News for Thursday, March 31, 2011


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Conyers resident Frances Carey got hooked on collecting Olympic lapel pins during the 1996 Summer Games.Her collection numbers over 1,000 and she's got everything from sponsor pins to country pins to security pins. She's in search of other collectors and appraisers.

Newton Blotter - 04-01-11

* Alvin Anderson, 47, 15 Windridge Drive, court sentenced.* Kristopher Ty Armistead, 21, 6137 Collins St., probation violation.* Annamaria Michelle Barton, 23, 2690 Glendale Drive, Conyers, theft by receiving stolen property.* Terrance Bernard Blackwell, 23, 6102 Petty St., terroristic threats and acts.* Charles Ray Bouquet, 39, 2646 Jackson Lake Road, Mansfield, probation violation.

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Lakemper found guilty on all counts

COVINGTON -- A North Carolina man who once described himself in testimony as a "sick coyote" was found guilty of malice murder and other charges in Newton County Superior Court Thursday evening.

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Green thumbs for greenbacks

Jon Davis, a 12th-grader in Eastside High School's agricultural education class taught by Abbey Brown, puts a flat of flowers together in the greenhouse behind the school. Davis is gathering orders for the spring Plant Sale that runs today from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Annual, perennial and vegetable plants are available. The school is located at 10245 Eagle Drive in Covington.

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City, county may join forces for community center

COVINGTON -- The City Council, Board of Commissioners and representatives from the Covington Housing Authority and Covington Redevelopment Authority met at a work session Wednesday afternoon to discuss partnering on a mixed-use community facility in Walker's Bend.

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NCSO investigators look into robberies

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery and assault at Susie's Best Wings on Salem Road.

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Porterdale fire chief being investigated

PORTERDALE -- An investigation into claims of improper behavior on the part of Porterdale Fire Chief Ronald Savage is under way but likely won't be completed for at least another week.

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Newton unemployment drops slightly in February to 12.1 percent

COVINGTON -- Newton County's unemployment rate dipped slightly in February to 12.1 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Church to hold duck race

PORTERDALE -- Porterdale Baptist Church is sponsoring its first ever Duc "K" Yellow River Race for a Cure, benefiting Newton County Relay for Life.

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Tractor-trailer wreck snarls Interstate 20 traffic, injures one

COVINGTON -- A wreck involving a sedan and a tractor-trailer truck tied up traffic on Interstate 20 westbound in Newton County about two hours Thursday afternoon and backed up traffic for several miles.

Digital Humanities Center Funded at Emory

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a two-year $695,000 grant to the Emory University Libraries to establish a cutting-edge, collaborative digital humanities center.

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GPC holds successful testing event

Georgia Perimeter College's testing and early college speakers, faculty and recruitment staff recently presented March Testing Madness,...

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DeKalb Tech takes 15 medals in state competition

Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington recently announced the winners of its 20 scholarships, which are worth $2,000 each and are awarded to outstanding high school seniors in the co-op's territory.

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GPC students participated in cleanup

Georgia Perimeter College's Sallie Paschal, George Lonberger, Jeff Meadors and Julie Locicero organized more than 100 GPC faculty,...