News for Thursday, January 27, 2011


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Newton Blotter - 01-28-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department: * Christopher Bryon Allgood, 39, 515 Almond Road, child support default. * Stella Grace Bevels, 25, 200 Bell St., probation violation, possession of Schedule I & II (methamphetamine).

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Patton-Withers wedding

Nicole Patton and Erik Withers were married in Oct. 10 at Southern Oaks in Fayetteville. Dr. Robert Winstead officiated the ceremony.

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Schmersahl-Rose wedding

Leigh Anne Schmersahl and Archer Riddick Randall Rose Jr. were married on Dec. 11 at Mountain Top and Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. The Rev. Mabry Collins officiated the ceremony.

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Rush 50th Anniversary

Charles "Pat" Rush and Peggy Turner Rush of Covington celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 14. They celebrated with their children, their children's spouses and their grandchildren at the Smith House in Dahlonega, Ga.

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FURMAN BISHER: It must be a sight to see Polamalu fit that mop in a helmet

Troy Polamalu is just the nicest guy in the world, I gather. At least that's the way my wife looks at him, but I wonder if he really enjoys having all that hair to have to take care of. Instead of looking tough, it makes him look like a hair-dresser's dream. How does he get all that mop inside a helmet?

JACK SIMPSON: Don't let a celebration turn into a tragic death

Remember that poem about shooting an arrow into the air and having it fall to the ground, you knew not where? Or breathing a song into the air, it fell to Earth I know not where. For who has sight so keen and strong that it can follow the flight of song?

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Merryvale gets award

Merryvale Assisted Living in Oxford was named the Dick James Small Business of the Year at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Thursday night at DeKalb Tech.

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County wants portion in Main Street

Newton County officials are not willing to turn over the Main Street Covington program to the city of Covington, based on results so far of meetings of a committee assigned to study the issue.

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NCSO looking for suspects in robbery

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and surrounding agencies are on the lookout for four suspects in a Thursday afternoon armed robbery at a pawn shop.

LETTERS: Don't be silent if you are a stalking victim

January is a time every year when many individuals begin with New Year's resolutions and a positive outlook on the year ahead. However, victims of stalking do not have that luxury because they are always looking back over their shoulder in pure fear. Since January is observed as National Stalking Awareness Month, I wanted to take a moment to encourage people to educate themselves about the seriousness of this deadly crime.

LETTERS: Many people helped make CARE fundraiser event a great success

On Jan. 22, the CARE committee, a nonprofit organization, held a silent auction in Porterdale. This was a benefit to raise funds to assist the needy families of Porterdale. This was our first event like this and we really didn't know what to expect. However, it turned out great as well as a lot of fun and it is all because of the business owners and individuals in Porterdale and Newton County that stepped up to help us.

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NCSS sizes up budget to others

The Newton County School System has compared itself with seven other school systems in Georgia while making decisions about possible cuts to next school year's budget.

CAL THOMAS: President hides a lot of spending in his speech

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama at times sounded like he was channeling Ronald Reagan: cutting the deficit, hailing private enterprise and individual initiative, talking about the future. But for all his eloquence, the president wrapped his liberal ideology in conservative sheep's clothing.

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Georgia Forestry Commission selling a variety of seedlings

Cold weather is the perfect time to plant trees, and the Georgia Forestry Commission has seedlings for sale in a variety of species.

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Family-owned art business aims to reach children, parents

CONYERS -- For those who have a yearning to get their creative juices flowing and include their youngsters in the process, the Children's Art Factory in Olde Town Conyers is the place to visit.