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Clubs donates bikes, helmets to kids

The Oxford Lions Club recently presented Flint Hill Elementary School students, who showed the greatest improvement based on their teachers’ assessments, with bicycles; the Pilot Club of Covington donated helmets to the students.

'The Artist' earns best-picture, lead-actor Oscars

"The Artist" won five Academy Awards on Sunday including best picture, becoming the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood's highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago.

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Griffin-McEwen Engagement

Jimmy and Sandra Griffin announce the engagement of their daughter, Holli Griffin, to Mike McEwen, son of Alan and Elvina McEwen, all of Conyers.

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Morton-Aiken Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Anderson Morton Jr. of Bryon announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Marie Morton of Macon, to Timothy Greer Aiken Jr. of Macon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Greer Aiken Sr. of Covington.

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Coming Sunday

Local experts weigh in on the best ways to eliminate mosquitoes from your yard and protect yourself against these bloodthirsty insects.

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'Bee' the music: Music festival buzzes into Olde Town Conyers

Matthew Wilcox remembers that the inaugural Lemon Bee Festival -- which took place five years ago in the Olde Town Pavilion -- was a rather modest event that included no bands and maybe 100 partygoers.

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Wiggins-Welsh Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Wiggins of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter Kathleen Mela Wiggins of Roswell, to David Norman Welsh Jr. of Roswell, son of Ms. Ann Welsh of Minnetonka, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Norton of Monroe.

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Savage-Tyner Engagement

Dennis and Rita Savage of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Savage of Nashville, Tenn., to Will Tyner of Nashville, son of Bill and Mary Tyner of Cumming.

Newton Blotter - 08-12-11

* Nicholas Dean Aljets, 24, 2788 S. Ola Road, Locust Grove, theft by receiving stolen property.* Michael Lee Ashley, 38, 10103 Allen Drive, disorderly conduct.* Clinton Daniel Atkinson, 26, 6131 Newton Drive, probation violation.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- August 10, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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Feeling green

Mayfield's Hardware employee Linda Anderson gives the plants in front of the store a cool drink of water.

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Norris-D'Ostroph Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Norris of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Brooke Norris of Conyers, to James Clark D'Ostroph of Columbus, Ga., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dylan Fiut of Macon and Mr. and Mrs. Richard D'Ostroph of Columbus.

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Smith 50th Anniversary

Gordon and Sarah Smith of Conyers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 30 at their home surrounded by family and friends.

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Gibbs-Alread Engagement

Lawrence and Marian Gibbs of New Orleans, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Hillary Elyse Gibbs of Athens, to Jonathan Edward Alread of Athens, son of John and Rebecca Alread of Conyers.

LETTERS: Locals helped make forum a great success

I would like to thank the residents of Newton County District 1 who attended my "School Board on Your Corner" public forum at Alcovy High School on July 28. Students, parents, teachers, PTO leaders, school administrators, business owners, seniors and others joined me in a healthy discussion of topics.

LETTERS: Let local businesses handle pre-K duties

On Wednesday, I read that the Rockdale County Public Schools administration has decided to re-program $62,690 to fund the pre-K program for the full 180 days this school year. The state of Georgia had decided that due to shortfalls in the state budget that it could only fund 160 days of instruction this year.

LETTERS: Citizen readers get two great writers in Huckaby, Bisher

I am writing to commend two very fine writers on the Citizen staff. Darrell Huckaby and Furman Bisher are world class and are as talented as any columnists in the country today.

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Ready to roll

Newton County School System bus driver Tracy Pirkle prepared for the new school year Wednesday by making sure her bus was clean and the fuel tank full.

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Back 2 School Block Party draws crowd

More than 3,000 students and their families attended the Back 2 School Block Party on July 24.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- August 3, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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Coming Sunday

A three-weekend run of the campy musical 'Little Shop of Horrors," opens on Aug. 4 at Center Street Arts in Olde Town Conyers. Presented by the New Depot Players, "Little Shop of Horrors" is the story of a hapless flower shop worker who is manipulated into feeding a bloodthirsty plant human sacrifices.

Newton Poll - 07-30-11

"Another 'brilliant' statement by the mayor's husband Maurice (there must be something in the water) was that bike riders are not limited nor legally bound to ride in the city of Covington's bike lanes.

Newton Blotter - 07-29-11

* Brian Shane Aaron, 28, 6102 N. Dearing St., probation violation.* James Gerald Aikens II, 21, 10 East Palmetto St., Porterdale, probation violation.* Joshua Joseph Baker, 34, 1296 Magnolia Ridge, Monroe, probation violation.* Myra Annie Barnhill, 52, 4056 Fairburn Ave., Atlanta, probation violation.

