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Community calendar for Dec. 24, 2014

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

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Santa Claus takes time to snap some photos with children before his big night | PHOTOS

Santa Claus made an early stop at the home of Brian and Laurie Jewell in Newton County this week.

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Pet of the Week: Rose and Xena

Rose and Xena are ready for adoption

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy completes impaired driver enforcement training

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Deighton Waithe recently completed an Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement course taught at the Porterdale Police Department by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Fire damages home in Conyers on Monday

Fire damages home in Conyers on Monday

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Dec. 15-22

Restaurant health scores, Dec. 15-22

Weekend calendar for Dec. 20 and 21

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

GDOT to suspend most road closures over holidays

Most construction lanes open Dec. 23-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2

To help motorists with their weekend travels during the holidays, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending most construction-related lane closures on Interstates and major state routes.

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First 2015 F-150 sold in Georgia to Newton resident Mike Poole

Covington man buys first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia.

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Covington’s Cork wine shop expands, adds growler station

Covington’s Cork wine shop expands, adds growler station

Newton Citizen Poll for Dec. 21, 2014

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

Two dozen make Citizen all-area softball team

The softball season was once again filled with memorable individual performances and two-dozen players were selected to all-Citizen teams.

Community Calendar for Dec. 19, 2014

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 sponsors annual Shop with a Cop at Walmart

Covington Police Department sponsors Shop with a Cop at Walmart

Covington police take about 26 children shopping Wednesday at Walmart for annual Shop with a Cop event

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ANNIVERSARY: Tommy and Sue Bowers celebrate their 67th anniversary

Tommy and Sue Bowers will celebrate their 67th anniversary.

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ENGAGEMENT: Schneider-Williams

The couple plans to wed in April at the Berry Hill Resort in South Boston, Va.

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SCRAPBOOK: Monies raised from the Be Rich Campaign benefit Newton County Crisis Pregnancy Center

Dr. John Pearrell presents a check to the steering committee of a new start-up ministry, The Newton County Crisis Pregnancy center.

Community Calendar for Dec. 18, 2014

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

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Grizzlies halt Golden State winning streak

Memphis put an end to a long Golden State winning streak on Tuesday.

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Pet of the Week: Rose and Jasper

Rose and Jasper are ready for adoption

Community Calendar for Dec. 16, 2014

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

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Dec. 8-15

Restaurant health scores, Dec. 8-15

Newton Medical Center reduces staff

Newton Medical Center officials announced Friday that economic and industry factors resulted in a reduction in personnel as well as reduced hours for other hospital employees.

Newton Citizen Poll for Dec. 14, 2014

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

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Harden takes over, sends Rockets past Kings

Durant helps Thunder close out Cavs

With the way James Harden was closing out quarters Thursday, even a double-digit deficit wasn’t enough to keep the Houston Rockets from another road win.

Rhythm Elements Dance Studio hosts food drive in Porterdale

Rhythm Elements Dance Studio has partnered with Willing Helpers Food Pantry to help provide access to nutritious meals to hungry children, families and seniors in the community.

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SCRAPBOOK: Covington Elks Lodge host a holiday dance for special needs adults

The Covington Elks Lodge was the host for a recent Happy Holidays Dance, presented for the area’s special needs young adults.

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SCRAPBOOK: The Women of Philadelphia UMC prepared Thanksgiving baskets for members who are homebound

The women of Philadelphia UMC prepared special baskets for the church members who are homebound.

Newton Blotter, Dec. 3-9

This week’s Newton County jail log

Bags of pot found under hood of Alcovy student's car

A 17-year-old Alcovy High School student has been arrested after a school administrator found a jar of marijuana located under the hood of his car.

Newton starts Region 2-AAAAAA play with sweep over Alcovy

Not even having the game in her hand made Newton’s Alexcia Chatman twitch as she made the game-winning shot in the waning seconds to give the Lady Rams the had the 54-52 win over Alcovy in Region 2-AAAAAA season opener while the boys had no trouble with a 19-point win, 70-51, over the Tigers on Tuesday.

Conyers man dies in one-vehicle crash in Newton County

A 29-year-old Conyers man was killed early Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Newton County.

Community Calendar for Dec. 11, 2014

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

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Rockdale leaders complete Georgia economic development training

Rockdale leaders complete economic development training

Newton Federal Bank offers free checking through Kasasa

Newton Federal Bank offers free checking.

Weekend calendar for Dec. 6 and 7

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

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Pet of the Week: Penelope and Rambo

Penelope and Rambo are ready for adoption

Weekend calendar for Dec. 6 and 7

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

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Dec. 1-8

Restaurant health scores, Dec. 1-8

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Hawks top Nuggets for 6th straight win

Paul Milsap scored 23 points and the Hawks stayed red-hot with a 96-84 victory over Denver Sunday at Philips Arena.

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Covington Christmas Parade | PHOTOS

That parade must go on, rain or shine! And it did.

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Drayton Ballard admitted to Bar of Georgia

W. Drayton Ballard was sworn in to the practice of law Nov. 19 by Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn.

Rockdale out-swims local rivals

Thanks to 17 first-place finishes, Rockdale’s swim team ran away with a regular season meet Thursday, defeating second-place Heritage 497-269.5 at Johnson Park.

Newton Citizen Poll for Dec. 7, 2014

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

Willette to compete in state swim championships

Delaney Willette is back in Atlanta pools.

Newton Blotter, Nov. 26-Dec. 2

This week’s Newton County jail log

Community calendar for Dec. 5, 2014

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

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BIRTH: Charlie Ava Leasure

Charlie Ava Leasure was born on Nov. 10.

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SCRAPBOOK: Satsuki Garden Club members create over 70 floral arrangements for the Benton House

Members from the Satsuki Garden Club in Covington learned how to create autumn arrangements.