News for Tuesday, February 9, 2010


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Newton Pet of the Week -- 2/10/2010

This scruffy little fellow looks like he's ready to run and romp with some new playmates.

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Rotary helps out Haitians

The Rotary Club of Covington recently contributed $5,000 to a project that will provide as many as 4,000 temporary shelters to Haitians impacted by the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck the island nation last month. Mike Freeman, center, member of a Shelter Box Emergency Response Team, spoke to the club recently about Rotary's efforts to supply Shelter Boxes to Haitians. Club members presented Freeman with a check for $5,000 that will go toward the Shelter Box effort. Shown presenting the check to Freeman are Alice Queen, president of the Rotary Club of Covington, and Lanier Sims, who heads World Community Service projects for the club.

Society holds breakfast for business leaders

The American Cancer Society is inviting local business leaders of Newton County to attend an informational breakfast on Feb. 17. At the breakfast, the American Cancer Society will discuss various workplace solutions and how local businesses can benefit by joining ACS in the fight against cancer.

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Quilting for a cause

Sisters Janice Baulkmon and Jackie Kelly have heard about the devastation in Haiti from an eyewitness: Baulkmon's husband, William, who serves in the U.S. Air Force. Stationed in Puerto Rico, he was one of the first responders when the quake hit on Jan. 12.

Local shops collect shoes for the needy

If you've got some shoes you're planning to discard, think twice before tossing them in the trash: Your old shoes could be the answer to someone's prayer. That's the theory behind the mission of Soles4Souls, a charity based in Nashville, Tenn., that collects new and gently worn shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the public and distributes them for free to people in need.

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More high schoolers using dual enrollment to get ahead

If you haven't seen a few of your classmates lately, don't just assume they dropped out of school or are goofing off -- they might be getting a head start on their college education by participating in dual enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College in Covington.

Woman, 27, arrested in murder case

COVINGTON — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Alvin Hall, whose body was found in a burning vehicle near the Rockdale/Newton County line on Dec. 30, and they are seeking a second suspect.