News for Friday, October 22, 2010

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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:* Quintarus Antonio Aikens, 25, 10160 Allen Drive, contempt of court, driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to dim bright lights.* Robert Lee Anderson, 43, 110 Oxford Road, Oxford, theft by taking.* Jerry Maurice Armstead, 25, 5340 Lebroach Ave., Savannah, probation violation.* Ralph Bill Atkins, 59, 230 Trelawney Circle, disorderly conduct, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, terroristic threats and acts, cruelty to children 3rd degree.

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Preparing for winter

Tony Tant splits wood Friday for sale on Elm Street in Covington. Tant and Mark Shirah offer the wood that comes from Newton County Tree Services and is 98 percent oak. This is their fifth-year in business. Tant said people come and get wood from them for all different reasons including heating, camping and backyard fire pits. A few barbecue restaurants also come by and use the wood.

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Jury awards $1.35 million in Housing suit

A jury has ordered the Covington Housing Authority to pay $1.35 million to the family of murder victim Tammara Erica Reed, who was visiting a resident in the authority's complex on Alcovy Road when she was killed in 2006.

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Library director resigns

Greg Heid, director of the Newton County Library System, is stepping down after 13 years. Heid has accepted a position leading the Des Moines, Iowa, public library system.

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Schools to utilize private lawn care

The Newton County School System hopes to save more than $250,000 by privatizing its lawn care services.

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Trails foes are gaining momentum

A growing number of Newton County residents are making their opposition to the proposed rails to trails project known.

Social Circle millage rate unchanged

Social Circle residents will see no increase in their millage rate this year. The City Council adopted on Tuesday a millage rate of 7.411 mills -- the same rate it's been since 2008 when it was reduced slightly from the previous year.

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Jury awards $1.35 million in Housing Authority lawsuit

A Newton County jury ordered the Covington Housing Authority to pay $1.35 million to the family of murder victim Tammara Erica Reed, who was visiting a resident in the authority's complex on Alcovy Road when she was killed in 2006.

Newton Poll - 10/23/10

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office.

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