, noncompetitive race team, at that.

Facing LeBron, Cavs not an easy task for Hawks

ATLANTA - Coach Mike Woodson spent much of the last two weeks insisting that his Atlanta Hawks had to defend an entire team, not just one player.

Simulcast to benefit new Miracle League field

COVINGTON - Anyone interested in honing his or her leadership skills is invited to attend an upcoming event that will serve the dual purpose of a training seminar and fundraiser for the proposed Miracle League Field.

Beltran's homers lead Mets past Braves

ATLANTA - Carlos Beltran hit a pair of two-run homers, David Wright added a two-run shot of his own and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Monday night to match their 2008 total for wins at Turner Field.

Covington's Hodges named Conservationist of the Year

Covington resident Angela Hodges, front left, was recently named Conservationist of the Year for Newton County by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for the achievements in soil and water conservation on her farm. Hodges and her husband, Bo Thompson, operate Anna Beth's Farm, which is named after her niece and located on Ga. Highway 229. They have installed many conservation practices through the 319 Grant, including livestock exclusion fence for their pond and creek, installed water facilities with heavy use protection areas, cross fence to promote rotational grazing and nutrient management. Congratulating Hodges are, left to right, Thompson, Brent Dykes, Larry McSwain, David Hays and Phil Standard.

Health Reports - 05/05/09

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.

Eastside golfers finish disappointing 13th at state

WAYNESBORO - It was a bad finish to a great season for the Eastside boys golf team after finishing 19 strokes behind Class AAA state champion Burke County at Waynesboro Country Club on Monday.

Community Calendar - 05/05/09

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Salem, Whitewater clash for title berth Winner will play for girls state soccer crown

CONYERS - The Salem girls soccer team is back in familiar territory. Following consecutive 2-1 victories in the state playoffs, the eurosportscoreboard No. 3 Lady Seminoles return to the semifinals against No. 2 Whitewater with memories of last season's heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Marist fresh on their minds.

Pats' road ends with 3-0 loss Boys tennis season halted in quarterfinals

CONYERS - For the Heritage boys tennis team, the Class AAAA quarterfinals were the end of the line Monday.