News for Saturday, February 20, 2010


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Time well spent: Auxiliary celebrating 50 years of service

Peggy Gainer remembers when Newton Medical Center Auxiliary members sold candy from baskets in order to raise money for the hospital. The service group's first purchase, a meal cart, helped the volunteers to transport food (much of it donated by the auxiliary) from the basement cafeteria to patients' rooms on other levels of the hospital.

Clean slate offered to lawbreakers

Lawbreakers are offered a second chance at a clean slate through the first offender status, but the option for a sort of judicial reprieve has officials carefully considering who should receive it.

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RCPS teachers learn to use new software

Some Rockdale County Public School teachers became students during their winter break last week.

ON THE BEAT: Man reportedly pulls gun on driver at gas station

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be e-mailed at