News for Tuesday, August 3, 2010


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Soaking up rays, water

Rutledge resident Kathy Coley works at Mayfield's on the Square. One of her duties is keeping the plants looking healthy until they find a permanent home. In the summertime heat, frequent watering is a must. On Tuesday, she was watering early, not waiting for the possibility of a pop-up shower.

BOC votes against liquor referendum

COVINGTON -- Voters will not have the chance in November to decide whether the county should have liquor by the drink sales. A motion to place a liquor by the drink referendum on the general election ballot failed 3-2 Tuesday night at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

Porterdale calls for homestead exemption

PORTERDALE -- City residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on a $10,000 homestead exemption in conjunction with the Nov. 2 general election.

Chamber presents goals to Covington

COVINGTON -- "It's a new day at the Chamber." This was the pledge made by Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall to the Covington City Council on Monday.

Foam tray recycling to continue

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System will continue its foam tray recycling initiative this school year.

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Heavy equipment used to steal ATM from parking lot

COVINGTON -- In what was apparently a well-thought-out caper, thieves stole the entire ATM machine from United Community Bank on Bypass Road in the early morning hours Sunday, according to the Covington Police Department.

Isakson holding open office day in Newton

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has announced that Marc Fordham, regional director for Northeast Georgia, and Tate Izlar, his field representative for Northeast Georgia, will hold an open office day for constituents in Newton County.