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Learning the ropes

Rising sixth-grader Jai Brooks tackles something before school starts that is usually a challenge to those entering middle school -- she's learning to open her locker at Clements Middls School during a day camp session held for new students.

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Lovely links

Golfers get an early start Wednesday morning at The Oaks golf course in Newton County, hoping to play a round of golf before temperatures reach the brutal point.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- July 27, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

Newton Poll - 07-23-11

"I'm commenting on the needed repairs to Airport Road for the new school. Rumor has it the school was originally designed to access Ga. Highway 142 and during the planning stages, the school system learned of the additional cost needed to access Ga. 142 and had the designer of the school turn the plans, to allow the school to access Airport Road, saving $300,000-plus in cost.

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Coming in Sunday East Metro

The 2nd Annual Let's Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show will be held Aug. 6 at the Turner Lake Complex. Admission to visitors is free and cost to enter a car or motorcycle into the competition is $20 the day of the event.

Newton Blotter - 07-22-11

* Roderick Keith Arnold, 50, 1135 Jefferson St., Atlanta, probation violation.* Darin John Battaglia, 40, 55 Prairie Chicken Road, Monticello, court sentenced 10 years serve 2.* Jeremy Deshaun Belcher, 27, 212 E. Richardson St., Oxford, probation violation.

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Abracadabra ...

Magician Bill Packard was at Porter Memorial Library on Tuesday for the last special program of the summer.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- July 20, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

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Coming Sunday

Two Conyers families are hosting teenage orphans from Latvia for the summer through the Christian non-profit New Horizons for Children.

Newton Poll - 07-16-11

"Thank you Newton Citizen! I appreciate you posting the latest news online, not making me have a print subscription to view the online version of the paper, or asking me all kinds of personal questions to 'register.'"

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Middle Ridge Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Middle Ridge Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Mansfield Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Mansfield Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Live Oak Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Live Oak Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Heard-Mixon Elementary School -- Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Ficquett Elementary School - Honor Roll

Ficquett Elementary School - Honor Roll

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East Newton Elementary School Honor Roll

East Newton Elementary School -- Honor Roll

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Clements Middle School -- Honor Roll

Clements Middle School -- Honor Roll

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Giovanni Zachery Birthday

Giovanni Zachery celebrated his sixth birthday on July 12.

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Coming in East Metro Sunday

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, which includes part of Rockdale County, is the focus of a Georgia Outdoors program. Produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting, the program discusses the natural, historical and cultural significance of the area in and around Arabia and Panola mountains. The show airs July 22 and 23 on GBP.

Newton Blotter - 07-15-11

Devon Montrez Austin, 19, 35 White Laurel Lane, theft by receiving stolen property, burglary.* Hannah Kelly Brownlee, 18, 175 Lakeshore Drive, Monticello, probation violation.* John Lawrence Conwell Jr., 26, 1435 Boggs, Apt. 2522, Duluth, child support default.* Jody Davis, 37, 40 Joy Circle, battery (Family Violence Act), terroristic threats and acts (Family Violence Act), probation violation.

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Chillin' at camp

Camp counselor Kayla Conley assists 5-year-old Bobby Stephens with his homemade memory game that he had personalized with original drawings and initials.

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Newton Pet of the Week -- July 13, 2011

Newton Your Next Best Friend

Newton Phone Poll - 07-09-11

"I don't remember a vote or poll being taken on the railroad purchases. Our family lives directly by the tracks and would love to have them turned into running/bike paths."

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Veal-DeRoche Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Veal of Rockdale announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Carol Veal, to Daniel Joseph DeRoche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. DeRoche of Gainesville.

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Scarborough-Zenko Engagement

Elaine Dawn Goodman of Monticello announces the engagement of her daughter, Samantha Nicole Scarborough, to James Edward Zenko of Conyers.

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Anders-Cuffie Engagement

Mrs. Flora Willams Anders and Mr. Darrell Anders of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Syeeta Danielle Anders, to John Alexander Cuffie, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Gwendolyn Cuffie of Oxford.

Newton Blotter - 07-08-11

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department:* Angus Aberdeen, 21, 86 Kirkland Road, contempt of court.* Quintarus Antonio Aikens, 26, 10160 Allen Drive, probation violation.* Jesse Floyd Anderson, 24, 3019 Union Road, Stockbridge, theft by taking.* Franklin Demane Barrington, 21, 34 Alcovy Station, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act), battery (Family Violence Act).

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