News for Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Newton Blotter - 12/11/09

* Melvin Anderson, 46, 2198 Lee St.-Rm.10, court sentenced 12 months probation/30 days Newton County Jail.* Kristofer Ty Armistead, 19, 6137 Collins St., probation violation.* Bill Allen Benton, 47, 3210 NW St., court sentence to work release.* Christy Kathleen Black, 33, 80 Cricket Creek Court, court sentence 48 hours.

Porterdale approves budget with millage increase

PORTERDALE -- The City Council approved a $945,000 budget Monday that reflects a 3.5-mill increase necessary to make up a $94,000 shortfall in revenue.

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Gingerbread woman

Cyndi Foshee is hard at work this holiday season creating confections that look good enough to eat but are, alas, artificial.

Arrests made in murder

COVINGTON -- Four men have been charged in connection with the murder of a Newton County man whose body was found on the outskirts of Social Circle on Sunday afternoon by a deer hunter, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Lunsford to run for whip

COVINGTON -- State Rep. John Lunsford, R-McDonough, has announced his intention to seek the office of majority whip.

Students injured in crash

COVINGTON -- Four Alcovy High School students remain hospitalized following a one-vehicle crash that occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday following their dismissal from school, according to Georgia State Patrol Post 46 Trooper Shaun Browder.

Amnesty offered for minor offenses

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office announced the implementation of an amnesty program that will allow those with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in without having to stay in jail or pay additional fees, according to Cpl. Anthony Washington.

Area fitness centers feel economic pinch

COVINGTON -- Area fitness clubs are seeing their membership rolls increase in the wake of the sudden closing of the Covington Athletic Club and Fitness Center, but managers of those clubs are not relishing the circumstances.

4 arrested in connection with murder

COVINGTON -- Four men have been charged in connection with the murder of a Newton County man whose body was found on the outskirts of Social Circle on Sunday afternoon by a deer hunter, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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