News for Thursday, March 24, 2011


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Coming in East Metro Sunday

In the New Depot Players' latest production, "Tradin' Paint," main character Darla Frye works in a dead end job in an auto parts department. She dating a not-so-nice boyfriend who is a dog catcher because he failed the test for law enforcement officer.But a flat tire on a dark country road one night offers Darla a new direction in life.Check out "Tradin' Paint," a comedy at Center Street Arts, opening March 31 and running for two weekends.

Newton Blotter - 03-25-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Donald Anderson, 48, 610 Lower River Road, probation violation.* Kyle Scott Bennington, 22, 8119 Monticello St., battery (Family Violence).* Jennifer Lynn Bergmeier, 30, 1325 Mountain Drive, Conyers, probation violation.* Charles Edward Blanton, 49, 1425 South Madison Ave., Monroe, court sentenced 15 years serve 3.

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Little lambs, lots of work

Twin lambs under the care of Ava Teasley, 10, and her sister Elizabeth, 7, were bestowed those famous monikers following their birth last month. The girls are raising the lambs at the Newton County FFA-FCCLA Center as a 4-H project. Their father, Todd Teasley, is the director of the center.

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City firm on nuclear investment

COVINGTON -- With the debate over the safety of nuclear energy still raging following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and subsequent threat of a nuclear meltdown, the city of Covington remains committed to investing more than $160 million in two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Group to sell cherry trees at festival

The beauty of cherry blossoms will be available for your own front yard again this weekend at the Cherry Blossom Festival to benefit programs at the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Service.

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Officers spot potted marijuana plants during search of home

LOGO: "On the beat logo.tif"On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

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School board to consider more time for public

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education is considering the addition of more public participation to its monthly meetings.

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Spring busy season for Satsuki gardeners

Beryl Budd, chief ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission, spoke at the March meeting of the Satsuki Garden Club and is shown here accepting a token of appreciation from club program chairman Beverly Copeland.