News for Tuesday, May 18, 2010


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Sweet treats

Three-year-old Karly Mitcham slips into her grandfather's strawberry patch to pick a few ripe berries. Mitcham Farm on Macedonia Road in Oxford is open to the public for customers to pick their own berries or purchase pre-picked fresh strawberries.

Social Circle de-annexes drag strip land

The property at the center of the proposed drag strip controversy has now been removed from the city limits of Social Circle and is solely within the jurisdiction of Newton County. As a result, the property owner will have to wait at least a year before he could apply to the city for a rezoning that would pave the way for a motorsports complex.

Increase for water, sewer moves ahead

The City Council approved the first reading of an amended ordinance that would increase water and sewer rates Monday night.

City nixes free pickup of furniture

The City Council agreed to abolish free curbside pickup of furniture and appliances at its Monday night meeting by a vote of 3-2.

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Rotary honors top 10 seniors at reception

Newton County honored its top students and teachers Monday night.

Newborn starts Neighborhood Watch program

Folks in Newborn are putting bad guys on notice to stay out of their town. Tuesday morning they began installing six more Neighborhood Watch signs so there will be no mistake that neighbors are watching out for each other and the Newton County Sheriff's Office is on patrol.