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Alice Queen

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Newton Jail Blotter for Jan. 17, 2014

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

Business owners oppose 'no parking' zones in Mansfield

The City Council tabled action Monday night on a proposal to create “no parking” zones along Ga. Highway 11, which is the main thoroughfare through the city limits.

Norcross man shoots self in head

A man who officers first believed had been injured in an auto accident was actually suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Social Circle's well house damaged in auto accident

The historic well house that stands as a symbol of “Georgia’s Greatest Little Town” took a hit over the weekend when a motorist plowed into it early Saturday morning.

Store clerks pepper sprayed in robberies

RCSO seeking public assistance in solving the crimes

Two convenience store clerks were sprayed in the face with a chemical agent in separate robberies over a three-day span, prompting the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office to seek public input in solving the crimes.

New Newton County School System superintendent is top story in 2013

The Newton County School System’s changing of the guard was the top story of 2013 in Newton County. Not only did the Board of Education hire a new superintendent, but it also hired the first woman to fill that role.

Tragic story tops list in Rockdale for 2013

The top story of 2013 in Rockdale County was also one of the most tragic in recent memory.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Welcoming 2014 after a tumultuous year

If we make it ‘til midnight Tuesday, y’all, another year will have come and gone. Tempus Fugit! Time flies! And when you get as long in the tooth as I am, time moves at supersonic speeds.

Rockdale, Newton Chambers to kick off new year with annual meetings

The Chambers of Commerce in Rockdale and Newton counties will continue their traditions of hosting annual meetings at the start of the new year.

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Unto us a child is born

Carson Norwood and David Martinez reenact a scene from the stable in Bethlehem the night Christ was born as part of the presentation of A Walk Through Bethlehem.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa’s made his list and checked it twice, and now it’s time to find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

Area law enforcement agencies step up patrols for holidays

Area residents who take to the roadways over the holiday period should keep in mind that local law enforcement agencies will have a sharp eye out for traffic troubles.

Budget proposal would slash Rockdale HR department

A budget proposal before the Rockdale Board of Commissioners would eliminate all but two positions in the Human Resources Department by outsourcing the wellness program, employee training and other HR functions. The overall reduction in the department would save the county about $424,000 in 2014.

Rockdale County to purchase playground equipment at Black Shoals Park

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider the purchase of playground equipment for Black Shoals Park at its Nov. 26 meeting.

Rockdale Commissioners approve first reading of budget

Spending plan includes pay increases for deputies

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved the first reading of a $58 million budget for 2014 Tuesday morning, while at the same time acknowledging that their budget work is not done.

Intersection work planned at Sigman, Salem, Old Covington

Rockdale commissioners are expected to approve a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation that will pave the way for improvements at the intersection of Sigman, Salem and Old Covington roads.

Thanksgiving service set for Tuesday night in Covington

A tradition of worship will continue Tuesday night with the annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service.

Holiday concerts in Conyers, Covington offer sounds of the season

Sounds of the season will ring out in Conyers and Covington with upcoming musical performances that evoke the holiday spirit.

Covington City Council amends 2014 meeting schedule

The City Council will meet just once during three calendar months of 2014 instead of the usual two meetings per month.

Covington will provide maintenance for downtown Square

An agreement that transfers maintenance responsibilities for Covington’s downtown Square to the city from Newton County has been approved by both the city and county.

Covington Council approves sidewalks, bike lanes for Clark Street

The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase its portion of funding for a transportation enhancement project on Clark Street.

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Festival of Trees comes to downtown Covington

The Optimist Club will sponsor the annual Festival of Trees this year, bringing a holiday forest to downtown Covington.

Covington City Council studies changes to electric utility rates

The Covington City Council will consider changes to the city’s electric utility rates following recommendations by a consultant from Electric Cities of Georgia.

Social Circle residents prepared to fight Georgia Power project

Dozens of interested citizens turned out for a public meeting Wednesday to find out how a proposed route for a high voltage power line might — or might not — affect their properties.

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'Originals' in Olde Town

There was a wedding — of sorts — in Olde Town last week

Public meetings planned for Stanton Springs power line

Georgia Power will hold two public hearings this week to inform residents about plans to install a 115 kilovolts power line that will connect a substation near Stanton Springs to another substation north of Social Circle.

