News for Monday, November 30, 2009


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Former mayor dies at 88

Former Covington mayor, community leader and businessman Walker Combs Harris died Sunday in his sleep at age 88. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Covington First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Len Strozier and the Rev. J.J. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park.

Free concert to celebrate Christmas

The Newton County Community Band will celebrate the holiday season with its annual Christmas concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Eastside High School auditorium.

Social Circle to review water bill policy

The Social Circle City Council is considering amending its policies governing when it will shut off water to residents who have not paid their bills. The council agreed during its monthly meeting Nov. 17 to review its policy after city resident Svetlana Lewis complained her water service was cut off even though she paid her past-due bill earlier that day.

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1 arrested, 2 more at large in robbery

Saturday night proved to be a long one for at least four law enforcement agencies involved in tracking down the suspects in the armed robbery of Covington's Taco Bell restaurant. Before the night was over, gunfire was exchanged and one of the suspects was in custody. Two others were still at large Monday, according to the Covington Police Department.

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Record numbers: Georgia Perimeter College enrollment grows by 1,741 students

Enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College continues to grow. The school recently reported a record enrollment for the 2009-10 school year. According to the University System of Georgia's 2009 fall enrollment report, GPC's enrollment grew by 1,741 students to 24,549, or 7.6 percent.

Newton Poll - 11-28-09

I just read the letter that J.C. Henderson sent to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Division. How embarrassing for the county that such a letter was mailed. Would someone please help J.C. with his spelling and grammar. How many laughs went through the state government when they realized that he is truly an elected official of Newton County. It wasn't bad enough that he was all over the papers and news media with his charge of family violence, now he wants the commission to create a paying job for him and his wife. Doesn't it make you proud to be a voter in the 4th district."