News for Friday, September 24, 2010


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Newton Poll - 09-25-10

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 Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."Hey Newton County, T-Bone here. Do you know what ticks old T-Bone off? Young people smoking cigarettes. Don't the know they are bad for you. Maybe we should increase the smoking age to 70 or 80. Or better yet, increase the taxes on them about billion dollars a pack. Maybe the president will do that tax instead a job killing tax on the people who create and save jobs. AKA 'the rich people.'"

Hospital auxiliary to host golf tourney

The 20th Annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Autumn Action Golf Tournament will take place Oct. 8, and this year, proceeds will benefit the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

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Regal Eagles: Eastside crowns Homecoming Queen

Eastside High School crowned its Homecoming Queen Nancy East during halftime at Friday's game against Spalding High School at Homer Sharp Stadium.

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Police helicopter crashes

COVINGTON -- A DeKalb County Police Department helicopter crashed and caught fire between the two runways at Covington Municipal Airport Friday afternoon about 4:45 p.m., according to the Covington Fire Department.

Homeless shelter owes more than $60K in rent

COVINGTON -- The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter is more than $60,000 behind on rent owed to the Covington Housing Authority.

BOE OKs evaluation system

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education approved a new plan that focuses on student achievement and more effective teaching, while implementing a new principal evaluation system.

United Way kicks off campaign

COVINGTON -- When so many are hurting, it's hard to know where to give. But a donation to the Covington-Newton County United Way goes a long way, helping numerous local nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions every year.

Fire Service seeks a few good Explorers

COVINGTON -- If you're a high-schooler and are interested in learning about the day-to-day responsibilities of firefighters or emergency medical technicians, the Newton County Fire Service is offering a program geared to prepare youngsters seeking a career in those fields through its Boy Scout Explorer post.

Police: Mother left four kids home alone

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department received a call for help from a 12-year-old boy early Wednesday morning, which resulted in his mother facing child deprivation charges, according to a CPD incident report.

Newton Blotter - 09-24-10

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