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COVINGTON - For the second time this month, the Covington City Council has issued a letter and resolution of support for a proposed independent senior living facility.
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COVINGTON - Fifth-grade students at Livingston Elementary and South Salem Elementary schools won't attend Veterans Memorial Middle School next school year, as they previously expected.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - The City Council approved a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance Tuesday night, making it possible for city restaurants to begin serving mixed drinks as soon as they meet the requirements set forth in the ordinance.
COVINGTON - Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine spoke about his 2010 bid for governor at the Newton County Republican Party's meeting Thursday night, emphasizing the need for change in government and revealing his plan for relieving traffic congestion in Atlanta.
Michelle Mann, left, pins onto her best friend and cancer survivor Linda Moore her "I am A Survivor, March 31st, 2008," at the Relay for Life held at the Church at Covington. Moore had cancer in her left breast and decided to go ahead and have a double mastectomy done. Both women work at the East Newton Elementary School cafeteria. The cancer bag has artwork on it from Moore's 7-year-old grandson, Logan Turner, and she is very proud of that. Newton County's Relay for Life kicked off Friday evening at the Church at Covington on Ga. Highway 142, a new venue for the event that has been held at Sharp Stadium in years past. The fundraising event featured a survivor reception at 5 p.m., the Relay kickoff (led by a survivor lap) at 7 p.m., and, at 10 p.m., luminary ceremonies to honor cancer survivors and those who have died from the disease. During the relay, team members take turns walking around a track, keeping the pace all night until the next morning when closing ceremonies take place about 7 a.m. Newton's goal this year is roughly $302,000. All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, detection, prevention, education and advocacy.
CINCINNATI - Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer for one of Atlanta's four hits, and the Braves took advantage of the wildest performance in Edinson Volquez's career Friday night, walking their way to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
CONYERS - Tyler Austin's future in professional baseball is probably as a catcher. In the meantime, the Heritage phenom is doing just fine as the other half of the battery.
CANTON - The Eagles boys soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit before losing the first round of the Class AAA soccer playoffs in penalty kicks to Creekview on Friday.
MONROE - Heritage used a strong showing in the relay races and the machine-like distance running of seniors Jake Hudson and Aaron Worthy to slip past Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals and claim the Region 8 AAAA team championship Friday evening at Monroe Area Stadium.