News for Wednesday, July 28, 2010


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Looks good enough to eat

Covington resident Thelma Head selects a quantity of fresh purple hull peas for her dinner at Green Livin' Farms produce stand on Floyd Street.

Covington ups offer for industry

COVINGTON -- Covington officials have agreed to up the ante on tax incentives being offered to an industry considering locating in the city.At a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon, officials agreed to offer the unnamed industry three years tax-free with collections increasing incrementally by 25 percent over the next four years.

City wants notice of park gatherings

COVINGTON -- Officials have agreed to require anyone wishing to host large gatherings at Spillers Park off Jefferson Avenue in the Nelson Heights Community to first notify the city.

Mere days left in summer for students

COVINGTON -- About 20,000 students will start the new school year in the Newton County School System next week.After a two-month long summer break, students, teachers and other school staff members are getting ready this week for the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, which begins Aug. 6.

Scott, Douglas speak to Newton Republicans

COVINGTON -- Austin Scott, the Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall in his re-election bid for the 8th Congressional District, spoke to members of the Newton County Republican Party on Monday.

Police arrest man found walking naked on Ga. 81

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Monday evening after he was found walking down Ga. Highway 81 in the nude, according to NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

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A 'friend-raising' garden

Diana Nazaroff tends her garden plot in the Porterdale Community Garden in preparation for guests. Hands on Newton, which helped organize the collaborative garden, is holding a garden party to celebrate the overwhelming success of the project. Program Director Mollie Melvin calls the event, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, a "friend-raiser" and hopes new friends will come out to see the work that's been accomplished on the 38 plots in the garden.

Provider cuts costs for jail care

COVINGTON — The provider of health care services at the Newton County Detention Center is voluntarily reducing costs by more than $100,000 to assist the county in its budget crisis.