News for Thursday, January 14, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 01/15/2010

* Nicholas Xavier Schwane, 28, 50 Windridge Drive, Bartow County hold.* Nicole Felyce Sewell, 36, 2624 Trees of Alvalon, McDonough, theft by shoplifting.* Michael Lee Smith, 38, 5169 Private Drive, theft by receiving stolen property.* Robert Louis Smith, 62, 400 Tom Brown Road, DUI, improper lane usage, disobeying a traffic signal.

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A lifetime of work

Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Jerry Mays, right, presents Jerry and Lee Aldridge with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held Thursday night at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

Newton resident safe after Haiti quake

COVINGTON -- Newton County resident Roger Hall arrived in Haiti with a group of 14 other men on Saturday to make repairs to a church in a small village north of Port-au-Prince. Three days later, on his birthday, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit the capital city, bringing unimaginable death and destruction.

Oak Hill could get after-school program

COVINGTON -- Although the Newton County School System recently told parents of Oak Hill Elementary School students that the school would not have an After-School Academic Program this year, there is still a possibility of that happening.

NC resident arrested for enticing girl

COVINGTON -- A North Carolina man was arrested Saturday night when he showed up at the home of a 13-year-old Newton County girl with whom he allegedly had inappropriate contact through the Internet, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Community Foundation awards grants to 10 nonprofit groups

COVINGTON -- In a time when every penny helps, 10 local nonprofit agencies got a financial boost Thursday morning when The Newton Fund of The Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta handed out more than $20,000 in grants at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning in downtown Covington.

YMCA to begin new session of boot camp

The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of boot camp under the direction of instructor Crystal Hounschell.