News for Friday, November 19, 2010


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Newton Poll - 11-20-10

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing "The plan for rezoning the elementary schools is out, the closing of Ficquett is a done deal, the Parent Involvement Theme School and its parents who wanted out of their neighborhood schools now have one of their own, and who do we have to thank for all of this mess? The former school board member who now teaches at Clemson -- Thanks! The new man is doing the best he can with the cards he was dealt."

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Holiday in a hurry: Schools get shorter Thanksgiving break this year

COVINGTON -- Students, teachers and other Newton County School System staff members will get a small break next week to celebrate Thanksgiving and maybe even get a little holiday shopping started.

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BOC spars over items for SPLOST

COVINGTON -- Tempers flared at the Board of Commissioners SPLOST work session Thursday night as questions emerged over whether three commissioners had brokered a deal and possibly held illegal meetings prior to the discussion.

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Thanksgiving dinner in need of volunteers

COVINGTON -- Donations and volunteers are being sought for the annual Thanksgiving dinner for those in need, hosted by the Newton County Ministers Union and the Newton County Food Pantry.

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CPD to hold holiday crime-prevention seminars

COVINGTON -- For most of us, the holidays evoke thoughts of shopping, Christmas carols and "visions of sugar plums." For the folks at the Covington Police Department, it usually means an increased workload as crime tends to escalate. But they're hoping this year a proactive approach to holiday crime will enable them, as well as residents, to have a very merry Christmas.

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Bank employees honored by Social Circle Council

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Pinnacle Bank employees were honored by the Social Circle City Council for their efforts in assisting the police department in the arrests and convictions of several people attempting to deposit or cash bad checks.

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RCA students learn about recycling at Solo Cup

CONYERS -- Rockdale Career Academy students attending a lunch-and-learn session at Solo Cup Monday discovered the difference between polyethylene terephthalate and polyvinyl chloride as part of the company's community outreach for America Recycles Day.

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BOC spars over SPLOST

Tempers flared at the Newton County Board of Commissioners SPLOST work session Thursday night as questions emerged over whether three commissioners had brokered a deal, and possibly held illegal meetings, prior to the discussion. For the full story, see Saturday's Citizen.

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Taking the holiday reins

Haley Crapps, a fourth-grader at Walnut Grove Elementary School and a member of the Newton County 4-H Club, brought her own "reindeer" to Thursday night's festivities on the Square. Haley's reindeer is actually a lamb, but he, along with about 10 other would-be reindeer and 4-H Club members, took top honors as they led Santa and Mrs. Claus to the courthouse just before the lighting ceremony, which officially kicked off the Christmas holiday season. The night also marked the first Thursday of the Hometown Holiday Celebration, during which merchants on the Square will extend their hours for shoppers each Thursday in December.

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Mathews holds meeting with the community

COVINGTON — For the first time, Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews met with a group of educational stakeholders for a community forum.

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E. Hightower Trail bridge closed indefinitely for fix

SOCIAL CIRCLE — The bridge at East Hightower Trail spanning the CSX rail line in Social Circle has been damaged and has been closed until repairs can be made.

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Tourism boosted by TV, films

COVINGTON — Tourism Director Clara Deemer had good news to report to the Covington City Council on Monday night.