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Newton Poll - 07/10/2010

"To the person who is complaining about why no one does anything for the western side of Newton County, why should we? It's mostly full of starter homes that don't pay enough in taxes to cover the services they use. It's something we can blame on the commissioners that wanted and want affordable housing here. That side of the county is DeKalb County the 3rd, Rockdale County is Jr. Thank goodness when Aaron Varner was chairman they made it mandatory for 2-acre lots in east Newton, which will hopefully keep the east side of Newton desirable by forcing the developers to build higher-priced homes. If you look at where all of the crime is occurring most of it is in west Newton. People may move here for a better life with intentions of being good citizens of the community, but it's your children, not the parents. No one owes them anything so they shouldn't act like it."

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Teachers as students

Teachers from Newton and Rockdale counties attended a four-day professional development class this past week at the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers.

Chamber holds final candidate forum

COVINGTON -- The final forum of the primary election season took place Thursday night.

Schools get CRCT results

COVINGTON -- School-level scores from the spring CRCT released Thursday afternoon show that many grade levels and schools performed at or below the state averages in several subject areas, while some performed above state averages.

20 from city choose early retirement

COVINGTON -- The city of Covington will eliminate up to 14 positions through a voluntary early retirement incentive package.

BOC OKs reduced-cost lawn contract

COVINGTON -- County commissioners approved a proposal by Durden's Lawn Maintenance Tuesday night to reduce its contract for a savings of more than $12,000.

School board candidate charged with simple battery

COVINGTON -- A candidate seeking election to the Newton County Board of Education is awaiting a legal decision on misdemeanor charges of simple battery stemming from a December incident at Liberty Middle School.

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