News for Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Santa's little helpers

Oak Hill fifth-grader Tomas Ramirez selects a gift at the school's holiday shop and asks parent volunteer Lelia Raines what she thinks about his choice.

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Carter breaks tie on land at airport

COVINGTON -- Mayor Kim Carter cast the tie-breaking vote Monday night to approve the first reading of an ordinance to annex 158 acres near the Covington Municipal Airport into city limits.

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911 center faces tech challenges

COVINGTON -- It's been said computers are great things when they work, but when they don't ... well, it can be a problem. The folks at Covington Newton/County 911 have faced life without the benefit of their computer system for the past four days and, according to Director Mike Smith, were able to make the transition "seamlessly."

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Return rate on census bests state

COVINGTON -- Newton County's return rate on census forms was 75 percent, 3 percent better than the state average, according to Lynn Parham, chair of the local Complete Count Committee.

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Smoke odor, power outage disrupt NHS

COVINGTON -- Classes were disrupted briefly Tuesday morning at Newton High School when an alarm went off and witnesses reported smelling smoke, according to the Newton County Fire Service.

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Porterdale swears in new chief

PORTERDALE -- The city's new police chief was sworn in at City Hall on Tuesday morning and began his official duties immediately afterward.

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Newton READS honors students, volunteers for accomplishments

COVINGTON -- Newton County READS held a recognition dinner on Monday, Dec. 6, at The Church of the Good Shepherd to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of its students in 2010.

Two men from Newton arrested in gambling raid

CONYERS -- Two Newton County men were arrested in connection with Monday's illegal gambling raid and a Rockdale County man has been identified as the alleged ringleader of the illegal activity, according to officials.

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Fire Chief says no smoke or fire at NHS

The Newton County Fire Service was dispatched to Newton High School around 10 a.m. Tuesday after an odor of smoke was reported in the computer lab. NCFS Chief Mike Satterfield said students were evacuated to a safe area of the school and after an intensive investigation, firefighters have not found the source of the odor. "Everything looks to be OK right now," Satterfield said around 11 a.m. School officials have also confirmed that construction is ongoing at the school and the electricity was off for a short time, but students are expected to resume their normal class schedules shortly.

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Santa's little helpers

Oak Hill fifth-grader Tomas Ramirez selects a gift at the school's holiday shop and asks parent volunteer Lelia Raines what she thinks about his choice. The shop has moderately priced gifts students can chose from and have wrapped before taking them home to place under the tree.

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Agencies raid five gambling locations

CONYERS — Law enforcement agencies conducted raids on five locations in Rockdale County on Monday as part of a coordinated raid on an alleged illegal gambling operation that covered two counties.

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