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NCSS named a REACH school system

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia has announced that the Newton County School System (NCSS) is one of 19 additional Georgia school systems that will be participating in the program in the 2015-2016 school year. Georgia school systems had the opportunity to apply to participate in REACH Georgia during the application process that was open from December 1 through February 25.

March 29, 2015 | | Education


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Get control of your allergies

Spring is officially here. The flowers, trees, and weather say so. I can remember making all my friends and relatives jealous when I first moved down to Georgia because of the early spring weather. You can gloat a little when you are sitting on your front porch enjoying the sunshine and breeze and everyone in New Jersey is still wearing their long underwear and down coats.

March 29, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Newspaper polls contradict voting message

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Maurice Carter | Letters


Have you ever thought...

Where did the tradition of using the first day of April as a time for practical jokes come from? Where did we get the idea of using this day to poke fun at others? April Fools' Day is one of those unofficial holidays that is very much a part of our culture.

March 29, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


County employees deserve our full attention

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Phil Johnson | Letters


Growing jobs, investing in the community and trading squirrel pelts

Dear Editor,

March 29, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | Columnists


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING


The Oaks is offering special packages during The Masters

The Masters tournament is the first week of April. The tournament, along with warm, spring weather, likely has you very excited for the 2015 golf season. The professional golfers should not be the only ones who get to have fun during the famous tournament; The Oaks is offering special golf packages for the entire week (April 4th, 2015 through April 12th, 2015) that The Masters tournament takes place.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation


Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

March 22, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Letter from the Mayor

Dear City of Covington Residents,

March 21, 2015 | | Columnists


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Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Lottery jackpot increases to $640 million

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Lottery ticket lines swelled Friday as the record Mega Millions jackpot grew to $640 million, thanks to players who cast aside concerns about long odds and opened their wallets for a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire.

March 30, 2012 | MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press | STATE


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


U.S. House rejects GOP deficit-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected a budget pushed by its most conservative members on Thursday and moved toward approval of a $3.5 trillion plan backed by Republican leaders that would revamp Medicare, slice everything from food stamps to transportation and reject President Barack Obama's call to raise taxes on the rich.

March 29, 2012 | ALAN FRAM Associated Press | STATE


Cameron plans 3-D film about ocean dive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Cameron will be one of the stars of his next big-screen adventure, a chronicle of the expedition on which he has made record-setting ocean dives.

March 28, 2012 | DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer | STATE


Porterdale looks at sidewalk alcohol sales

Restaurants in Porterdale could soon serve beer and wine on sidewalks cafe style if a proposal to allow open containers outside becomes law.

March 28, 2012 | By Jay Jones | Porterdale


Ga. 'Chicken Man' attorney fought eviction

ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for the local activist known as the "Chicken Man" said Tuesday that he filed an emergency motion to fight the man's eviction minutes before a deadly explosion tore through his house.

March 27, 2012 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press | STATE


Porterdale mulls water deposit overhaul

Porterdale city officials described a proposed tier system for water deposits as a significant change for new customers that would have those with risky credit pay more up front.

March 24, 2012 | By Jay Jones Special to The News | Porterdale


Fees cut for builders in Social Circle

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cut water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 23, 2012 | By Jay Jones | Social Circle


The fundamental gaps in America

One of the fundamental gaps between the American people and their elected politicians can be found in perceptions of the relationship between economic growth, job creation and government spending.

March 18, 2012 | By Scott Rasmussen | Columnists


Sentencings - March 18

Marchellus Dennis, violation of probation, balance revoked to Newton County Jail.

March 18, 2012 | | LOCAL


Gingrich comes up short in South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago.

March 14, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Celebrate our home event invites residents to honor Newton County

This spring, the Newton County Leadership Collaborative and The Center for Community Preservation invite the community to celebrate their land, culture and people.

March 14, 2012 | By Nicole Goetz | News Columnists


Ala., Miss. votes could clarify GOP race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Mitt Romney hoped to seal his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with a thus-far-elusive victory in the Deep South, a region that has been slow to embrace the former Massachusetts governor.

March 13, 2012 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press | STATE


Lobbyists spend in charter school debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

March 10, 2012 | DORIE TURNER, AP Education Writer | STATE


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