News for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Newton Pet of the Week -- 3/17/2010

This handsome guy is a well-trained family dog who will sit on command and love all the time.

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Welcome to the world

Benjamin Dameron of Covington handles these fragile baby chicks who just arrived at Tractor Supply Company in Covington. Although these chicks' first glimpse of life is the side of a metal container, they're eager to be out and about in their own environment. They're the first wave of chicks to reach the store which will carry Bantams, Cornish Rocks and Straight Run chicks for sale. The store has found there is a demand for stock for backyard chicken coops as families are trending toward producing their own food. Experts say as a general rule, a flock of 15 hens will produce about a dozen eggs per day. Tractor Supply will sell a minimum of six chicks to each customer.

Residents seek help with utility bills

For the second consecutive Covington City Council meeting, residents asked elected officials to do something to address high utility bills. Resident Rosie Crawford, who acted as a spokesperson for dozens of residents at the council's March 2 meeting, came again Monday night to plead for help.

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Spelling bee: Local heads to state

Indian Creek Middle School seventh-grader Caitlin Smith heads to Atlanta this week to compete in the state Spelling Bee. On Friday, she will compete against other regional winners and runners-up in the state's annual Spelling Bee competition at Georgia State University.

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RCPS called for Melvin's termination

An internal investigation by Rockdale County Public Schools that led to a request for the termination of former Rockdale Career Academy CEO Tim Melvin resulted in his resignation in late February, according to personnel records obtained by The Citizen through an Open Records Request.

Porterdale names new city clerk

PORTERDALE — The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Judy Johnson as the new city clerk in a called meeting Monday night. Johnson fills the position vacated by the resignation of Lynn Rodriguez last month.

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RCPS called for Melvin's termination

CONYERS — An internal investigation by Rockdale County Public Schools that led to a request for the termination of former Rockdale Career Academy CEO Tim Melvin resulted in his resignation in late February, according to personnel records obtained by The Citizen through an Open Records Request.

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