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Ga. parole board backs new agency proposed by Gov. Deal

ATLANTA (AP) - The chairman of Georgia's parole board says he backs Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to create a new agency to supervise people on parole or probation.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican U.S. House voted Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Anna Mary Hutchison Senn

At 90 years of age, and after a full life, Anna Mary Hutchison Senn died on December 21, 2014. Born in Baltimore on December 17, 1924 she was the daughter of Edward N. and Alice "Peggy" (nee Blottenberger) Hutchison.

January 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Need help filing out your tax return? Don't call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

We burn 2.7 million gallons a minute, so why's oil so cheap?

NEW YORK (AP) - The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher - and is rising.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Key interest rate falls as investors seek safety

NEW YORK (AP) - A barometer of Wall Street's anxiety flashed red on Wednesday, when traders rushed to the safety of U.S. government bonds.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Low Gas Prices

Motorists across Newton County are experiencing lower prices at the gas pump.

January 14, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

UGA student shot to death off-campus

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police in Athens are investigating the shooting death of a University of Georgia student who was killed off-campus.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Deal urges action on schools, transportation in state speech

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is urging lawmakers to take dramatic action on transportation and education issues facing Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. appeals court to hear case over Vidalia onion regulation

ATLANTA (AP) - A Vidalia onion farmer's lawsuit challenging the Georgia agriculture commissioner's authority to regulate the famous crop is going back to court.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Weak growth forecast, sales slump send US stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling and bond prices are rising following some discouraging news on the U.S. economy and a weaker forecast of global growth.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia executes man for killing a deputy in traffic stop

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - A man who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death Tuesday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car's video camera.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stretchers stolen from funeral hearses in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police and funeral directors in Gainesville have a mystery on their hands: Someone is breaking into hearses and stealing the stretchers used to carry deceased people.

January 14, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

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Rams: Letting them off the leash

All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.

November 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga Tech-Georgia brings national chops this season

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - There's no need for any extra motivation when Georgia faces Georgia Tech.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

US stock indexes hold at record levels

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ferguson mayor: National Guard deployment delayed

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's mayor is criticizing what he says was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

NEW YORK (AP) - It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Protesters plan Atlanta protest of Ferguson ruling

ATLANTA (AP) - Activists plan to rally in downtown Atlanta in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown's death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown's family and others.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ferguson police officer not indicted

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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