News for Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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County retreat might be in town

Newton County commissioners will likely stay in town this year for their annual retreat, according to Chairman Kathy Morgan.

Forestry commission seedlings for sale

It may be cold outside, but it's perfect tree-planting weather, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Judge's family sentenced in 2008 fracas

Special Prosecutor Fred Bright announced Monday that all defendants who were charged in 2008 in connection with a disturbance involving the family of Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Roberts have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

System plans for new school

The Newton County School System continues to plan for its 15th elementary school.

Southern Heartland to host Monte Carlo night

Southern Heartland Arts Association Inc. is offering the experience of a trip to Monte Carlo without ever leaving Covington, and the chance to help a good cause, too.

City finance hire banned from banking

COVINGTON — The city of Covington's new finance coordinator was banned from banking by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2006.

Braving the weather

It was a case of more cold than snow this week as everybody and everything hunkered down to fight against the elements. Above, postal employee Debra Griffieth stays as warm as she can between deliveries and no doubt kept the postman's credo — "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," at the forefront of her mind during this cold spell.

Cops make 2 lb. marijuana bust

COVINGTON — The Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit and the Newton County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit executed a search warrant Friday morning that netted two arrests and the seizure of more than 2 pounds of marijuana.

State fines K.C.'s; now in compliance

COVINGTON — Bright from the Start of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has released its findings from an investigation into K.C.'s 24 Hr. Child Care Center stemming from a May 2009 incident involving a 2-year-old who wandered into traffic outside the facility.

DA won't seek death for Rabon

CONYERS — The Conyers man arrested in late December 2008 in connection with the death of a Lithonia woman and the rape of another woman will not likely face capital punishment.

Judge's family sentenced in 2008 fracas

COVINGTON — Special Prosecutor Fred Bright announced Monday that all defendants who were charged in 2008 in connection with a disturbance involving the family of Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Roberts have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

Victim of fire had trouble walking

COVINGTON — The woman who died in an early morning fire at her home in Trotters Walk subdivision Thursday has been identified as Laverne Goodwin of 125 Trotters Walk, according to Newton County Fire Service.