News for Friday, November 13, 2009


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Newton Poll - 11/14/09

"To the comment that was made about officers and deputies on doing their job and on what qualifies as either: you can thank all the other low lifes in the city and county on keeping both busy and getting up everyday with the way the economy is,

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Santa's helpers: Post offices enter busy holiday season

COVINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service estimates it will handle 16.6 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.Though that number sounds staggering, Covington Postmaster Shane Williams said that he's seen a drastic drop in holiday mail over the last five to 10 years. While the number of packages increases during the holidays, the tradition of sending cards and letters seems to be falling by the wayside, he said.

Oxford gets large cash donation

COVINGTON -- Christmas came early this year for the folks at Oxford College when they received word earlier this month that they were the recipients of a $3.35 million bequest.The donation, the largest cash gift in the history of the 173-year-old college, came from the Charles Edwin Suber Foundation, established by the estate of Charles Suber, a 1942 graduate of Oxford.

Porterdale, Mansfield behind on broad plans

COVINGTON -- The latest update to comprehensive plans for Georgia cities and counties was due nearly two years ago, but two Newton County cities have yet to complete a plan.Without an updated land-use plan approved by the state Department of Community Affairs, cities and counties are at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving state funding.

Courthouse holiday lighting on Thursday

COVINGTON -- Though the calendar and the colorful leaves say it's still fall, Christmas will be here soon.Workmen with the city of Covington Street Department were busy hanging holiday decorations on the Square in downtown Covington earlier this week, in preparation for the lighting of the Newton County Historic Courthouse, the official start to the local holiday season.

NCSS working on Sharp stadium, learning center

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System continues to make improvements to Sharp Learning Center alternative school.In early October, Sharp students teamed up with members of the Satsuki Garden Club to help beautify its campus through planting and cleanup of outside landscaping.

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Decking the trees for Twilights at Chimney Park

Saturdays in November are busy at Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. Volunteers and Friends of Newton Parks board members are working hard to prepare the park for the second annual Twilights at Chimney Park, set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

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Andy Irwin to appear at Oxford College

Andy Irwin, local storyteller and performer, will appear at Oxford College at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center on the Oxford College campus as part of Oxford's "Sense of Place" series.

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DeKalb Tech's EMT pass national test

A new crew of EMT workers are poised to hit the streets following a 100 percent pass rate in the skills portion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Exam.

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The story behind the red ribbon

Most people with children in schools in Newton County know about or have heard about Red Ribbon Week and Red Ribbon Month, celebrated in October.But some don't know the story behind it.

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Wal-Mart donates to Oxford College

Wal-Mart donated $1,000 to benefit the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education, a program founded at Oxford College in 1992.

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Elkadette honors Girls' State rep

Covington Elkadettes President Pat Pippin recently congratulated Girls' State representative Taylor Ramsey.

Livingston selects October students

Livingston Elementary School has selected its Students of the Month for October.