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'Reality Bytes' to teach Newton residents about computer safety

'Reality Bytes' to teach Newton residents about computer safety

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Sheriff's officials in Newton County are using a new approach to take a "byte" out of cyber crimes.

The Reality Bytes Cyber Safety Summit 2011 has been designed to educate the community about preventable crimes and ways to play it safe while using the Internet. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Church at Covington.

Several presenters are scheduled to address attendees, including representatives from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Juvenile Justice Fund and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. There will also be a special performance from the Alcovy High School chorus.

To register for the event, call 678-625-1412 or email your name and telephone number to ncsorealitybytes@yahoo.com.

Fast and free flu shots offered during drive-thru clinics

Fast and free flu shots offered during drive-thru clinics

COVINGTON, Ga. -- For Newton and Rockdale residents, getting a flu shot this year will be as simple as rolling down a car window and rolling up your sleeve.

Health departments in both counties will host a two-day drive-thru flu shot clinic that will provide free vaccinations to the first 500 participants.

"Not only are we vaccinating the community from the seasonal flu, but we are using this as a great opportunity to exercise our ability to quickly and efficiently administer vaccinations to the public in the event of a widespread public health crisis, such as pandemic influenza," said Dr. Lloyd Hofer, district health director for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments.

Drive-thru flu shot clinics will be:

* Newton County
Friday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

BEST SPOTS: Halloween Pop-Up Shops

ATLANTA – Halloween pop-up shops, the first sign of excessive candy consumption, tons of food and some of our favorite clichés. And as it stands, ‘tis the season that niche' business owners hawk goblins, gouls and costumes that look similar to some of our favorite celebrities at stores in and around Atlanta.

Pop-up shops, with their intense decorations and marquees, aren’t a nuisance as much as they’re a wonder; they provide us with an outlet, yearly and almost on cue, to outfit ourselves fabulously for parties and the likes.

Join a public meeting on the state of Newton County schools

Join a public meeting on the state of Newton County schools

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Newton County School Board member Jeff Meadors plans to host a forum at Alcovy High School on Wednesday afternoon.

This meeting is open to anyone who wants to discuss the state of Newton County schools, especially those in district one:

* Alcovy High
* Heard-Mixon Elementary
* Mansfield Elementary
* Rocky Plains Elementary

The forum will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Alcovy High auditorium.

Any additional questions can be sent to Meadors at jeffrey.meadors@gmail.com.

Alcovy High School is located at 14567 Highway 36 in Covington.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, FLUX and the North GA State Fair

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, FLUX and the North GA State Fair

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Look for an abundance of BBQ and Brews at Atlantic Station, this weekend. Atlanta’s third annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival is a showcase of barbecue styles from all over the South, the Carolina, Texas and infamous Memphis and Kentucky barbecue. The festival will be held starting on Friday and will run through Saturday, October 1. Atlantic Station is located on Atlantic Drive in Midtown.

On Friday night, FLUX returns to Castleberry Hill. The public arts festival will be held in the city’s traditionally artsy, loft-warehouse district. This year about thirty-four projects will be showcased by 219 artists. Among projects showcased is The Hunt by The Collective Project, Volley by Monica Cook, and The Days of Awe by Deanna Sirlin.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Football Classic, Chili Cookoff and Music Midtown

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Football Classic, Chili Cookoff and Music Midtown

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Check out Jenny Owen Youngs at Unplugged in the Park. Park Tavern, 99X, Miller Lite and Bacardi have all come together to get music fans “up close and personal” with a number of today’s best singer-songwriters as we present the 2011 Unplugged in the Park Music series. Featured performers, included: Sonia Leigh, Alice Peacock, Angie Aparo and Matthew Perryman Jones to Unplugged newcomers like Griffin House, Ingram Hill, and Carbon Leaf, to up and coming locals Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and The Whiskey Gentry. The concert will be held at Park Tavern; which is located at 500 10th Street NE in Atlanta.

On Sunday afternoon, the PAWS in the Park Dog Walk and Pet Expo will be held on Centennial Park.

WEEKEND EVENTS: JapanFest, Hayden's Walk and Falcons

WEEKEND EVENTS: JapanFest, Hayden's Walk and Falcons

ATLANTA -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The East Atlanta Village will be action-packed, this weekend. Come out for the 14th Annual East Atlanta Strut, which is a yearly one day extravaganza which includes live music, comedy, a 5K Run/Walk, Artists Market and food. The village is located at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals Road and the festival begins at 10:00 a.m.

The How Sweet the Sound Choir and Gospel Concert will be held at Philips Arena on Saturday, September 17. Organizers want you to “raise your praise hands ad experience and anointing as incredible choirs and gospel celebrities rock the house during this empowering evening”.