News for Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Dixie Boys delight

Troup County's Clayton Vaught catches a pitch after Thomaston's Tim Gillespie strikes out during Wednesday's 13- to 14-year-old Dixie Boys state tournament game at City Pond Park. Troup County was scheduled to play the Newton County All-Stars on Wednesday night, with the winner advancing to semifinals today.

Most NCSO cuts come from jail

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has laid off 12 employees and left 11.5 positions unfilled due to recent budget cuts.

County misses DCA deadline

COVINGTON -- For the second time this year, Newton County has missed a deadline to have documents turned in to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and will temporarily be ineligible to receive state funding.

Porterdale to increase water rates

PORTERDALE -- City residents will see an increase in water and sewer rates in their August bills following a vote by the City Council on Monday night.

State adopts new school standards

Georgia students are getting geared up to be more globally competitive, based on more state standards to be enacted.Recently, the Georgia Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in English, language arts and mathematics for kindergarten through 12th grade. They are not federally mandated.

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'Vampire Diaries' returns to Covington

The cast and crew from the popular TV series "The Vampire Diaries" are back on location in Covington and will shoot 22 episodes between now and April. This week, the show is filming at the home of Ralph Miller and Ben Dameron. The house doubles as Lockwood Mansion, the mayor's house in the fictitious town of Mystic Falls.

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Wheeler named Elk of the Year

Jack Wheeler, left, of Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 has been named Elk of the Year by the Georgia Elks Association. He is congratulated by State Elks President Larry Capes, also of the Covington Lodge, at a recent convention in Jekyll Island.

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'Vampire Diaries' returns to Covington

The cast and crew from the popular TV series "The Vampire Diaries" are back on location in Covington and will shoot 22 episodes between now and April. This week, the show is filming at the home of Ralph Miller and Ben Dameron. The house doubles as Lockwood Mansion, the mayor's house in the fictitious town of Mystic Falls. The mayor died in the final episode of the first season, and the first show of the new season will kick off with cast members at his home. Dameron said he finds the crew "very courteous and professional. It is a good experience."

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