News for Friday, February 19, 2010

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Warming up

On the last day of winter break from school, the weather finally warmed up enough for youngsters to participate in a little outdoor recreation.

Whatley aims to clear air over schools

COVINGTON -- Officials at the Newton County School System hope to clear up any confusion among school staff and community members regarding its plans to phase out three schools this year.

Survey: Newton residents unhappy, unhealthy

COVINGTON -- Newton County residents are among the unhappiest and unhealthiest people in the nation, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a nationwide survey aimed at evaluating the overall health of Americans.

Police to get defibrillators

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department will get 15 defibrillators to place in police cars and at the station, with drug dealers footing the bill.

City invests in nuclear expansion at Vogtle

COVINGTON -- The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, or MEAG Power, announced this week that it has a conditional commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy for approximately $1.8 billion in loan guarantees toward construction of its share of two new units at Plant Vogtle in Burke County, the first expansion of nuclear power in the United States in more than 30 years.

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Porterdale, county inch forward on 81/Bypass intersection project

PORTERDALE -- An intersection improvement project that has languished on the drawing board for nearly 10 years got a nudge forward Thursday night at a joint work session between representatives from Newton County and the Porterdale City Council.

Police seek four assault suspects

COVINGTON -- Newton County authorities are continuing to look for four men who assaulted a man when he answered the door of his Kirkland Road home on Feb. 9.

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Students get new bikes

The Golden Fleece Lodge #6 recently presented third grader Adam Moseley and second grader Ashley Mills at Heard-Mixon Elementary School with new bikes.

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Students win Elk Drug Awareness Poster Contest

Recently Covington Elk member Bob Green presented South Salem Elementary School students Jeremiah Hardenbrook and Haley Koontz with a check for $25 as school winners Elk Drug Awareness Poster Contest.

Kohl's accepting nominations for scholarship program

Marking the 10th anniversary of its Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, Kohl's Department Stores will award more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Krylon announces art scholarship program

Cleveland -- Krylon, inventor of the first aerosol clear coatings to preserve priceless artwork, announces its second annual Clear Choice Art Scholarships. The program will award $12,300 in money, grants and art supplies to future artists and their schools, including five $1,000 scholarships and five $500 grants for winners' high schools.

Art Institute scholarship competition soon

DECATUR -- High school students graduating in 2010 are invited to enter the annual Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur High School Scholarship Competition.The scholarships range from $5,000 to approximately $20,000. Each year The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur awards more than $200,000 in scholarships through this program.

Kohl's accepting nominations for scholarship program

Marking the 10th anniversary of its Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, Kohl's Department Stores will award more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes.

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