News for Wednesday, January 6, 2010


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Inside it's so delightful

Citizen photographer Erin Evans found Newton residents keeping out of the cold Wednesday. Conchita Washington keeps out of the cold at Newton County Library and makes good use of her time by keeping current on the latest magazines.

County opposes drag strip proposal

COVINGTON -- Newton County has submitted a letter to the chairman of the city of Social Circle Planning Commission objecting to a drag strip proposed for north of Interstate 20.

Qualifying fees set

COVINGTON -- The Board of Commissioners has set qualifying fees for county offices to be filled in the 2010 general primary and general election.

Porterdale OKs $10K exemption

PORTERDALE -- City Attorney Tim Chambers will draw up an ordinance authorizing a $10,000 homestead exemption for Porterdale homeowners following a vote by the City Council Monday night.

Oxford gets a new face on council

OXFORD -- The city started off the New Year with a new face on the City Council.After winning the Post 4 seat with nearly 74 percent of the vote in the November election, Sue Dale took over for the retiring Emma Lou Patterson.

Officials offer safety tips for cold weather

COVINGTON -- Lt. Cydnie Taylor, fire safety educator with the Newton County Fire Service, and Chief Don Floyd of the Covington Fire Department, offer the following tips on staying warm, especially when a winter storm may require that alternate heating methods be used.