News for Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Grimes 60th Anniversary

Charles and Betty Grimes of Conyers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 3.

Newton Blotter - 06-25-10

* Raymond Allen Beddington, 36, 469 Hilltop Road, Conyers, probation violation.* Helen Marie Brigham, 41, 2196 Scarbrough Drive, Stone Mountain, contempt of court.* John Lee Brown, 42, 6848 Turner Lake Road, Lot 4, probation violation.* Ronercious Martez Butler, 40, 9166 Bent Pine Court, disorderly conduct.

DNR hosts archery camp

Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division's three-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth.

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Landfill loan

Newton County has been approved for a $3 million Georgia Fund loan to finance expansion of the county's municipal solid waste landfill. The county will pay 3.81 percent interest on the 20-year loan. The total project cost is $4 million, with $3 million financing Phase I and $1 million funding Phase II. Construction is expected to begin soon on the third cell at the landfill, with the project to be completed in early 2011, according to Administrative Officer John Middleton.

County layoffs, department changes begin

The difficult process of making the staffing cuts necessary to meet the fiscal year 2011 budget set by commissioners last week has begun. Based on a reduction in force list obtained from the county, 29 employees have been laid off thus far. The county has not received a list of employees from the Sheriff's Office yet, according to Commission Chairman Kathy Morgan.

NCSS CRCT results fall below state

The average pass percentages for students in the Newton County School System on the spring Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests were below the average pass percentages of the state overall, according to results released by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday afternoon.

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Authorities looking for 4 sex offenders

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to notify them if they know the whereabouts of four convicted sex offenders who have left supervision.

Local man arrested, charged with bestiality - 06-24-10

COVINGTON -- A 36-year-old man faces a charge of bestiality after witnesses reported seeing him having sex with horses.Officers with the Covington Police Department responded to a Lunsford Circle address at about 9 a.m. Tuesday where they arrested Byron Christopher Jordan of 3127 Hendricks Circle.Jordan, who allegedly gave police a false name at the time of his arrest, has been charged with bestiality and giving a false name or address to a law enforcement officer. He is being held at the Newton County Detention Center.

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