News for Friday, March 11, 2011


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Newton Poll - 03-12-11

"Before deciding whether HOPE scholarships should require an A or B or C average, our Georgia legislators should sit in on a college science or engineering course. I doubt any of them would pass an advanced math for engineers, or organic chemistry, nuclear physics, etc. course. Does anyone know how many students drop out of science majors so they can keep their scholarship? Are we trying to increase the number of English and history majors? It seems so when we put up an arbitrary GPA number such as 3.0 or 3.5 to keep a HOPE scholarship.

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Shooting on the Square

Film crews braved Friday's chilly morning temperatures to set up camp on Covington's Square for filming of the NBC movie "The Magic Eyes," starring Faith Ford.

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SPLOST to fund $17M for roads

COVINGTON -- By far, the greatest amount of SPLOST dollars will be spent on transportation projects. A total of nearly $17.3 million has been designated for that purpose, not including the various transportation projects on individual city lists.

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Henderson son charged with making threats

COVINGTON -- The son of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson is in trouble again with the same family of an underage female who started his legal woes.

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Residents feel effects of Japan disaster

Locals some 7,000 miles west kept a watchful eye Friday on the situation in Japan.

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Bill to limit access to project info

Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that will keep discussions about economic development away from the prying eyes of the public.

Newton Blotter - 03-11-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Richard Lee Autry, 21, 60 Spring Court, Newborn, theft by receiving stolen property (auto).* Albert Thomas Beal, 44, 12 Laurel St., Porterdale, probation violation.* Michael Stanley Christian, 50, 5185 Turner St., court sentenced.* Andrew Todd Cofer, 21, 731 Starrsville Road, court sentenced.* Joseph Vince Cox, 33, 3199 West St., probation violation.

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Coming Sunday

What started as a kind gesture of friendship between two different cultures has literally blossomed over the past 30 years into an event which draws tens of thousands of people — the annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.