News for Monday, August 23, 2010


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'Fast and Furious' comes to Conyers

A film crew working on the fifth installment of "The Fast and The Furious" movie franchise has set up operations in a Conyers warehouse as it films scenes of the action-adventure movie across the metro Atlanta area.

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Ready for move-in

Workers put the finishing touches on the new Oxford City Hall and community building on West Clark Street this week. Alex Rainwater of Allen Low Voltage Systems of Marietta checks the fire alarm system Monday to make sure everything is in working order.

Porterdale designates Crowell week

The city of Porterdale is honoring the late B.C. Crowell by naming an entire week in his honor. B.C. Crowell Week was declared by proclamation signed by Mayor Bobby Hamby for Aug. 23-28. The week will culminate with B.C. Crowell Day on Saturday, when Hamby will read the proclamation at the annual Porterdale Reunion.

Library to Eastside Trail construction set to begin in fall

Construction of the Library to Eastside Multi-Use Trail is expected to get under way this fall, after six years of preparation. The three-mile trail will begin at the Newton County Library on Floyd Street and meander in a southeasterly direction through Chimney Park to Martin Street, proceed east along Martin Street, and through undeveloped right of way to Eagle Drive. From there the trail will cross Eagle Drive by way of a pedestrian underpass and continue on an undeveloped 50-foot right of way south to Eastside High School and on to the Alcovy River.

Man charged after being Tasered at Wal-Mart

Police were called to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Friday afternoon after a woman customer told a greeter and a service desk clerk that she was in danger from her abusive husband.

Overall ACT scores below state, nation

COVINGTON — Overall, high school students in the Newton County School System are performing below state and national averages on the ACT. Eastside High School was the only school to score above the state levels and, in some cases, at the national level.