News for Wednesday, February 24, 2010


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Working out: Covington YMCA facility celebrates 10 years

On Feb. 19, 2000, the Covington Family YMCA moved from a small red brick building known as the "teen can" on Newton Drive into its current facility next door. Since that time, membership and programming have grown substantially. This year, the YMCA is marking its 10th anniversary in its present building, made possible in large part through community donations.

BOC may look into HOA fees

Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan said she wants the county to somehow address the increasing problem of residents being forced to pay homeowner's association fees without getting promised amenities.

Couple sitting in car robbed at gunpoint

A man flagged down a deputy Monday night and told him he and his girlfriend had just been robbed at gunpoint, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said the couple was at a service station at the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Oak Hill Road when the deputy encountered them. The man took the deputy to the location where the robbery reportedly took place at a cul-de-sac off Paladin Drive in the southwestern section of Newton County.

Woman killed in robbery car crash

A Newton County woman was killed in Rockdale County on Tuesday night after being hit by a car that was fleeing an alleged armed robbery. Law enforcement is still investigating, but a press release from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said the alleged armed robbery occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. at 4504 Harvest Grove Lane in Conyers.

TV show looking for local extras

The television show "The Vampire Diaries" is looking for local residents to step up to be extras for the show as the production company films scenes in Conyers this weekend.

NCSS set to redraw high school lines

COVINGTON — Some high school students in Newton County may have to attend another school next year, but some have the option to stay at the same school they attend this year.

Ready for class to start

Destin Burrell colors as he waits for his mom Alicesandra to complete his prekindergarten registration forms Tuesday afternoon at West Newton Elementary School.

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.