News for Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Coming in Sunday East Metro

Conyers resident Mary Thomson turns 100 years old Sunday.She recalls when her father traded in the horse and buggy for a Model T Ford and when her family finally got electricity at their home.

Newton Blotter - 02-18-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Dmante Dontreal Anderson, 19, 1773 Conley Downs Lane, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.* Sequathia Nicole Anderson, 23, 246 Dogwood Lane, Lawrenceville, probation violation.* Malerie Christine Arrington, 24, 460 Highway 142, Lot 49, failure to appear.* Charles Alonzo Banks, 45, 148 Longstreet Circle, Oxford, disorderly conduct, probation violation.

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Men get life for Covington woman's death

CONYERS -- Sounds of weeping family members resounded in the courtroom Thursday afternoon, but there were only blank expressions on the faces of convicted murderers Torrence Sanders and Ntyono Pennie after Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced the two men to life in prison without parole.

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911 Center saw rise in calls in '10

COVINGTON -- Calls to 911 increased by 4 percent in 2010, according to an annual report released this week by the Covington-Newton County Communications Center.

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SIU arrests two on drug charges

COVINGTON -- The Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit recently made two drug arrests.

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FFA hosting Wildlife Camp fundraiser in March

COVINGTON -- The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center is hosting a banquet and fundraiser to give kids a chance to attend the popular Wildlife Camp this summer.

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Grass, brush fires plague county

CONYERS -- All lanes of Interstate 20 between Sigman and Panola roads were closed Thursday as firefighters battled a string of grass fires that burned along the rights of way of I-20 westbound.

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Newton BOE approves transportation change

COVINGTON -- The transportation department at the Newton County School System will undergo some major changes over the next year.

Student disabilities fair coming up

Soon families of students with disability can attend the Walton County Resource/Transition Fair.

GM foundation offers scholarship

The GM Foundation is funding the Buick Achievers Scholarship.

Free tax assistance from Clayton State accounting students

Accounting students from Clayton State University have been busy reviewing all the tax law changes for 2010 because they are participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program hosted by the University's School of Business.

New ACT college search app released

IOWA CITY, IOWA -- ACT Inc., an educational leader in innovative solutions, has released a new application for iPhone and iPod touch users.

Covington Student Accepted into People to People Academic Program

Alexander Quinlan, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

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Covington native to Perform in wind ensemble concert

YOUNG HARRIS -- Young Harris College senior music major Tara Shiver, a native of Covington, will play her clarinet at a special event next week.

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Piedmont students

Two Piedmont Academy students, Alex Parrish from Covington, left, and Kevin Davis from Jackson, right, recently participated in the GISA Spelling Bee, which was held at Mr. de Sales Academy in Macon.

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Music star visits Newton High School

Last week Kalenna Harper from the popular music group Diddy Dirty Money that stars Sean "P. Diddy" Combs spoke to Quinita Morrow's Entrepreneurial Ventures Class at Newton High School on the importance of owning their own business.

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Coming Sunday

Jessica Hatcher is advocating that all newborns receive a blood oxygen test which could congenital heart defects.

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911 Center saw rise in calls in '10

COVINGTON — Calls to 911 increased by 4 percent in 2010, according to an annual report released this week by the Covington-Newton County Communications Center.

Men get life for Covington woman's death

CONYERS — Sounds of weeping family members resounded in the courtroom Thursday afternoon, but there were only blank expressions on the faces of convicted murderers Torrence Sanders and Ntyono Pennie after Rockdale County Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced the two men to life in prison without parole.

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