News for Friday, January 14, 2011

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Newton Poll - 01-15-11

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 poll@newtoncitizen.com. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."It seems that Commissioner Ewing is getting a lot of undeserved credit/blame re. the SPLOST. If the news reports are correct, he was the only one who had a list at the time set for the commissioners to have lists to consider; even the chairman did not have one at that time. The AG center was not his idea but one requested by a group that asked him to include it on his list. Someone is in error if they think the airport is in his district (which is the only place news has reported proposed center might be located).

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Ready for recycling

Willie Williams and Curtis Hardeman with Newton County Public Works shovel sand onto the ice at the McGiboney Road Recycling Center off Brown Bridge Road on Friday afternoon. The recycling center and two others closed at noon Thursday due to icy roadways and reopened at noon Friday. All recycling centers will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Citations will be issued to anyone who leaves garbage outside the gates.

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Center conducts survey

The Center Facilitating Community Preservation and Planning is conducting a survey to determine how to attract and retain people age 40 and under in Newton.

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Group to study need for clinics

Newton County Community Partnership has received a $15,000 grant to determine the need for a school-based health care clinic.

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Covington man sought in traffic shooting

Conyers Police are still looking for a Covington man thought to be responsible for a shooting at BJ's Wholesale Club last Friday night.

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BOE to meet this Tuesday

The Newton County Board of Education will only meet once this month, thanks to the snow and ice storm that blanketed Newton County this week and closed schools for five days.

HUCKABY: The weatherman's life during the big storm

David Chandley is a heck of a guy -- and has impeccable timing. Although he was born in New Jersey and spent his childhood and youth moving around the country he returned to his parents' roots and entered the University of Georgia in 1980.

JENKINS: Snow brings irrational behavior

It's always interesting to observe how extraordinary occurrences affect otherwise rational people. And no, I'm not talking about the Falcons being in the playoffs.

LETTERS: A bipolar-type defect causing a polarizing effect

The shootings in Tucson, Ariz., last weekend of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others should be treated for what it is: A tragedy involving a deranged individual conflicting with society. However, from the start of the reporting and continuing at a furious clip, accusations and innuendos designed to put blame on the conservative right are incessant from all directions.

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Man with dueling tattoos reported missing

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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RECIPE BOX: BBQ ambrosia salad a touch of spring in winter

After being snowed in this week, I bet you are looking forward to warmer weather. Although I can't make the temperature outside warmer, I can bring a little spring-like dish to your table.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Burial for a King' a must-read for fans of social, cultural history

In days of old, when someone messed with a king, he was usually thrown in the dungeon without trial or jury. Justice was swift and mercy was rare. That's because, oftentimes, the king held things together. Loved or hated, he was a force to be reckoned with. He had power and powerful friends, and messing with him wasn't advised. On that subject, little has changed through the centuries, as you'll see in "Burial for a King" by Rebecca Burns.

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RICH: Breaking my deal with God

In my life, I've done some crazy things, things that defy reason and in retrospect lead even me to say, "What was I thinking?"

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Pastor creates program aimed to assist caregivers

As a full-time caregiver for her mother, Covington single mom Brenda Davis was thankful to find out about a program starting up at Trinity Baptist Church just for people in her situation.

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Elliott-Bridgewater Wedding

Amanda Elliott and Michael Bridgewater were married on Nov. 20 on St. George Island, Fla. The Rev. Themo Patriotis officiated the ceremony.

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Phillips-Wilson Engagement

Susan Wells of Conyers and Dennis Phillips of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Diana Phillips of Conyers, to Dustin Wilson, son of Greg Wilson and Tammy Gee, both of Covington.

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Kendall-Price Wedding

Michael Neal Kendall and Erica Ruth Price were married Oct. 2, on the back lawn beside the Cooper River at Rice Hope Plantation in Moncks Corner, S.C. The late Pastor Tony Woodruff officiated the ceremony.

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Bellinger-Manget Engagment

Gayle and Jim Bellinger announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Bellinger, to Will Manget, son of Kim and John Manget, all of Conyers.

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Ready to recycling

Willie Williams and Curtis Hardeman with Newton County Public Works shovel sand onto the ice at the McGiboney Road Recycling Center off Brown Bridge Road on Friday afternoon. The recycling center and two others closed at noon Thursday due to icy roadways and reopened at noon Friday. All recycling centers will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Citations will be issued to anyone who leaves garbage outside the gates.

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Energy audit can help homeowners save

CONYERS — Fixing a cold draft felt under a door or adjusting the temperature on a water heater could mean a big payback for homeowners in their electric bills.

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