News for Friday, April 16, 2010

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Newton Poll - 04/17/2010

"The administration at Clements Theme School is great. The school has really grown. It was a rough start to the school year. Not everything was the school's fault. The teachers have hung in there. The parents who really care have hung in there. I can't wait for my child to have a second year at Clements."

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Arrest in arson: Man charged with setting fire to ex's vehicle, house

COVINGTON -- An Alabama man who allegedly set a vehicle and house on fire in the Enclave subdivision off Fairview Road on Thursday morning in an effort to take revenge on his former girlfriend is under arrest, according to Newton County Fire Service Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

NCSS won't apply for state funds

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System won't be using some of the $122 million of federal funds that the state will receive to improve low-achieving schools, even though there are two schools in the county that qualify.

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Renowned space pioneer dies at age 87

COVINGTON -- Dr. David G. Simons, a Covington man who was a pioneer in space exploration and medical research, died April 5 of congestive heart failure at age 87.

Newton tops Ga. average for census

COVINGTON -- Mail response rates for the U.S. Census in Newton County topped the state average as Friday marked the cut off day for residents to mail in their forms and avoid having a census worker knock on their doors in the coming weeks.

Georgia author to visit GPC campus

COVINGTON — An award-winning Georgia author is making a special visit to Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus next week.

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Just another Tax Day

The panic to get to the post office isn't what it used to be, as apparently extended hours are no longer needed for last-minute tax filers. With the advent of the Internet, many taxpayers opt to file electronically. Here, Carl Largo mails his tax return at noon Thursday at the Covington Post Office and is assisted by postal worker Dee Gardner. Post office officials said they weren't any busier than usual Thursday.

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Harnessing the sun

Roberto Toledo with Hannah Solar works to install solar panels atop the roof of The Center on Washington Street on Thursday. Thirty-nine panels, capable of withstanding winds of up to 90 mph, were installed and will be used to heat water in the building. Earlier in the week, buildings in the Clark's Grove neighborhood got the same treatment, and the Montessori School of Covington will follow next week. These buildings are the first in Covington to utilize solar power. The project was partially funded through a grant from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. Property owners provided matching funds.

City to look at its alcohol ordinance

COVINGTON — The City Council will take another look at its alcohol ordinance following an application for a liquor license by someone who had a DUI conviction 18 years ago.

NCSS puts final marks on calendar

COVINGTON — Officials at the Newton County School System have decided on a school calendar for next school year — but it's not finalized yet.

NCSS won't apply for state funds

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System won't be using some of the $122 million of federal funds that the state will receive to improve low-achieving schools, even though there are two schools in the county that qualify.

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