News for Friday, May 13, 2011


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Newton Poll - 05-14-11

"Why are we paying the Main Street Covington director ... to promote downtown? Events to get people to come to the Square are being done and done very well by one downtown merchant! Maybe we should just pay him because he knows how to get the job done!"

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Flying in style

Zach and Lynn Olzacki of Punta Gorda, Fla., were in town this week visiting Lynn's parents, the Brookings of Oxford, and they arrived at Covington Municipal Airport in a historic aircraft. Photo slide show inside

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Porterdale looks for input on gym

PORTERDALE -- Members of the City Council are looking for input from contractors on a project to stabilize and put a new roof on Porter Memorial Gymnasium.

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Top 10 students honored at each high school

COVINGTON -- The top 10 students at each of Newton County's three high schools were honored Thursday night at the 46th annual Covington Rotary Top Ten Awards. Each student also named a teacher who had a positive influence on them during high school.Photo slide show inside

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Newton submits $260M for T-SPLOST

Newton County submitted some $260 million worth of transportation projects for consideration for funding through the proposed state transportation sales tax, or T-SPLOST.

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Oak Hill red light finally a reality

The long-awaited traffic signal at Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212 is in place and will be fully operational at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

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Mathews wants more training from Mulligan

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews is asking the school board to spend nearly $100,000 in federal funding to bring an educational strategist to speak to staff again next school year.

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Dollie Harper 100th Birthday

Dollie Mae Lyons Harper of Rockdale will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 15.

Coming Sunday

The Covington Conyers Choral Guild will present two spring concerts — one on May 19 at First Baptist Church of Covington and one on May 20 at Rockdale Auditorium.

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Coming in East Metro Sunday

Conyers native and accomplished jazz musician Marcus Printup will play a concert, along with Covington native and renowned classical percussionist Tim Adams, on May 20 at Porterdale Mill Lofts.The concert benefits the Washington Street Community Center in Covington.