News for Wednesday, May 4, 2011


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Health Reports - 05-03-2011

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.

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Newton residents eligible for FEMA assistance

COVINGTON -- Newton County residents who suffered storm damage to their property last week may qualify for assistance from the federal government.

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Beware of scam artists offering repairs

COVINGTON -- Newton County authorities are warning homeowners to make sure they know who they are dealing with when contracting for assistance with repairs needed in the wake of last week's storms.

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DUI spurs review of court, judge

PORTERDALE -- Some City Council members showed their dissatisfaction with the current Municipal Court judge, solicitor and private probation firm Monday night, voting 4-1 to seek out qualified applicants for those services. The vote followed a personnel discussion in closed session.

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BOE approves technology policy

COVINGTON -- New wireless features in schools and changes in technology forced the Newton County School System to make some changes in its computer policies.

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NCSO charges man with rape; warrants issued for second suspect

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested one man and are seeking a second in connection with the rape of a 32-year-old Covington woman.

Trial in Conyers woman's death could begin today

LAWRENCEVILLE — The murder trial for a woman accused of gunning down her daughter-in-law at a Snellville Target store while disguised as a man could begin today, a prosecutor said.

Wall of learning

Cathy Smallwood, the art teacher at Fairview Theme School, has spent the last two years painting an ABC mural on the hallways at the school. This week, she is finally finishing the mural. She also has painted murals in the library and other parts of the school.