News for Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 12-17-10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Harold Anthony, 38, 2454 Rockwood Way, Stone Mountain, abandonment of dependent child.* Yolanda Marie Arnett, 33, 85 Beaver Dam Lane, possession of Schedule III drugs, drugs to be kept in original container.* Robert David Austin, 30, 135 Lazy Hollow Lane, parole violation.* Matthew Conan Barber, 26, 266 Macon St., Monticello, probation violation.* Teresa Lynne Barefield, 47, 2182 Gum Creek Road, Oxford, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act).

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Caring cops

Law enforcement officers gathered at the Covington Walmart on Thursday afternoon to help 20 Newton County foster children with their holiday shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop event.

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BOE OKs school rezoning

Newton County elementary schools will be rezoned as planned, but some rising middle school students and their families will have to wait a little longer before they know what school they will attend next school year.

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Facility to get more parking

Ever since the Newton County Administration Building opened in 2007, residents have complained about the lack of accessible handicap parking.

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Porderdale cuts expenses to balance budget

The City Council approved a 2011 operating fund budget that calls for reduced spending in the Police Department and outsourcing of building code inspections in the Planning and Zoning Department.

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Social Circle names new ethics panel

After waiving a provision of a local ordinance requiring four council members to vote on approval of nominees to the ethics committee, the Social Circle City Council approved on Tuesday the first members of the city's new ethics committee.

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NCSS to close for extended holiday break

Newton County students and staff will get an extended break this month to celebrate the holidays.

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Students face sex charges in bus incident

COVINGTON — Two Newton County School System students face criminal charges after they allegedly had sexual contact with a female student on a school bus.

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Fire officials urge locals to use caution with holiday decorations

COVINGTON — The Newton County Fire Service is reminding residents of the dangers of home fires, which historically increase during the holiday season and periods of extreme cold weather. This year, both risks seem to be prevalent and warnings are being issued.

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SPLOST tensions remain high for BOC

COVINGTON — The current proposed SPLOST projects list doesn't have full support of the Board of Commissioners.

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