News for Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Monastery of the Holy Spirit opens new visitors center

CONYERS -- The monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers want to live a quiet, contemplative, cloistered life, but just like everyone else, they have bills to pay.

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School board OKs less staff

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools has updated its teacher allotments for next school year to reflect another small reduction.

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ON THE BEAT: Cake in the face doesn't go over well

A middle school teacher reported a case of simple battery to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. It seems her class was enjoying refreshments, including cake, with parents in attendance. A student made a comment to her about "shoving cake in her face." She said she told the student not to do that, but just as a picture was to be taken, the student did it anyway.

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Garden established to feed hungry

CONYERS -- The Rockdale Master Gardeners applied their green thumbs Friday to planting a community vegetable garden to benefit the local food bank and senior center.

ON THE BEAT: Cake in the face doesn't go over well

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

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