News for Friday, April 8, 2011


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Newton Poll - 04-09-11

With Dr. Mathews trimming the payrolls of the school system, I wish he would evaluate some of the leadership staff's mastery of the English language at our schools. It is embarrassing to read some of the wordings, phraseology, and misspellings in the emails and memos that are generated.

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Damage control: County to spend $127K to repair failing dam

Newton County is paying $127,700 to repair a dam on High Point Forest Drive that is in danger of failing.

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Covington on display for bus tour

The heart of Covington will be on display for some very important people Wednesday.

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Branches to hold events for National Library Week

Area libraries are hoping to make your trip to the library a little more enjoyable this week by celebrating National Library Week.

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Newton High selects top 11 graduates

Newton High School recently announced its top graduates in the class of 2011, as well as the school's 2011 valedictorian and salutatorian.

Fallen officer memorial to stop in Conyers

The inscription of slain Rockdale County Sheriff's deputy Investigator Brian Mahaffey will be unveiled as one of the 632 names on a mobile memorial wall Monday to remember fallen law enforcement officers.

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Lions Club to serve chicken plates

Covington Lions Club members Lee Mayfield and Joe Courchaine make sure the chicken is grilled to perfection at last year's feast.

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Two arrested in car arson

COVINGTON — The Covington Fire Department has completed their investigation and two suspects have been arrested in connection with a January arson incident.

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A place of his own

Perry Goss, left, and his brother-in-law Leslie Bishop remove the door of a two-room playhouse they have built to fulfill the wish of a 7-year-old Americus boy. They are about to begin painting the 8-by-13-feet-building so it can be delivered to the youngster, whose name is Jayden and is wheelchair bound with Pompe disease, in time for his birthday on Saturday. Jayden told the folks at Make A Wish Foundation that he wanted a playhouse where he could play with his friends, color and that had a basketball hoop inside. "I want to play with my friends so that Mom will leave me alone so I can have fun," he said. Leslie and Sandra Bishop of Covington work with the Foundation through AT&T and decided they'd like to make a youngster's wish come true themselves. They got together with Sandra's brother Perry, as well as a few more family members and friends, and began working on the playhouse just 10 days ago. "We've been building it since last Tuesday ... we'll deliver it Saturday since they told us Saturday was his birthday. We'll go to Americus and finish it on site," Sandra Bishop said. The Make a Wish Foundation fulfills wishes for children with a life-threatening medical condition.