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Crystal Tatum

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Light turnout for early voting

Early voting for Tuesday’s Municipal Election in Covington, Conyers and Mansfield and the Rockdale County E-SPLOST wrapped Friday. Turnout was light, according to data from elections officials.

Newborn installing speed bumps, reducing speed limit

Due to multiple car accidents at the intersection, the town of Newborn has installed speed bumps and reduced the speed limit on Highways 213 and 229 that meet at Ga. Highway 142, said Mayor Roger Sheridan.

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Newton Medical volunteer head Martha Taylor retiring

Martha Taylor has seen plenty of changes at Newton Medical Center since she was first hired 31 years ago.

Newton County to help maintain exits

Newton County will be assisting the city of Covington in mowing and maintaining grass at I-20 exits. More than $4,000 has been set aside in the public works budget for upkeep, said Chairman Keith Ellis.

Ellis starts back-to-school campaign for adults

Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis is initiating a campaign to get 1,000 adults to go back to school by next August.

Set clocks back Sunday for end of daylight-saving time

The good news is, it will be a little lighter for kids waiting for school buses. The bad news is, a pitch black sky by six o’ clock might make you just want to head on to bed before supper.

Newton BOC continues strategic planning

Newton commissioners work toward reducing millage rate

Commissioners are still trying to find ways to meet their goal of lowering the millage rate by 2015, and met for a third strategic planning session Monday evening.

Covington, Porterdale police departments host safe Halloween events

To make sure the scary part of Halloween is just make believe and good fun, local public safety agencies are hosting their own events for kids Halloween night.

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Dunn focuses on finances in bid for Mansfield council

Lisa Dunn is seeking her first full term representing Post 4 on the Mansfield City Council.

CPD to get license plate readers

The Covington Police Department is going high tech. The department is purchasing four license plate readers that will let officers instantly know if a motorist has an expired tag or license or is a wanted criminal.

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Beloved Newton employee Jim Dial dies

Jim Dial, a beloved former mail deliverer at Newton County Judicial Center died Friday at age 50.

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City buys five CNG trucks

The city of Covington is making strides toward diversifying its fuel sources by purchasing five compressed natural gas trucks from Ginn Motor Company.

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Aldridge named Covington YMCA Volunteer of Year

When Austin Aldridge started coaching soccer at Covington Family YMCA a decade ago, “In Newton County, not many people knew soccer, much less knew how to coach soccer…You couldn’t even watch soccer on TV,” he said.

Middle-schoolers invited to health careers expo

Middle schoolers across the county can find out if a career in healthcare is the right choice for them by attending the first Newton County Health Careers Expo hosted by Washington Street Community Center.

Some Covington workers can buy better retirement

City of Covington employees participating in the city’s defined benefit plan can now purchase additional years of service to get more retirement benefits.

Covington officials support Yellow River Trail

The Covington City Council gave formal support via resolution to the Yellow River Water Trail Monday night.

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Berry's Tree Farm honored for history

COVINGTON — The Berry family farm has managed to stay relevant throughout the last 120 years, though it’s taken some reinvention on the part of the Berry family.

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Chimney Champ: Waller helps raise $40K for park

It’s only fitting that a crow’s call should provide the soundtrack as David Waller recounts his years dedicated to wildlife conservation.

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Alcovy High School reality wreck shows danger of texting while driving

It’s one thing to read in the newspaper about an accident that occurred because someone was texting. It’s another to watch one classmate lie bleeding on the pavement and another being zipped into a body bag.

Christian school to open at old Project Adventure site

A private Christian school with more than 200 students is moving into the former Project Adventure property on Elks Club Road.

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Exhibit at Porter library localizes Holocaust

M. Alexis Scott remembers her father, W.A. Scott III, talking about his experiences as a photographer during World War II and showing her his dramatic pictures.

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Avery appointed rec director

Anthony Avery was appointed director of the Newton County Recreation Commission Monday night.

Covington hosts Harvest Festival Saturday

It’s time to celebrate fall in downtown Covington. Harvest Festival 2013 takes place on the Square Saturday.

Church hosts health care forum

When senior citizens attending East Newton Baptist Church raised questions about how the Affordable Health Care Act affects them, church leaders decided they’d find answers.

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Carter concerned with walkability, greenspace

Maurice Carter’s responses to Citizen questions regarding his priorities if elected.

