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County set to allocate impact fee collections

COVINGTON - With nothing holding the county back from spending impact fee revenues now that a lawsuit by the local and state home builders associations has been dismissed, it's time to start putting the more than $6.5 million collected to use.

New mayor meets with governor Carter also talks to DOT chair over local road project

COVINGTON - New Covington Mayor Kim Carter met with Gov. Sonny Perdue and Georgia Department of Transportation Chair Gena Abraham last week.

Report: Victim's criticism of Rainbow center pastor spurs altercation

PORTERDALE - The Porterdale Police Department recently released more information about a fight that landed the Rev. Clara Mae Lett and her granddaughter in jail last week.

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Porterdale candidates discuss issues at forum

PORTERDALE - A week before a special election is set to be held in Porterdale to fill the vacant Post 3 city council seat, the four candidates vying for the office addressed residents' concerns at a forum held Tuesday night at the Mill Lofts.

Man arrested in attempted child snatching

CONYERS - B.J. McCorkle's first birthday party this weekend will take on a special significance, after his mother confronted a man who is accused of taking the boy out of a shopping cart at a local grocery store on Tuesday.

She's good with words Clements Middle student wins county bee for fourth time

COVINGTON - Eighth-grade Clements Middle School student Stephanie Lightsey said she's only one of the few middle school students she knows who likes language arts. And perhaps that's why she's got one thing her friends don't: four trophies from the Newton County Spelling Bee.

Patriots down rivals Boys win behind Dobbs' 25; girls victorious

CONYERS - The Heritage basketball teams started their week of county rivalry road tests with a sweep at Rockdale on Tuesday night.

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Ending Patriots' perfect season rests with Giants' defensive line

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Justin Tuck didn't need to conduct a survey to figure out who America expects to be the Super Bowl MVP.

Thrashers ice Penguins 4-1 Kovalchuk suffers knee injury in win

ATLANTA - The Thrashers snapped a five-game losing streak, but Atlanta's 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night might have been costly as leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk left the game with an apparent knee injury.

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Alcovy boys, Salem girls gain victories

COVINGTON - The Alcovy boys basketball team showed it can win without a big game by Worrel Clahar as the Tigers avenged an earlier loss to Salem with a 45-40 win over the Seminoles on Tuesday night at Alcovy High School.

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Jan. 31

Cal Thomas - The house of Clinton seems poised to fall

The man of hope has beaten the man from Hope (and possibly his wife).

Jags take pair from Eastside

COVINGTON - The Cedar Shoals basketball teams took over the court as they won both games of the doubleheader at Eastside on Tuesday night.

The house of Clinton seems poised to fall

The man of hope has beaten the man from Hope (and possibly his wife).