News for Friday, December 17, 2010


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Newton Poll - 12-18-10

he Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing"I never thought the roundabout would work, so I was against it. It works great; so now I'm mad that those for it made me look stupid.""What is wrong with you people? Why can't you S-T-O-P when a big yellow bus is flashing its lights indicating it is stopped and picking up youngsters! Are you drunk? I would hope not at 7:15 a.m. Are you an undocumented resident who hasn't taken the time or interest to learning the laws of this state? Or are you just plain stupid? Thank the Lord stupid isn't against the law! There aren't enough jail cells to hold all of you."

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A piece of history: CMS teacher presents program on Civil War era

COVINGTON -- Cousins Middle School students got a history lesson from an unexpected source this week -- their math teacher.Dressed in Confederate attire, Peter Howdeshell, an eighth-grade math teacher at Cousins, told students stories about historic events and presented to them historic artifacts and replicas from the Civil War era that he has collected since he became a Civil War re-enactor.

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Farm groups behind ag center proposal

COVINGTON -- The Board of Commissioners remains divided over the proposed list of projects to be funded on the 2011 SPLOST. One of the most contentious projects for the two commissioners who do not support the list is a $1.1 million agricultural center.

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Mathews to release list of possible budget cuts

COVINGTON -- Although a holiday break starts next week for students and many staff members in the Newton County School System, some top-level officials will be busy discussing budget options for the next school year.

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Finance dept. awarded for excellence

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Finance Department has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fifth consecutive year.

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NCSS to close for extended holiday break

COVINGTON — Newton County students and staff will get an extended break this month to celebrate the holidays.

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BOE OKs school rezoning

COVINGTON — Newton County elementary schools will be rezoned as planned, but some rising middle school students and their families will have to wait a little longer before they know what school they will attend next school year.