News for Friday, December 4, 2009

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My amazing, determined husband/best friend Robert 'Geta' Burt passed away June 11, 2008, after an eight-month heroic battle with colon cancer. At the time of his diagnosis he was employed with CR Bard in Covington and I was employed at Veterans Memorial Middle School. We were also blessed to have a wonderful host of friends and family that took care of us here in Covington.

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Covington Athletic Club closes after 22 years

Covington Athletic Club and Fitness Center on Alcovy Road has closed its doors after 22 years. The club closed Friday, just two days after the decision to shut down was made by owner Phil Johnson.

NCSS given $3M for academy

Thanksgiving is over, but the Newton County School System still has a lot to be thankful for this year. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced Thursday afternoon that the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia approved an award of $3.05 million in state grant funds to NCSS and funds to six other school systems in Georgia as part of the state Career Academy Project, an initiative spearheaded by Cagle in 2007.

Newton representatives react to Richardson's resignation

Newton County representatives in the Georgia House said they are saddened by the resignation of Speaker Glenn Richardson, but agree he made the right decision. Richardson, R-Hiram, resigned Thursday from both his position as speaker and his House seat, following a suicide attempt and allegations by his ex-wife of an affair with a lobbyist. His resignation is effective Jan. 1.

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Boxes of charity: General Mills donates 49M bowls of cereal to feed hungry

More than 49 million Americans struggled to get enough to eat at some point last year, the highest total in 14 years. General Mills is doing its part to change that statistic. At a press conference held Friday at the company's Covington plant, General Mills pledged to donate 49 million bowls of whole grain cereal -- or 4.4 million boxes -- to food banks nationwide. That's a lot of Cheerios -- $10 million worth.

Death penalty sought in man's slaying

Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne announced he will seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado in connection with the murder of landscaper Timothy Clements in mid-June. Also arrested in connection with the death were Christian Caldwell, 17, and Brittney Beasley, 18, both of Lithonia, and a 16-year-old female juvenile.

Newton representatives react to Richardson's resignation

COVINGTON — Newton County representatives in the Georgia House said they are saddened by the resignation of Speaker Glenn Richardson, but agree he made the right decision.

Death penalty sought in man's slaying

COVINGTON — Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne announced he will seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado in connection with the murder of landscaper Timothy Clements in mid-June.

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