News for Tuesday, June 29, 2010


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School work

Repairs are under way on the historic Newborn Schoolhouse. The building has been closed for a year due to structural damage. Crews are working to replace the roof, stabilize the foundation, add a handicap ramp and make other improvements. The work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Recreation fees to be increased

COVINGTON -- Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, but rental fees, gym user fees and youth recreation fees will increase.

Oxford OKs 6.28 rollback millage rate

OXFORD -- The Oxford City Council approved the rollback millage rate at a called meeting on Monday night, upping the rate about 1 mill.

Expert says health care costs will go up

COVINGTON -- A health care expert painted a bleak picture of what the new health care reform law will mean for businesses at a seminar hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce at Georgia Perimeter College on Tuesday.

No fan drive for FaithWorks this summer

COVINGTON -- FaithWorks has discontinued its popular fan drive this summer, as the nonprofit organization struggles to keep enough funds coming in to satisfy its primary purpose: helping residents make utility and rent payments.

NCFS: Recent fires caused by kids with matches

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Fire Service was been called to two separate arson incidents involving 12 juveniles in the past week.