News for Thursday, October 29, 2009


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Newborn opens public safety building

NEWBORN -- Newborn officials hope their town will be safer now that they've secured an increased law enforcement presence there.On Thursday, officials dedicated a new public safety building adjacent to Town Hall.The building will have several purposes, said Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Doug Clifton, the community officer assigned to Newborn and Mansfield.

Elections coming up next week

COVINGTON -- Elections will take place Tuesday in four of Newton County's five municipalities.With very few races contested, early voting has been light.

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YMCA names its Volunteer of the Year

COVINGTON -- Brent Bennett has a love of soccer and a heart for children, so it was only natural that he should take an active role in the Covington Family YMCA's soccer program when his eldest son started playing.That was eight years ago, and since then, Bennett has become one of the YMCA's greatest assets, helping to start and grow its Select Soccer Program from about a dozen players to more than 100.

NCFS warns about risks of home heating

COVINGTON -- Although temperatures are balmy right now, it won't be long before you wake up and find you need to turn on the heat.Newton County Fire Service's Safety Educator Lt. Cydnie Taylor is reminding citizens of the importance of home heating safety.

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Officer, drug dog deliver awareness to local schools

COVINGTON -- Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps and his police dog Sgt. Beau take "man's best friend" to the next level.Cripps and his certified narcotics dog are basically inseparable -- Beau sleeps in bed with him and his wife every night, waits on him while he takes a shower, walks with him to the door every morning, rides around in the police car with him all day and for good measures sheds an ample portion of fur on his shoulder.

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Donation for safety

On Oct. 7, American Legion Post 32 of Covington donated $600 to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to be used for the purchase of bulletproof vests for deputies. Pictured are, left to right, Adjutant of Post 32 Roger Tingler, Sheriff Ezell Brown and Post Commander Bobby D. Hamby.

Ficquett Elementary names Students of the Month

Ficquett Elementary School has selected its Students of the Month for September.

Livingston Elementary names Students of the Month

Livingston Elementary School has named its Students of the Month for September.

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Covington student gives special Civil War presentation

Austin Mitcham, a senior at Piedmont Academy from Covington, recently visited a fifth grade classroom for a special presentation.

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Ronald McDonald visits Live Oak

The school counseling program at Live Oak Elementary is doing big things to address bullying and friendship skills this month.

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Porterdale city council: Chambers seeks re-election to post

PORTERDALE - Though he describes himself as someone who doesn't have politics in his genetic makeup, City Councilman Lowell Chambers said he believes he has seen some positive changes since his election to the Post 5 seat in a special election in March.

NCSS superintendent to retire in June

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System will lose its leader at the end of the school year.

Oxford city council: Resident questions candidate

OXFORD - At least one Oxford resident is concerned about the possible outcome of next week's city election.

Nelson Heights Community Center: Henderson wants dual boards to run facility

COVINGTON - District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson is requesting that the Board of Commissioners consider having dual boards run the Nelson Heights Community Center.

Pleased to meet you

Mansfield Elementary School first-grader Mallory Glaze makes the acquaintance of a few new friends during the puppet show presented by the Elkadettes from the Covington Elks Lodge No. 1805 Wednesday morning. The show, which reminded students of the dangers of drug activity, was made possible by a $5,000 grant from Snapping Shoals REA. There are five puppets, each manned by Elks and Elkadette volunteers. The occasion was Red Ribbon Week, designed to bring drug awareness to Newton County School System students and others nationwide. The theme is, "I've Better Things to do Than Drugs." "At the present time NCSS grades three and four are involved in a Drug Awareness Poster Contest which they will complete in the next few weeks ... the fifth-graders and middle school students have the opportunity to compete in the essay contest also during the next couple of weeks. We do appreciate the counselors at the schools helping us with these projects," said Covington Elkadette Miriam Wheeler.

Riding for a cause

Government Meetings - 10/29/09


Best ever? With record in sight, Florida, Georgia fans argue Tebow's legacy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Georgia Hall of Famer Herschel Walker and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow first met at the 2007 Heisman Trophy presentation.

Falcons expect 'crazy' Superdome on Monday night

FLOWERY BRANCH - A visit from the Atlanta Falcons stirs emotions with the New Orleans Saints even when both teams struggle.

So far, so good for Salem Seminoles hold playoff destiny in own hands

This is exactly what Salem coach Chad Estes envisioned at the start of the 2009 season.

Rams face high-scoring Wolverines

COVINGTON - It's simple for the Newton Rams. They win Friday against Union Grove and next week against Luella, they guarantee themselves third place in Region 2-AAAAA.

Eastside teams poised to make run at history

COVINGTON - Eastside's cross country teams are in good shape as they try to do something they have never done before - send both squads to state.

Community Calendar - 10/29/09

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