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Pet of the Week: Page and Georgia

Page and Georgia are ready for adoption

Community calendar of events for July 14

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

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Newton Medical Center to host blood drive Thursday

LifeSouth Blood Mobile to be outside Knox Surgical Center off U.S. Highway 278

Newton Medical Center will team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive Thursday, July 16, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. in LifeSouth’s Blood Mobile.

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, July 6-13

Restaurant health scores, July 6-13

Weekend calendar of events for July 11 and 12

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

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Kevin Smith receives Covington's first Firefighter of the Quarter Award

Smith calmed agitated man while off-duty in restaurant, bought his breakfast

Covington, Ga., firefighter Kevin Smith was presented with the fire department’s inaugral Firefighter of the Quarter award by Chief Stoney Bowles for taking action while off duty, calming an aggressive man who was creating a disturbance in a restaurant and even buying breakfast for him.

Newton Citizen Poll for July 11

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More issues to consider in landfill saga

The attorney for East Georgia Land and Development Company is demanding the county produce a long-sought zoning compliance letter saying that the company’s 427-acre tract adjacent to the Newton County landfill met the county zoning in effect in June 1997. The county was ordered to do so in a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court in October 2014 after a 17-year legal battle.

Google plans 800,000-square-foot, $300 million datacenter in Georgia

Google is planning an 800,000-square-foot expansion of its Lithia Springs data center, investing nearly $300 million.

Newton blotter, July 1-7

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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Young actors, dancers and singers enjoy a two-week Musical Theater Camp

Young participants, who take part in the Musical Thater Camp at Porter Auditorium, learn choreography, acting, music skills and other forms of dance during the summer musical theater and drama camp.

Life Line Screening at Seventh-day Adentist Church in Conyers

Life Line Screening at Seventh-day Adentist Church in Conyers

HONOR ROLL: Flint Hill Elementary School

Flint Hill Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

HONOR ROLL: Liberty Middle School

Liberty Middle School names students to the honor roll.

HONOR ROLL: Heard-Mixon Elementary School

Heard-Mixon Elementary School names students to the honor roll.

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SCRAPBOOK: Conyers Garden Club earns awards at annual convention

The Conyers Garden Club recently attended the Garden Club of Georgia Inc. Convention at Jekyll Island.

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Gov. Nathan Deal: Film industry has $6 billion impact on Georgia

According to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, films like “The Hunger Games” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” contributed to the industry’s $6 billion economic impact on the state.

Community calendar of events for July 9

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

I-20 bridge work continues this weekend in Newton County

Bridge reconstruction work in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Newton County near Exit 90 is expected to impact traffic all weekend.

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More than a ton of pot seized in Rockdale County

A drug investigation that spanned several months resulted in the seizure of more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana on Thursday, possibly the largest pot seizure in the history of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic deaths double across Georgia during July 4 weekend

Five fatalities over the weekend were reported by DeKalb County police and one by Atlanta police.

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Pet of the Week: River and Low-Rider

River and Low-Rider are ready for adoption

Salem Camp Meeting to host 5K race Saturday

Runners, walkers, Frisbee tossers and others invited to fundraiser

Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 187 years of history as Salem Camp Meeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K Race and the “Wide World of Salem Sports” field day this Saturday, July 11, at Salem Campground, Newton County, Ga.

Newton Citizen Poll Question

The Newton Citizen Poll question for July 11 is: “With school resuming in just a few weeks, do you think the summer break is long enough, or would you like to return to the more traditional school calendar?”

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Hundreds gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Square in Covington | PHOTOS

Photographer Brian Hadden captured scenes from the Fourth of July celebration held in Covington Saturday evening.

Newton Citizen Poll for July 3

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

Newton blotter, June 24-29

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.

Community calendar of events for July 3

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

New Holiday Inn Express to include 'green' plans

Hotel at Exit 93 will seek less environmental impact and energy savings

A new hotel is going up in Covington that not only will offer guests a design created for on-the-go young people and state-of-the-art amenities but also will present an environmentally friendly approach to the hospitality business.

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Gregory Pope elected to policy-making position with State Bar

Attorney elected to State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors

April Conway of Rockdale will serve in Bangladesh as a consular officer

Conyers native becomes foreign service officer

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Michael Meyers will head up Augusta City Classic, annual black college football event

Michael Meyers appointed to executive director of Augusta City Classic

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Covington resident named to officer position on State Bar of Georgia

Attorney installed as secretary of State Bar of Georgia

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Stock Market Spring Market raised funds to finance dog kennel for Rockdale Sheriff's Office

Stock Market donates dog run to Rockdale Sheriff’s Office

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Eagle Scout and Eastside High School graduate installs sign for Academy Springs Park

Eagle Scout installs sign for Academy Springs Park

Nearly 50 teens ransack Ga. Wal-Mart | RAW VIDEO

A mob of nearly 50 people burst in to a Macon Wal-Mart and smashed merchandise early Sunday morning.

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Ga. town removes Confederate flag, but says not due to Charleston tragedy

McDonough City officials and staff say the removal of old flags from the Square is not in response to the Charleston shooting tragedy.

Report: Georgia led states in clean energy jobs during first quarter

Georgia was ranked the No. 1 job creator in the clean energy industry during the first quarter of 2015, thanks in part to the state's strong solar industry.

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Chick-fil-A tops in customer satisfaction

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has been named the top fast food restaurant in the United States for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report released this week.

Community calendar of events for July 1

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

Georgia State Patrol steps up patrols to crack down on DUIs over 4th of July weekend

This holiday period, from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Sunday, the GSP is participating in the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, a nationwide mobilization against impaired drivers. State troopers will be working alongside local sheriff’s deputies and police officers to apprehend impaired drivers.

Community calendar of events for June 30

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

Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in Rockdale County 'shaken baby' case

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and life prison sentence of a man found guilty in 2011 of murdering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, Cayden Allen.

Same-sex couples tie the knot during mass wedding ceremony in Atlanta

More than 50 same-sex couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony on Sunday in Buckhead.

Man steals hearse with body inside

A man is in custody after a hearse was stolen from the morgue outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Henry County sculptor Andy Davis tapped to create King statue for state | PHOTOS

Henry County sculptor Andy Davis tapped to create King statue for state.

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, June 22-29

Restaurant health scores, June 22-29

Weekend calendar of events for June 27 & 28

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

Newton Citizen Poll for June 28, 2015

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

Community calendar of events for June 26

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