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City OKs changes for mini-warehouses

"Non-conforming" is a designation no business owner wants. It means a business can't be rebuilt if more than 65 percent of the building is burned, or if things are put on hold for more than six months. And it makes selling such a business much more difficult.

August 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Newton High to lift new weights

The Newton High School weight room will be getting a heavy facelift after the Newton County Board of Education approved Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's recommendation to purchase new equipment due to the current equipment's condition.

August 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Nunn ramps up attacks on Perdue

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn is ramping up her attacks on Republican David Perdue as the race for Georgia's open Senate seat heats up.

August 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

US workers with Ebola out of hospital

ATLANTA (AP) - After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US existing home sales rise again

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of existing U.S. homes rose for the fourth straight month in July to their highest level in nearly a year, the latest sign that the housing recovery is picking up after stumbling at the start of the year.

August 21, 2014 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | NATION/WORLD

3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Legals 8/22/2014

August 21, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Legals 8/20/2014

August 21, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Eastside edges Alcovy

In what looked to be a runaway victory at one point for Eastside High School, turned out to be a dramatic finish, but the Eagles showed resiliency and escaped with a 5-4 victory over Alcovy.

August 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Emmys: Billy Crystal to tribute Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Military mulling more troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

August 20, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press LARA JAKES, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rockdale AP named NCCA principal

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCS) has a new CEO, and he's coming from just nearby.

August 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

American killed in Syria aware of risks

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved.

August 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2050 Plan survives challenge

The controversial 2050 Plan took a beating Tuesday night from the Newton County Board of Commissioners, but it was still standing at night's end.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | 2050 PLAN

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Ga. university changes gay couples' benefi

ATLANTA (AP) - Married same-sex couples will get tax benefits equal to heterosexual couples through a retirement plan offered by the University System of Georgia.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Israeli military finds bodies of kidnapped teens

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday, just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank, allegedly by Hamas militants. The grisly discovery culminated a feverish search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and raised fears of renewed fighting with Hamas.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Boehner won't seek immigration vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama will act on his own to make changes in immigration policy, says a White House official, who indicated executive steps Obama could begin promptly as he refocuses immigration enforcement away from the country's interior and on to a Mexican border overrun by children crossing illegally from Central America.

June 30, 2014 | JIM KUHNHENN ERICA WERNER | NATION/WORLD

GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars - provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

victory for Hobby LObby from Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Faith valuable for Southern Dems

ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, stepped into the pulpit of South Columbus United Methodist Church for a Palm Sunday sermon and offered a message of Christian responsibility to the poor, with his phone in hand.

June 30, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Savannah courthouse renaming proposed

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A government official in coastal Georgia is proposing to rename a county courthouse after a former state lawmaker, the late J. Tom Coleman Jr.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

GDOT suspending lane closures for holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Department of Transportation officials say construction lane closures will be suspended during the holiday weekend.

June 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Patricia "Pat" Otto

Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Otto, age 76, of Covington passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was born March 17, 1938 in Greensboro, Georgia to Tommy and Berth McAllister McElhannon. Mrs. Otto graduated from Greensboro High School and attended and graduated from March Business College with an Associate's Degree. She worked for and retired from Macy's Department Stores completing a 35 year career. After her retirement she started a second career working for Newton Medical Center, working on physician accreditation. She was a huge Atlanta Braves fan and loved watching Tom Glavine ...

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

CPD: Be wary of phone scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

What are legislative gambits?

If you've ever played chess, you know that an action taken to gain an advantage is called a gambit. Gambits exist in other fields of endeavor, many of which are not games, to include legislating. I'm going to acquaint you with some that I've seen. Many more exist. For the sake of convenience, I'll give them names, but most of those names are just mine.

June 28, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL

Playing for the big shots

The nation's birthday hasn't even happened yet this year, but a group of musically inclined students are already looking to next year's Independence Day celebrations that could take them a long way from home.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Newton All-Stars top Oconee

Rain and thunder struck yesterday and not in a good way, forcing a delay that lasted almost two hours, but about twenty minutes before 4 p.m. the 11/12 Newton National League All-Star team faced off against Oconee County.

June 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

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