News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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20 percent turn out for primary

COVINGTON — Almost 20 percent of registered Newton County voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election.

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Education candidates face runoff

COVINGTON — The primary election isn't yet over for the two contested seats on the Newton County Board of Education.

Middle Ridge, Indian Creek must offer school choices

COVINGTON — Two Newton County public schools will have to offer a school choice this upcoming school year due to their preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress data.

Party draws tenants' gripes

COVINGTON — A block party at Spillers Park in the Nelson Heights community on Saturday had residents complaining and was a topic of concern at Monday's City Council meeting.

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Four in a row: Henderson wins 4th term on BOC

COVINGTON — J.C. Henderson won a fourth term as District 4 commissioner in Tuesday night's primary election.

Report shows system, eight schools fail to meet AYP

COVINGTON — Although fewer schools in Georgia are on the state's Needs Improvement list, more Newton County schools are on the list this year.

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Drills, baby, drills

Eastside High School football players are preparing to meet the opposition on the gridiron this season by participating in a hot session of football camp. Pictured is 11th-grader Quin Sanders working out with his teammates. The annual camp is normally held out of town, but the players stayed at home this year in order to save money.

Political frustration brings Tea Party to Newton

COVINGTON — When Luke Knight heard that an unknown, unemployed military veteran who did no campaigning and raised no funds beat a four-term lawmaker in the Democratic primary for South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat, he got angry. Then, he took action.

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