News for Monday, March 15, 2010

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'He's a tough guy': Wounded soldier back home after bomb attack in Afghanistan

A month after he was injured by a suicide bomber, life is returning to normal for Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee. He's preparing to coach a fastpitch girls' softball team, a hobby he's enjoyed for years. This week, he planned to visit his fellow officers at the Monticello Police Department. He's settled back in with his wife, Autumn, and their five kids, at their home on the Newton/Jasper/Butts county line. And he's counting the days until his buddies with Newnan-based Bravo Co. 2/121 Infantry of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade return safely home later this month.

KCNB needs American Cleanup volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful is looking for some willing volunteers to clean up litter and help beautify the county during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program.

Newton County School System: Calendar changed a third time

For the third time this school year, the Newton County School System changed its 2009-10 school year calendar as a result of state-mandated furlough days. During the monthly work session of the Newton County Board of Education last week, the school board members unanimously approved a recommendation from NCSS Superintendent Steven Whatley to make changes to the calendar again.

Study offers alternative to coal for EMC

There is a cheaper, cleaner and even a job-generating alternative to building a coal plant to address increased energy demands, according to an alliance of advocacy groups that presented its findings last week to the Snapping Shoals EMC board of directors.

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Helping support adoption

Service Guild of Covington members Tina Daniel Reasey, left, and Peggy Hawley, right, pose with Jan Ballard of Region 5 Department of Family and Children's Services during the Community Foster and Adoption Recruitment Effort Seminar recently held in Athens. More than 30 members of the Covington Service Guild attended the event which focused on promoting the "C-FARE Bear" program. Individuals are asked to pledge to provide the mini-program to groups in their communities in order to promote adoption of foster children.

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Suspect in crash death denied bond

A suspect who investigators say killed a Newton County woman last month while fleeing from an armed robbery will remain in the Rockdale County Jail without bond.

Student wildlife art contest due soon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites student artists to submit artwork for the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp competition. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2010.

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'He's a tough guy': Wounded soldier back home after bomb attack in Afghanistan

COVINGTON — A month after he was injured by a suicide bomber, life is returning to normal for Staff Sgt. Marty Brownlee.

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