News for Tuesday, September 29, 2009


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Newton High Homecoming Court

Newton qualifies for help Federal aid includes housing grants, loans

COVINGTON - Residents in Newton County who suffered flood damage could qualify for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Homebuilders to hold scholarship fundraisers

COVINGTON - Every year, the Newton County Homebuilders Association helps local students through its scholarship fund and Partners in Education program.

Makeup tests count toward AYP

COVINGTON - Officials at the Newton County School System are hoping summer retake scores from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests will improve their Adequate Yearly Progress marks later this year.

Falling for the season

Covington residents are heralding the arrival of fall by decking out their homes with fall foliage and fall-themed decorations. This home in Clark's Grove is also ready for the arrival of spooks and goblins at Halloween.

Trial in Housing Authority lawsuit delayed Murder victim's family filed suit in '08

COVINGTON - The start date for a trial to determine if the Covington Housing Authority should be held liable in the 2006 murder of Tammara Erica Reed, who was visiting a resident in the complex when she was killed, has been delayed.

Heritage's Golden blanks Monroe Area

CONYERS - Last weekend at the Greenbrier Tournament, Laura Golden notched her first varsity victory over Lakeside-Evans. Monday, the Heritage sophomore secured another milestone.

Newton falls in OT to Stephenson Rams' upset bid falls short against No. 7 Jaguars

COVINGTON - Newton coach Nick Collins is not a believer in moral victories, but he found solace in how far his program has come to battle perennial powerhouse Stephenson into overtime before losing a heartbreaker 13-7 Saturday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Community Calendar - 09/29/09

Sept. 29

Lady Patriots finish 3rd in tournament 4 local volleyball squads advance out of pool play

CONYERS - The Heritage volleyball team tuned up for the final week of the regular season with an impressive showing over the weekend in the AmPest Spike Fest.

Health Reports - 09/29/09

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.

Crawford accepts backup role with Hawks

ATLANTA - Jamal Crawford, a starter through most of his nine years in the NBA, says he's ready for a new role as a backup with the Atlanta Hawks.

Practice makes perfect: Falcons head into off week with work to do

ATLANTA - The Falcons have work to do heading into their off week, time they'll spend looking for ways to improve the running game, stop opponents from running so effectively and evaluating a couple of players who might bolster the secondary.

Government Meetings - 09/29/09