News for Wednesday, March 2, 2011


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Students show True Colors

Abigail Coggin, the Young Artists program director at the Arts Association of Newton County, put up student works of art in the meeting room this week at the Newton County library on Floyd Street.

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Board to look at hazards of empty homes

Commissioners will examine changes to existing ordinances this year, including imposing architectural requirements for new homes and addressing hazardous houses sitting empty.

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Lakemper trial to start Monday

The death penalty trial for Cobey Wade Lakemper is set to begin Monday in Newton County.

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Application deadline soon for arts academy

Newton County students interested in getting more of a liberal arts education have until the end of the month to apply for admission to a special program.

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Law enforcement takes plunge for Special Olympics

Members of the Newton County law enforcement community recently participated in the Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser at Lake Lanier. The group jumped in the chilly waters, having taken pledges of support for their efforts.

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RCA educator named State Teacher of the Year

A Covington resident and Rockdale County educator recently was recognized as a top state teacher.

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One vehicle crash snarls I-20 afternoon traffic

A one-vehicle accident occurred Wednesday afternoon about 3:15 p.m. on Interstate 20, about one mile east of the Almon Road exit, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- Mar. 02, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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Rockdale investigators suspect no foul play in child's death

Law enforcement said no foul play was involved in Tuesday's death of a 10-year-old Hightower Trail Elementary School student.

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BOC discusses Snr. Services change

Commissioners discussed once again making Newton County Senior Services a county department in order to save money. The discussion came at the strategic planning work session held at Burge Plantation Saturday.