News for Friday, February 25, 2011

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The Rockdale County High School marching band now has an edge over the competition.Conyers resident Eric Richardson built a 39-foot band tower for Rockdale County High School band leaders to better see marching band formations.The tower was Richardson' Eagle Scout project.

Newton Poll - 02-26-11

"Until the county tells what the SPLOST is going to be spent on I will not vote for it. Transportation projects will not cut it anymore. This not a time for BOC slush funds to spend on what they think needs to be done. Too long their lack of judgment has made the people in the west side of the county suffer. By the way, two-thirds of the population lives in the 2nd and 3rd districts. And if we do not get better service we will ask the state legislators to form the city of Salem and opt out of the county mess. The committee has been formed with a goal of lobbying for the 2012 session and a vote in November 2012."

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SIMPSON: What happened to the land of opportunity?

Remember when President Obama told the American people stimulus money would help create three to four million jobs? This promise had a nice ring to it, but has not proven true. After spending billions, we still have record levels of unemployment. People are drawing unemployment, are on welfare and the middle class is suffering financial hardship. Youngsters out of school can't find summer work.

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RECIPE BOX: Ritz chicken tenders offer alternative to frying

Who knew you could do so much with Ritz crackers in addition to eating them as a snack or with cheese or soup?

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BOOK REVIEW: If you're a movie buff, 'Stuntman!' is a must-read

If you're a movie buff, you know how much you hate fakey stunts. Not only does your brain scream, "That's impossible!" but it ruins the film. Such was movie-going before Hal Needham began his career.

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BOE meets to discuss budget cuts

COVINGTON -- Members of the Newton County Board of Education met with leaders of the Newton County School System for about six hours Friday to discuss making nearly $9 million in cuts to its system budget for next school year.

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Celebrating Black History

Pre-K students Russell Robinson and Jordan Nolley from Livingston Elementary School get in the swing of things as they dance to "ABC" during the Celebration of Black Americans program at the school Friday morning.

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A NEW VISION: New pastor working to renew church

One day in 1994, a 27-year-old Layne Fields left New York and his wife behind. He had all his worldly goods in the car with him when he came to a fork in the road that directed him to Richmond, Va., if he went one way, or to Atlanta, if he went another.

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Burning truck causes traffic delays at Brown Bridge and Ga. 20

COVINGTON -- Newton County Fire Service firefighters worked for about six hours to extinguish and clean up after a fire that began about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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Mayor: City strong in face of tough times

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is weathering the financial storm that has crippled other governments, Mayor Kim Carter reported at her State of the City address at Turner Lake Complex Thursday night.

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Rocky Plains Elementary Honor Roll

Rocky Plains Elementary -- Honor Roll

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Porterdale Elementary School Honor roll

Porterdale Elementary School -- Honor roll

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Mansfield Elementary School Honor Roll

Mansfield Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Heard-Mixon Elementary School Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School Honor Roll

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Employees at Golden Rule Automotive live up to their names

COVINGTON -- Citizens leaped into action Thursday afternoon to help the victims of a head-on collision on Access Road in front of Golden Rule Automotive.

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Railroad gives deadline for purchase

Norfolk Southern has given a deadline to local officials to purchase a 15-mile stretch of rail line.

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Bailey 50th Anniversary

Doug and Lana Mitchell Bailey of Conyers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 4.

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