News for Tuesday, June 8, 2010


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Artistic minds

Montana Tabb, left, and Ashley Carter, both third-graders, work on block paintings at the Arts Association in Newton County's Creative Kids Camp being held at Oxford College this week. The girls were instructed to paint a picture or a portion of a picture on a small block. Campers will have the opportunity to spend the week learning new skills in choral, instrumental music, drama and the visual arts.

Authority to increase water rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority has increased water and sewer rates, Executive Director Mike Hopkins announced Tuesday.

City Council OKs hike to water fees

The City Council approved an increase in water and sewer rates Monday night. Officials said the increase is in response to a hike in the wholesale cost of water by Newton County.

Solo Cup to add jobs to Conyers plant

Solo Cup announced Tuesday it will close three facilities and shift the work to its two Georgia facilities in Conyers and Thomaston.

Newton READS receives $10K grant

In a time when many nonprofits are struggling to stay afloat, Newton County READS recently got a big boost in the form of a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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Eastside High School graduate honored for perfect attendance

Eastside High School graduate Chris Elliott is looking forward to attending college in the fall -- not only because he is attending Georgia Southern University with several of his friends and gets a little more freedom. He's also glad he is not under pressure to attend class every day.

2 accidents stall traffic on I-20

Rush hour traffic was snarled Tuesday evening for about an hour as two accidents on Interstate 20 eastbound were cleared.

Advance voting gets under way

COVINGTON — Early voting is under way for the July 20 General Primary.