News for Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Thankful and safe: Fire service urges caution while frying turkey

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Fire Service is urging residents to take heed and follow safety tips recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission when it comes to frying turkeys for the holidays.

Thanksgiving cooking can be dangerous without proper precautions

COVINGTON -- Fire danger doesn't emanate just from turkey fryers. More cooking fires are reported on Thanksgiving Day than any other time of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

County to expand NSP area

COVINGTON -- The area targeted by the county for its Neighborhood Stabilization Program has been greatly expanded to include most of western and southern Newton.

NCSS buys 81 acres for new school

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System announced Tuesday that it has closed on the purchase of more than 80 acres of land for construction of a new elementary school. The purchase price of the land is $1.1 million.

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Welcome to City Council

Newly elected Covington City Councilman Chris Smith, center, and re-elected Councilwomen Ocie Franklin, left, and Hawnethia Williams took the oath of office Monday night. The city charter requires that council members be sworn in 10 days after being elected. New terms begin in January.

Mayor, Social Circle council apologize to woman for arrest

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Mayor James Burgess along with the entire City Council apologized this week to a woman who was arrested by a Social Circle police officer for using profanity.

Mount Tabor Road reopens

COVINGTON -- Mount Tabor Road has reopened after two months.A portion of the road was closed in late September due to flooding that damaged Mount Tabor Road bridge.

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