News for Friday, July 29, 2011

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County regulates commercial activity

County officials have taken additional steps to regulate temporary commercial activities, such as food sales, carnivals, festivals and events hosted by charities.

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Referendum set on Sunday beer, wine sales

PORTERDALE -- The stage is now set for voters in Porterdale to decide if they will allow retail sales of beer and wine in their city on Sunday.

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Oxford's new chief making himself at home

OXFORD -- Oxford's new police chief says he's living out his dream -- policing a small town where he can get to know both the law-abiding citizens and the usual suspects by their first name.

Newton Blotter - 07-29-11

* Brian Shane Aaron, 28, 6102 N. Dearing St., probation violation.* James Gerald Aikens II, 21, 10 East Palmetto St., Porterdale, probation violation.* Joshua Joseph Baker, 34, 1296 Magnolia Ridge, Monroe, probation violation.* Myra Annie Barnhill, 52, 4056 Fairburn Ave., Atlanta, probation violation.

Newton Poll - 07-30-11

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 poll@newtoncitizen.com. 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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Oxford's new chief making himself at home

OXFORD — Oxford's new police chief says he's living out his dream — policing a small town where he can get to know both the law-abiding citizens and the usual suspects by their first name.

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Coming Sunday

A three-weekend run of the campy musical 'Little Shop of Horrors," opens on Aug. 4 at Center Street Arts in Olde Town Conyers. Presented by the New Depot Players, "Little Shop of Horrors" is the story of a hapless flower shop worker who is manipulated into feeding a bloodthirsty plant human sacrifices.

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Learning the ropes

Rising sixth-grader Jai Brooks tackles something before school starts that is usually a challenge to those entering middle school -- she's learning to open her locker at Clements Middls School during a day camp session held for new students.

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Parents, students invited to school open houses

COVINGTON -- Although students may still be enjoying sleeping in late or hanging out by the pool, the first day of school is right around the corner.

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Illegal dumping on the rise

COVINGTON -- With more abandoned and unfinished subdivisions in the county, and foreclosures booming, reports of illegal dumping in residential areas have increased.

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McCray joins SCNI as ad VP

CONYERS -- Newspaper advertising veteran Bob McCray has joined Southern Community Newspapers Inc., parent company of the Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen, as vice president of advertising.

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