News for Monday, April 5, 2010

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A spring break ride

The Cantrell family enjoyed a nice bike ride around Covington in the sunshine Monday morning. Brothers Connor, 9, front, and Courtland, 8, along with their mom Elizabeth took a trip around the Covington Square and then enjoyed lunch at Chick-fil-A on U.S. Highway 278. They were waiting on their car to have an oil change and, instead of standing around a garage, they decided to take to the streets for a little exercise and fun while the kids were out for spring break this week. Students return to school Monday to complete the rest of the 2009-10 school year.

Half of Newton responds to census

As census workers prepare to make a final push to get forms returned by going door to door, just more than half of Newton County residents have been counted.

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Meadors throws hat in BOE race

Georgia Perimeter College Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeff Meadors wants the Newton County Board of Education to look more closely at the classroom. Meadors, 46, a native Georgian who has lived and worked in Newton County since 2005, recently announced that he intends to run on the Republican ticket of the District 1 seat on the school board, which is currently held by Johnny Smith.

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NMC gala tickets go on sale

Tickets to the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Gala are currently on sale, and this year the event has special significance. The auxiliary is marking its 50th anniversary, and the gala will be held at the home of Sam and Louly Hay. Louly Hay's mother, Louly Fowler, was the auxiliary's first president and also lived in the home, located at 3184 Clark St.

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Poignant pinwheels bring awareness to child abuse

The Covington Square is a mass of color with blue pinwheels, but their purpose has a bittersweet message. They were placed there by Prevent Child Abuse Newton and each one represents a case of child abuse or neglect reported during 2009. Other pinwheel locations are Newton Federal Bank, the Department of Family and Children Services and The Church at Covington. There were a total of 932 complaints of child abuse in Newton County last year. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Georgia 95th House District: Rockdale woman to run for seat

CONYERS — The Democratic primary election for the Georgia 95th House District has become a three-person race after Conyers resident and Delta flight attendant Pam Dickerson announced she was running for the seat.

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