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Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system receives $5.1M in after-school program grants

Parents may have the opportunity not to rush to pick up their kids from learning and enrichment this year after the school district received enough grant money to expand its after-school programs.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters

Training never stops to handle aggression

Every officer-use-of-force situation is a volatile and dangerous affair for the officer, the suspect and the community.

July 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County employees to get extra holiday

Newton County employees will receive 12 paid holidays, not 11 as in years past, off work next year.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

More fundraisers, policy changes for school start

Parents with a child attending a special instructional program may have an easier transportation schedule for any other children.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Teaching tech to teachers

July 24, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Education

Father/daughter duo

It's a new beginning for the Newton softball program, as father/daughter combo Greg Cowan and Ashley Coles take over as head coach and assistant head coach respectively.

July 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Cohen: A fight for Israel’s existence

Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations - Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan - as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they [the Jews] will be able to hold out no longer than two years." It has now been 66 years, but I fear that sooner or later, the CIA's conclusion could turn out to be right.

July 24, 2014 | | Columnists

Crash cleared on I-20 WB near Salem Rd

UPDATE: The vehicles have been cleared from I-20 westbound and traffic is flowing again.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Teen's complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

ATLANTA (AP) - An east-Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while she was pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 7.6 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in June.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia releases student growth tool

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parents now can see how their children are performing compared to students with similar academic histories. The information and a new online tool focus on how students improved from year to year and in certain subjects compared to their peers.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man run over by own truck during road rage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Zip line Adventure at North Georgia Canopy Tours

June 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Outdoors Events

Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

The Born Ready Ultimatum:

Initially I planned on writing a preview of what the NBA Finals would look like for the 1980's Boston Celtics of our generation - or as you know them the Miami Heat - but that narrative has been written or will be by plenty of other people.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Why the IMPACT program is important

Concussion management is nothing new, but the recently announced IMPACT program is, at least for high schools.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Gone Paddlin'

Water recreation lovers have been paddling down the Yellow River for years, but the city of Porterdale is making water activities a little more accessible.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New student immunization requirements

Parents of rising seventh-graders in the Newton County School System (NCSS) should take note of changes to the state immunization requirements that go into effect in July.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Movie-based tourism thrives

Covington filming locations have grown in popularity as local businesses have capitalized on the success of popular shows and films. The Mystic Falls/Vampire Stalkers tour recently received a 2014 certificate of excellence from trip advisor, while 12 Oaks Bed and Breakfast topped Fox News' top destinations for readers list.

May 31, 2014 | Sam Reardon | LIFE

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