News for Tuesday, July 27, 2010


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Busting the heat

While temperatures soared, East Newton fourth-grader Trent Thompson kept cool as he plunged into the blue water of the Covington YMCA swimming pool Tuesday morning. By afternoon, temperatures hovered near triple digits, while weather forecasters said the only relief will come from random, pop-up thunderstorms.

Petitioner offers free race night

COVINGTON -- The man behind the proposed drag strip that will now be in the hands of the Newton County Board of Commissioners is offering a free race night for all Newton residents at Lanier National Speedway.

Handel visits, speaks with Newton GOP

COVINGTON -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel stopped in Covington on Monday to speak to the Newton County Republican Party as the date nears for a runoff election between her and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

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NCSS hires replacement principal for Livingston Elementary

COVINGTON -- Livingston Elementary School will start the school year with a principal after all.On July 15, school principal Wendy Hughes submitted a letter of resignation effective July 31, following a state investigation that resulted in a suspension of her educational certificate due to mismanaging of a state program in 2006 and 2007.

Corey wins $17.5M in airport suit

ATLANTA -- Billy Corey spoke Tuesday as if he had won a battle "for the little guys." Corey and officials with his company shared details of a federal jury award of $17.5 million he received in a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta over an indoor advertising contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Covington man charged in post office stabbing

COVINGTON -- The Atlanta Police Department has arrested a Covington man and charged him with aggravated assault in connection with an attack on a postal worker Sunday night.

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BOE begins a new year

The Newton County Board of Education held its first meeting of the school year last week with some new faces. New NCSS superintendent Gary Mathews, front center, presided over his first regular session meeting last Tuesday.