News for Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Snapping Shoals annual meeting set for July 21

COVINGTON -- It's a summer tradition for Snapping Shoals EMC members: The co-op's annual meeting will take place Thursday, July 21, at Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

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Local funeral home is filming location for Thornton movie

COVINGTON -- Hollywood's spotlight will be shining bright on Newton County next week, with two movies filming here.

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Social Circle accident reports to be online

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Dealing with the aftermath of a car crash can be a hassle, but Social Circle has taken steps to make the process a little more convenient.

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Covington couple wins cruise from lottery

COVINGTON -- Acquenella and Donald Gates of Covington recently celebrated their seventh anniversary with a weeklong Caribbean cruise courtesy of the Georgia Lottery.

Teacher chosen for special seminar

COVINGTON -- One Newton County teacher received some special training this summer.

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It's a family tradition

With the advent of the 183rd annual Salem Camp Meeting beginning today, families were turning up Thursday to air out and clean up their cabins, or "tents" as they're known among the faithful, at the Salem Road campgrounds.

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Drug store robber dies

COVINGTON -- The man who police say robbed a Covington drug store of morphine and then led them on a chase before turning a gun on himself Wednesday afternoon died Thursday morning.

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Man allegedly robs drug store of meds; shoots himself as police close in

COVINGTON -- A man who had allegedly just robbed Chip's Health Mart, formerly known as The Medicine Shoppe, shot himself when cornered by police Wednesday afternoon.

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It's a family tradition

With the advent of the 183rd annual Salem Camp Meeting beginning today, families were turning up Thursday to air out and clean up their cabins, or "tents" as they're known among the faithful, at the Salem Road campgrounds. Newton County sisters Laura Kemp and Dana Kemp gave the cabin their father built many years ago a good going over. Both Kemp sisters have been attending camp meeting their entire lives and they have always stayed in the family tent. Camp meeting will get under way with supper at the Salem Hotel at 6 p.m. with worship services beginning at 8 p.m. Services will continue daily at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Friday, July 15. Additionally, there will be morning devotional services at 7:30 a.m., July 11-15.

Newton Blotter - 07-08-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:

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Judge: Church property transfer unlawful

COVINGTON -- God's Hope Builders Inc. must return the property and assets of Mt. Zion Baptist Church to church members.

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County, DOT rush to improve Airport Road before school starts

COVINGTON -- Newton County has less than a month to make temporary improvements to Airport Road before the new Flint Hill Elementary School opens its doors to students on Aug. 4.

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