News for Thursday, March 25, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 03/26/2010

* Curtis Lee Bond, 45, 55 Trelawney Lane, parole violation.* Jerome Anthony Bruyning, 52, 75 Millers Lane, aggravated stalking.* Gilbert Lee Burch, 33, 402 Jack Neely Way, probation violation.

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A trip through the woods

The Christian Youth Performers, a group of home-schooled students, are presenting the musical, "Into the Woods" today and Saturday at the Social Circle Theatre. Here, Cami Mahaley, a junior, plays Cinderella, while fifth-grader Dylan Bacon plays Little Red Riding Hood and accompanies her in singing a lullaby. The production will run today and Saturday with shows at 6 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors and children under 3 are free.

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BOE picks new superintendent

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education has selected a new leader for its schools about two weeks after selecting three finalists from a pool of 51 applicants.

Rail line purchase up in air

COVINGTON -- Staff with Congressman Jim Marshall's office are asking whether the county will use $1.06 million in federal grant money allocated for the purchase of 14.9 miles of rail line, but Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan said she doesn't have an answer.

Social Circle mayor: Deannexation not a fix

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Mayor Jim Burgess said proposed legislation to deannex a portion of Social Circle from Newton County would not necessarily resolve a conflict over a rezoning application to bring a drag strip to the city, but could actually cause more harm than good.

Flu bug still biting; Health officials urge immunizations

COVINGTON -- The East Metro Health District is urging residents not to relax their guard against the flu bug. And, if they haven't already done so, they should obtain a vaccination against the H1N1 strain of influenza.

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Teens killed in crash

CONYERS -- A Heritage High School honor student and his 13-year-old sister were killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on McDaniel Mill Road, near Smyrna Road.

Census centers to open

CONYERS — The Conyers-Rockdale Complete Count Committee for the U.S. Census announced the opening of nine centers where residents can get assistance to fill out their Census form or to drop them off.