News for Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Newton Blotter - 01-14-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Ralph Scott Bell, 39, 250 Helen Road, burglary, possession of tools for the commission of crime.* Herman Bolden, 63, 6210 Green Acres Drive, probation violation.* David Darnell Branch, 21, 86 Kirkland Road, speeding, driving while license suspended or revoked.* John Lee Brown, 42, 6848 Turner Lake Road, Lot 4, probation violation.* Brian Keith Combs, 40, 1153 North Liberty St., Nicholls, burglary, criminal trespass.

LETTERS: Snow, ice give reason to declare an emergency

Although I moved here from Florida a little over a year ago, I was born and raised in New England.

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All moved in with nowhere to go

Oxford College students were scheduled to move in Monday and begin their second semester Wednesday, but ice and snow canceled classes at least through Thursday.

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Ice brings boost, losses to businesses

COVINGTON -- The ice and snow are slowly melting, and local businesses are regrouping. For some, the storm meant loss of revenue, while other saw a boost. And some employees spent several nights away from home in order to serve their customers.

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Newton Schools closed again today

COVINGTON -- Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and staff today.

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Mathews says cuts could be less

COVINGTON -- Newton County schools might be closed this week, but that doesn't mean the superintendent hasn't stopped worrying about the upcoming budget year.

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Missing men found dead in car crash

COVINGTON -- Two men who were last seen at a New Year's Eve party were found dead in a ravine off Ga. Highway 11 Saturday morning, victims of a car crash, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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City gives nod to engineering work for water projects

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council recently approved bids totaling approximately $56,000 for engineering work on two water line projects in preparation for applying for financial assistance for both projects.

THOMAS: Shooter is the lone person to blame in Arizona

In the aftermath of the senseless wounding of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and the murder of six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green, there will be many who will use this tragedy to advance their own political agendas.

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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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Newton Schools closed again Friday

Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and staff on Friday.Schools are expected to reopen Tuesday after Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Recycling centers close due to ice

Three Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers - McGiboney Road, Piper Road, and Bypass Road - closed at noon today due to icy conditions.

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Schools closed again today

COVINGTON — Newton County Schools will remained closed to students and staff today.

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