News for Friday, January 7, 2011


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Newton Poll - 01-08-11

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 Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office."I feel when the newspapers and TV get to throwing the words 'unemployment is at a all time high' 'economy is terrible' it may give the lazy and unintelligent losers out there an excuse to have to go out and steal, rob and as they say 'I got to do what I got to do to survive.' I myself know in the last 10 months there has been over 200 entry and experienced level positions for jobs in this area open and that's just in logistics. These so-called thugs that wave pistols around for a quick buck (what like $300-$1,000) you really think you're slick, but all you are doing is making a fool of yourself and the family member that raised you. Realize it now. It's not worth it and not after you get 10 years in the pen where you'll find yourself fighting over a Snickers bar. 'Money comes and goes, but time is lost forever,' that's my motto. Oh yeah, and don't be so naive about what these rappers be front (lie) about. They're nothing but puppets. Swag and style is an expression of yourself and not trying to be exactly like someone you see on TV."

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Wolverine Gym in Cousins Community Center now open

For the better part of a decade, sentimental sports enthusiasts have been dreaming of restoring the old Cousins gym to its former glory. This week, that dream became a reality.

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FFA cleanup part of 'Day of Service'

More than 100 volunteers, including Secretary of State Brian Kemp, are gathering at the FFA-FCCLA Center today to plant trees and clean up the grounds to commemorate the upcoming inauguration of Gov.-elect Nathan Deal.

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CFD captain certified as CPD officer

A unique blending of the Covington Fire Department and the Covington Police Department has taken place with the certification of CFD Capt. Tony Smith as a CPD officer.

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Chick-fil-A donates to Miracle League

Chris Giella, owner of Chick-fil-A in Covington, hands a $1,000 check to Tamara Richardson, consultant for the Miracle League of Newton County. The money was raised during Chick-fil-A's Spirit Day held Dec. 4. A portion of sales from that day were donated to help build a baseball field for special-needs children.

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Energy audit can help homeowners save

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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BISHER: Liking what I see in Uggla

When I saw the Uggla name in a Marlins box score for the first time, I was sure it was a typo

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One shot in Conyers traffic incident

Police were on the lookout for the driver of one car who is believed to have shot the driver of another car Friday afternoon during a confrontation at a traffic incident on Dogwood Drive. One man was wounded in the shooting.

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BOC calls for SPLOST referendum

County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night calling for a SPLOST referendum on March 15.All five of the county's municipalities have approved an intergovernmental agreement with the county. If approved by voters, SPLOST 2011 is expected to generate $57.6 million over six years, with collections beginning July 1, the day after the current SPLOST sunsets.

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Coming to Sunday East Metro

Check out the story Sunday of Martin Kumi and his efforts to collect shoes for disadvantaged persons overseas only in Sunday Citizen.

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One-vehicle crash causes delays at Hwy. 81/Oak Hill Road

A one-vehicle crash caused traffic to be blocked Thursday night around 7 p.m. at the Oak Hill Road and Highway 81 intersection when a car ran off the road into a steep drop-off. The driver was a 58-year-old Lawrenceville man who was transported to Walton Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The Georgia State Patrol investigated the crash and James E. Hall was cited for DUI, pending results of blood tests, and failure to maintain lane. Traffic in both directions was periodically blocked while a wrecker pulled the vehicle back up onto the roadway.

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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.