News for Thursday, June 30, 2011


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Newton Blotter - 07-01-11

* Christopher Charles Bell, 51, 10307 Waterford Road, court sentenced work release 1 year to serve.* Shakelia Martia Bell, 27, 9107 Cecilia St., aggravated assault.* Pierre Porsche Braswell, 22, 466 Pittman St., Macon, bench warrant.* Christle Darnell Currence, 51, 3800 Hursher Road, Atlanta, probation violation.

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Daily prayers

Youngsters participating in Covington First United Methodist Church's vacation Bible school program are learning Bible stories, watching puppet shows, singing songs, learning sign language, doing crafts and having snacks this week.

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Police chief pleads for safe Fourth

As public safety director for the city, Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton and his team have put together a plan to ensure that residents enjoy Sunday's Independence in the Park 2011 event.

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Program to teach locals zoning basics

Residents who need a quick introduction to zoning and planning processes and regulations have a chance to get one for free.

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Porterdale: Council increases millage, cuts costs

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to increase the property tax millage rate by 2 mills and take some cost-cutting steps in order to end the year in the black. Porterdale's current millage is 17.518 mills.

HUCKABY: Lunch with an old friend is a forgotten pleasure

"Let's do lunch!" How many times have you said that to an old friend -- or new acquaintance, for that matter -- and not followed through? Yeah. Me too, although I probably said something like, "We ought to grab a bite to eat sometime." Let's do lunch is not exactly a Porterdale sort of thing to say.

SIMPSON: People get tired of poor service

Bombs, rockets, deadly clashes, small arms fire -- as if these are not bad enough, young soldiers redeployed from combat zones and under military orders recently had to face hidden fees from Delta Air Lines.

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Officials urge drivers to be safe

he Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to buckle-up this coming weekend and to plan their travel activities with safety in mind.

THOMAS: Game ruling shows court out of touch

Intellectually, I understand the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision that the First Amendment protects the most violent of video games. Experientially, I don't.

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Kroger stores, USO team up to honor heroes

Kroger grocery stores and the USO are teaming up this month to thank those serving in the Armed Forces and their families through the "Honoring Our Heroes Project."

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Some Newton agencies lose nonprofit status with IRS

Some Newton County nonprofit agencies have found themselves on a list of entities that have lost their tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Option U Football Camp at Georgia Southern

Rising senior Matt Hitchcock from Eastside High School received the Best Hands award at the Option U Football Camp at Georgia Southern University for skill players