News for Friday, February 12, 2010


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Newton Poll - 02/13/2010

"I am ready for the people of Newton County to become outraged at the things that are happening in our school system. Teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, many are on their last leg, trying to keep their own families afloat, have now been forced to dig into their own pockets to provide what the county cannot. EIP, special ed teachers, kindergarten paraprofessionals are being pulled out of their classes to fill in when other teachers are out sick. That means children that need the extra help (that the state and federal government pay for) are not receiving this due to no substitutes. Special ed students are not being given all that the state says they are to receive by law.

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Let it snow

Most folks were glued to their windows all morning looking for a stray flake or two of snow and it finally arrived in Covington around 2 p.m. Friday. Proving if you wait long enough, good things do happen, 9-year-old Elaina Smith, above left, and her sister Olivia Smith are enjoying the snow storm at Covington's Square Park.

National Guard to return

The Georgia Army National Guard announced this week that the 48th Infantry Brigade's Combat Team, which has spent the last 12 months in Afghanistan, will be returning home on a staggered schedule between late February and early April.

Unemployment rate: Counties' jobless rate up

The unemployment rate in Newton and Rockdale counties remains higher than the state average.

Two more suspects arrested

COVINGTON -- Two fugitives being sought in connection with the murder of a man whose body was found in a burning vehicle on Dec. 30 have been apprehended, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

CRCT analysis: All NCSS schools cleared

All of the schools in the Newton County School System are in the clear after a state analysis of the 2009 spring Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

City, county to host Arbor Day celebration at park

The city of Covington and Newton County will host an Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. on Friday at Turner Lake Park.

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Students compete in mock trial

For the first time, dozens of students from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton recently participated in a mock trial competition at the Newton County Judicial Center against schools in Fayette County.

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Children learn about transportation

Recently the First United Methodist church preschool celebrated the annual Transportation Day.

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High schoolers visits Bodies exhibit

Piedmont Academy science students in grades nine through eleven attended the BODIES exhibition currently on display in Atlanta.

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Jasper County to welcome new school

A crowd of approximately 60 people recently gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church in northern Jasper County for the first in a series of information sessions for parents of prospective students at the new Shiloh Christian Academy.

Newton County schools, BOE office closed today

All Newton County schools and the Board of Education office will be closed today due to inclement weather, according to a message on the Newton County School System Web site. For more information, visit

Unemployment rate: Counties' jobless rate up

COVINGTON — The unemployment rate in Newton and Rockdale counties remains higher than the state average.