News for Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 10/29/10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Ramiro Rodriguez Aguirre, 41, Stockbridge, probation violation.* Gabriel Fadian Avril, 33, 2129 Arlin St., Conyers, serve 4 days.* Tawaski Terrell Battle, 35, 519 Dixie St., Sparta, probation violation.

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Who let the dogs out?

Retired Covington City Manager Frank Turner takes his two Pembroke Welsh Corgis for a walk down Church Street on Thursday morning.

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City to save $70K on fiber optics

The city of Covington will see a savings of approximately $70,000 per year after installing its own fiber optic lines.

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Jail project continues to move ahead

The transformation of the historic jail on Stallings Street into a history museum continues to creep along. Another hurdle was cleared recently, as county commissioners approved a $269,400 bid from Beatty Construction Company of Austell to do structural improvements and exterior work on the building.

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Students take part in annual tradition

Thursday was all about thinking of others for hundreds of area students.

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Law enforcement encourages locals to be safe on Halloween

A little spooky fun is good on Halloween, but area law enforcement will be behind the scenes taking steps to ensure that real dangers are kept at a minimum for trick-or-treaters and their families.

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ACT announces student poster contest Winners to receive scholarships

IOWA CITY, IOWA -- ACT kicks off its annual high school student poster design contest on October 18. The goal of the contest is to encourage others to plan and prepare for college. Winners will be selected based on creativity, visual appeal and overall impact.

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Successful trip for Newton County FFA at the 2010 Georgia National Fair

Newton County FFA Teams were very successful in competing at this year's Georgia National Fair in Perry.

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City will save by installing its own fiber optics

The city of Covington will see a savings of approximately $70,000 per year after installing its own fiber optic lines. The city will not be renewing its three-year contract with Charter Communications for fiber connections running to City Hall and serving various city buildings. The cost for that service, along with high-speed internet, which will be retained, run about $6,675 a month, according to Bobby Johnson, the city's information system manager. By canceling the Charter contract, the city will save about $70,000 a year, he said.

Student competition inspires skilled work force

Milwaukee — High school students from around the Atlanta region have the unique opportunity to learn about interesting careers, meet potential employers, gain new skills and have fun by participating in the 2011 Construction Challenge.

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