News for Friday, June 11, 2010


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Newton Poll - 06/12/2010

"People seem to forget that 'reasonable suspicion' as a prerequisite for questioning is a huge power-grab by the state.... the very type of policy the teabaggers set out to fight against. ... this little detail alone would be considered 'communist' if a Democratic policy was to advocate the empowerment of state as much as SB1070 does. This is what makes this bill bad for everyone. This just sets a stage for 'reasonable suspicion' to be enough to question anybody for any crime."

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Big top bonanza

Six-year-old Palmer Stone Elementary School student Chase Martel feeds one of the alpacas at the Carson & Barnes Circus at the Georgia International Horse Park on Friday. The circus has a petting zoo with llamas, burros, donkeys and pygmy goats, rides, elephants, pygmy hippos and a big top show. The circus will be at the Horse Park through Sunday. Showtimes today are 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday showtimes are 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Parent to run for BOE seat

A Newton County parent and financial analyst hopes to provide his experience to the Newton County Board of Education.

Contract for repairs given to company

A contract for repairs to the Newborn Schoolhouse has been awarded to Peachtree Construction Services of Decatur in the amount of $109,000.

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Giddy up

Camper Joey Stagemeyer gets acquainted with the joys of horsemanship during Achievement Adventure Camp held this week at Falconwood Farms on U.S. Highway 278. Helping Joey is camp counselor Emily Arnold, as well as Paddington, a 21-year-old Belgian horse who has worked with special-needs kids his entire life. The camp, which is in its second year, is for youngsters 6 to 18 years old with needs stemming from the Autistic spectrum and is hosted by Priscilla Faulkner and Ryan Mitchell. Other activities featured at the camp included social skills, arts and crafts, and karate.

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Golf tourney benefits Miracle League

The carts were bumper to bumper and ready to roll when the Charter Charity Classic golf tournament was held Wednesday. The event benefited the Miracle League of Newton County and organizers said they raised $22,000, all of which will be used toward the construction of the Miracle League field. The tournament was sold out with 33 teams, including ESPN, Turner Networks, SRG Global, Georgia Civil, Graycliff Enterprises and many more. There were more than 40 hole sponsors and various silent auction items donated including autographed footballs from Vince Dooley and Calvin Johnson.

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Helping the Gulf

If you feel helpless watching videos of oil continuously spilling into the Gulf, Palmer Stone third-grader Taylor Morgan is offering you a chance to do something about it. Taylor has organized a donation box at Wellspring Animal Hospital, across from The Oaks golf course at 55 Crowell Road, for donations of Dawn dish detergent, new toothbrushes and rubber gloves to be used in cleaning the sticky oil from delicate feathers and feet. Wellspring Animal Hospital will be accepting donations as long as they are needed. For more information, call 770-385-8181.

KCNB pushing for participation in Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful is encouraging local businesses and organizations to participate in its Adopt-a-Mile program, as litter on local streets has increased and there are less funds available for government agencies to tackle the problem.

Covington Public Works gets reaccredited

The city of Covington's Public Works Department has been awarded reaccreditation from the American Public Works Association.

Man gets 10 years in accidental shooting

The potential for guns to be deadly when put in careless hands was brought to light again when Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced a 20-year-old man for accidentally shooting a then-15-year-old boy in the chest.

Newton Blotter - 06/11/2010

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department: