News for Thursday, January 21, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 01/22/2010

* Javille Eugene Babb, 25, 124 Oxford Way, Oxford, battery (Family Violence Act), criminal damage to property in the first degree.* Kimberly Shavone Baldwin, 29, 623 Brookwook Lane, Monroe, probation violation.* Phillip Andrew Banks Jr., 21, 200 Park Place Drive, court sentence to work release.

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Plotting their next move

Martha Lung of Conyers and Brenda Hinkle of Social Circle enthusiastically plot their strategy as they play their hands with the Bridge Club at Newton county Library on Thursday morning.

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Whatley slams media for retreat coverage

City Councilman Mike Whatley criticized local media for coverage of the council's planned retreat to Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, saying it has been divisive to the community, at a council meeting Wednesday night. Whatley also said much of the public has a misperception of the purpose of the retreat.

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Councilwoman Goodman also chastises newspapers

After expressing her agreement with Councilman Mike Whatley's statements regarding the council's upcoming retreat, Councilwoman Janet Goodman launched into a defense of the hiring of a new grant writer/finance coordinator who was banned from banking by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2006.

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Board member to resign

Newton County Board of Education member C.C. Bates won't finish out the remainder of her first term in office.

Drag strip supporters, critics form groups

Two competing citizens' groups have been established for proponents and opponents of a proposed drag strip in Social Circle.

Social Circle to give $2,500 to One Walton

The City Council agreed Tuesday night to allocate $2,500 to One Walton, a countywide marketing campaign, with the option to consider donating more later in the year.