News for Wednesday, July 20, 2011


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All about horses

Camper Nick Abbott, right, 13, prepares to ride Melody and watches while assistant Sarah Bolen adjusts the quarter horse's bridle.

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City charter affirms closed meeting was illegal

PORTERDALE -- City Councilman Robert Foxworth Tuesday night succeeded in his effort to have the City Council readdress issues that he said were discussed in an illegal closed meeting; however, the outcome of those discussions was unchanged.

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Middleton resigns as county officer

Newton County Administrative Officer John Middleton has resigned.

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Rec department wins award for gym

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Recreation Commission preserved a part of local history with the renovation of the historic R.L. Cousins Gymnasium. Now, that success story is being recognized on the national level.

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BOE OKs maxed-out millage rate

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education approved a maxed-out millage rate at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

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Man beaten, robbed off Cowan Road; 3 arrested

COVINGTON -- A Newton County man is recovering from injuries he received a week ago when he was robbed and beaten.

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County to lay off nine employees

COVINGTON -- The county will lay off nine employees due to budget cuts, according to Chairman Kathy Morgan.

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Gran Prix bike race coming to town Friday

COVINGTON — One of the Southeast's biggest bicycle races is coming to town.

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Abracadabra ...

Magician Bill Packard was at Porter Memorial Library on Tuesday for the last special program of the summer.

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Horrors of Vietnam drive vet to help

Joe May attempted to move on after serving in the Army in Vietnam by helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life. He said the horrors of war are always with him and the best medicine he has found is helping others.