News for Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Ditching distractions: Teenagers asked to put focus on driving

ATLANTA -- A national campaign is encouraging teens and their families to focus on safe driving this week -- and all of the time.

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Pilot and son memorial set for Saturday

COVINGTON -- A memorial service for Keith and Christopher Newcomer, who recently died in an airplane crash near Garvey Airfield in Monticello, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Covington Municipal Airport, located at 15200 Airport Road. The public is invited.

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Area alive with autumn events Saturday

CONYERS -- Saturday will be one of the busiest days of the year for the community as festivals and other seasonal events are in full swing.

Fuzzy wording confounds some on amendments

COVINGTON -- There are five constitutional amendments and one proposed statewide referendum on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot. But voters may have a hard time deciding whether to say yay or nay, given that the wording of the questions can be confusing.

Five charged with gang terrorism

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested three men and two teens, charging them with violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act in connection with an alleged attempted robbery.

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Student competition inspires skilled work force

Milwaukee - High school students from around the Atlanta region have the unique opportunity to learn about interesting careers, meet potential employers, gain new skills and have fun by participating in the 2011 Construction Challenge.

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Livingston names top students

Recently, Livingston Elementary School named its Students of the Month for August and September.

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Clayton State plans open house, info sessions this week

Rockdale Baptist Church, 1295 Smyrna Road in Rockdale County, will host Life Line Screenings to assess stroke and bone fracture risks for residents, with appointments beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 9.

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Celebrating school cafeteria workers

School staff and students celebrated cafeteria workers like Dora Durham last week during national School Lunch Week. Durham is shown getting lunches ready for a kindergarten class at Porterdale Elementary School.

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Superintendent of the Newton County School System

For years, I have spent time in classrooms observing teachers teach. I've done so to be familiar with the main work of our profession -- classroom instruction. More often than not, I've found teachers working very hard at direct teacher talk or lecture to students. Unfortunately, I've not always seen the kids working equally hard.

To amend or not to amend?

There are five constitutional amendments and one statewide referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot. But voters may have a hard time deciding whether to say yay or nay, given that the wording of questions can be confusing. For an explanation on the potential impact of these amendments, see Friday's Citizen.

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Local releases book on unexplained phenomena

Local releases book on unexplained phenomena (with jpeg of book cover, thermodynamics) Rockdale County resident Dorothy Sherrill recently published, Thermodynamics: The Secret Life of Heat, a partial autobiography in which she also discusses unexplained phenomena such as ghosts, extrasensory perception and out-of-body experiences. The book is $9 and available through www.amazon.com.

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1st United advises businesses on the importance of bookkeeping

CONYERS -- Any business operation comes down to numbers, and 1st United Business Advisors in Conyers offers bookkeeping training that helps people understand what those numbers mean and how they can impact a business.

Stroke screening at Rockdale Baptist

Rockdale Baptist Church, 1295 Smyrna Road in Rockdale County, will host Life Line Screenings to assess stroke and bone fracture risks for residents, with appointments beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 9.

Newton Blotter - 10/22/10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:

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Can you put in eight to 10 hours at work every day and still have fun?

Can you put in eight to 10 hours at work every day and still have fun? Many experts say, yes.

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Successful trip for Newton County FFA at the 2010 Georgia National Fair

Newton County FFA Teams were very successful in competing at this year's Georgia National Fair in Perry.

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