News for Tuesday, December 15, 2009


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A loud debate: Drag strip decision deferred until next year

A decision on a proposed drag strip in Social Circle will not be made until after the first of the year. The Social Circle City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to defer the rezoning request by property owner Donnie Clack back to the Social Circle Planning and Zoning Commission for further consideration on the special conditions to be placed on the 120 acres where he seeks to construct a drag strip.

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County responds to Henderson claims

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Kathy Morgan has submitted a letter to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in response to Commissioner J.C. Henderson's claims that the county has a double standard when it comes to community projects and his request that federal funding be withheld until proven otherwise.

Leaders: More cuts on the way

The state budget crisis isn't likely to improve any time soon, according to legislators who attended the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast at DeKalb Technical College on Tuesday morning.

Teen pleads guilty in manslaughter case

The Rockdale County teen charged in connection with the shooting death of a Covington teen while heading home from an Atlanta nightclub earlier this year faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 years of confinement.

Oxford starts green program

Oxford College is continuing to do its part to help with the environment.