News for Monday, July 19, 2010


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Economy forces state to cut tax-free weekend

COVINGTON — If you were waiting to go shopping for back to school items until the sales tax-free weekend this summer, you were waiting for the wrong reason.

Railroad memorandum OK'd

COVINGTON — A memorandum of understanding regarding the Norfolk Southern rail line has now been approved by the cities of Oxford, Mansfield, Porterdale and Newborn and the nonprofit Newton County Trails-Path Foundation.

Tip leads to cruelty charges

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on two counts of animal abuse after a deputy found one dog dead and a second in a dying condition in his backyard Saturday night.

Report says principal lied about expenses

COVINGTON — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission investigation that resulted in the principal of Livingston Elementary School having her educational certificate suspended alleged she violated three professional standards, mismanaged funds and failed to appropriately oversee staff.