News for Tuesday, September 22, 2009


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Rising waters Yellow River rises to 15-year high

COVINGTON - While Newton County has not been impacted as severely as some neighboring counties by the voluminous rainfall of the past several days, it may be catching up with Newton today when the Yellow River is expected to crest at 20 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

United Way kicks off campaign

COVINGTON - The Covington-Newton County United Way is kicking off its 2009-2010 fundraising campaign this week, with a goal of raising $475,000.

Parents can access student info online

COVINGTON - Parents of students in the Newton County School System again have the opportunity to access student information - like attendance, grades and discipline records - while at home or work.

Eastside Homecoming Court

Eastside High School has selected its 2009 homecoming court. Pictured, not in order, are (freshmen) Amina Ibere, Lauren Thomas and Tyrin Turner; (sophomores) Kelsey Butler, Holly Croom and Chloe Weaver; (juniors) Melissa Dingler, Chelsea Phillips and Raven Williams; and (seniors) Nichole Gaither, Amanda Henderson, Tyeshia Little, Michelle Roton, Natalie Stubbs and Lacey Wheeler. The homecoming queen will be announced during the homecoming football game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium. In the game, the Eastside Eagles will take on the Elbert County Blue Devils.

Burn ban ends Oct. 1

COVINGTON - The summer burn ban comes to a close on Sept. 30, and the Newton-Rockdale unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission will begin issuing burn permits on Oct. 1.

Atlanta Boys Choir holding auditions

ATLANTA - Boys with clear, unchanged voices and a love of music are invited to audition for the historic Atlanta Boy Choir on Monday, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct.12. Interested parents can learn more and register their child by calling 404-378-0064, or visiting Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. at the Atlanta Boy Choir House, located at 1215 S. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Atlanta.

No. 22 Tar Heels ready to slow down Georgia Tech again

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Don't fault North Carolina for feeling confident about taking on Georgia Tech's spread-option offense.

Worthy captures 4th straight victory Heritage senior still unbeaten after Eagle Run win

CONYERS - Heritage's Aaron Worthy is still unbeaten in cross country.

Falcons' Jerry lost for season Rookie out after injuring knee in win over Carolina

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have a big hole to fill on the defensive line after first-round pick Peria Jerry sustained a season-ending knee injury in a victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Exciting Chase: First race sets stage for thrilling title hunt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - If the first round of the Chase for the championship is any indication, NASCAR is in for a doozy of a title race.

Community Calendar - 09/22/09

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Government Meetings - 09/22/09


Health Reports - 09/22/09

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.