News for Friday, May 27, 2011

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U.S. Marine Pfc. Ted Britt died at age 19 defending his country in the Vietnam War. At the time of his death, he had launched a single-handed attack on the North Vietnamese Army in order to save the lives of fellow soldiers. Britt posthumously earned a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was honored on Thursday at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Park-Walk of Heroes in Rockdale County by the Atlanta Vietnam Veteran's Business Association.

Newton Poll - 05-28-11

"I see where Madison County just hired a new school superintendent for a salary of $124,000. Newton County hired one for $270,000-plus. Your tax dollars at work!"Editor's Note: When Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews was hired in July 2010, his salary was $159,400.

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Glad to be a grad

Ashley Frix, who is Agnes Scott College bound, helps her friend, Ashley Grant, place her cap on just right.

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RCSO grant application approved

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Jeff Wigington came to an agreement to apply for a federal grant to hire more deputies, but Thursday night the topic became more political and tensions more obvious between officials.

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Masked men rob Bailey's

COVINGTON -- Two masked men entered Bailey's Food Pride on Salem Road on Friday morning, brandished a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Newton BOC mulls tax hike to avoid layoffs

COVINGTON -- Chairman Kathy Morgan is recommending commissioners adopt a millage increase of at least 1.2 mills in order to keep county services at the current level and avoid laying off more than 50 employees.

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Mathews admits interest in job in La. education

COVINGTON -- Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews has addressed his employees about being a possible candidate for Louisiana's superintendent of education.

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Porterdale to pass along water rate increase

PORTERDALE -- The City Council approved the first and second readings of an ordinance to increase water and sewer rates to residents and businesses at a called meeting Thursday night, passing along an increase from the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority.

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Bailey's Food Pride robbed at gunpoint Friday morning

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is reporting that Bailey's Food Pride at 5890 Salem Road was robbed by two armed and masked men Friday morning.

Masked men rob Bailey's

COVINGTON — Two masked men entered Bailey's Food Pride on Salem Road on Friday morning, brandished a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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