News for Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Newton Blotter - 05-13-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Anthony Lamar Freeman, 39, 6140 Green St., theft by receiving stolen property.* Ramirez Antonelli Griggs, 28, 7101 Willow Green Court, DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked, following too closely.* Richard Everett Harrison, 28, 520 Alcovy Way, probation violation.* William John Henry Jr., 55, 285 Sable Circle, DUI, vehicle turning left (failure to yield).

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Best of the best

The Newton County Honor Band, comprised of band members from each of the county's three high schools, plays their first song at Thursday's Concerts on the Square performance under the direction of T.K. Adams, former band director at Cousins Middle School and current director of Newton County Community Band.

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Homeless shelter gets new lease

The Covington Housing Authority and Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter have negotiated and signed a new lease for the shelter facility on Turner Lake Circle.

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'It's a huge investment in little people': Newton BOE approves funding pre-K for full year

Newton County School System's prekindergarten program will continue as usual next school year.

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Sheriff witnesses man breaking into cars in Kroger parking lot

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown witnessed a crime in progress Saturday night and alerted Covington Police officers, who arrested Shawen Okeefe, 27, of 5162 Worsham St., the next day and charged him with loitering and prowling in connection with the incident.

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GPC to start offering four-year degrees

After being known as a two-year institution for college students in metro Atlanta for nearly 50 years, Georgia Perimeter College soon will add four-year degrees at its campuses.

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County, school system owe city stormwater fees

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education owe the city of Covington stormwater fees that combined total more than $162,000 and date back as far as 2005.

DTC announces Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony

Covington -- Recruits who earned certificates from DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy were honored at a graduation ceremony...

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Piedmont holds character parade

Students in Piedmont Academy's second and fifth grades won an award by collecting the most "box tops for education" in the last school wide competition.

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Students donate cookies, items for troops

The Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School, in association with Girl Scout Brownie Troop 11556 and the NHS MCJROTC, recently collected donations of Girl Scout Cookies and other necessities to be sent to troops serving abroad in Operation Cookie Drop.

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Spivey Hall announces 2011 Summer Music Camp dates

Clayton State University's world-famous Spivey Hall has announced the 2011 dates for its annual Summer Music Camp.

Newton Poll - 05-14-11

The Newton Citizen Poll is a compilation of opinions submitted by readers. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Citizen newspapers. If you agree or disagree with something you read here, you may respond by e-mailing poll@newtoncitizen.com. Please remember that the Citizen Poll is not a forum for comments either for or in opposition to candidates seeking elective office.

'It's a huge investment in little people': Newton BOE approves funding pre-K for full year

COVINGTON — Newton County School System's prekindergarten program will continue as usual next school year.

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