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Who Dat: Sheldon Rankins drafted by Saints

Sheldon Rankins made history Thursday night as he became the first player from Eastside High School to ever be drafted in the first round of ...

April 29, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside

Newton County Jail Log: April 27

Kristopher Ty Armistead, 26, Covington, April 20, Probation violation for fingerprintable offence

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

BOC gets first look at 2017 budget

In the preliminary budget introduced to the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Wednesday, projected revenues for fiscal year 2017 are predicted to be $1 ...

April 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Piedmont Newton named WBL employer of the year

The Newton County School System Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs at Alcovy, Eastside, and Newton high schools, and Newton College and Career Academy named Piedmont Newton ...

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Griffin RESA to host certified educator job fair

A certified educator job fair is being hosted by Griffin RESA Saturday, April 30 from 10 am-2 pm. The purpose of the job fair is ...

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Mill Street Music Festival brings Drivin N Cryin

After missing last week, and writing an article on Drew Parker's new single "Slow Down Small Town", it's good to be back with ...

April 28, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Gov. Deal signs Newton CID law

Forming a community improvement district (CID), an area where business owners can tax themselves for improvements, is legal in Newton County.

April 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Deal: No decision yet on allowing guns on Georgia campuses

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor says he hasn't made a decision on legislation allowing concealed handguns on the state's college campuses.

April 27, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Walking series ends with spiritual health on the trail

The Everybody Walk Newton campaign, sponsored by Newton Trails, wraps up today with the fourth and final walk of the series. Walkers will meet at ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Professional dance company to be introduced during Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association of Newton County and Covington Regional Ballet will not only present the ballet, Alice in Wonderland, but will also introduce a new ...

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy girls, Eastside boys headed to state playoffs

Two local soccer squads will continue their seasons in the State Playoffs beginning this week.

April 26, 2016 | George Harrison | Alcovy

Mrs. Frances Martin Woodruff

Mrs. Frances Martin Woodruff, 87 of Griffin, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Abby Hospice in Covington after residing at Benton House Senior ...

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

National Action Network reaches out to the community

Children and their parents took time out of their weekend to attend the National Action Networks (NAN) forum on Crime Prevention and the Cost of ...

April 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

James E. ‘Big E’ King, Sr.

James E. "Big E" King, Sr., 84 of Mansfield, passed away April 24, 2016.

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County’s solid waste authority gets its start

The newly appointed Newton County Solid Waste Authority's board of directors named its chair and set its meetings calendar during its first meeting Monday.

April 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Rams’ run ends in final four

Newton High School was the better team for 30 minutes, but 30 minutes of near-perfect basketball wasn't enough in a 32-minute game Saturday. The length and athleticism of the Westlake High basketball team took over in the final two minutes and the Lions beat Newton 64-59.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rams’ big 3 lead Newton to Final 4

The key to Newton's success in the 2015-2016 boys' basketball season has been its three talented backcourt mates, Jaquan Simms, JD Notae and Ashton Hagans. The trio provides Newton with a stability on both sides of the ball unlike any other in the state.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Hanson reflects on a memorable senior year

Team captain of the Eastside swimming team, National Honors Society and 2015 Georgia Governor's Honors program graduate. Those are just some of the accolades on Eastside senior Trey Hanson's belt.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Alcovy student to be discharged from hospital

Christian Mason has progressed immensely in his rehab, according to his father Thomas Mason. Christian Mason has progressed to the point that he may be discharged from the hospital to a day rehab facility.

February 29, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

W.J. Lane

W.J. Lane of Covington, passed away February 28, 2016 at the age of 85. A member of High Point Baptist Church for 65 years, Mr. Lane served as a Deacon and became a Deacon Emeritus several years ago. He owned and operated Lane Body Shop and Marine Services for almost 60 year, which is now operated by Mandy and R.J. Morgan, his granddaughter and her husband. Mr. Lane was a man who loved his family and his church. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mr. Lane is preceded in death by his ...

February 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Shots Fired gun store 'hit hard' in burglary

Shots Fired, a gun store on Washington Street in Covington, was burglarized early Monday morning.

February 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Legislation moves forward

Newton County is one step closer to a new form of government.

February 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Belton: Campus carry comes through house

As Crossover Day draws closer in the state Capital, week seven was a very long one. Feb. 29 is the day that a bill must pass in one chamber to be considered by the other.

February 28, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Primary what?

We hear a lot about rallies, scandals, debates and caucuses this time of year. The Presidential Primary is upon us. The Georgia Presidential Preference Primary election is this Tuesday.

February 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Mountain Climbers

In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."

February 28, 2016 | Isaac Redman | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.

February 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a child I was given a stuffed chimp. I named him Chimpy. I know the correct term for such a thing is "plush toy," but Chimpy wasn't so plush.

February 28, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING

The important retirement question

When you retire, how long do you want your retirement income to last?

February 28, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

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