News for Friday, January 15, 2010

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Newton Poll - 01/16/2010

"I agree with the person last week about some people being so inconsiderate when it comes to their pets, especially their dogs. I witnessed several dogs left on chains, in the freezing cold sleet and snow, with no shelter to get in. If you are one of these people, I have a question for you. How would you like to be left out in below zero wind chills in the snow and sleet with no shelter? It wouldn't feel so good, would it? They breathe and feel just like you do. I also wonder when Newton County is going to adopt the 'no tethering' law like some of our surrounding counties? We need it badly!"

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Safety first

If you want to sharpen your firearm skills or if you are a first-time gun owner, the Covington Police Department is ready to help with the No. 1 priority of gun ownership -- safety.

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Chamber honors business, volunteers

COVINGTON -- Jeremy Shearer wasn't planning on attending Thursday night's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. It's a good thing he did.

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Aldridges receive R.O. Arnold Award

COVINGTON -- Jerry and Lee Aldridge have spent most of their lives helping others without expecting any recognition. But on Thursday night, the couple found themselves receiving a standing ovation in a room full of their peers as they accepted the R.O. Arnold Award.

Missionary rescued from Haiti

COVINGTON -- All 15 missionaries from Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Madison, including a Newton County resident, are safe and back in the United States three days after surviving the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday.

County school system continues to monitor budget revenue, savings

COVINGTON -- With half of the school year behind them, officials at the Newton County School System are continuing to monitor the 2009-10 school year budget to prepare for midterm adjustments soon.

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Jolly ol' blood donor

Who knows what good things will befall the recipient of blood donated by Santa Claus (Johnny Lanford) at a recent blood drive held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church? The elves watching over Santa are Pastor Michael Dunbar, Jessica Ellis, Danielle Garrison and Lesa Womack. The American Red Cross reminds residents that this season always brings a shortage of blood supplies and asks anyone who can donate to please do so.

Jolly ol' blood donor

Who knows what good things will befall the recipient of blood donated by Santa Claus (Johnny Lanford) at a recent blood drive held at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church? The elves watching over Santa are Pastor Michael Dunbar, Jessica Ellis, Danielle Garrison and Lesa Womack. The American Red Cross reminds residents that this season always brings a shortage of blood supplies and asks anyone who can donate to please do so.

A lifetime of work

Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Jerry Mays, right, presents Jerry and Lee Aldridge with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held Thursday night at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

Jump around

Frigid temperatures have forced physical education teachers in Newton County to move classes inside, but students are still finding plenty to do to burn off a little energy. Here, fourth-grader Margaret Dailey turns the rope for Tiasha Dewner during Annette Huzzie's gym class at Live Oak Elementary School on Monday afternoon.

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