News for Friday, December 18, 2009

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Newton Poll - 12/19/09

"Shame on the person last week who wrote about our officers' weight. I assure you that being overweight has no impact on them being able to risk their lives for people like you. Maybe you should have approached the officer and asked him how he was doing and wish him a Merry Christmas. Did you know the county has mandated its employees to take 15 days unpaid? Complain about something worthwhile."

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Christmas in Covington

You would have to go pretty far to find a more beautiful street than Covington's Floyd Street, and the homes are suitably bedecked in festive decorations befitting the season. Citizen photographer Erin Evans was out recently admiring the seasonal greenery and lights and spotted these two homes among the many others along the street that give homage to the holidays.

Crowe gets 25 years for fatal crash

COVINGTON -- Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson has found 29-year-old Christina Renee Crowe guilty of driving drunk and causing the death of a 7-year-old Newton County boy on Nov. 7, 2008. Johnson sentenced Crowe on Thursday afternoon to 25 years, with the first 10 to be served in prison and the balance on probation.

Commission votes against group home

COVINGTON -- Commissioners denied a conditional use permit Tuesday night for a group home for mentally and physically disabled adults.

NCSO offers up tips for travel

COVINGTON -- Sgt. Randy Downs of the Newton County Sheriff's Office's Traffic Unit has proposed Rules for the Road for those who are traveling or just driving around town shopping during the last-minute Christmas rush.

ON THE BEAT: Scammer's computer bargain too good to be true

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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Equestrian team competes in Perry

Recently, the Newton County Special Olympics equestrian team traveled to Perry to compete against other special Olympians from all over the state.

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Newton County FFA attends national convention

The Georgia FFA Association had seven national winners and was recognized recently for the largest membership growth in the nation at the 82nd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis.

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Elks National Foundation scholarships make college possible

Chicago, Ill. -- The Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, 2009, aims to alleviate the financial burden for 500 ambitious students.

ON THE BEAT: Scammer's computer bargain too good to be true

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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