News for Friday, July 2, 2010


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Newton Poll - 07-03-2010

Well Newton County residents get ready for a whirlwind. It's rather scary and upsetting to think that we can lay off deputies, fire fighters and other county staff and not consider reducing the number of county commissioners! If they were fiscally responsible one of the first things they should have looked at were their own jobs. Why couldn't we reduce to three commissioners and save the salary dollars of the other three? Read in the paper today that Sheriff Brown has to lay off 22 deputies -- that's right 22. They are already running short staffed and now it's going to be worse.

YMCA begins water aerobics classes

The Covington Family YMCA is set to kick off its water aerobics classes for the summer. Classes are available to YMCA members and are offered Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the YMCA on Newton Drive.

Man attacked in his home

COVINGTON -- A 58-year-old man was hospitalized Tuesday night after he was attacked in his home on Pine Needle Drive, according to the Covington Police Department.

Caution urged over weekend

COVINGTON -- Whether it's taking an extended vacation, heading to the lake or shopping at the mall, travel is a large part of Fourth of July festivities. Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol are urging motorists to be cautious and obey all traffic laws as troopers will be out in force over the 78-hour holiday period which began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ends at midnight on July 4.

Porterdale set to boost millage rate

PORTERDALE -- The City Council received little input at two public hearings held in advance of a vote to increase the town's property tax millage from 9.156 mills to 17.518.City officials say the millage increase is needed to help close a revenue gap of $110,000 and compensate for a decrease in property values.

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Wynne welcomed to Superior Court

COVINGTON -- New Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne was congratulated and honored by friends and colleagues at a reception Friday afternoon at the Newton County Judicial Center.

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New superintendent begins at Newton County Schools

COVINGTON -- The community as well as students and staff at the Newton County School System welcomed a new face this week -- Dr. Gary Mathews began working as the new superintendent of schools on Thursday morning.

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Salem Camp Meeting starts Friday

CONYERS -- Like a family gathering in the summertime, one of the longest standing local traditions is about to get under way again.