News for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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NCSS prepares for tech issues

COVINGTON -- The technology department at the Newton County School System is working to develop a technology disaster recovery plan in the event of a technology emergency.

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Residents begin digging out of ice; mail delivery resumes

COVINGTON -- The Covington branch of the U.S. Postal Service was finally able to deliver some mail on Wednesday, after two days of being sidelined due to icy roads.

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McIntosh facility bought

COVINGTON -- United Bank has purchased the former McIntosh Commercial Bank facility on U.S. Highway 278 and will be relocating its Newton Plaza location, said CEO Jim Edwards.

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KCNB wins $1,000 award for plastic bottle recycling

COVINGTON -- Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful has received a $1,000 cash award from Keep America Beautiful for plastic bottle recycling efforts during last year's Great American Cleanup.

Covington YMCA offers boot camp training

The Covington YMCA is getting ready for its next session of Boot Camp under the direction of instructor D.J. Seals. This program is available to both facility members and non-members of the YMCA.

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Church foreclosure withdrawn

Church In The Now, the large, non-denominational church in Conyers, dodged being sold on the courthouse steps next month after its mortgage holder withdrew its foreclosure notice.

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BISHER: Title moves from 'Roll Tide' to 'roll Toomer's Corner'

So there was little to be changed in the new location of the NCAA football championship, only the postmark. It never left the state of Alabama. From "Roll Tide" to "Roll Toomer's." From Tuscaloosa to Auburn. From the state university to what used to be known as Alabama Polytechnic Institute to Auburn University, a switch from an agricultural and mechanical institution by order of the legislature in 1960.

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State BOE approves Deputy Superintendent for Turnaround Schools

ATLANTA -- The State Board of Education recently approved Sylvia Hooker as the Deputy Superintendent for Turnaround Schools, a position that is directly aligned under the Race to the Top grant.

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Barge becomes Georgia's 21st State School Superintendent

ATLANTA -- Dr. John D. Barge was sworn into office this week as Georgia's 21st State School Superintendent. A life-long public school educator, Barge brings years of experience and common sense approaches to improving Georgia's schools.

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DeKalb Tech President elected to executive council

Clarkston -- DeKalb Technical College President Robin Hoffman has been elected to serve on the Executive Council of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Snowing books

The students of West Newton Elementary School will have more to read.

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Elks Lodge donates dictionaries to Piedmont

Students in Shannon Milner's third-grade class recently received a surprise gift. Dictionaries for each student were donated by the Eatonton Elks Lodge 2549; members Rusty and Diane Stevens, who are both retired educators, and Angela Spivey presented the books to the class.

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Winter Wonderland

Newton and Rockdale countians have shared their photos of the recent visitation of snow and ice locally. Here's a glimpse of the beauty and fun the snow brought with it.

HUCKABY: Focus on victims, not blame game

We were sitting by the fire Saturday, switching channels and wondering if the predicted snow and ice would materialize. I got a text first, telling me that a congresswoman had been shot in Arizona. Details were sketchy as they always are in the beginning.

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DeKalb Tech President elected to executive counciluncil

Clarkston — DeKalb Technical College President Robin Hoffman has been elected to serve on the Executive Council of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Newton schools to remain closed Thursday

Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and most staff on Thursday.

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Barge becomes Georgia's 21st State School Superintendent

ATLANTA — Dr. John D. Barge was sworn into office this week as Georgia's 21st State School Superintendent. A life-long public school educator, Barge brings years of experience and common sense approaches to improving Georgia's schools.

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Newton Schools to remain closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will remain closed Wednesday, school officials just announced.

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