News for Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Watkins 50th Anniversary

Herman L. Watkins and Judy A. Watkins of McDonough celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 26.

Newton Blotter - 07/02/2010

Jason Nicholas Agoo, 31, 123 Cypress Lane, Eatonton, child support default.* Linda Kaye Aikens, 43, 9 Birch St., Porterdale, possession of cocaine.* Samuel Harold Allen, 33, 20 Dylan Court, child support default.* Devon Urich Alli, 27, 5205 Halcyon Drive, Atlanta, court sentenced serve 10 days Newton County Jail.* Christopher Treshanne Ashby, 28, 2560 Old Covington Road, Conyers, probation violation.* Tandi Nicole Basham, 20, 711 Lackey Road, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.

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Elks donate Beanie Babies

During Drug Awareness Month in May, the Covington Elks Loge 1806 and Auxiliary had 14 Beanie Babies donated by Jim and Pat Kirkpatrick to be given to the girls at Aidmore Children's Home in Conyers. A note saying, "I've Better Things to do than Drugs" was taped to the label of the Beanie Babies with a sucker attached to it. Each of the resident's received this treat at an open house at the Aidmore gym in celebration of Drug Awareness Month. Pictured here are, from left, Auxiliary Treasurer Pat Kirkpatrick; Aidmore resident Emily Batson; Auxiliary President Peggy Hudgins; and Elks Drug Awareness Chairman Jack Wheeler.

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Seeing red: Local tanning salon owners feel burned by new tax

he first tax under the health care reform law went into effect July 1, and local tanning salon owners say it will harm their businesses. The "tanning tax" levies a 10 percent tax on tanning bed use and is predicted to raise $2.7 billion nationwide over 10 years.

District 95 candidates square off

Candidates for Georgia House of Representatives District 95 squared off at a forum hosted by the Newton County Voters League on Tuesday evening at the historic courthouse.

3 schools up for funding from Big Lots

Three Newton County schools are vying for a chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes from a national campaign. They are competing against six other schools in Georgia and 190 more from around the United States in the 2010 Lots2Give contest sponsored by Big Lots. The grand prize is $10,000. Forty-five $2,000 first-place prizes will be awarded, as determined by the number of votes on the contest website, www.lots2give.com.

Fun-filled 4th of July weekend on tap

Local residents will have plenty of options this holiday weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July, including taking in a concert or enjoying some good summertime food. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

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Johnsons named grand marshals for Oxford's Fourth parade

Many Oxford residents appreciate the Rev. Tom and Emmie Johnson for their beautiful flower gardens and commitment to the city, and now the Oxford City Council wants to honor them publicly.

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Johnsons named grand marshals for Oxford's Fourth parade

OXFORD — Many Oxford residents appreciate the Rev. Tom and Emmie Johnson for their beautiful flower gardens and commitment to the city, and now the Oxford City Council wants to honor them publicly.

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