News for Monday, January 18, 2010


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Residents help out Oak Hill Animal Hospital

Dr. Beth McElhenny, right, of Oak Hill Animal Hospital presents food, equipment and a check for $300 raised for the care of needy animals during the Christmas season to Newton County Humane Society President Betty Belairs.

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How does your garden grow?

Numerous volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work on a community garden in Porterdale on Monday in honor of the MLK holiday.

Water use increases in 2009

What a difference a year makes. Newton County residents used more water in 2009 than the prior year, but thanks to plenty of rain, the water supply is in "very good shape," according to Water Resources Director Karl Kelley.

Gum Creek Road to be resurfaced

Newton County is expected to receive $500,000 in federal stimulus money to resurface approximately 2.5 miles of Gum Creek Road. "It's in a very bad state of repair and we're afraid if it is not repaired, it will fall apart," said County Engineer Kevin Walter.

2 NCSS schools recognized for improvement

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education recently announced that two Newton County high schools are being recognized for improvement and achievement during the 2008-09 school year.

Gunman robs man of clothes, car

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for a man who terrorized his victim before taking his clothes and his automobile and fleeing into DeKalb County.

Three charged with selling pirated DVDs

The Covington Police Department arrested three people Wednesday after receiving a complaint that one of them was approaching shoppers at Newton Plaza in an attempt to sell pirated DVDs. Officers found the three in a vehicle parked in front of Big Lots. After the suspects were questioned, consent was given to police to search the car.