News for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Police: Man shoots, kills himself in ex-wife's home

The Covington Police Department and Covington/Newton County SWAT responded to a Forest Drive residence Tuesday evening where a man apparently shot and killed himself inside his ex-wife's home.

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Student showcase: Newton County Library host to youth art exhibit

Newton County students are getting to show off their artwork this month. The Newton County School System, in collaboration with the Arts Association of Newton County, is holding its annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit until March 26 at the Newton County Library, which is located at 7116 Floyd St. in Covington.

County approves Almon Overlay District

County commissioners approved the Almon/Crowell Overlay District on Tuesday night after a year of work by planning staff and property owners. The overlay district was formed at the request of several large landowners in the area who asked that higher quality development standards be put in place to regulate future growth.

Walker's Bend to be revitalized

The city of Covington recently became the first in the state to complete its Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and now, more plans are in the works to rehabilitate the targeted neighborhood. The city recently closed on eight town homes that are now owner-occupied in Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81 with federal stimulus money through the NSP.

Social Circle mayor urges more annexation

While one state legislator is pursuing legislation to de-annex a portion of Social Circle from Newton County, the mayor of Social Circle is encouraging property owners to annex into the city limits.

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Signs of spring

Daffodils are one of the earliest harbingers of spring, and these blooming at Turner Lake Complex are sending their message loud and clear. Though the official start of the spring season won't come until Saturday, the National Weather Service says to expect warmer temperatures Friday that will last through the weekend.

Walker's Bend to be revitalized

COVINGTON — The city of Covington recently became the first in the state to complete its Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and now, more plans are in the works to rehabilitate the targeted neighborhood.

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