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Man fires gun outside party

A woman having a party called the Covington Police Department after hearing gun shots outside her house Sunday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to host CHEER FEST 2014

At the end of every football season the Newton County Recreation Department's cheerleading program hosts a cheerleading competition and this year it will be on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Annual Social Circle fair returns for a good cause

Fun for a good cause is coming to Social Circle Oct. 21-25.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


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Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Darnell (Debo) Gillam

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Terry McWaters

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Hugh Newsome

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Walter Richard (Rick) Almand

Born on June 26, 1951, Walter Richard (Rick) Almand passed away August 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hamby Almand; children Bryan Owenby and Rachel Almand Wimbush; grandchildren Leanne Brown, Bryanna Owenby, Ashley McKibben, Keeley Owenby, Jordan McKibben, Erica Owenby and Alexis Almand and great-grand daughter rAaliyah Lumpkin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe at 7 p.m.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


County deserves stronger leadership

A simple question doesn't have an easy answer. But it should.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


5 ways college students can eat healthy

If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Student volunteerism can have a positive impact ... and help pay for college

Volunteerism can help young people grow into well-rounded, responsible individuals. When volunteering, kids can learn new skills, foster new friendships and contacts, and improve both their social and interpersonal skills. In addition, a 2011 study from researchers at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine found that people are generally happier and healthier when giving back to their communities. The study even recommended that health care professionals recommend volunteering to patients 12 and older, with the belief that helping others provides significant health benefits, including allowing volunteers to escape their stress and anxiety. And, there could even be a few ...

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Heartland Woman’s Club honored as the oldest club

The Heartland Woman's Club will hold a reception Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woman's Club Building honoring The Covington Woman's Club for being recognized as the oldest club in the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


6 tips for the upcoming hunting season

Hunting is a popular hobby and sport enjoyed by millions of people across North America. Over the last 10 years, data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicates that more and more females are taking up hunting.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


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