News for Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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SWAT carries Special Olympics torch

The Covington/Newton County SWAT Team escorted the torch Tuesday for closing ceremonies for Newton County Special Olympics.

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BOC considers fees to boost revenue

COVINGTON -- Commissioners are still trying to find ways to increase revenues so the county can continue to operate and provide services desired by residents despite a bleak upcoming fiscal year.

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Testimony ends in Mt. Zion case

Testimony wrapped up Tuesday in the lawsuit pitting members of a local church against each other, but not before the judge admonished all parties to consider the fruits of sowing disunity among believers.

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Vietnam vet won't let disability affect career

As a former high school athlete, Max Cleland loved to compete. He never let the loss of an arm and both legs in Vietnam stop him and it was that competitive spirit that led the former third baseman from Lithonia High School to eventually become a U.S. senator.

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2011 Cheerios Challenge

General Mills employees are pictured after winning the Covington Family YMCA's Corporate Cup Division of the 2011 Cheerios Challenge.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- May 18, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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City votes no on railroad

During an executive session Monday night, the Covington City Council decided not to authorize Mayor Kim Carter to send a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern railroad related to the much-debated purchase of a rail line.

Newton Sex Offenders - 05-17-11

The following is a list of registered sex offenders living in Newton County as of May 12 according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office. For more information, go to the NCSO Web site at Alexander, 155 Fairlane DriveKenneth Andrews, 50 Campbelton TraceLee Atchison, 107 West Clark St., OxfordDarrell Ayers, 620 Riverfield Lane

Health Reports - 05-17-2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Restaurant health inspection reports published in the Citizen newspapers include only the restaurant's name, address, score, date of inspection and previous score. This is due to the length of violations included in the reports. Readers who would like to know more about a restaurant's score may go online at to read any violations recorded in the report.