News for Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Just like the big girls

Ninth-grader Megan Stephenson lifts 5-year-old Hayven Tanner for their ending pose to the cheer they are learning at the Community Cheer Camp this week. Eastside High School cheerleaders worked with kindergarten through eighth-grade students Tuesday and Wednesday at the school to teach them about cheers, chants, motions, dances, jumps and stunts. They also held a pep rally.

Bates selects banker as replacement

Newton County Board of Education member C.C. Bates hopes a local banker with ties to the Newton County School System will replace her upon her resignation later this month.

Troops' welcome home set

A welcome home celebration for soldiers with Company B 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade is scheduled for Sunday afternoon on the Square in downtown Covington.

Legislators give update on budget

State legislators reviewed the 2010 General Assembly session and gave a preview of next year, when the financial picture looks to be even more bleak, at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Newton AM breakfast Wednesday morning held at DeKalb Technical College.

Police: Teen believed to be drowned

A teenager believed to be drowned at Factory Shoals Park was missing at press time Wednesday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Uncle arrested in beating of his niece and nephew

The uncle of two young children has been arrested after he allegedly beat them, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Frank Charles Amato, 50, of 35 Mill Chase, Covington, was charged with two counts of cruelty to children and two counts of battery/simple battery under the Family Violence Act in connection with the incident.

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A new space to play

Upon return to school in August, students at Heard-Mixon Elementary School will have new playground equipment. The school's PTO raised money to buy new equipment that was needed to provide adequate equipment for the growing school population. Heard-Mixon parents and teachers are very proud of pulling together and working for this cause and will continue their efforts in the future. Pictured with students from the school on the new equipment are, from left, PTO President Lea-Ann Taylor, Heard-Mixon Assistant Principal Marquita Wilkins, school Principal Lee Peck and PTO treasurer Jennifer Towns.

Troops' welcome home set

COVINGTON — A welcome home celebration for soldiers with Company B 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade is scheduled for Sunday afternoon on the Square in downtown Covington.

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