News for Friday, January 1, 2010


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Newton Poll - 01/02/2010

"Medicaid is administered jointly by federal and state governments. 'It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don't. And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government' -- President Barack Obama"

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New year, new resolutions

Exercise and healthy habits are sure to be top items on the resolution list for many in 2010. Citizen photographer Erin Evans found Covington resident Carey Barnes jogging toward the Square earlier this week, bundled up against the cold temperatures. No excuses!

TOP STORIES OF 2009: Politicians get in legal trouble

COVINGTON -- Politics and crime don't make good companions, but headlines were made in 2009 when law enforcement became involved with at least two Newton County politicians -- J.C. Henderson and Horace Don Gresham.

TOP STORIES OF 2009: Justice is served to lawbreakers

COVINGTON -- Justice came in 2009 for many of those who committed crimes earlier. Among them was Brian Keith Terrell, who had been convicted in the 1992 murder of 70-year-old Newton Countian John Watson. The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled on June 1 to reinstate the death penalty that had been set aside by a lower court based on the defendant's contention of alleged ineffectiveness of counsel at his trial. Attorneys for Terrell had been John T. Strauss and Tanya Greene of the firm of Strauss & Walker.

LOCALS CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR: What is your new year's resolution?

Brian Bentsen, Conyers: "I don't make resolutions, but I'm looking forward to 2010."

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City hires banker to fill opening

COVINGTON -- When city officials set out to find a financial coordinator/grant writer, they didn't have to look too far.