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Barbara Knowles

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Missy and Scruffy are looking for new homes

Missy and Scruffy are looking for new homes

Miracle League Car and Bike Show set for Aug. 3 in Newton County

Miracle League Car and Bike Show set for Aug. 3

Rockdale Cares to host annual fundraiser Aug. 10.

Rockdale Cares to host annual fundraiser Aug. 10

Newton County Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

Newton County Jail Blotter for July 19, 2013

Newton County sees no significant damage due to Wednesday night's storm

Newton County sees no significant damage due to Wednesday night’s storm.

Social Circle charges Decatur man with armed robbery of Shell Food Mart

Social Circle charges Decatur man with armed robbery of Shell Food Mart on July 4.

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Sammie the goat and Otis the Beagle are looking for new homes

Sammie the goat and Otis the Beagle are looking for new homes

Family Promise hosts Cool Off Family Day on July 27

Family Promise of New Rock will host Cool Off in Conyers Family Day on July 27.

Health reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for July 16, 2013

Editor’s Note: Restaurant health inspection reports published in the Citizen newspapers include only the restaurant’s name, address, score and date of inspection. 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.

Experts warn of health risks from mosquitos

COVINGTON — The damp, humid air that is ruining your hair and seems to be enabling grass to grow inches by the hour is great news for at least one tiny creature — the mosquito. Many areas of the country are reporting the pests are “the worst in years,” and though we don’t know who’s keeping count, Georgia hasn’t escaped a hefty population that seems to have surged in the last several weeks.

Citizen staffers bring home eight AP awards

Citizen staffers bring home eight awards from Associated Press.

Newton Sheriff's Office warns telephone threats of jail is a scam

The Newton County Sheriff's Office warns that telephone scam threatening citizens with jail is continuing. No one should pay what the caller is demanding, but should hang up and call 911 immediately.

Man faces charges in April fatal crash on Ga. Highway 162

The Georgia State Patrol has charged William Andrew Spain in connection with the crash that killed a 59-year-old Covington man on Ga. Highway 162 in April.

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Missing Newton County woman believed to have fled to Seattle

Sarah Hannah York, who had been reported missing from her Social Circle home, is believed to have traveled voluntarily to Seattle, Wash., according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Waffle House staff help raise funds for funeral

The staff at the Waffle House located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and Bypass Road are helping out a fellow employee with funeral expenses for her husband.

Three Covington juveniles face rape charges

The Covington Police have arrested three juveniles in connection with two separate incidents of rape.

Back-to-school celebration set for July 28

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, the Washington Street Community Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Chi Tau Omega Chapter), along with other community partners, is hosting a Back to School celebration at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex, located at 6185 Turner Lake Road, from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 28.

Police: Covington man apparently commits suicide in Walton County Jail

A Covington man apparently committed suicide while in the Walton County Jail awaiting trial.

Covington Century Bike Ride set for Aug. 3

Covington Century Bike Ride set for Aug. 3.

Citizens warned of scam offering to suspend warrant in exchange for payment

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam that offers to suspend bench warrants in exchange for payment.

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Newton County Sheriffs Office searching for missing 24-year-old woman

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing 24-year-old woman by the name of Sarah Hannah York.

Woman arrested after leaving 5-year-old in car while shopping at Kmart

A woman was arrested in the Kmart parking lot Saturday after allegedly leaving her 5-year-old son in a parked vehicle with orders to get on the floor and cover up with a towel.

NHTSA warns never leave children unattended in parked vehicle

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns parents not to leave children unattended in a parked car.

Legion Post 77 named 'Outstanding' by state

American Legion Post 77 earns award as Outstanding Post for 2012-2013 for the state.

Two alleged burglars nabbed by Newton Crime Suppression Unit

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit nabs two burglars.

76-year-old Covington man dies in one-vehicle crash

Covington man killed as a result of single vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 36 Wednesday morning.

Alleged burglars nabbed when they tried to pawn stolen electronics

The Newton County Sheriff's Office caught two alleged burglars after they attempted to pawn stolen electronics.

Shooting range opportunites available at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminds east metro citizens of opportunities to use shooting ranges at Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center.

4Sarah looks to fund scholarship program

4Sarah will hold a golf tournament fundraiser at Ashton Hills Golf Club in Covington on July 22.

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Fat Boys Golf Carts raises $10K for Legion scholarship fund

Fat Boys Golf Carts celebrates grand re-opening by raising $10,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Covington Police make arrest in connection with tire thefts

An Oxford man faces felony theft by taking charges in connection with the theft of more than 60 tires from a Covington business.

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A Child's Voice opens new location in Social Circle

A Child's Voice child's advocacy center recently held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at its new location in Social Circle. The ceenter serves the Alcovy Judician Circuit.

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Recycling pays off for Covington middle schoolers

The Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction class is learning that hard work pays off as they've earned nearly $700 in six months for their recycling efforts.

Covington man pistol-whipped as thieves attempt to steal his car

Covington man pistol whipped in driveway of his home and thieves attempt to steal his car.

Newton County deputy charged with DUI

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy has been arrested and charged with DUI.

13-year-old Covington runaway found safe

13-year-old runaway Jordan Aaron has been found safe.

Man hit by car says he was trying to kill himself

Man struck by car tells police he was trying to kill himself.

Covington man wins $3M with lottery ticket

Covington man wins $3 million on lottery ticket purchased in Covington.

Covington man killed in one-vehicle crash Sunday

A 50-year-old Covington man died in a one-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 81 Sunday.

Newton Sheriff's Office looking into shooting in Wilshire Walk subdivision

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking into reports of a shooting in Wilshire Walk subdivision off Brown Bridge Road.

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Covington woman looking for the right doctor to treat rare form of cancer

A 44-year-old Covington wife and mother of two is seeking financial assistance for treatment of a rare form of cancer.

Newton Fire Service's quick response still too late to save home

A modular home on Brown Bridge Road was totally destroyed by fire Sunday.

Lithonia man arrested after CPD notified of entering auto incident

Lithonia man charged with entering auto after four vehicles were entered in apartment complex parking lot.

Conyers Police charge father after son struck by vehicle

Conyers police charge father with aggravated assault and hit-and-run after son allegedly intentionally hit by vehicle.

Newton authorities arrest 4 believed to have gang ties

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrest four believed to have gang ties.

Salvation Army seeks cash donations for Oklahoma storm victims

The Salvation Army is seeking donations to help Oklahoma storm victims.

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Newton Sheriff's Office makes arrests in connection with Silos May 3 shooting

The Newton County Sheriff's Office converged on the Silos housing complex Thursday morning to execute search warrants and arrest suspects in connection with the May 3 shooting of a 20-year-old resident.

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Customized van donated to injured wrestler Tyler Head

Chris West, shop foreman with R&R Mobility of Conyers, just wanted "to help someone out," and came up with the idea of supplying a wheelchair accessible van to injured Newton County wrestler Tyler Head.

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Covington Police search for suspects who are believed to be involved in theft of checks from local store

The Covington Police has issued a BOLO for two suspects believed to be involved in the theft of checks from Spires Interior in April. The two were captured on film when they went on a spending spree in Snellville.

Area groups stand ready to assist in Oklahoma relief efforts

Faith-based agencies and others are on stand-by for calls for help from Oklahoma.