News for Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Former Newton County resident Corey Crowder will bring his singer/songwriter talents to the Oaks Golf Course in Covington on March 19.He moved to Nashville in October, signed with the prestigious Universal Publishing house and CAA booking agency, and is on the verge of signing a major-label recording deal.

Newton Blotter - 03-04-11

* Trellis Ray Bailey II, 33, 27-A Popular St., parole violation, theft by taking (auto), forgery in the first degree.* Bobby James Battle, 41, 55 Brook Wood Drive, court sentenced 60 days.* Amatrain Fernando Brown, 34, 10148 Broken Branch Court, criminal damage to property in the second degree, terroristic and threats and acts, disorderly conduct.* Tommy Germyale Brown, 28, 10148 Broken Branch Court, battery (Family Violence Act).* Angela Jane Bryan, 46, 118 Oxford North Road, Oxford, child support.* William Lamar Cagle, 31, 60 Frontier Drive, Conyers, contempt of court, failure to appear.

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Green thumbs

Third-graders at the Montessori School of Covington worked on a flower garden in the sunshine Thursday.

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SPLOST to pay off $8M debt

A total of $8.5 million in county debt will be paid for through SPLOST 2011 revenue, and that's one expense that must be paid whether or not the SPLOST referendum passes.

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Sheriff's Office aiming for state accreditation

The staff at the Newton County Sheriff's Office is dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's to ensure that its office can stand tall next to any department in the nation. Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced they are aiming for accreditation through the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, with an ultimate goal of national accreditation.

City backs horse racing, transportation bill

City staff members made an appearance at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday morning to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing, in turn establishing a million-dollar industry for the state.

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Three men charged in burned truck homicide

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office filed murder and arson charges against three men suspected to be involved in the February homicide of a man found dead in a burned pick up truck off of Turner Road.

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Black history to be celebrated Saturday

A celebration of local black history will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Covington. The 1965 basketball team from R.L. Cousins High School and their late coach, Jimmy Wright, will be honored.

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BOE urged to make budget cuts

If the Newton County Board of Education doesn't make severe budget cuts this year, the members should expect more cuts in the future.

Krylon announced art scholarship program

CLEVELAND -- Krylon, inventor of the first aerosol clear coatings to preserve priceless artwork, has announced its third annual Clear Choice Art Scholarships.

Emory student aid gets $14.4M boost

A $14.4 million estate gift to Emory University from alumnus James E. Varner Jr. will provide financial aid to students through Emory Advantage, a program that allows qualified students accepted to Emory to attend without worrying about how they can afford it.

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Newton FFA busy

Newton High School's FFA has had a busy semester.

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RCA educator named State Teacher of the Year

CONYERS — A Covington resident and Rockdale County educator recently was recognized as a top state teacher.

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Sheriff's Office aiming for state accreditation

COVINGTON — The staff at the Newton County Sheriff's Office is dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's to ensure that its office can stand tall next to any department in the nation. Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced they are aiming for accreditation through the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, with an ultimate goal of national accreditation.

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