News for Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Newton Blotter - 08-05-11

* Lindsie Juanita Ryan, 20, 9287 Settlers Grove Road, court sentenced to serve 24 hours.* Jason Andrew Sargent, 26, 10775 Flat Shoals Road, violation of a temporary protection order, terroristic threats and acts.* Lewis Monroe Seuell, 31, 1613 Cherry Hill, Conyers, theft by shoplifting, reckless driving.* Quenada Quenyarn Sims, 23, 185 Saratoga Ct., possession of Schedule III & IV drugs, drugs to be kept in original container.* Walt Antonio Sims, 38, 9121 Comstock Court, defective equipment,

Man attempts to have forged prescription filled

The manager of Rite-Aide pharmacy on U.S. Highway 278 reported that Tuesday an employee received what was believed to be a forged prescription from a man who said he would be back to pick it up.

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Students begin new school year

Students in Newton County joined several other metro Atlanta counties by returning to school this week.

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Savage seeks Porterdale council seat

Darlene Savage, a native of Porterdale, has announced her intention to seek a seat on the Porterdale City Council in the November municipal election.

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Young looking to improve Eagles

COVINGTON -- Newly named Eastside boys head coach Champ Young played soccer for the Eagles back in 2004, the year he graduated. However, what he called soccer back then is much different as what they play now.

HUCKABY: Get your checkups so you can win the fight

Cancer. It's not a pretty word. It is not a pretty disease, either. It has no respect for creed nor color nor station in life, and we all have been affected by its malevolence. We have battled cancer or watched a friend or loved one battle cancer. We have celebrated with the victors and mourned with those who have succumbed and we have prayed for those who have contracted cancer and pledged our resources to help doctors and researchers find cures and preventions for the various types.

LETTERS: Locals helped make forum a great success

I would like to thank the residents of Newton County District 1 who attended my "School Board on Your Corner" public forum at Alcovy High School on July 28. Students, parents, teachers, PTO leaders, school administrators, business owners, seniors and others joined me in a healthy discussion of topics.

LETTERS: Let local businesses handle pre-K duties

On Wednesday, I read that the Rockdale County Public Schools administration has decided to re-program $62,690 to fund the pre-K program for the full 180 days this school year. The state of Georgia had decided that due to shortfalls in the state budget that it could only fund 160 days of instruction this year.

LETTERS: Citizen readers get two great writers in Huckaby, Bisher

I am writing to commend two very fine writers on the Citizen staff. Darrell Huckaby and Furman Bisher are world class and are as talented as any columnists in the country today.

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Covington Council addresses 'Vampire Diaries' troubles

Several City Council members reported Monday night that they've had complaints from local merchants and citizens regarding filming of "The Vampire Diaries."

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Downtown events cost city $19K

The city has spent about $19,000 in the past year to close streets and set up detours for special events downtown, according to a report from Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner. The report was provided to the council at the request of Councilman Chris Smith.

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Library board sets $1.7 million budget

The Newton County Library Board of Trustees set a budget of $1,745,829.36 for fiscal year 2012 during its Thursday morning meeting.

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School board upholds non-renewal of former administrator's contract

COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Education upheld a recommendation from Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews to not renew an assistant principal's contract this year.

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Covington Council addresses 'Vampire Diaries' troubles

Several City Council members reported Monday night that they've had complaints from local merchants and citizens regarding filming of "The Vampire Diaries."

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Ready to roll

Newton County School System bus driver Tracy Pirkle prepared for the new school year Wednesday by making sure her bus was clean and the fuel tank full. The tank holds 100 gallons of diesel fuel, and Pirkle said with a longer route this year, she expects she'll be stopping by the fuel station at least once a week. A staggered schedule for elementary, middle and high school students has been implemented this year, making it possible to have fewer buses on the road. Pirkle has been a school bus driver for 13 years. About 19,000 students are expected to attend Newton County schools this year.

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