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Coming in East Metro Sunday

In addition to being a University of Georgia student, Connor Pledger is also striving to build a career as singer-songwriter. He recently released his first recording, "Detour," an acoustic-based production.A Heritage High School graduate, Pledger still maintains ties to the area and will play at the Celtic Tavern in July.

Newton Blotter - 06-10-11

* Tammy Norrell Stovall, 23, 6143 Green St., disorderly/public drunk.* Christopher Quontez Sumbry, 20, 1605 South Indian Creek, Stone Mountain, hold for DeKalb County.* Michel Germain Velazque, 20, 17 Cluboack Way, Norcross, license required; surrender of prior licenses, speeding.* Ronnie Jay Vining Jr., 28, 169 Mt. Tabor Road, Apt. B, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

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Sprucing up

Staff Photos: Erin EvansImer Renerice with Burke Painting has a hot job, but somebody's got to do it.

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Nude man escapes hospital

COVINGTON -- Covington police officers were tasked with what proved to be a difficult assignment Thursday morning when they attempted to apprehend a nude man who was running down U.S. Highway 278.

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Movies, TV bring bucks for Newton

COVINGTON -- Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall said the Chamber is now approaching tourism in the area as an existing industry. During his presentations to the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council this week, he said television and film tourism has had a major impact on the area's economic development.

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Leaders: At times, business avoids us

COVINGTON -- The definition of quality of life is in the eye of the beholder, but many community leaders in Newton County are beginning to speak with one voice about how to achieve it.

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'American Pie' sequel may film at Newton High

COVINGTON -- Newton High School could be the setting of a major motion picture and earn a little money for the Newton County School System, too.

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Porterdale says DUI case not linked to search for court personnel

PORTERDALE -- In letters sent to Municipal Court Judge David Strickland and former Solicitor Qader Baig, the City Council maintained that the timing of its decision to advertise a Request for Qualifications for those positions was coincidental and not related to dissatisfaction with the handling of a DUI case against a Conyers Police Department officer.

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Newton Scout Cofer earns Eagle

Adam Cofer, 18-year-old Newton High School graduate and member of Boy Scout Troop 222, recently earned his Eagle Scout designation by performing a project at Academy Springs Park in Covington.

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Creative expression

Rising first- through six-graders are at Oxford College this week learning about music and art. Caleb Coggins, a second-grader from Fairview Theme School, working on a bottle cap turtle. In class, students learned about Haiti and all the crafts made there and then made a few of their own.

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'American Pie' sequel may film at Newton High

COVINGTON — Newton High School could be the setting of a major motion picture and earn a little money for the Newton County School System, too.

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