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Newton Blotter - 10-08-10

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Latonya Meshawn Avery, 18, 9128 Jefferson Village, probation violation.* Travaris Lamonte Baker, 24, 10434 Dinah Pace Road, child support default.* Brandon Alexander Ballington, 26, 46-A Bates Road, failure to appear.* Joy Etienne Baptiste, 25, 552 Madison Ave., Madison, serve 43 hours.* Billy Ray Barnes, 19, 225 Avery Drive, court sentenced.* Rodricus Antrown Baynes, 24, 2214 South Emory St., probation violation.* Ralph Scott Bell, 39, 250 Helen Road, probation violation.* Travis Dean Bennett, 42, 213 Helen Road, probation violation.* Bryant Leon Blackstock, 19, 119 Pickett Bridge Road, criminal trespass, burglary.* Christopher Carl Blankenship, 43, 170 Pickens Road, escape.

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Ready to welcome the crowd

Covington Lions Club members Roger Pflug and Ed Minge mark off the areas where vendors are setting up this morning at Legion Field for the fifth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off.

Film office: County ready for close-up

COVINGTON -- Newton is one of 16 Georgia counties to be named a Camera Ready Community by the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office.

Students arrested in school fight

COVINGTON -- Three Eastside High School students have been arrested and charged with violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorist Prevention Act in connection with an alleged attack that took place in the school locker room.

NCSS may benefit from 'Race' funds

COVINGTON -- Although the Newton County School System won't receive any federal money directly from the Race to the Top grants, it still may benefit from the nationwide initiative.

Covington gets grant for Walker's Bend

COVINGTON -- The city of Covington has been awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the Community HOME Investment Program to provide down payment assistance to potential home buyers in the Walker's Bend subdivision.

NCSS to benefit from 'Race' funds

COVINGTON -- Although the Newton County School System won't receive any federal money directly from the Race to the Top grants, it still may benefit from the nationwide initiative.The Newton County School System may benefit from the Georgia Department of Education's portion of the $400 million education reform grant over the next four years.See Friday's Newton Citizen for a complete article.

Covington gets grant for Walker's Bend

COVINGTON — The city of Covington has been awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the Community HOME Investment Program to provide down payment assistance to potential home buyers in the Walker's Bend subdivision.

Porterdale looks for volunteers to help at food pantry

PORTERDALE — Volunteers are needed to help distribute food to needy families when the Mobile Food Pantry returns to Porterdale on Oct. 23.

NCSS may benefit from 'Race' funds

COVINGTON — Although the Newton County School System won't receive any federal money directly from the Race to the Top grants, it still may benefit from the nationwide initiative.

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