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Smith focused on fiscal matters

In an effort to help Covington voters make an informed choice when they head to the polls beginning Monday for early voting, the Citizen asked Covington City Council Post 1, East Ward incumbent Chris Smith and his opponent, Maurice Carter, about their priorities and plans if elected.

Rec board could name new director Monday

The Newton County Recreation Commission may appoint a new director at a special called meeting Monday.

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Cummins seeks to switch posts in Mansfield election

Incumbent is pitted against incumbent in Mansfield’s munciipal election.

Symphony concert set for Saturday

The Converse College Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Covington First United Methodist Church.

Govt. shutdown could impact area seniors

Newton County Senior Services clients who benefit from the Meals on Wheels program and get free transportation to the Senior Center could lose those services if the government shutdown continues into next week.

Covington taking lead on Stanton gas supply

The city of Covington will be the project manager for gas supply projects inside Stanton Springs, based on a short-term development contract approved the City Council Monday night.

State still tracking flu data during shutdown

Georgians need not worry that the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has ceased providing a weekly flu report and surveillance of influenza data due to the government shutdown, because the state is tracking flu cases, according to a spokeswoman for the Newton and Rockdale health departments.

City adjusts PEG rates

The city of Covington has adjusted rates for its three Public, Educational and Government, or PEG, channels to give users more flexibility.

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Beaver Manufacturing founder dead at 87

Funeral services for community leader and Beaver Manufacturing founder Ed Needham are today.

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Oxford official Davis dead at 80

Oxford City Councilman Frank Davis died Sunday at age 80.

BOC brainstorms on county threats, potential

Commissioners continued their strategic planning Thursday evening, identifying strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities to the board and the county.

BOC puts Oak Hill bridge out to bid

County commissioners have agreed to put the Oak Hill Road bridge project out to bid. The bridge has been on the list of needed transportation projects since at least 2005.

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Pharmacy interns practice patient care

Brent Knowlton is getting hands-on experience working with patients before he graduates from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in May.

County won't charge youth groups to use Gaither

By a vote of 3 to 2, county commissioners decided Tuesday night they will not charge nonprofit youth groups to use Gaither Plantation for activities.

Chamber pres says qualified workers needed

Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall told county commissioners Tuesday the Chamber and Office of Economic Development are developing a “holistic economic strategy” to address the need for a qualified workforce.

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Volunteers needed for playground build at Miracle Field

The passion of the community has propelled the Miracle League project from conception to reality, even through challenging economic times. Before the field opens next spring, that community support is being sought once again to build the county’s first universally accessible playground in the Miracle League complex at City Pond Park.

United Way sets $400K goal

Covington-Newton County United Way is off to a good start with its fundraising campaign this year. Publix on Brown Bridge Road has already pledged $35,000, said United Way Executive Director Doris Strickland. With 180 employees, many of them part-time, Strickland said that’s an impressive pledge, adding that Publix supplements employee payroll deductions with a corporate donation.

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Motorcycle ride to benefit baby with cancer

Lucas Cronan is only 15 months old, but he knows what it’s like to fight for his life. Lucas was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at 9 months old, and he’s been away from home getting treatment for the past three months.

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Cancer survivors honored by Newton Medical

Sixty-two breast cancer survivors are telling their stories in Newton Medical Center’s Portraits of Hope this October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Burn ban to be lifted Sept. 30

The burn ban will be lifted in this area on Monday.

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Locals compete on ‘Family Feud’

Cheryl Boochee has been watching “Family Feud” since it started its run three decades ago, and she always hoped she could bring her family on the show. It took more than one audition, but Boochee never gave up.

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Local family competes on ‘Family Feud’

Cheryl Boochee has been watching “Family Feud” since it started its run three decades ago, and she always hoped she could bring her family on the show. It took more than one audition, but Boochee never gave up.

Summer burn ban lifts Oct. 1

You can start burning leaves again beginning Tuesday. The summer burn ban imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division ends Sept. 30.

Covington developing policy for Twelve Oaks

After receiving complaints from nearby residents about the frequent closing of Monticello Street for events at The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast, city officials are working on a policy to appease both the business owner and citizens.

City reps: Engineering estimate too high on pedestrian bridge

After the engineering firm ranked the most qualified to work on Covington’s pedestrian bridge submitted a cost of about four times initial estimates, the City Council has selected the second highest ranked firm.