News for Thursday, December 31, 2009


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Newton Blotter - 01/01/2010

* Tony Abayomi Babalade, 23, 9158 Bent Pine Court, probation violation.* Charles Alonzo Banks, 44, 148 Longstreet Circle, Oxford, probation violation.* Rachel Margaret Boatwright, 35, 431 Kirkland Road-Apt. 3112, Conyers, driving while license suspended or revoked, leaving the scene/accident, false statements etc.

Covington house damaged in Thursday fire

The Covington Fire Department reported a fire at 7174 Laseter St. around 12:48 a.m. Thursday. According to Deputy Chief David Carter, the frame house was "fully involved" when firefighters arrived.

Deputies find body in burned vehicle

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body in a burned out vehicle in western Newton County on Wednesday night. According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies and Newton County Fire Service firefighters were called to McGiboney Lane off Spring Road to the scene of a vehicle fire around 10:45 p.m.

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A decade in review

When the calendar flipped from 1999 to 2000, there were concerns aplenty about whether the world would come to a standstill because computers couldn't operate with a date sequence that mirrored internal code. Obviously that didn't happen, but many other events did transpire in the 10 years since that helped shape the past decade.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Officers met with gunfire in 2009

The county was rocked in early August 2009 when two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were shot when they approached a home on Parker Road in south Newton County after answering a call concerning an attempted suicide.

YEAR IN REVIEW: NCSS faced budget cuts, new programs

The focus this past year for officials and staff members of the Newton County School System and its schools was on budget cuts. With reduced revenues from state and local taxes, on top of cuts and furloughs handed down from the governor's office, teachers have feared they might not have a job at the end of the school year and system-level staffers have wondered how they are going to balance the budget without making more cuts.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Barnes dies in jail; victims demonstrate at funeral in '09

The man who ran down a family as they were leaving the Covington McDonald's restaurant in May 2006 died at Augusta State Medical Prison and was brought home to Covington for burial in early July.

Newton Poll - 01/02/2010

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