News for Thursday, November 18, 2010


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Newton Blotter - 11-19-10

he following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Antonio Lamont Allen, 38, 2175 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, probation violation.* Jennifer Anne Anderson, 33, 2734 Henderson Court, Tucker, probation violation.* Mika Elizabeth Ashby, 21, 9730 Moss Point Path, Villa Rica, probation violation.* Derrick Ramone Banks, 36, homeless, probation violation.* Erik Wade Bell, 28, 35 Meeler Drive, child molestation; aggravated child molestation, sexual battery.

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Taking the holiday reins

Haley Crapps, a fourth-grader at Walnut Grove Elementary School and a member of the Newton County 4-H Club, brought her own "reindeer" to Thursday night's festivities on the Square.

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Tourism boosted by TV, films

COVINGTON -- Tourism Director Clara Deemer had good news to report to the Covington City Council on Monday night."I just want to tell you tourism is alive and well in Newton County," Deemer said. There has been a 25 percent increase in the number of visitors to the Covington-Newton County Convention Visitors Center from January to October 2009 for the same time period in 2010, Deemer said.

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Mathews holds meeting with the community

COVINGTON -- For the first time, Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews met with a group of educational stakeholders for a community forum.

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E. Hightower Trail bridge closed indefinitely for fix

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The bridge at East Hightower Trail spanning the CSX rail line in Social Circle has been damaged and has been closed until repairs can be made.

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HUCKABY: England's got another big wedding to throw

So there is about to be a big wedding across the pond and the whole kingdom is abuzz! Prince William finally popped the question and everyone is ready for a fairy tale ceremony, the likes of which haven't been seen since William's dad and mum got hitched back in 1981.

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Father charged in raccoon attack of baby daughter

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has announced that charges have been brought against the father of the 9-month-old baby who was mauled by raccoons while sleeping in her crib in early November.

Father charged in raccoon mauling

The father of the 9-month-old infant who was attacked by two raccoons while sleeping in her crib in early November has been charged in connection with the incident, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. For the full story, see Friday's Newton Citizen.

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Clayton State sets fall graduation

Morrow -- Clayton State University's annual fall commencement ceremonies are moving this year, but not very far.

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Applications now available for young scholars program

Applications now available for young scholars program The University of Georgia is offering a Young Scholars Internship Program, and applications are now available.

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Alcovy High schedules fall, holiday festival

Alcovy High schedules fall, holiday festival Alcovy High School will host a Fall Festival from 5-9 p.m. today.

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Livingston names top students

Livingston Elementary School recently named its Students of the Month for October.

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Challenge Charter Academy starts new SADD chapter

Students at Challenge Charter Academy recently joined Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD...

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Piedmont Academy holds college night

Recently Piedmont Academy guidance counselor Kelli Fain arranged for 17 colleges to speak with high school junior and senior students along with their parents about their college or university at College Night.

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EHS students apply to college

Eastside High School celebrated Georgia Apply to College Week with several special events last week.

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Smokeout brings tobacco awareness

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments are encouraging residents using tobacco products to stop using and become aware of the many support methods and resources available to help them become smoke free during this year's Great American Smokeout, scheduled for today.