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School board changes direction on Clear Touch company

The Newton County School Board changed direction on which company will supply the district with new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

February 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LIVING

DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Husband of ex-DeKalb commissioner guilty of mail fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who admitted to stealing county money has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Only female death row inmate in Georgia set for execution

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Weather service: 3-6 inches of snow possible in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of the potential for 3-6 inches of snow across north Georgia.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix expected Wednesday

States of emergencies have already been declared and schools have already been closed ahead of wintry weather mix that is expected to continue to batter a wide swath of the country Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Jury deliberations begin in 'American Sniper' killing trial

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors in the murder trial of an ex-Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man told jurors Tuesday before they began deliberations that they should disregard the insanity defense of the defendant's attorneys.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Longtime Coke executive Donald Keough dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Keough, who steered Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s, died Tuesday in Atlanta, the company said. He was 88.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sleet, snow, ice move into metro Atlanta and north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Snow was blowing across highways in the north Georgia mountains and ice coated cars in some of metro's Atlanta's northern suburbs as the latest winter storm struck the state Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons sign DiMarco, Matthews to contract extensions

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews to contract extensions.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

U.S. stocks edged higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to close at record highs. Investors cheered new signals that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to begin rising interest rates before June and news that Greece's creditors approved another bailout of the cash-strapped country.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls

Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars on U.S. roads have recalled parts that have yet to be repaired.

February 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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History speaks from beyond the grave

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

New Year Nutrition

2015 is here! And if you are like me, you enjoy your family traditions surrounding this holiday.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

1st black elected US senator dies

BOSTON (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.

January 03, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Rams take the title at Walnut Grove tourney

Newton basketball kept rolling over the break as the Rams went 3-0 in a holiday tournament at Walnut Grove winning the championship 39-36 over Walnut Grove. Rams' head coach Rick Rasmussen breaks down the tournament run in this exclusive question and answer.

January 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Newton County all-area dream team

Ever wonder what a football team composed of the best players and the best coaches of Newton County's three high schools would look like? Well, we're here to answer that question with the Newton County All-Area football team.

January 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Learning on the fly

Eastside entered the new year on a four-game winning streak after losing four straight games, but head coach Gregory Freeman still has reservations about his team's current level of play.

January 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

New Year joy

New Year's is the almost-perfect holiday (Christmas takes the blue ribbon). It's a combination of reflecting, celebrating or possibly just being glad of getting rid of the old year - while at the same time looking forward to the potential and possibilities of the year to come. It's the bridge between the past and present, where what has been done is over - but the future still looks bright, if a bit hazy.

January 03, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Our thoughts: Hospital resolution

As we start the New Year we have a major dilemma facing us in in Newton County and that is the future of the Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Potato Bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

January 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Getting your paper, rain or shine

The rain this past week certainly has been a blessing as a good rain always is, but for newspaper people in circulation, inclement weather has always been one big pain in the rear.

January 03, 2015 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

No reappointment of Tommy Craig, please

Dear Editor,

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

A new naughty or nice list for the Newton County BOC

Dear Editor,

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Birth announcement: Alana Rodriguez

Alana Cheri-Lynne Rodriguez 19.5 inches and 7 pounds, 3 ounces born on Dec. 29 at 10:39 at Newton Medical Center. Mother is Morgan Alana Thompson and father is Megail Enrique Rodriguez.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Births

Engagement: Everson-Williams

Mr. and Mrs. David Leon Everson of Covington are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Danielle Veronica Everson to Jamal Jeron Williams, the grandson of Ms. Patricia Oliver of Clayton, and son of the late Mrs. Tanya Deneen Parker of Paterson, New Jersey. Danielle Everson is a 2005 graduate of Newton High School. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Valdosta State University, and she is currently employed as an associate editor at a commercial real estate magazine in Atlanta. Jamal Williams is a 2002 graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap. He received two ...

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

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