News for Thursday, April 1, 2010


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Art auction to benefit Chimney Park

Local folk artist Betsy Morehouse poses with some of her newest work that is for sale at Van Go's Studio. She is donating all proceeds to Chimney Park. The work of local artists will be up for silent auction at the second annual Fairy Houses at Chimney Park on May 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. Artwork will be displayed in the meeting room of the Newton County Library for two weeks before that date. The silent auction will be conducted in the park the day of the fairy house festival. For further information, call 770-786-9290.

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Johnson hammered over Guam comment

Rep. Hank Johnson should perhaps leave the jokes to the professionals. Johnson, D-Decatur, became the latest Internet object of curiosity with a video on YouTube showing him suggesting to a United States Navy admiral last week that the Pacific island of Guam could "tip over and capsize" if too many U.S. Marines are stationed there.

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A spot of tea

The prekindergarten classes at Rocky Plains Elementary School enjoyed a Wacky Tacky Mad Hatter Tea Party Wednesday afternoon. Kayla Ragbirsingh, left, and Lauryn Wheeler enjoyed the break from classroom activities to chat and enjoy the sunshine while munching on snacks and tea -- complete with sprinkles and lollipop spoons. Afterward, they bowled, played horseshoes, dressed up, blew bubbles and had their faces painted.

Group lobbying for market

An effort is under way to establish a local farmers market. The initiative is an outcome of the program of work being undertaken by the Green Enterprise Group, a working committee formed under the auspices of the Newton County Leadership Collaborative. The mission of the group is to promote the creation of a green enterprise economy with agriculture at its core. One of the identified priorities was the redevelopment of a farmers market.

Tuskegee Airmen to visit Newton

Members of The Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen are coming to Newton County to tell the story of the first black military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. Good Hope Baptist Church, located at 1142 Ga. Highway 162 in Covington, and its pastor, E.J. Tomlinson, will welcome members of The Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen at noon April 10.

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DeKalb Tech official to run for BOE

DeKalb Technical College's Director of Admissions James Johnson Jr. wants to meet students' educational needs and empower teachers. Johnson, 53, a retired Army veteran who has worked at DeKalb Tech's Covington campus since 2000, announced this week his intent to run on the Democratic ticket for the District 3 seat on the Newton County Board of Education. That seat is held by Cathy Dobbs.

Public safety staffs shed pounds in contest

In jobs where physical fitness could mean the difference between life and death, members of the Covington Police Department, the Covington Fire Department and the Covington/Newton County 911 Communications Center opted to get competitive about getting in shape.

Board of Education tables vote on student agendas

COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Education is trying to save nearly $50,000, but board members will have to wait a little while longer to see if they will be able to do that.

Newton Blotter - 04/02/2010

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department: