News for Saturday, October 31, 2009


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OPEN to new ideas

Henderson Johnson has operated Toyo Automotive in Conyers for five years and is receptive to new ideas about running his car repair and maintenance business.

Load limit ruled for yard waste

The change in seasons is clearly bringing more leaves on the ground, but Rockdale County residents are only permitted to bring one load of lawn waste a week to be recycled.

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Family honors ancestors with Day of the Dead

Sisters Laura and Sanjuana Macias spent Saturday morning preparing an altar in remembrance of their dead ancestors. The three-tiered display consists of rolls, sweet potatoes, a pumpkin, oranges, bananas, corn, apples and salt; water, tequila and beer; and cigarettes. At the top of the altar is a portrait of Jesus flanked by two angel statues.

On the Beat: CPD: Pistol, money taken from home

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

Ga. high school dropouts from 2009 represent $16 billion in lost income

Washington, DC - If the students who dropped out of Georgia's Class of 2009 had graduated, the state's economy would have benefited from nearly $16.7 billion in additional income over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new issue brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Future Farmers attend fair

Newton County's Future Farmers of America Club have had a busy school year already. The Georgia National Fair is a 20 year long tradition that takes place each October in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

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Church donates supplies to school

Grace Baptist Church in Covington recently made a generous donation of much needed school supplies to students at Porterdale Elementary School.

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Bus poster winners announced

Brian Lopez and Hannah Hinton are the winners in the district's bus poster competition.

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School kicks off bullying prevention

School staff at Middle Ridge Elementary School acted out a skit that encouraged students to prevent bullying at school.

ACT registration open

Registration is now open for the Dec. 12 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before November 6, 2009.

Deputy shoots rottweiler after it bites him twice

COVINGTON - A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was bitten by a hostile and very stubborn rottweiler that he tried to coax into leaving the front entrance of a person's home. The dog ultimately had to be shot.

Time to fall back Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday

COVINGTON - Trick-or-treaters will get an extra hour of sleep tonight as daylight saving time ends Sunday.

Tax-exempt bonds OK for county

COVINGTON - Newton County has reserved the right to issue tax-exempt bonds for public and private development.

Gettin' tough

Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver demonstrates the many ways a keychain kubotan can be used for self-defense to, left to right, Peggy Hawley, Lee Aldridge and Unice Stevens, members of the Service Guild of Covington. The group will host a self-defense class for women on Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the NCSO auditorium on Alcovy/Jersey Road. The class is open to women of all ages. "Even if you walk with a cane or a walker, this class is for you," said Hawley, who is organizing the event. Oliver said participants would learn how to protect themselves without a firearm and learn important safety tips. "With the holiday season approaching, we'll tell them the importance of awareness of your surroundings and if you are attacked, how to get away or defend yourself from an attacker," Oliver said. For more information on the free event, call 770-786-4026.

Excellent educators: Finalists chosen for top teacher

COVINGTON - School officials and family members surprised three teachers in their classrooms Friday to let them know they were finalists for Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year competition.

Newton Phone Poll - 10/31/09

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Newton Citizen launching improved Web site with more features

COVINGTON - The Newton Citizen will launch a new Web site Sunday, offering an updated look and more content for online readers.

Community Calendar - 10/31/09

Oct. 31

Fast start gives Eagles region title

COVINGTON - Eastside head coach Rick Hurst felt that he needed a fast start against Morgan County. That's what he got as his Eagles scored 27 points in the first quarter on their way to a 48-6 win Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Government Meetings - 10/31/09


'Noles control Raiders Playoff hopes stay alive with 21-7 win

CONYERS - Faced with wet and soggy conditions on Friday night, Salem had a simple game plan for Habersham Central.

Rams fall to Wolverines

STOCKBRIDGE - Newton fought to within two points of Union Grove in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines thwarted every attempt by the Rams' offense to change what became a 21-19 loss on the road.

Showing its bite Key defensive stop seals fifth straight win for Rockdale

CONYERS - In a game sprinkled with big offensive plays, it was a play by the Rockdale defense that turned out to be the most lasting image.

Pats' duo does in Monroe

CONYERS - On a damp and drizzly Friday night, Heritage used the potent passing combination of junior quarterback Andre Wilson to senior wide receiver Garry Peters to turn back Monroe Area for a 20-7 win at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Heritage aims for 13th state meet appearance

Heritage cross country coach Brian Smith is understandably confident about today's Region 8-AAAA race. After all, the Patriots and Lady Patriots have each qualified for the state meet 12 consecutive seasons and Smith's crew has the talent to return for year 13.