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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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Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” L. Whitfield

SouthCare Cremation and Funeral Society

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Carolyn McCoy

Young-Levett Funeral Home

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on persecution

Religious and cultural bigotry has been around since, seemingly, the beginning of recorded time.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


11 little-known facts about cancer

Despite the prevalence of cancer, some information about this potentially deadly disease is not widely known. The following are some facts about cancer that may surprise you.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Mrs. Rosa Milligan

Mrs. Rosa Milligan, age 93, of Porterdale passed away August 12, 2014 at her home. She was born April 4, 1921 in College Park, Georgia to the late Lonnie and Lydia Massey Williams. Mrs. Milligan was retired from Bellsouth and was a member of the Pioneer's Club. She was a member of Sewell United Methodist Church where she enjoyed going to singings and being involved when she could. Mrs. Milligan was also a member of the Newton County Republican Party. She was preceded in death by her husband Homer Lamar Milligan, her children Phyllis Roberts, Edward Milligan and Carolyn ...

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Politics might have ruined 2050 panel

Sometimes what starts out as a good idea gets hijacked along the way.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy celebrates national accreditation status

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy will welcome law enforcement, civic/community, state and local leaders Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at their Newton Campus, to acknowledge the stellar achievement of becoming the first training academy in the State of Georgia to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA, during its July Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois, voted unanimously to award accreditation status to the Academy.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Alma M. Gray

Mrs. Alma M. Gray, 89, of Loganville passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home. She was born August 21, 1924 in Far City, North Carolina to Dock Gilbert and Caroline Beck who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Gray was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She was baptized in 2004 at True Gospel Mission Church and loved to fish. Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by five of her children Barbara Alice Pruitt, Danny Leroy Pruitt, Ila June Pruitt, David Thomas Pruitt and Dennis Michael Pruitt; she was also preceded in death by ...

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Covington pedestrian killed on Ga. 81

A Covington resident and pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Ga. Highway 81 in Newton County.

August 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect arrested 6 years after robbery

A Covington man is in the custody of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for an armed robbery committed six years ago.

August 08, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Alma M. Gray

Mrs. Alma M. Gray, 89, of Loganville passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home. She was born August 21, 1924 in Far City, North Carolina to Dock Gilbert and Caroline Beck who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Gray was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She was baptized in 2004 at True Gospel Mission Church and loved to fish. Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by five of her children Barbara Alice Pruitt, Danny Leroy Pruitt, Ila June Pruitt, David Thomas Pruitt and Dennis Michael Pruitt; she was also preceded in death by ...

August 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton Newsflash: Weekend roadwork

The Georgia DOT returns to its roadway construction projects this weekend with the continuation of projects on I-20 in Newton and Rockdale counties.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Adolph Brown to headline NCSS Education Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School bus stops: Stop

Now that school has started back, motorists on many of our county roads are finding their commute time extended because of the band of bright yellow school busses carrying our children to and from their homes and school.

August 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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