News for Saturday, October 16, 2010


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Body was homeless woman

COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department has identified the woman found dead in a wooded area on Washington Street Wednesday evening as 59-year-old Beverly Newman.

Newton County School System asks for private lawn care

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System is trying to save some money by privatizing its lawn care services.

Most Newton residents work out of town

COVINGTON — More than half of Newton County's work force commutes to out-of-town jobs, according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Two more schools meet AYP

COVINGTON — Two more Newton County Schools met Adequate Yearly Progress, according to updated results, but the system as a whole still did not meet the state standards.

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Keeping up

A few leaves are beginning to leave the trees as fall belatedly gets under way. Gabriel Jackson is apparently eager to get started on his fall chores as he rakes the small amount of leaves that have fallen at the National Guard Armory on Carroll Street. It won't be long before he has to do it again.

Fund set up for youth in Rockdale

CONYERS — As a reward for their service, Rockdale County youth who lend a hand in the community have a chance at extra money to fund their college education.

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Where to go for this year's fall fun

With the nip of fall in the air, it's time for families to make the annual pumpkin trek. For those who want more pizzazz in the experience of choosing their big orange prize, pumpkin patch activities abound in the east metro area.

Schools to close for fall holiday

COVINGTON — Students and some staff members in the Newton County School System will get a break from their schools this week.

Nathan Deal makes stop in Porterdale

PORTERDALE — GOP candidate Nathan Deal was in Porterdale Friday to address supporters as he makes his final push to win the governor's seat.

Leaders eye new strategies for economy

CONYERS — "Rockdale is open for business." That was the message heard loud and clear during last week's leadership retreat of elected officials. Determining how to get that message across to the rest of the world was up for debate.