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Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS

The truth in Tony Dungy's comments

For the past few days or so, there has been a lot of criticism and scrutiny for Tony Dungy's comments stating that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because he would have been a distraction.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season

New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Keepin’ it all in the family

He was laughed at by his peers in high school, bad-mouthed by another a coach when he tried to start his own team, but that hasn't stopped Benjamin Kennedy Sr. and his family from making track and field the core of their bond as a family.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

State releases Student Growth Model

For those parents, students and teachers who want to see a different form of explanation regarding students' test scores and what they mean, other than lists of numbers throughout the years, they may want to check out a new tool.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Rasmussen: Opposition to Hobby Lobby decision highlights problem with mandates

Following the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, one of the key talking points that emerged from enraged opponents of the ruling was: "My boss shouldn't be involved in my health care decisions." California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke says on her official website that such a perspective is "common sense."

July 26, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Williams: Do blacks need favors?

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act's legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, "I'll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas." I don't know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here's my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a "yes" answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a "no ...

July 26, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

’20 acres’ dominate 2050 discussion

Thursday's public hearing on the 2050 Plan began as did the two before it – with an in-depth discussion of a particular part of the document, in Thursday's case the "compact communities" and higher-density zoning areas planned for the western part of the county.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Words from the county chairman Keith Ellis

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis answered four questions about the 2050 Plan as part of an ongoing series of general questions with county and city leaders. These were so pertinent to Thursday's 2050 Plan public hearing they are included here:

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

3 Ga. men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are closing ranks behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

GA man out on bond in fatal crash charged with DUI

JASPER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man facing charges in a DUI crash that killed his newlywed wife was arrested again over the weekend for drunk driving.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Hillary Clinton versus the press

LAS VEGAS - Karl Rove spoke here recently. I'd like to tell you what he said, but the session was off the record. This was a pity because I wanted him to expand on his statement that Hillary Clinton was possibly hiding a serious medical condition. In this case, no news is not good news. It's merely no news.

May 27, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

A Firestorm that Came from Nowhere

Dear editor,

May 27, 2014 | Sam M Hay III | Letters

Our Thoughts: Safety

It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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