News for Friday, July 22, 2011


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Hitting the road

Brody Hartley, 13, of Lilburn, was the winner in the 15-16-year-old category at the Oxford Hills Road Race on Friday.

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CPD seeks man who fired gun at couple

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police are seeking a man believed to have fired a gun at a man and his wife as they left Riverside Nursing Home on West Street around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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No change in city millage, surplus increases

The Covington City Council has adopted a millage rate of 8.2 for fiscal year 2012. The rate has remained unchanged since 2007.

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FOX: Social Circle PD to seek accreditation

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The chief of the Social Circle Department of Public Safety is using the resignation of one the department's supervisors as an opportunity to consider reorganizing the department in its effort to become state certified.

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District 1 invited to school forum

COVINGTON -- Parents, students and other community members in Newton County, especially District 1, are invited to a school forum to talk more in depth about issues in education.

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Dalton running for re-election

Councilman Keith Dalton is running for re-election to the Post 3, East Ward seat.

Health Reports - 07-19-2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Restaurant health inspection reports published in the Citizen newspapers include only the restaurant's name, address, score, date of inspection and previous score. This is due to the length of violations included in the reports. Readers who would like to know more about a restaurant's score may go online at to read any violations recorded in the report.

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Coming in Sunday East Metro

The 2nd Annual Let's Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show will be held Aug. 6 at the Turner Lake Complex. Admission to visitors is free and cost to enter a car or motorcycle into the competition is $20 the day of the event.

Newton Blotter - 07-22-11

* Roderick Keith Arnold, 50, 1135 Jefferson St., Atlanta, probation violation.* Darin John Battaglia, 40, 55 Prairie Chicken Road, Monticello, court sentenced 10 years serve 2.* Jeremy Deshaun Belcher, 27, 212 E. Richardson St., Oxford, probation violation.

Newton Poll - 07-23-11

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.

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Porterdale council hears opposition to millage increase

PORTERDALE -- The first of three public hearings for the city's proposed millage rate increase Tuesday night drew critical comments from two citizens, including former mayor Wayne Maddox.

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Snapping Shoals EMC holds annual meeting

CONYERS -- For an annual business meeting, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation's Thursday gathering gives members plenty of reasons to attend.