News for Thursday, January 20, 2011


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Newton Blotter - 01-21-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Michael Bernard Allen, 44, 725 Lakeside Circle, probation violation.* Marco Alvarez, 45, 7148 Chaney Drive, license required; surrender of prior licenses.* Dennis Edward Baker, 5110 Highway 20, Lot #22, probation violation.* Stephanie Marie Barnes, 38, 2546 Limekiln Lane, Eastover, NC, failure to appear.* Carlos Lamont Biggins, 44, 6462 Marbut Road, Lithonia, theft by shoplifting.

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FURMAN BISHER: Misery loves company

How could we have all been so wrong at the same time?

HUCKABY: Reflecting on moms makes me really appreciate mine

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about Tiger Moms -- Chinese mothers who parent with an iron hand. They demand perfection in academia while pushing their children to practice long hours at piano and violin while eschewing normal childhood pleasures such as having a life.

SIMPSON: Work with the police to help deter crime

Judging from media reports, many citizens are concerned about house robberies, burglaries and theft. So what are they doing about prevention and protection of lives and property?

SHIELDS: Why do firearms escape the scope of state licenses?

It probably had something to do with the countless hours involuntarily spent assembling, disassembling and cleaning my M-1 rifle, and in seeing up-close the damage semi-automatic weapons can inflict, but I have never thought of guns as anything other than brutally efficient tools for crippling and killing human beings.

LETTERS: BOC right to not blindly give funds to local nonprofits

I would like to thank the Rockdale County BOC for not approving the funding of Ceek to Fulfill at the rescheduled BOC meeting on Tuesday. I understand that Commissioner Oz Nesbitt was quoted as saying, "It is not the business of local government to serve as a funding source."

LETTERS: Snapping Shoals should use funds for efficiency

Thank you for your recent article on Snapping Shoals EMC and its proposed coal plant. As a member of Snapping Shoals for almost 22 years, I think this is something that everyone who must pay an electric bill should be following closely, and we should all be asking questions.

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Newton nudges out rival

Even though he's shorter, Newton's Derrick Henry (15), at 6 feet, 2 inches, was able to take the shot over a much taller Rockdale player Deshaun Sunderhaus (34), who's 6 feet, 9 inches, in Wednesday's matchup of top-10 schools.

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Social Circle reduces fees for alcohol

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Finding a place in Social Circle to have a glass of wine with dinner may have just gotten a little easier.

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Library volunteer honored

COVINGTON -- Bob Phillips was a self-taught expert in genealogical research and always happy to share his knowledge with others.

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Showing they C.A.R.E.

The Covington Elks Past Exalted Rulers Association recently gave a donation of $300 to the C.A.R.E. Association of Porterdale.

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NCSS purchases land for replacement high school

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has purchased land where it will build a replacement for Newton High School.

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Library grand opening set for Sunday

The grand opening of Porter Memorial Branch Library will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Newton public works to be evaluated

Commissioners approved Tuesday night a $31,541.14 contract with Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc. to evaluate the county's Public Works Department.

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Oxford College announces commencement speaker

OXFORD -- Oxford College of Emory University will hold commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. on its college green.

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George Walton Academy to hold open house

MONROE -- Families interested in getting more information about George Walton Academy in Monroe have a chance to visit its next open house and tour.

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Connections Academy Virtual School comes to Georgia

ATLANTA -- Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, Georgia students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have a new public school option that delivers public schooling to students online.

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Red flags when applying to a for-profit college

Enrollment at for-profit schools -- including trade schools and online universities -- has skyrocketed in recent years. Unfortunately, not all schools offer a quality education and enrolling in a sub-par program can be a waste of time and money.

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Oxford extends application deadlines

OXFORD -- Students interested in applying to Oxford College now have a little while longer to do so.