News for Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Ready for the rush: Electronics, toys are popular shopping items this year

Store managers are hoping that holiday budgets are up this year and many are opening stores early on Black Friday.

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High school writing test results out

More Newton County students are passing the Georgia High School Writing Test, which must be passed in order for them to graduate.

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Tenn. police nab alleged molester

An alleged child molester from Covington who has been on the run since August has been arrested in Tennessee, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

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Law enforcement steps up traffic watch

Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up this week with the Georgia State Patrol to keep the highways and byways safe for holiday travelers.

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Leave rescuing wildlife to experts

As one of thousands who read the story of the recent raccoon attack on a 9-month-old baby in Newton County, Elizabeth Hartman's heart was touched. But, she read it from the perspective of her expertise in dealing with raccoons and as someone who knows and appreciates them for the wild creatures they are.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- Nov. 24, 2010

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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NCFS gives tips on avoiding holiday fires

COVINGTON — It happens every year. People set their house on fire or are severely burned while trying to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for their family. Last year the Newton County Fire Service was called to a home to extinguish a fire on the back deck that occurred due to improper turkey frying, according to Fire Safety Educator Lt. Cydnie Taylor.

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Environmental friends: Fairview School runs successful recycling program

COVINGTON — Students, staff and parents at Fairview Theme School have come together this year to run a successful recycling program.

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Gunderson 5K race set for Saturday

CONYERS — Runners will be able to test themselves while helping local students with college expenses Saturday at the Sixth Annual Aubrae Gunderson Memorial Scholarship 5K Walk and Run.

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Man wanted in connection with child molestation arrested in Tennessee

An alleged child molester from Covington who has been on the run since August has been arrested in Tennessee, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Kent Stanley Jones, 44, was wanted on three counts each of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes. He is being held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail, awaiting extradition to Newton County. For the full story, see Wednesday's Newton Citizen.

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