News for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Putting safety first

A crew with Designed Installations of Oxford works to replace tree wells on the Square in downtown Covington.

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Porterdale: SPLOST funds will help pay for gym renovations

This story is part of a multi-part series on projects that will be funded if SPLOST 2011 is approved by voters in the March 15 special election. The SPLOST is expected to generate $57.6 million over a six-year collection period.

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Covington nixes public transit grant

The Covington City Council recently decided not to pursue a state grant that would partially fund two public transportation programs, but agreed to examine other options in the future.

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Officials look into drive-by shooting

The Newton County Sheriff's Office said arrests are "likely" as their investigation continues into a drive-by shooting in the Mountain View Estates subdivision during the early morning hours Monday.

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NCSS develops RIF procedures

The Newton County School System is likely to be forced to implement a Reduction In Force if certain budget cuts are put into place for next school year.

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Newborn sends railroad letter of intent

The town of Newborn has sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Corporation stating "our strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way to Rails to Trails in Newton County."

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