News for Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Newton Blotter - 01-07-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Dennis Christopher Anthony, 49, 6550 Carriage Court, Union City, probation violation.* Darius Jermal Armour, 19, 2625 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia, court sentence revoked 8 months.* Deborah Jean Bell, 33, 35 Meeler Drive, theft by deception, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, probation violation.* Rory Christopher Blaney, 20, 3950 Cumberland Trail, Conyers, reckless conduct causing harm to or endanger the safety of another, criminal street gang act, criminal trespass, drinking under age.

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HUCKABY: How to usher in a new year

We are about a week into the new year and I have yet to break a resolution.

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THOMAS: Probes can save money, possibly lives

Given the Democrats' track record of investigating Republican administrations, they will lack credibility when they protest Republicans investigating actions by the Obama administration.

SIMPSON: All you need is some sanitizer

As a child, I was told a little dirt was good for you.

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Green lights: Oxford College installs new, better lighting

OXFORD -- Oxford College is implementing more "green" initiatives at its campus this month.

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Council OKs IDA rezoning

COVINGTON -- Once again, a deadlocked City Council forced Mayor Kim Carter to cast the tie-breaking vote to annex into city limits and rezone 158 acres owned by the Industrial Development Authority.

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Three Newton schools honored

COVINGTON -- Three Newton County schools were honored along with 345 public schools in the state for outstanding academic achievement.

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Local teens arrested in stealing spree

CONYERS -- Police are investigating a posse of teen boys who went on a shoplifting spree New Year's Day, allegedly stealing shoes and clothing from three local department stores.

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Schools to increase use of college and career website

COVINGTON — Newton County middle and high school students will have more opportunities to research college and career planning during the school day.

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