News for Friday, February 5, 2010

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Newton Poll - 02/06/2010

"I am at a loss right now to understand some of the things going on in today's economy. First the taxpayers gave to the banking interests a large sum of money. The banks in turn were to start lending to businesses and other factors to get the public back to work. Instead they handed out large bonuses to the powers that be for doing nothing. Next they foreclosed on many properties and many of these properties have been empty for two and three years. I know several people asked if they could rent the property at a lower rate or could they get a lower rate on their mortgage?

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Safety lessons

Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Doug Kitchens, right, is asking department range master Deputy Wayne Scott a question about a firearm. For residents who have questions about firearms or would like to learn to safely use a gun, the NCSO is offering a series of firearm safety classes.

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Judge signs order for execution

COVINGTON -- Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson has signed the order setting a seven-day window for the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr., beginning at noon on Feb. 23.

Hotel/motel tax increase starts April 1

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council approved Monday night an ordinance increasing the hotel/motel tax from 5 to 8 percent.

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Local MD leading new health council

COVINGTON -- Dr. Henry M. Patton of Covington has been elected chairman of the newly formed Advisory Council for Public Health serving the Georgia Department of Community Health.

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Planning encouraged as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week

COVINGTON -- Newton County has seen its share of severe weather in recent months, and Newton County Emergency Management is urging residents to make plans now to stay safe during the next onslaught that nature hurls this way.

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Celebrating history through sculpture

The sculptures of local artist Wilber Ernie Callaway are on display Feb. 1 to 28 at Covington City Hall, located at 2194 Emory St., in celebration of Black History Month. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.

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