News for Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Magic at the library

Keith Karnok, aka Keith the Magic Man, performed his magic show at the Newton County Library on Wednesday as part of its Spectacular Summer Shows.

Rollback millage approved

COVINGTON -- County commissioners approved the rollback millage rate of 10.91 Tuesday night.The vote was a necessary follow-up to the board's decision two weeks ago to adopt a $46.3 million budget based on the rollback rate. The millage rate could not be approved at that time because the previous rate of 9.73 mills had been advertised. The county was required to readvertise the millage and hold an additional public hearing before passing the rollback rate.

NCSO cuts remain up in the air

COVINGTON -- Two weeks after commissioners passed the fiscal year 2011 budget, Sheriff Ezell Brown said he's still working to try to find ways to trim his budget and reduce the number of layoffs in his department.

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Scavella to be principal at Clements

COVINGTON -- Clements Middle School will go through some more changes this upcoming school year.After the Newton County Board of Education earlier decided to revert the once parent-involvement theme school back to a regular middle school to serve grades six through eight for the 2010-11 school year, it also approved a new leader for the school.

Bad news for couple: Black bear shows up in northern Newton

COVINGTON -- Lake Stone Lea residents Charlie Attaway and his wife Hellen have joked for years about making it to safety without the bears getting them. After all, they live smack dab in the middle of the woods, and they're accustomed to seeing wild turkeys, deer, opossums and raccoons meandering through their property. But Tuesday night, a bear really did show up.

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Newton admin running for Rockdale BOE

CONYERS -- A middle school administrator in a neighboring county is running for an open seat on the Rockdale County Board of Education.Darrell L. Stephens, 43, qualified last week for the open Post 1 At Large seat on the school board. The seat is held by Jeff Dugan, who is not seeking re-election to his post after 15 years in office.

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