News for Friday, October 8, 2010


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Newton Poll - 10-09-10

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 Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."The last thing the city of Covington needs right now is a new city hall building! How about spending a little money on the public service departments. Our police need new cars! Did you know that they are one of only a few departments still around that share cars? That's right, the cars are driven 24 hours a day. I hope that we never have a mass emergency. Come on Covington, it's been proven that the maintenance cost would go down if every officer was given a take home car! Hey, it even gives them pride in having their own car and they seem to take care of them a little better. As a citizen I'm tired of seeing police cars with peeling paint and bent push bars driving around town! Now to the fire department. Get these guys/gals some updated equipment! I know, you just built a new fire station, but who cares if they can't get there! I have seen the oldest fire truck ever responding to calls lately. My son said "Daddy, why is that fire truck so old?" I wish that I had an answer for him. All I can say is that our police and fire should come first in the SPLOST request list, don't you think?

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Queen Tiger

Alcovy High School crowned 2010 Homecoming Queen Chelsea Lewis during halftime festivities at Friday's game against Jones County High School at Homer Sharp Stadium in Covington.

Business will get tax back

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council has agreed to give a full tax refund totaling more than $23,000 to Bridgestone Sports USA following a reporting error by the company.

College to share in grant

COVINGTON -- DeKalb Technical College will be able to use nearly half a million dollars in grant funds to serve low- and middle-income black students.

Officials: Make sure to check smoke alarms

COVINGTON -- The theme of the 2010 campaign for Fire Prevention Week is "Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!" And, both the Newton County Fire Service and the Covington Fire Department are doing their part to remind citizens of the need for working, up-to-date smoke alarms.

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Woman fights third bout with cancer

COVINGTON -- Barbara Schemmel knows what it really means to fight like a girl. That's her motto.

DeKalb Tech among colleges getting grants

COVINGTON -- DeKalb Technical College will be able to use nearly half a million dollars in grant funds to serve low- and middle-income black students.The U.S. Department of Education announced that six sites in the Technical College System of Georgia, including DeKalb Technical College, will be awarded a total of almost $2.4 million in federal grants to improve the colleges' abilities to serve those students.See Saturday's Newton Citizen for a complete article.

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A sacred promise: Art sale fundraiser benefits homeless program

Tim Carey has lived in Rockdale County for more than 40 years, but learned something about his own community last year that disturbed him greatly.