News for Tuesday, October 6, 2009


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On the Beat: CPD: Alleged shoplifter said it was dumb

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

Holocaust survivor speaks at Newton High

COVINGTON - Students at Newton High School heard a first-hand history lesson Friday morning.

Health Reports - 10/6/09

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. Readers who would like to know more about a restaurant's score may go online at to read any violations recorded in the report.

Schools to close for fall break

COVINGTON - Students in Newton County are preparing for what soon will be an extended fall break.

3 charged with stealing baby items

COVINGTON - Three suspects were apparently intent on having a well-fed and clean baby when they allegedly attempted to shoplift $1,606.19 worth of baby formula and baby wash from Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Friday afternoon.

Safety measures: Events set to raise funds for NCSO

COVINGTON - The campaign to buy Level III bullet proof vests for all Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies is getting ever closer to its goal as the community joins together to contribute to the fund by use of special fundraisers.

Chase race tightens up after Kansas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Longtime NASCAR fans deride the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as manufactured drama that has ruined the racing.

Community Calendar - 10/06/09

Oct. 5

Looking ahead: After dismal end, Braves hopeful about 2010

ATLANTA - The Braves packed up their lockers, exchanged phone numbers and started looking ahead to next season with a lot more hope than they had a year ago.

Norwood: Concussions 'serious'

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jerious Norwood is running out of locker space.

Government Meetings - 10/06/09


Region softball postponed Soggy fields delay games

CONYERS - The softball teams in Region 8-AAAA will have to wait one more day to get the post-season started.

Eastside splits matches on senior night

COVINGTON - A relaxed - maybe too relaxed - Eastside volleyball team split its senior night matches, beating Jackson 25-11, 25,17 but losing to Apalachee 25-21, 25-23 Monday.