News for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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

This older Jack Russell is estimated to be over five years old and he weighs a compact 25 pounds.

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Celebrating Seuss

A very special guest who looked remarkably like the Cat in the Hat of Dr. Seuss fame visited Heard-Mixon Elementary School on Tuesday in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day. Lee Aldridge was actually doing the honors as the Cat in the Hat, and here she is reading "The Lorax" to Sandy Moseley's kindergarten class as students Brayden Costley, right, and Seth McCurry listen.

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A hint of winter

The snow event wasn't too impressive for residents of Newton County, although it was definitely cold and wet. Here, Covington Fire Department Firefighter Johnnie Wiggins scrapes the snow off a co-worker's truck at Station 2 on Alcovy Road on Tuesday afternoon. All agencies, including the city of Covington and Newton County Public Works, the Covington Police Department, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Snapping Shoals EMC, said they were prepared to go out and handle emergencies should they arise. The Newton County School system maintained a regular schedule, but cancelled after-school activities with the exception of the AAAAA basketball tournament scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

City won't go after trail grant

The City Council has opted not to pursue a grant to construct a trail system that would be built along the abandoned right of way of a rail line that county and city officials are considering purchasing.

Council nixes rate increase from agenda

The City Council removed a proposal to increase residential electric utility rates from its agenda Monday night, before members were confronted by a packed house of residents who wanted to know how they could reduce their utility bills.

Pit bull shot by officer

A Covington Police Department officer shot an attacking pit bull Monday afternoon that lunged at a canine officer that had performed a search for drugs during a traffic stop, according to CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff.

Stonecrest land will soon be up for sale

What once was an ambitious residential development at the Rockdale-DeKalb County line has been foreclosed and will soon be put up for sale to the highest bidder on the courthouse steps.

Newton Sex Offenders - 03/02/2010

Lee Atchison, 107 West Clark St., OxfordDarrell Ayers, 620 Riverfield LaneJames Bagley, 270 Cornish Mountain Circle

City won't go after trail grant

COVINGTON — The City Council has opted not to pursue a grant to construct a trail system that would be built along the abandoned right of way of a rail line that county and city officials are considering purchasing.

Youth art exhibit coming up

The Arts Association in Newton County presents its annual True Colors Youth Art Exhibit beginning this week.

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Fashion Club creates baskets for health care center

Earlier this school year, the Fashion Club at Challenge Charter Academy, which also serves as the community outreach organization, began developing fundraisers late last fall in an effort to assist those within the community.

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Piedmont celebrates 100 days

Stephanie Kelly's fourth grade recently celebrated 100 days of school with "Munchie Math," during which they enjoyed all kinds of snacks.

Clayton State moves graduate studies open house

MORROW — The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies is moving its next open house up a week, to Tuesday, March 2.

Register Now for April ACT Test

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Registration is now open for the April 10 ACT achievement test.

Georgia Virtual School registration opens

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education announced that registration for the Georgia Virtual School 2010-11 school year is now open to public school students.

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