News for Thursday, June 23, 2011


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Coming in East Metro Sunday

Covington resident Jacob Gilbert suffered from severe type 1 diabetes until last year, when he received a pancreas transplant at Piedmont Hospital. Today, his health remains good and he and his family are thankful for Gilbert's second chance at life.

Newton Blotter - 06-24-11

* Shakeem Himself Allah, 42, 7544 Clear Creek Drive, Lithonia, simple battery, cruelty to children 3rd degree.* Robert Lee Anderson, 44, 110 Oxford North, Oxford, probation violation.* Mika Elizabeth Ashby, 22, 9730 Moss Point Path, Villa Rica, probation violation.

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Rams looking for leaders during camps

COVINGTON -- One thing that Newton does not have is a lack of players at summer practice. The Rams have been averaging between 60 and 70 participants a day for about a month.

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SCNI hires director of digital operations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Southern Community Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post, has hired John Bock as director of digital operations for the company.

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Fuzz Run foresight: Now is the time to train for annual 5K race

COVINGTON -- Kristi Greco gets her exercise and stress relief by running. She pounds the pavement five days a week, 3 to 5 miles a day, year-round.

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Most CRCTs below state, but improving

COVINGTON -- Although Newton County School System students on average scored below state averages on the spring CRCT, system officials said that scores have improved from last year.

Planners say agriculture may be key to future

COVINGTON -- Newton County could have a very important role to fulfill in the Northeast Georgia Region over the next 25 years: Food supplier.

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North Carolina man killed in predawn crash on Ga. Highway 212

COVINGTON -- A North Carolina man died in an early morning crash on Ga. Highway 212 Thursday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.GSP Lt. Paul Cosper said the single-vehicle crash occurred around 3 a.m. just east of Butler Bridge Road.

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Coming Sunday

Andrew and Christina Norman recently established an heirloom vegetable farm in Newton County. Noring Farms specializes in heirloom tomatoes but at this time of year also has carrots, beets, radishes, squash, cucumbers and corn, as well as free range eggs and jellies and jams.