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Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How does our community respond to Child Abuse?

Did you know that one out of six boys and one out of four girls will be abused before their 18th birthday? This is a threat to their future and all the lives they touch. One of our area's response to this challenge is "A Child's Voice". This is the children advocacy center located in Social Circle. It serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties.

April 12, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Strike the right balance in your diet

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…" That is a song we all like to sing because it means birthday cake is coming! Today is my daughter's birthday and Saturday is my son's birthday so we get to have birthday cake TWICE this week!

April 12, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Ellis’s removal of Neuhierl

Dear editor,

April 12, 2015 | | Letters


First session finishes with a flourish

The last day of my first session was thrilling and exhausting. I worked from 7 in the morning to midnight to get "Kelsey's Law" over the finish line. Only 13 minutes remained before the official "Sine Die" when all work must cease until next year. But I am incredibly grateful that my work, and the work of Newton Representatives Pam Dickerson and Doug Holt before me, finally came to fruition after four long years. More importantly, I am humbled to be just a small part of courageous Kelsey's fight to protect fellow teenage girls.

April 12, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


Gay rights movement is totalitarian

The gay rights movement has tended to be a well-choreographed stage production over the last number of decades. Over time, behind the scenes, they pushed hard for gay characters in film and television. They pushed gay actors out of the closet and encouraged celebrations of diversity.

April 12, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Using annuities in your retirement planning

As we move into April, I had planned to start a series of articles on Investing in Equities. Instead, I want to provide information on using annuities in your retirement planning, including benefits and risks. My motivation was learning that a long time insured who has moved out of state has run out of money and is being supported by her children. Studies show that the consistent #1 concern of the baby boomers is running out of money.

April 12, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


All eyes on you, Jordan Spieth

AUGUSTA – Every eye in the world is on you, Jordan Spieth.

April 11, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Halfway to History

How do you stop Jordan Spieth?

April 10, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Spieth runs away with Day 1 lead

"I believe in fate. Fate has dictated another championship here, as it has done so many times" – Ben Crewshaw, after the 1995 Masters.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Welcome to your weekend (April 10)

Java. Cup o' Joe. Lead in your pencil. Fuel in your tank. So many of us are very dependent on our morning (and sometimes afternoon) cup of coffee. Do you take it black? With cream and sugar? With honey and cinnamon? In the Old West, the pioneers would boil crushed coffee beans in a pot over a campfire, maybe put some egg shells in the pot to settle the grounds, and drink their very strong tar-like coffee to start the day. When my husband and I were in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we participated in the traditional coffee ceremony. This ceremony ...

April 09, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

April 09, 2015 | | Business


Masters 2015: The anticipation begins

"It's been a dream of mine to be in contention with Tiger Woods in a major championship at Augusta…to try and take Tiger down on the back nine of Augusta," Jordan Spieth said Tuesday.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Jeffares: Sine Die

This week was spent reviewing the remaining legislation as we completed the 2015 legislative session. The final day of session, Day 40, is known as Sine Die which means "without day" in Latin. This means we are not going to assign another day for further meeting in the 2015 session. Sine Die is the most crucial day throughout the session. It is the final day a bill can be passed if it is to be signed into law by the Governor. If a piece of legislation is not passed on or before Sine Die, it will have to wait until ...

April 06, 2015 | Rick Jeffares | STATE


New details emerge in fatal home invasion

On April 3, at approximately 2:35 a.m. the Newton County 911 received a call in reference to a home invasion at the Salem Terrace Apartments on Salem Road in Newton County.

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


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Eastside blazes Monroe Area

With temperatures starting at 42 degrees and dipping down to 36 with a few snow flurries, Eastside's bats didn't cool off in an 8-4 victory in Monroe Area Monday.

March 26, 2013 | Miles Steele | Eastside


Holt: A view from the House

Last week saw the House closing in on the end of this year's legislative session - we only have one week to go. The committees were working through Senate bills, so we had more to consider on the House floor. We voted on 38 bills and resolutions during the week.

March 23, 2013 | Doug Holt Guest Columnist | Columnists


Brown: Firearms ordinance about safety

During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.

March 23, 2013 | Ezell Brown Sheriff | OPINION


Second halves lift Alcovy in sweep

Rysen Richardsons' two goals helped Alcovy sweep Newton in Region 2-AAAAAA soccer action Friday night.

March 23, 2013 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


Eastside back on winning track

Kevin Thompson was honored before Eastside's baseball game, as the 2013 state wrestling champion threw out the first pitch.

March 23, 2013 | | Eastside


Clean up the town

ean up and spruce up the entrances to Newton County so that visitors' first impression of the community is a positive one. You, as a member of the community, can actually help with that.

March 21, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Good for our schools

We are pleased the education SPLOST garnered a majority of the votes cast in Tuesday's special election.

March 21, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Newton County Sentencings - March 22

Cassandra L. Ogletree, felony theft by deception, 10 years probation, $1,000, pay restitution.

March 21, 2013 | | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 22

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, 28, 10160 Allen Drive, Covington, March 16. Probation violation.

March 21, 2013 | | Newton County Jail Log


Eagles split doubleheader

Eastside baseball suffered its first loss of the season to Jackson County Saturday, before picking up revenge in the nightcap of the doubleheader by beating Jefferson.

March 19, 2013 | Miles Steele | SPORTS


Turner Lake looks good after spruce up

With spring just around the corner, many residents are making their way over to Turner Lake Park to walk the trails, and several have noticed it is looking good. The Newton County Recreation Commission said it recently went in with machines and cleared out much of the underbrush and limbs in order to keep the public safe and the park looking nice.

March 16, 2013 | By Alexis Duffy news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Vote yes for E-SPLOST

We've made progress on improving the education system here in Newton County, but in order to attract more businesses like Baxter International, and retain them, we need to strive every day to continually improve our education further.

March 14, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Long ball lifts Eagles over Morgan Co

Two Eastside Eagle players homered for the first time in their high school careers as the Eagles beat the Morgan County Bulldogs by a score of 9-2 on Tuesday night. Freshman Nick Womack cleared the fence in the third inning and Peyton Pallay went long in the sixth inning.

March 14, 2013 | Miles Steele | Eastside


Photos: Picnic in the park

Let's have a picnic! Today, I walked through the park and saw families and friends walking, playing and sitting at tables. Sherry Saylam and her friend Shanna Goss, among others, were laughing and enjoying the sun. "With so many days of rain, I just had to get out," Saylam said as she sipped her soft drink. "Yes, I'm so sick of the cold weather and it's beautiful out here today," said her friend Goss.

March 12, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Vote

Believe it or not, there is a county-wide decision to be made next Tuesday, March 19, which will affect your pocketbooks for five years between 2015 and 2019.

March 12, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


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