News for Saturday, February 6, 2010

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Mayor justifies retreat

CONYERS -- Though last weekend's city retreat was on the public's dime, Mayor Randy Mills said that the out-of-town meeting was an appropriate way to focus planning efforts and move the city forward.

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The blues brothers: Bryants keep family tradition alive with blend of music

The Bryant brothers -- Dave and Tony -- have been playing their own style of "old school" blues in Oxford since they were both children, but they'll achieve a milestone of sorts on Feb. 18 when they perform at Oxford College.

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Local hits charts in Nashville

CONYERS -- If you remember Matt Ferguson from Salem High School in the mid-'90s, you might not know he's a rising country star in Nashville now.

Douglas sponsors bill to deport illegals

COVINGTON -- State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, is sponsoring a bill that would allow illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to be voluntarily deported upon eligibility for parole.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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