News for Monday, February 22, 2010

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Searching for treasures

Covington resident Valeria Bigsby (left) and Hattie Sands compare treasures they've found at the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Jewelry & More sale.

County considering by-the-drink sales

MANSFIELD -- County commissioners agreed to pursue an ordinance that would allow and regulate beer/wine and liquor by-the-drink sales at a retreat held last weekend at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

BOC mulls 'umbrella' nonprofit

MANSFIELD -- The Board of Commissioners is considering forming an "umbrella" 501(c)(3) organization, with itself as board of directors, that would potentially take under its wing several nonprofits, including Newton County Senior Services.

Electrical fire leads to arrest

COVINGTON -- A Kirkland Road resident who was allegedly stealing power from Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation got more than he bargained for when his electrical rigging apparently caught his house on fire and resulted in him going to jail, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Theme schools plan growth, new policies

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is preparing for changes to its two parent-involvement theme schools next school year.

Wild ride puts man in hospital

COVINGTON -- A driver is facing multiple traffic violations after he apparently lost control of a Dodge Durango Saturday night, striking a pedestrian and pushing another vehicle into the side of a house, according to the Covington Police Department.

Newton Poll - 02/20/2010

"To all of you hillbilly racists complaining about blacks having their own beauty pageants and TV networks, we need them because regardless of what you think, we still don't get a fair chance. Before you down a black man, let's talk about the white man for a moment. Who stole the native Americans' land?

Warming up

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BOC mulls 'umbrella' nonprofit

MANSFIELD — The Board of Commissioners is considering forming an "umbrella" 501(c)(3) organization, with itself as board of directors, that would potentially take under its wing several nonprofits, including Newton County Senior Services.

ON THE BEAT: Man reportedly pulls gun on driver at gas station

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be e-mailed at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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