COVINGTON - Newton County's minority population has increased by 149 percent since 2000, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week.
Landscapers Felix Marinero, left, and Daniel Martinez of Grassco in Atlanta plant black-eyed susan's on the grounds of Oxford College's newest addition to their campus. The new residence hall will be ready for students entering the college for fall semester, which begins Aug. 27. Students are expected to start moving in later this month. The $28.5 million facility broke ground in early May of last year. It is expected to be the first LEED-certified structure in Newton County, which means that the buildings have several "green" features that make them environmentally friendly. The new campus addition also features a courtyard between the two buildings and a new student health center on the first floor of one of the buildings.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - J.B. Holmes and his monster length turned out to be a good fit for Oakland Hills.
PORTERDALE - The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city that paves the way for Porterdale's annexation of the Elk's Club Lodge on Crowell Road and a corresponding change in zoning.
COVINGTON - A Hall County woman who was "a person of interest" in the suspicious death of a 7-week-old infant was found dead Thursday afternoon in Newton County, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No one expects the Atlanta Falcons to finish near first place in the NFC South, but players give new coach Mike Smith credit when they say they already feel they're on top.
OXFORD - After receiving complaints from residents and dealing with extra road maintenance, officials in the city of Oxford are hoping to decrease through traffic on side roads.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVINGTON - South Carolina had its back against the wall after losing in the first round before winning the rest of its games to repeat as the Dixie Boys champions.
"On Election Day I too was at the Newton County Commissioners meeting where the commissioners voted 5 to 0 to approve rezoning for two strip malls in the western part of the county. I also was at the earlier Voter's League Forum when the candidates, including incumbents, were asked how they would improve the traffic congestion in the western part of the county. Most replied that it was the state who had to pay for improvements to state roads and the state funds were slow at coming in. Then the commissioners voted to rezone for these large strip malls, one on Almon Road of over 80,000 square feet, to dump more traffic onto our overcrowded streets. Guess what commissioners? With the high energy costs and poor economy, taxpayers in the rest of the state are hurting the same as we are, and state highway funds will continue to come in slow. Why don't you freeze rezoning until the roads can be improved and traffic congestion improved? What good is a Comprehensive Land Use Plan when you rezone every two weeks anyway?"
ATLANTA - Josh Smith will remain with the Hawks after Atlanta quickly matched an offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
COVINGTON - The Newton softball team is going to have to build team chemistry and trust if the Lady Rams hope to have a successful season.