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Country legend Merle Haggard dies at 79 of pneumonia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame though his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding ...

April 06, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mr. Danny (Cool Whip) Reed Sr

Home Going Celebration

April 06, 2016 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITUARIES

Chair candidate’s eligibility to be discussed

The Newton County Board of Elections will discuss the residency of Newton County Chair candidate Michael Syphoe at its next meeting on April 12.

April 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

Vince Johnson from the Masters: Tuesday

Deep within the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse proudly hangs a 1934 edition of the Augusta Chronicle newspaper. In a headline buried just beneath the ...

April 06, 2016 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2016

From school to civic center

For some, seeing the old gym demolished has been painful. Some are waxing sentimental about their time spent at the old Newton High School and ...

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Parking to be on diagonal on some streets near square

People looking to park on some streets near the downtown Covington Square will have more options. On Monday night, the Covington City Council approved the ...

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

Petition calls for traffic light at dangerous intersection

The petition was started after 67-year-old Curtis Douglas Baxter was killed trying to turn left onto Georgia Highway 212 from Butler Bridge Road on Feb ...

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Like the azaleas, skipping balls on 16 a Masters tradition

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The chants start as soon as each group has finished teeing off at the 16th hole.

April 06, 2016 | Alec Smith | MASTERS 2016

Spieth the host with the most nerves at Champions Dinner

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Masters champion Jordan Spieth expected the nerves to hit long before he is announced on the first tee Thursday.

April 06, 2016 | Associated Press | MASTERS 2016

Former Police Explorer sworn in as CPD officer

Kenyatta Davis-Barnes achieved his ultimate dream Monday when he was sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston as a Covington Police Officer.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Volunteers to install free smoke detectors in 300 homes

A blitz is coming to Covington.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Taylor improbably returns to Augusta with a new appreciation

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The last time Vaughn Taylor was at Augusta National he needed a ticket to get through the gates.

April 05, 2016 | Associated Press | MASTERS 2016

Olympic champions will receive more than a gold medal in Rio

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - When golf returns to the Olympics in Rio, the winners will receive more than a gold medal.

April 05, 2016 | Associated Press | MASTERS 2016

Fred Couples out of the Masters with bad back

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Fred Couples is out of the Masters because of acute back pain - the first Masters the 56-year-old former champion has missed since ...

April 05, 2016 | Associated Press | MASTERS 2016

Warner Robins council considering $22 million sports complex

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - City officials in Warner Robins are considering a proposed $22 million sports complex aimed at luring baseball and softball tournaments to ...

April 05, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Belton: Campus carry comes through house

As Crossover Day draws closer in the state Capital, week seven was a very long one. Feb. 29 is the day that a bill must pass in one chamber to be considered by the other.

February 28, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Primary what?

We hear a lot about rallies, scandals, debates and caucuses this time of year. The Presidential Primary is upon us. The Georgia Presidential Preference Primary election is this Tuesday.

February 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Endorsements aren’t worth much anymore

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Looking at public education reform efforts past and present

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 28, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Mountain Climbers

In 1996, a group of dedicated hikers decided to make the trek to the top of the world. Unbeknownst to the well-trained crew, a storm changed directions across the Himalayan range and arose from the abyss. Before the hikers had a chance to escape to one of the lower base camps, the horrific storm laid claim to many of their lives. This is one of many stories that support the statement that "The Mountain has the last word."

February 28, 2016 | Isaac Redman | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

The building that was, for many years, home to Mayfield Hardware is now the home for "Your Pie". It opened on Saturday, Feb. 20, to the greatest numbers as any in the history of the Your Pie organization. The hardware store moved all its operations out to its location on Hwy. 278 several years ago. But through "Your Pie", along with a new clothing store coming in March, the old building is coming alive again.

February 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Chimpy and Three Sweaters

When I was a child I was given a stuffed chimp. I named him Chimpy. I know the correct term for such a thing is "plush toy," but Chimpy wasn't so plush.

February 28, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING

The important retirement question

When you retire, how long do you want your retirement income to last?

February 28, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Apple, public safety and selling stuff

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.

February 28, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

‘Real Leadership’ author has roots in Newton County

The most challenging period of John Addison's professional life came shortly after the 2008 financial crash.

February 28, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Celebrating Black History Month

The Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration from Newton County, Covington and the Covington Main Street program was themed Hallowed Ground and featured readings and performances from several community members.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Walk of Heroes memorial in need of help

A new campaign push will begin this week. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial project, based in Conyers, will be reaching out to regional residents, veterans and leaders to request donations.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Georgia Piedmont Technical College declared ‘strong; breaking boundaries

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has added a police academy and film production programs to its Newton campus. The programs provide students a new path for career training.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL

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