News for Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 04/23/2010

* Trevor Lamar Battle, 22, 10920 Apt. 505, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.* Jeremy DeShaun Belcher, 26, 7121 Greenway Cove, probation violation.* Justin Gray Berns, 38, 128 Amberwood Circle, Conyers, probation violation.* Peter Stone Bibbins, 39, 160 Graystone Drive, probation violation.

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Getting some sun

Oxford College celebrated Earth Day with a "solar-bration" Thursday. Students and instructors involved in sustainability projects gathered on campus Thursday afternoon to show off some of their green initiatives and celebrate one large initiative -- the first addition of solar panels on the campus.

More details on school cuts released

Although the Newton County School System is making deep cuts to compensate for an anticipated $9.7 million deficit, not as many teachers will be displaced as originally expected.

Copper levels at wastewater facility high

The City Council is mulling options for removing excess levels of copper coming through its wastewater treatment facility -- options that could cost millions of dollars. City Manager Doug White reported to the City Council on Tuesday that the city will likely need to spend $10,000 to $12,000 to temporarily set up a filter to the wastewater facility located off East Hightower Road.

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Fire service receives new office space

The administrative staff of Newton County Fire Service is getting a chance to stretch its legs these days, thanks to a newly donated office space that is nearly seven times the size of its previous headquarters.

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Students present grants to local organizations

Some might think they are too young to care about or be aware of monetary woes, but middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington know they need to help as much as they can in today's economy.

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