News for Saturday, May 16, 2009


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On the Beat: Man steals Slim Jims from Home Depot

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

CPD gets warrant for third suspect in purse snatching

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department has released the name of the third suspect in a purse-snatching incident who has eluded police since Tuesday.

Students get high marks on test

COVINGTON - Newton County 11th-graders taking the Georgia High School Graduation Test for the first time in 2009 scored at or above the state level, according to results released Thursday by the Newton County School System. In addition, more Newton students passed the test this year than last.

Slots available for driver education

CONYERS - Spaces are still available for this summer's driver education classes in Rockdale County.

A beautiful farewell

The beauty of this peony has been captured as only Citizen photographer Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith can with her very special abilities. She has been with the Citizen since the Newton paper became a standalone daily in 2004, but Friday was the last day of Kuhn-Smith's employment. She resigned to pursue her photographic career and will be specializing in environmental portraiture and portraits of people with their pets. "It's been a great ride," she said. "I love working in the community I live in and all the people I've come in contact with have made it a great experience. Everyone has been very receptive to me and allowed me to do my job to the best of my ability." This peony was grown by Kuhn-Smith in her yard and has a special meaning for her as it brings back childhood memories of her mother's flowers in her native Wisconsin. "I wanted to share it with my friends," she said.

Newton Phone Poll - 05/16/09

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'No news is good news' Local GM dealers so far avoid cuts by automaker

CONYERS - Local General Motors dealerships said they believe they will continue operating after the ailing carmaker began cutting under-performing dealerships Friday.

Borel confident in choice to ride filly

BALTIMORE - Calvin Borel has complete confidence his horse will win the Preakness, the kind of certainty expected from the Kentucky Derby-winning jockey.

Johnson wins pole for All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson has a history of dominance at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but had never started from the pole in the All-Star race.

Eastside's Blue takes titles in shot put, discus

ALBANY - It was a monumental Friday for Eastside's J'quyia Moncur-Blue.

Braves rally in 9th Sacrifice fly gives Atlanta 4-3 win over Diamondbacks

ATLANTA - Yunel Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night after blowing a lead in the top of the inning.

Community Calendar - 05/16/09

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