News for Thursday, August 5, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 08-06-10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Jamar Maquan Anthony, 20, 1530 Devoneshire Way, Conyers, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act), terroristic threats and acts, obstruction and hindering law enforcement officers.* Thomas Albert Beal, 44, 12 Laurel St., Porterdale, DUI, driving without a license, no license on file.* Bonnie Kay Heath Beane, 45, 2664 Old Atlanta Road, Griffin, theft by shoplifting.* James Lee Bell, 45, 95 Kellog St., Mansfield, theft by shoplifting.* Linda Michelle Benton, 37, 45 Trelawney Drive, probation violation.* Derrick Michael Bradberry, 24, 3276 Boulder Drive, Stockbridge, probation violation.

Taste of Conyers seeks vendors for food festival

Organizers are looking to beef up the list of local restaurants set to participate in this year's Taste of Conyers, a local staple that features an array of food samplings from various restaurants in Conyers.

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GBI's Keenan receives award

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named GBI Director Vernon Keenan as this year's recipient of the Special Service Award in recognition of his proactive contributions to his agency, to the GACP and to the state's law enforcement community.

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Ready to learn

Thousands of Newton County students and their parents visited their schools during open house events Thursday afternoon. At Alcovy High School, rising ninth-graders Cole Patterson, left, and Bradley Wilson looked for their posted home rooms before they headed into the school for the first time. About 20,000 students will start the new school year in the Newton County School System today.

Schools respond to heat

It's hot. And it's even hotter if you are traveling on a school bus for an extended period of time.

Marshall hosting meeting

Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., will host a community meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Porterdale City Hall. Marshall represents the 8th Congressional District, which includes central and southern Newton County. Marshall is not in Tuesday's runoff but is running for re-election. His spokesman said the visit is a continuation of a series of public meetings Marshall has been holding for the past couple of years in Newton.

'Footloose' set to film in Covington

Covington, get ready to cut loose -- "Footloose." Filming of the remake of the popular 1984 film about a city boy who moves to a small town and gets a bad case of culture shock is taking place in Georgia, and location scouts have their eyes set on the Newton County Historic Courthouse for a courtroom scene.

Hot temps inspire pool buys

COVINGTON — Summer is in full swing, and sweltering temperatures make cool swimming pools a tempting treat.

'Footloose' set to film in Covington

COVINGTON — Covington, get ready to cut loose — "Footloose."