News for Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Little helpers: Ficquett students continue holiday tradition of decorating BOE tree

The Newton County Board of Education got some assistance from a few eager little helpers this week. Continuing the annual tradition, students from Ficquett Elementary School walked down to the neighboring BOE building Tuesday morning to help decorate the Christmas tree in the school board lobby.

NCSS hopes for career academy grant

The Newton County School System hopes it gets an early Christmas present this week. On Thursday, the Technical College System of Georgia is expected to announce the five recipients for college and career academy grants in the state.

Porterdale celebrates with parade

The city of Porterdale is inviting everyone to celebrate the holidays at its Christmas in the Village event Friday night. The celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. with a parade through downtown Porterdale. Highlights will include the Newton High School marching band and the arrival of Santa Claus and his real, tiny reindeer, who will stick around to be petted and pose for pictures with good little boys and girls. The same reindeer will be featured in the city of Atlanta's Christmas parade the following morning.

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NCSO forms Crime Suppression Unit

Criminals may traditionally step up their activities during the holidays, but this year Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown is ready to interfere with their plans. He's formed an elite Crime Suppression Unit, dedicated to combating street-level crime, which will be on concentrated patrol throughout the season.

Motorcyclists ride for toys

The season of giving kicks into high gear on Dec. 5 with the 19th Annual Christmas Toy Run organized by the Conyers Riding Association., The event will benefit Rockdale Emergency Relief and collect toys for children in need for the holiday season. The motorcycle ride has become a local tradition that has grown over the years and typically attracts more than 400 riders each year, said Bill Nash of the Conyers Riding Association.

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