News for Friday, November 20, 2009


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Newton Poll - 11/21/09

"Every week there's another article in the paper about furloughing teachers. So exactly how are the leaders of tomorrow supposed to be taught? At private schools, I guess. Let's hear about some furloughs at the food stamp office and see if that isn't a 'stimulus' to the economy."

Officials mull future development

COVINGTON -- County and city officials met with the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors at The Center on Thursday night to discuss the future of economic development.

Colleges deal with state cuts

COVINGTON -- Some Georgia college students -- or their parents -- can expect to pay higher fees next year.

Eastside student sent to hospital

COVINGTON -- An Eastside High School student is back at school after being treated at the hospital earlier this week after a classmate hit him.

Thurmond: Country will overcome challenges

COVINGTON -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond wasn't able to bring encouraging news about Georgia's jobless rate in an address to members of the Rotary Club of Covington on Tuesday, but he did share some inspirational words for the future.

Concerned parents can keep kids out of gangs

CONYERS -- Deputy James Fountain, who specializes in gang intelligence for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, said there are two types of parents when it comes time to question whether their child is in a gang.

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Gang busters: Newton having success in fighting menace

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy James Fountain's philosophy about gangs lines up with the old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Fountain has been working hard for 10 years to prevent Newton County from falling prey to major gang activity, and he's been fairly successful.