News for Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Meetings planned for block scheduling, arts academy

COVINGTON - Parents of Newton High School students are invited to one of two meetings in the coming weeks regarding changes at the school.

Social Circle ponders rate increase Residents' water, sewer bills may rise

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Residents may soon see an increase in their water and sewer bills as the city looks for ways to generate funds to pay debt service on capital improvements to the water and sewer systems.

Artists in the family

Cornelia Solomon visited the Newton County Library on Thursday to see the artwork of her nephew, Joshua Tukes, 10, a student at Mansfield Elementary School. The artwork is displayed at the library as part of the Newton County Arts Association's annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit, which runs through April 18. Solomon said her son, Alex Solomon, 13, is also an accomplished artist with works on display at the Southern Heartland Art Gallery. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Newton Phone Poll - 03/21/09

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. This week's poll was an open line:

Woman gets charged in child's death

COVINGTON - The 28-year-old woman who was the driver during a one-vehicle crash in November in which a 7-year-old Ficquett Elementary School student died has been arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

NCSO: Wanted man injures deputy Area law enforcement joins in manhunt

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are scouring the countryside searching for a man who resisted arrest Friday morning and sent a deputy to the hospital.

Vet shares Vietnam experience through journal

CONYERS - Conyers resident Hamel Morris was inspired to keep a journal during his 10-month tour of duty in Vietnam, but it took 37 years and the encouragement of a good friend before he was ready to publish it.

Oxford to pay share of 911 fee

COVINGTON - The city of Oxford will now pay for dispatch services provided by the Covington-Newton County 911 Center.

Newton, Covington on track to get funds

COVINGTON - Newton County and the city of Covington have been selected to participate in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan announced Tuesday night.

Government Meetings - 03/21/09

Tuesdays

Georgia has home-edge vs Sun Devils

DULUTH - Arizona State's role as favorite in its NCAA tournament opener may be offset by unranked Georgia's home-state advantage on Saturday.

Dwyer: 'Sky is the limit' for Ga. Tech

ATLANTA - Jonathan Dwyer had such a big year in Paul Johnson's first season at Georgia Tech the big running back was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.

Pitcher leads Heritage to 10-0 win

CONYERS - Heritage pitcher Tyler Austin struck out seven while allowing only two singles in an efficient 10-0 Region 8 AAAA over Clarke Central of Athens on Friday night before an appreciative home crowd at Danny Blue Field.

Community Calendar - 03/21/09

March 21

Double whammy Both Alcovy squads blank Stockbridge

COVINGTON - The Alcovy soccer teams combined for 13 goals while shutting out both Stockbridge squads in Friday's sweep.

Braves' Lowe struggles in loss to Marlins

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Derek Lowe plans on being ready to start on opening day. The rest is up to Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox.