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Wheeler installed as Exalted Ruler of Covington Elks Lodge

Jack Wheeler installed as Exalted Ruler of Covington Elks Lodge

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Blakeney installed as Covington Elkadette president

Covington Elkadettes install new president

Newton Citizen Poll for June 2, 2013

The Newton Citizen Poll for June 2, 2013

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4-H to hold insect camp

Camp will be held June 10 to June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rockdale Cooperative Extension office located at 1400 Parker Road.

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May Yard of the Month

The May Conyers Garden Club Landscape Design Plaque was awarded to Becky Moore and her father Henry Lovin of 4740 Highway 138.

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Morgan-Owensby Engagement

John and Robbi Morgan of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Page Morgan of Covington, to Jason Boyd Owensby, son of Wanda and Paul Owensby and Luther and Linda Owensby, all of Covington.

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Sartin-Huiet Wedding

Kelly Renee Sartin and Daniel Shane Huiet were married on April 27 at Flint Hill in Norcross.

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Salem's McKoy signs with Roane State Community College

Salem basketball player Marques McKoy recently signed an athletic scholarship with Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN

Covington council to get pay raise

The Covington City Council will get a pay raise, effective in January.

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A family affair

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Newton County Jail Blotter for May 31, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for May 31, 2013.

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Delicate beauty

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Jeffares earns top scores from Georgia Chamber

State Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) has received a perfect score and an A+ rating, the highest score possible, on the Georgia Chamber's Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber's Legislative Scorecard recognizes legislators that supported strong business initiatives during the 2013 legislative session.

Belk celebrates 125th anniversary

Belk stores in more than 300 locations across 16 states, including Belk of Conyers Crossroads, will be celebrating the company's 125th anniversary on May 29, the date that William Henry Belk opened his first store in Monroe, N.C.

Conyers church hosts stroke, osteoporosis screenings

Presbyterian Church Of The Resurrection, 3676 Ga. Highway 20 in Conyers, will host Life Line Screening on June 4.

Kroger offers customers chance to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Kroger stores throughout the Atlanta Division are encouraging customers and associates to donate to the American Red Cross, which is providing first aid assistance, meals, emotional support and other necessities to those affected by the deadly aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes that touched down on Monday.

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Shaggy, Benji seek new homes

Both the Newton and Rockdale animal shelters have a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption this week.

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Prayerful task

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Glad to be a grad

Newton and Rockdale county high schools held their 2013 graduation ceremonies this week.

Newton Citizen Poll for May 26, 2013

Newton Citizen Poll for May 26, 2013

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Franklin 50th Anniversary

Bennie Franklin Jr. and Nancy Brewer Franklin celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.

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Piedmont Academy class raises butterflies

Students in Mary Ramsdell’s K3 class at Piedmont Academy learned about the life cycle of the butterfly by hatching four painted lady butterflies from caterpillars.

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Honey Creek names Good Citizens for May

Honey Creek's Good Citizens for the month of May

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Seniors enjoy world-class cuisine

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Newton County Jail Blotter for May 24, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for May 24, 2013

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Birds hatch at Career Academy

Students in Shelley Yeatman's prekindergarten class in the Early Learning Center at the Newton College and Career Academy got to witness their baby bluebirds hatch before school let out.

Jackson Lake records first boating fatality of season

Michael Davis. Special to the Citizen. JACKSON -- A Conyers man has died after a boating accident on Jackson Lake Tuesday evening.. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Capt. Bob Lynn identified the victim as 58-year-old Joseph L. Baker.. Lynn said Baker was a passenger on a boat operated

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Up, up and away

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Church Calendar

Church Calendar

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Charlie and Binx would like to find new homes

There are a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption at the Newton and Rockdale animal shelters this week.

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Monster tornado devastates Oklahoma

A massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people with winds of up to 200 miles per hour that flattened entire tracts of homes, two schools and a hospital, leaving a wake of tangled wreckage.

Health reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for May 21, 2013

Health reports for Newton and Rockdale counties for May 21, 2013.

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Alcovy's Palo signs with Andrew College

Staff photo: Manny Fils. The 2012-13 Alcovy basketball team had another signing with Kaci Palo heading to Andrew College. The Lady Tigers leader will be playing the shooting guard position. Palo led the Lady Tigers in 3-point shots taken and 3-point shots made.. "I'm extremely excited for her

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Barge visits Newton academy

State Superintendent John Barge visited the Newton College & Career Academy Tuesday.

Newton Citizen Poll for May 19, 2013

The Newton Citizen Poll for May 19, 2013.

Area Students -- College

Area Students -- College new for May

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Griffin-Murphy Engagement

Ed and Mary Griffin of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Ann Griffin, to Brent Drennan Murphy, son of Phil and Carole Murphy of La Vergne, Tenn.

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Keeping the K-9's safe

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School Crime Report for May 17, 2013

School Crime Report for May 17, 2013

Newton County Jail Blotter for May 17, 2013

The Newton County Jail Blotter for May 17, 2013.

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Blackwell signs with Piedmont

Being No. 1 has paid off for Eastside's top single player Amanda Blackwell after committing to play tennis for DIII program Piedmont College. Blackwell was given honorable mention honors on the Region 8-AAAA team, was given the MVP award for the Eastside girls tennis team and served as a

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Sam, Dougal looking for new homes

There are a variety of dogs and cats available for adoption this week at the Newton and Rockdale animal shelters.

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Fun on the farm

Farm Day at Berry's Tree Farm

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Local woman turns 102

Annie Maud Maddox celebrates 102nd birthday.

Health reports for Newton, Rockdale counties for May 14, 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 www.eastmetrohealth.com

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Discount Tire opens in Conyers

Special Photo Discount Tire, a tire and wheel retailer, announced the opening of its new store at 1665 Ga. Highway 138 S.E. in Conyers, near the crossroads of Ga. 138 and Old McDonough Road. It’s operated by 10 employees and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is closed on Sundays.