Porterdale to get help on road repairs

Newton County and the Newton Water and Sewerage Authority have agreed to help with repairs to Riverfront Road in Porterdale.

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Rockdale County to purchase firetrucks through SPLOST

Contracts for four new vehicles for Rockdale Fire and Rescue are set to be approved by the Rockdale Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

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TV movie 'Bountiful' filming in Porterdale

Movie crews will be in Porterdale through Tuesday for filming of the Lifetime TV movie version of the Broadway play, “The Trip to Bountiful.” The production stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood.

Oxford teen sentenced in DUI fatality

An Oxford teenager charged in a DUI crash that killed a 56-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Covington City Council grants temporary noise exemption

Bonanza Productions, producers of “Vampire Diaries,” received permission from the City Council Monday night to exceed permitted noise levels in a residential area for three days this month.

Covington to provide public restrooms downtown

Project spearheaded by Councilman Chris Smith

The city’s goal of providing public restrooms in downtown will soon become a reality with a vote Monday night to purchase a building one-half block off the Square.

Two area residents among first Hall of Fame inductees

Two Rockdale County-area veterans will be among the first 18 inductees into the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

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Newton High School royalty

Newton High School crowned its homecoming king and queen during halftime ceremonies Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

Autry: Rockdale SAT scores improving, but there's still room for improvement

The average SAT score for Rockdale County students has increased by 29 points since the 2010-2011 school year, but Superintendent Rich Autry told Board of Education members there is still much work to be done.

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Veterans share strong views at Rockdale rally

As the partial federal government shutdown dragged on, about 100 area veterans, family members and supporters gathered Sunday morning at Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County for a peaceful rally against the closing of war memorials in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

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Rockdale deputy receives commendation for saving six from burning house

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was honored Friday for his efforts to save six people from a burning house Thursday night.

BioLab to change ownership

One of Conyers’ best-known manufacturers will change ownership by the end of the year.

Veterans expected to rally in Rockdale

Veterans Memorial Park in north Rockdale County, home to the Walk of Heroes, has been designated as one of two rally sites in Georgia for the Million Vet March on the Memorials Sunday.

Rockdale’s Veterans Memorial Park a rally site for veterans

Veterans Memorial Park in north Rockdale County, home to the Walk of Heroes, has been designated as one of two rally sites in Georgia for the Million Vet March on the Memorials Sunday.

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Oh, hay!

Harvest time is reflected in this bucolic scene captured shortly after sunrise this week in eastern Newton County where dozens of hay rolls dot the fields. Heavy rainfall throughout the summer months delayed hay-cutting throughout the state. Hay is one of the biggest crops in Newton County and, along with livestock, is among the highest value farm gate crops in the county. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)

Rockdale’s marching bands to strut their stuff in annual exhibition

Marching bands at Rockdale County’s three high schools are preparing for competition at the end of the month by participating in the annual Rockdale County Marching Band Exhibition.

Rockdale school system renews bid for Race to the Top funds

Rockdale County Public Schools will resubmit its application for millions of dollars in federal grant funds.

Clean up planned for trash pile in Yellow River

A large garbage pile that has accumulated in the Yellow River near the Georgia International Horse Park has captured the attention of river-lovers and others who have put together plans for a clean-up.

Starship offers reward in rash of armed robberies

Starship Enterprises is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who has committed armed robbery against any of the stores in the adult novelty chain.

Starship offers reward in rash of armed robberies

Starship Enterprises is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who has committed armed robbery against any of the stores in the adult novelty chain.

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Meadors won't seek second term on BOE

Newton County Board of Education member Jeff Meadors has announced that he does not intend to seek re-election to a second term next year.

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Serial Starship robber hits Conyers store again

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of robbing the Starship Enterprises store on Ga. Highway 138 twice.

Youth league to use playing field at elementary school

The playing field behind Porterdale Elementary School will be used for football and cheerleading practices for a USA Football youth league, following a vote by the Newton County Board of Education.

E-SPLOST election set for Nov. 5

Rockdale County’s Board of Elections held a special meeting Wednesday to call for a Rockdale County Board of Education E-SPLOST special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.