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Mr. Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty

Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty, 81, went into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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Issues with climate column

Dear Editor: Reporter, or should I say editorialist, Rachel Oswald has clearly imbibed heavily from Al Gore's Koolaid cup by perpetuating the global warming hoax on the well-meaning public. I dare say there is no conclusive proof, nor is there a vast scientific consensus that global warming, if it is happening at all, is man-made or the cause of the perceived increases in weather related natural disasters.

April 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


BOE discussing change in top 10 requirements

 The Newton County Board of Education met Tuesday for their monthly work session to discuss several topics and review several handbooks for the 2008-2009.

April 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Snack Attacks

 A thief broke into a truck at Frito Lay Inc. and made off with off with approximately $300 worth of cookies, crackers, peanuts and chips, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Trailblazers of Change: SKC, industrial leader in environmental sustainability

Tucked away out of sight on hundreds of acres off Ga. Highway 81, the Covington campus of SKC Inc. is quietly blazing a path in the development of alternative energy technology and bio-degradable packaging.

April 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Trailblazers of change: Local man shows how to stretch what nature supplies

On quiet afternoons, Dr. David Simons, a renowned scientific pioneer in the field of myofascial trigger points, enjoys sitting on his sun porch and gazing out onto the magnolia trees growing in the backyard of his Floyd Street home.

April 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Impact fee pool in slump

At the end of fiscal year 2007, Newton County collected $6.26 million in impact fees, with accrued interest from developers.

April 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Uniforms may be required

Middle Ridge Elementary students may have a whole new look next year, at least as far as their clothes go.

April 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Baseball: M.L. King at Newton

COVINGTON - Demarco Parham, an M.L. King High freshman, is something special, particularly on the mound.

April 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Trailblazers of change: Oxford organic chemistry students make biodiesel for service project

The idea first struck Oxford chemistry instructor Brenda Harmon as she was waiting to pick up her children from school. She noticed a funny smell coming from the car in front of her. Almost like French fries, she said, but French fries gone a little bad. The bumper sticker on the car read, "Ask me about biodiesel."

April 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Baseball: Clarke Central at Alcovy

COVINGTON - As the end of the season nears, the bats finally came alive for the Alcovy High baseball team Monday as it won 10-1 over region opponent Clarke Central at Tiger Field.

April 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Eastside High golf teams retain Newton Cup

COVINGTON - On Monday, the Eastside High golf teams retained the Newton Cup by outplaying crosstown rivals Alcovy and Newton at Indian Creek Golf Club.

April 16, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


U.S. must participate in Beijing '08 games

We are 113 days away from the opening ceremonies of the games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China.

April 16, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Action needed

While there are a number of steps private citizens can take to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter how much we reduce, reuse and recycle it will not be enough to mitigate the effects of global warming. To seriously address climate change it will take a massive intervention by the federal government, which until now has shown a reckless disregard for the consequences of non-action.

April 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Gentle giant

The first time I ever saw him was in a picture.

April 16, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Making a change

Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series exploring climate change, its effects and its possible solutions. Friday's edition of the News will feature part three of the series featuring solutions to the problem.

April 16, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


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