News for Thursday, December 23, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 12-24-10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Jason Kenneth Anderson, 34, 530 Engine Run, Stockbridge, deposit account fraud.* Leslie Bruce Asselstine, 51, 3559 Salem Road, contempt of court.* Huey Harrison Avery III, 53, 3152 West St., probation violation, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, loitering or prowling, probation violation.* Darrell Kimsey Baxter, 40, 90 Wildflower Trail, Oxford, hold for Cobb County.* Laci Ann Beatty, 28, 1999 Dixie Road, probation violation, abandonment of dependent child.* Daniel Eric Bowman, 34, 55 Laurel Ridge Court, court sentence 180 days Newton County jail 20 years probation.

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Post office handles thousands of Christmas letters to Santa

CONYERS -- Even the heart of a child in a letter to Santa Claus is showing signs of the season of giving.

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Man facing life asks for DNA testing

CONYERS -- The man sentenced to life in prison this summer for an armed robbery conviction has requested DNA testing, a request that may play a big role in his appeal.

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Chipper offers tree recycling

COVINGTON -- When the gifts have been opened and the last of the eggnog has been drunk, it may be tempting to go ahead and clean up all the holiday clutter. But hold off on throwing away that Christmas tree for a few days. Bring One for the Chipper, the annual free Christmas tree recycling event, is just around the corner.

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Newton band collects enough money for Sugar Bowl trip

COVINGTON -- Members of the Newton High School band now know more than almost anyone in this town that community support can help you achieve your dreams.

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Shooting the moon

Citizen reader Paige Ellington took photos of Tuesday's lunar eclipse to create this montage of the different stages of the Earth's shadow covering the moon.

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Woman injured in crash

COVINGTON -- A Covington woman was seriously injured Thursday morning in a one-car wreck on Ga. Highway 20, near Oak Hill Road, just inside the Newton County line.

Newton Poll - 12-25-10

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office.