News for Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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YMCA names Volunteer of the Year

Dalton Knox Jr. didn't know much about the Covington Family YMCA when he was recruited by a friend to serve on its board of directors.

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Committees to oversee SPLOST projects

The county government will form several committees to oversee SPLOST 2011 projects.

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Oxford approves raises, millage rate

OXFORD -- The Oxford City Council is one step closer to finalizing some items from its budget.

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Feeling the heat: Expert urges caution during summer temperatures

COVINGTON — Temperatures are officially predicted to reach triple digits today, but if you've been paying attention locally, you'll know 100-degree temperatures have already been seen more than once this summer. And there seems to be very little relief on the horizon for the long, hot summer of 2011.

Local: Being an Army nurse seemed 'the thing to do'

When her father, Dr. John W. McClain, made house calls in Mitchell County, Elizabeth would run to the barn to turn the starting crank handle on his Model T Ford, thrilled she was allowed to drive the old "Tin Lizzie" around to the front of their house.

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Students, teachers return to schools this week

COVINGTON -- About 19,000 students will start back to school in Newton County on Thursday.

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Back 2 School Block Party draws crowd

More than 3,000 students and their families attended the Back 2 School Block Party on July 24.

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SSEMC asks customers to destroy checks

COVINGTON -- Snapping Shoals EMC is asking customers to destroy duplicate capital credit refund checks that were mailed out in error.