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Officials divided over value of 2050 Plan

Newton BOC work session set for Tuesday

The baseline ordinances developed as part of the 2050 Plan have cost local taxpayers more than $250,000, but elected officials are divided over whether the finished product was worth the expense.

Old buildings could benefit from proposed fire code ordinance

State code provisions, if adopted, would allow alternatives to fire code requirements that historical buildings can’t accommodate.

Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 17, 2014

The Newton Poll is a weekly compilation of reader comments on subjects of local interest.

Alpha students charged in alleged sex act on bus

Two students at Alpha Academy were arrested this week in connection with untoward behavior on the school bus that occurred just days into the new school year.

Fuzz Run benefits host of non-profits

Fuzz Run coming up on Sept. 13.

Sims parents express concerns about AVID, facility condition to BOE

Several Sims Elementary parents brought their concerns to the Rockdale County Board of Education at its regular work session Thursday night, particularly about the school’s technology services, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and facility conditions.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Williams will live on in amazing array of characters

When I first saw the news about Robin Williams being found dead, it didn’t really affect me too much.

GSP recovers vehicle stolen from school

Authorities continue to search for 16-year-old driver

One of the vehicles reported stolen from a school Tuesday has been recovered, but the 16-year-old driver who fled from authorities and has not yet been apprehended, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Deputies catch fleeing suspect

A man who fled from deputies Friday afternoon in south Rockdale didn’t stay on the run for long.

Newton Blotter, Aug. 6-12

Newton Blotter, Aug. 6-12, 2014

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Philanthropic thrift store threatened with going out of business

Repairers of the Breach Thrift Store may lose its building and two homeless shelters because the owner has put the facility and the organization’s two homeless shelters up for sale.

Community Calendar for Aug. 10, 2014

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

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Local Girl Scout Toop finds homes for dogs

The Newton County School System’s current enrollment report is indicating a slight decline in students from this time last year.

Teen charged with making up report of armed robbery

A teen’s apparent lie resulted in an innocent male being questioned by police, his friend being wrongly arrested and, ultimately, his own arrest for making up the story.

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JULIE WELLS: Showing compassion towards people is being like Jesus

We should show compassion towards people, no matter if we know their situation or not.