News for Thursday, April 21, 2011


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Coming in East Metro Sunday

Covington resident Bobby Swain and his Blues Generation band will play at the Center Street Arts black box theater on April 30 at 8 p.m.Retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, Swain didn't pick up a guitar until age 47. He carved out a career playing in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina hit, forcing him to relocate.

Newton Blotter - 04-22-11

* Robert Allen Benedict, 20, 25 Raven Court, theft by taking.* Gemario Dantrell Blackwell, 21, 766 Mills Drive, probation violation.* Terry Bradley, 53, 182 Flat Rock Road, Oxford, child support default as of 03/31/10 $19,117.00.* Thomas Aaron Brown, 19, 12145 Highway 36, Lot 22, carrying a concealed weapon, theft by receiving stolen property.* Kameko Angel-Lee Burrell, 28, 55 Bruce Lane, contempt of court.* Darrell Wayne Cheek, 38, 12012 Hazelbrand, DUI/Alcohol, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.* Jeffery Jermaine Coleman, 24, 495 Creekview Blvd., court sentence to work release.

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Prepping for Easter

Antwashawan Davis makes sure the Easter blossoms can be seen to their best advantage at Kmart on Turner Lake Road on Thursday afternoon.

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Airport to keep name

COVINGTON -- The Covington Municipal Airport will keep its name.

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April recognized as STD Awareness Month

COVINGTON -- The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments are recognizing April as Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Month.

NHS band receives high marks

On April 16, four small ensembles from the Newton High School Concert Band performed in the Georgia Music Educators Association Solo/Ensemble Festival held at Eastside High School.

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Piedmont celebrates alumni

Piedmont Academy hosted their annual alumni baseball game on April 16.

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Superintendent of the Newton County School System

If change were the criteria for judging school improvement, many school systems would be way down the road towards greater student learning.

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Judge to decide on Mount Zion squabble

COVINGTON -- Who is a member of the church and how does one become a member of the church? The answer to these questions could be a crucial issue in deciding the future of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oxford.

Under the sea

Preschoolers from Rockdale County Public Schools enjoyed a preview performance Tuesday morning of "The Little Mermaid," featuring the Covington Regional Ballet.

Shelter to hold golf tourney at Cherokee Run

CONYERS — Project ReNeWal will hold its annual Golf Classic on Friday, May 13, at Cherokee Run Golf Course in Conyers. The golf tournament serves as one of the largest fundraising efforts for the battered women's shelter that serves Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties.

Shelter sees budget shrink for fiscal year

CONYERS — The life of a battered woman is unstable. By the time she takes that crucial step toward independence, she must learn to adjust to many new circumstances, including a time of financial insecurity.