News for Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Newton Blotter - 05/14/2010

* Jimmy Shane Bates, 36, 115 Mildred Lane, cruelty to children (Family Violence Act) in the third degree, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act), possession of arms by convicted felons and first offenders probation, simple assault, aggravated battery (Family Violence Act).* Gail Marie Baucom, 41, P.O. Box 626, Oxford, probation violation.* Kareem Dimitri Binder, 37, 85 Mountain View Circle, child support default.* Marcus Blade, 32, 116-B Tanglewood Drive, Monroe, housed for Walton County Sheriff's Office.

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In full bloom

Gail Corle of Pennsylvania snaps a picture of a flower arrangement created by a member of the Covington Garden Club and displayed at Mount Pleasant Plantation. Members of the National Garden Club, who hosted their annual meeting in Atlanta this week, toured Mount Pleasant, the home of past president Ann Brewer, along with Burge Plantation and Sandtown on Wednesday. Past Covington Garden Club presidents Debbie Craig; Stephanie Fortson; Loy Summers; Kay Turner; Carol Veliotis; and Esther Williams created floral arrangements for the occasion.

PTSD on driver's licenses gets mixed reviews

Veterans and current military members with post-traumatic stress disorder could soon have their diagnosis displayed on their driver's licenses.

Board votes to dissolve theme school

Next school year the Newton County School System will have five full middle schools again.

Blue Willow foreclosure date stalled

The owners of the Blue Willow Village in Social Circle have avoided foreclosure -- at least for now.

ON THE BEAT: NCSO: Lemonade squabble escalates into food fight

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

PTSD on driver's licenses gets mixed reviews

COVINGTON — Veterans and current military members with post-traumatic stress disorder could soon have their diagnosis displayed on their driver's licenses.

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