News for Sunday, August 30, 2015


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Community Band invites musicians to first rehearsal

Monday’s practice kicks off popular band’s new season

Local musicians of all ages are invited to dust off their instruments and join the Newton County Community Band for the 2015-16 season.

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Boys & Girls Club fundraiser set for Sept. 11 at Olde Town Pavilion | PHOTOS

Boys & Girls Club serves 200 in after-school program

Boys & Girls Club holds annual fundraiser.

Shopping center to clamp down on loitering teens

Curfew and code of conduct at Conyers Crossroads to take effect Sept. 1

Conyers Crossroads shopping center has teamed up with the Conyers Police Department and will enforce a strict curfew and code of conduct beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Alleged drunk driver walks away from crash after reported domestic assault

A Covington man allegedly involved in two alcohol-related wrecks after reportedly attacking his girlfriend while driving has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

'Your Pie' pizza coming to Mayfield Hardware space

Brick-oven baked personal pizzas will add another dining and entertainment option to downtown Covington

Your Pie restaurant, a chain with 16 locations in Georgia, is set to move into the abandoned Mayfield Hardware space located next to Fletcher’s Jewelry on the Square in Covington, Ga.

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Newton County Library reopens after being closed nearly 2 weeks

Aging HVAC equipment repaired until funds arrive for installation of new system

The Covington branch of the Newton County Library System on Thursday reopened for business after being closed for nearly two weeks.

Committee: Form solid waste authority, phase out convenience centers

Establishing a solid waste authority and transitioning away from the county’s convenience/recycling centers to curbside pickup for solid waste were among the recommendations revealed Thursday by Newton County’s Citizens Solid Waste Committee.

Rue 21 armed robber sentenced to life plus 15 years in prison

Johnathan Hall, 24, of Covington was sentenced Thursday by Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford after being convicted by a jury on a 14-count indictment stemming from the August 2013 armed robbery of Rue 21 and attempted armed robberies of Smoothie King and Max General.

Newton Citizen Poll

This week’s Newton Citizen Poll was an open line. Readers were asked to comment on any subject of local interest.

Newton blotter, Aug. 19-25

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

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Boys & Girls Club fundraiser set for Sept. 11 at Olde Town Pavilion | PHOTOS

Boys & Girls Club serves 200 in after-school program

Boys & Girls Club holds annual fundraiser.

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Problems linger at Newton County convenience/recycling centers

Newton County officials continue to wrestle with overflowing trash and recyclable bins at the county’s 11 convenience/recycling centers.

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Jersey Mike's donates to Covington YMCA

Jersey Mike’s makes donation to Covington YMCA

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Tools of the trade

Covington’s ‘Deviced Decoded’ video series features special equipment used by city employees

The city of Covington, Ga., recently started an online video series that periodically will feature a tool that city employees use to help them in their job.

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Edwin Beckham installed as rector at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Covington

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Pastor Edwin Beckham installed.

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Former walk-on Alford to start for Jackets

From walk-on to starter, Chase Alford’s come a long way.