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Tavas Pizza featured in state culinary guide

Tavas Pizza featured in culinary guide.

Community and Southern Bank launches donation program

Community and Southern Bank launches school donation program.

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Local promoted to manager at LongHorn

Local becomes LongHorn manager.

Mini-Grant awarded to Newton County Farm Bureau

Mini-Grant awarded to Newton County Farm Bureau

Covington Attorney Named to State Bar of Georgia Committees

Covington attorney named to State Bar committees

Newton Citizen Poll question

This week’s Newton Citizen Poll is an open line.

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Pet of the Week: Priscilla and Justice

Priscilla and Justice are this week’s Pets of the Week

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Aug. 3-10

Restaurant health scores, Aug. 3-10

Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 9, 2015

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

Newton blotter, July 29-Aug. 4

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.

Conyers man to serve 20 years in federal prison for producing and distributing child pornography

A Conyers man who reportedly admitted to producing and distributing child pornography over the internet has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Newton Citizen Poll question

Newton Citizen Poll contributors are asked to respond to this question: “Do you support a proposal to use $5 million in SPLOST revenues earmarked for a civic center to renovate Olive Swann Porter Hall? Why or why not?” Respond at 770-483-7108, ext. 403; email at poll@newtoncitizen.com, online at www.newtoncitizen.com; or in writing at: Newton Citizen Poll, 969 S. Main St., Conyers, GA 30012.

Hank Johnson to host town hall in Newton County

Fourth District Congressman Hank Johnson will hold a town hall meeting to discuss district and national issues Wednesday night at the Historic Courthouse in Covington.

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Newton Trails dedicates Eastside Trail benches

In a trailside ceremony held on Sunday, August 2, Newton Trails dedicated three benches alongside the Eastside Trail to three longtime trail advocates and community leaders: the late Pierce L. Cline, Robert R. Fowler, and David J. Waller.

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New school year for Rockdale County | PHOTOS

Rockdale County Public School begin the 2015-2016 year on Monday Aug. 3.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods seeks Student Advisory Council

Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council.

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, July 27-Aug. 3

Restaurant health scores, July 27-Aug. 3

Newton Citizen Poll for Aug. 2, 2015

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

Community calendar of events for Aug. 12

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

Community calendar of events for Aug. 14

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

Community calendar of events for Aug. 15 and 16

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

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Covington Police Department accepting applications for third Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department Citizens Academy is a free, six-week program that is sponsored and led by the Covington Police Department.

School bell rings early for Newton County Schools | PHOTOS

Readers submitted First Day of School pictures of Newton County students beginning the 2015-2016 school year.

Newton blotter, July 22-28

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.

AREA STUDENTS: Locals graduate from Andrew College, Clemson University, Troy University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Thomas University and Berry College

Locals graduate from various colleges including: Andrew College, Clemson University, Troy University, Brenau University, Shorter University, Thomas University and Berry College.

HONOR ROLL: West Newton Elementary School

West Newton Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

HONOR ROLL: East Newton Elementary School

East Newton Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

Newton Citizen Poll question

Newton Citizen Poll contributors are asked to respond to this question: “Newton County Commissioner John Douglas has come under fire for racially and sexually derogatory comments he posted on Facebook and has apologized. Do you think an apology is sufficient in this case? Why or why not?”

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Covington orthopaedists named top doctors

Local doctors named top docs

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Kroger recalls four seasonings due to possible health risk

Kroger is recalling four seasonings because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Locals elected to Commission Council

Local officials elected to Regional Commission Council

Publix collecting donations for school supply drive for needy

Publix collecting money for school supplies for needy.

Back-to-school event sponsored by daycare center

We Care Academy holds back-to-school event

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Ellison began career as Conyers doctor in 1980

Doctor honored for 35 years of service.

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Social Circle barbershop holds fundraiser

Local barbershop raising money for cancer patient.

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Pet of the Week: Pete and Lucas

Pete and Lucas are ready for adoption

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, July 20-27

Restaurant health scores, July 20-27

Newton Citizen Poll for July 26, 2015

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

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SCRAPBOOK: Conyers Garden Club awards Yard of the Month for July

Judy Cody of Conyers was awarded with the landscape plaque of the month, presented to her by the Conyers Garden Club.

HONOR ROLL: Veterans Memorial Middle School

Veterans Memorial Middle School names students to the honor roll.

HONOR ROLL: Rocky Plains Elementary School

Rocky Plains Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

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Gospel duo to sing in Stockbridge

Gospel duo to sing in Stockbridge

Newton blotter, July 15-21

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.

Old Atlanta Highway to close for 24 hours Friday-Saturday

Bridge reconstruction project also will continue to affect I-20 traffic

The ongoing bridge reconstruction project near Exit 90 of Interstate Highway 20 will require Old Atlanta Highway to be closed Friday night through Saturday.

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Jeannette McNeil Cathy, widow of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy dies at 92 | PHOTOS

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s widow died Wednesday night, company officials announced.

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Conyers Police arrest three in kidnapping, sexual assault

The Conyers Police Department has apprehended three suspects in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman earlier this week.

EMC that serves Newton County to receive $26 million in USDA loan funding

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp. will be one of 15 entities in 13 states to receive a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans to improve electrical infrastructure, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday.

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Gas prices continue to decline

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Atlanta fell 4.4 cents in the past week, averaging $2.68 a gallon, according to a GasBuddy survey of more than 2,000 gas outlets in the Atlanta area.

Newton Citizen Poll question

Newton Citizen Poll contributors are asked to respond to this question: “A number of citizens have complained about the millage increase approved by commissioners on Monday night. Where would you recommend commissioners cut spending to avoid a tax increase next year?”

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Pet of the Week: Azul and Lily and Lady

Azul and Lily and Lady are ready for adoption