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NCSS SAT scores fell 12 points from 2013-14

The Newton County School System released SAT scores for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 03, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

William D. "Bill" Langford

Mr. William D. "Bill" Langford, age 67, of Covington passed away September 2, 2015. He was born June 19, 1948 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the ...

September 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Jail Log: September 2

Anthony Lamar Aiken, 61, Covington, September 1, Court Sentenced

September 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Justin Thomas looks to lead Ga Tech to another big season

ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas has a bunch of new guys around him heading into Thursday night's opener.

September 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL in 'Deflategate'

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy ...

September 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Global stocks gain; Europe's central bank promises support

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. and global stocks rose Thursday as a holiday in China gave investors a break from the recent torrid swings in ...

September 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Watch: BOC discusses HVAC refinancing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners discuss refinancing of HVAC system at Tuesday's public meeting.

September 02, 2015 | Randy Reeves | BOC

BOC hears recommendations from committee on organizational changes

A citizen's committee formed six months ago presented its recommendations to the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

September 02, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Reba Louise McCart

Reba Louise McCart of Covington went home to glory peacefully on September 1, 2015. She was born in Butts County on May 14, 1916. She ...

September 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

House mix-up by police leaves man, officer wounded, dog dead

ATLANTA (AP) - Tama Colson was finishing an evening walk when she saw the police cars speed into her neighborhood. As she approached her home she ...

September 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives ...

September 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

26-year-old, dead, found shot at Silos

Twenty-six-year-old Nigiel Cliffard James, of Newton County, died at Grady Hospital after being found shot at Springlake Terrace Tuesday.

September 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

College to launch film and TV production program

Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont College, told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night the school will be introducing a three-tract film and television ...

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

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Filling the gap for hungry children

Bad enough to be cooped up in the house during the summer because parents are at work and child care is cost prohibitive. But imagine being stuck inside and not having anything to eat.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL

Hollywood of the South news

In the wake of Nina Dobrev's departure from "The Vampire Diaries," last season, producers are bringing Lily Salvatore (Annie Wersching), mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), back in all her mischief making glory for Season 7. Details are vague, but it's anticipated that Mama Salvatore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL

Former UGA president heads back to Malibu and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 05, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Former UGA president heads back to Malibu and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 05, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Mass Hysteria in America

In the 1400s, a nun in a French convent started making sounds like a cat. Other nuns began to do the same. Eventually, they started biting one another. As word of the bitings spread, so, too, did the bitings. They swept through other convents all the way to Rome.

July 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

Tax increase proves need for better county government

Dear editor,

July 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Constitutional ignorance and dereliction

The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

July 05, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Freedom First!

The Fourth of July we celebrate this weekend heralds a document proclaiming both our nation's independence and our unwavering commitment to freedom.

July 05, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Have You Ever Thought …

If it seems like we have been celebrating Independence Day for more than a week, that's because we have. This is the time we celebrate our birth as a nation and the freedoms that we cherish. It seems that we can't get it all into just one day.

July 05, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

By our love ...

"I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other."

July 05, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Life can get full!

There are so many things clamoring for our attention, demanding our time, thoughts and devotion. We can find ourselves pursuing many things at the same time. Not only do we fail to catch up on anything, we run ourselves ragged trying. If we are not careful, we can find we are soon better suited for the circus as a juggler than we are as Christians living balanced lives. How do we put a stop to the madness? How do we reel it all in, sort it all out, and focus our attention on one thing? Jesus answers those questions with ...

July 05, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Dereliction of duty or political scapegoat?

"And Aaron shall cast lots upon two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat."

July 05, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

4th of July Time-Lapse

A time-lapse of the Covington Square on the 4th of July

July 04, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Having a Blast: Local man orchestrates Covington fireworks show

For the sixth consecutive year, Covington will continue its tradition of blasting off fireworks in the city's town square this weekend.

July 04, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Woman injured in Social Circle shooting

A 23-year-old Covington woman was injured when her boyfriend accidentally shot her at a residence in Social Circle early Saturday morning, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosbee.

July 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

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