News for Friday, April 23, 2010


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Newton Poll - 04/24/2010

"I was in court recently and was embarrassed of our chief judge. The way Judge Ott treats court officials is uncalled for ... . Whatever happened to 'gentleman' judges? It is clear that he is a very knowledgeable person, but his temperament shows that he is lacking in patience and courteousness. I hope our other judges don't look to him as an example to follow."

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Ready to relay

Tracy Scoggins, left, and her 17-year-old daughter, Cidney Scoggins, watch people walk by after cancer survivors completed the initial lap to start the annual Relay for Life on Friday evening at the Georgia International Horse Park. Tracy had just begun her personal fight against breast cancer and joined in the overnight activities at the Horse Park to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Organizers for this year's Rockdale County Relay for Life expected 900 participants and supporters of 60 teams to attend the event that finishes at 7 a.m. today. The goal for Rockdale County's Relay for Life this year is to raise $225,000.

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Welcoming a new leader

Gary Mathews, the new superintendent of Newton County Schools, and his wife Pat Mathews, left, chat with Linda Hayden, associate superintendent for curriculum with NCSS, during a reception Friday afternoon welcoming the Mathewses to the community. The event saw hundreds of guests who came by to meet the newest members of the NCSS family. Mathews, who comes to Covington from Virginia, will take the helm as superintendent on July 1.

Board denies permit for group home

County commissioners denied a conditional-use permit for a group home for up to six people on Creekview Boulevard on Tuesday night after more than a dozen residents showed up to protest the petition.

3 charged with child molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office made three arrests this week involving allegations of child molestation.

Social Circle considers hotel/motel tax

Social Circle is poised to implement a 5-percent hotel/motel tax.

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Conyers resident throws hat into House race

Saying he will try his best to be "involved and informed," Conyers resident Rodney Upton recently announced his bid to represent the 95th District in the Georgia House.