News for Tuesday, April 27, 2010


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School budget protest

Protesters fourth-grade student Sierra Stanley and Jackie Karp braved the rain Tuesday night and displayed signs outside of Alcovy High School to protest cutting middle school sports out of next year's Newton County School System's budget.

Douglas now out of race

COVINGTON -- In a prepared statement released late Tuesday afternoon, Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, announced he would withdraw his qualification for re-election to Senate District 17 and become a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Porterdale behind on land plan

PORTERDALE -- A plan that is already more than two years overdue may now take another six months to complete City Council members learned Thursday night.

Former teacher to run for BOE

COVINGTON -- Former Alcovy High School science teacher Pamela Consuegra wants the Newton County Board of Education to focus on both the needs of students and teachers.

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Giving back to the community

In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Frank's Restaurant partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Newton to provide meals for participants in the Nurturing Parenting Program.

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Little learners

Palmer Stone Elementary School's fifth-graders visited Oxford College for their annual College Day on Tuesday.

Burn ban starts again

CONYERS -- Residents are reminded they will soon be restricted from burning outdoor yard waste.

NCSO stops theft attempt

COVINGTON -- A Conyers man believed to be under the influence of alcohol made a failed attempt to burglarize Potts Grocery on Ga. Highway 36 early Sunday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.