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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cat in the Hat dances onto EHS stage

When children read their favorite childhood books, they may often imagine what those stories would look like if they popped out of the book in front of them.

April 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Vacation Tips for 2014

I'm not going to tell you where to go on your next vacation, but I will give you some advice so you'll enjoy your time away a bit more. See, I took a little vacation out to Phoenix, and I figure the best advice I can give is to just tell you what I did. And then you can do the exact opposite.

April 22, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE

Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Memories of Steele

After their youngest son, Hugh, had completed a few days in the first grade, Johnny and Ada Steele playfully asked if he'd found a girlfriend yet. The 6-year-old responded, "Yes, I have found the girl I'm going to marry. Her name is Dorothy Lassiter. Even if I wander the whole world over, I'll never find another one like her." In 1947, WWII veteran Hugh Steele married Dorothy Lassiter, and they remained as husband and wife for 65 years until her passing.

April 22, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Proposed sea island development awash with controversy

The Sea Island Company wants to build a group of condominiu1ms on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care?

April 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Vacuums suck

I love those commercials on television that have a man impersonating an appliance. The dishwasher licks the whip, and the refrigerator complains that he must work every minute of every day while the blender sits in a cabinet and does nothing for most days of the month.

April 22, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LIFE

No gazebo for now

The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

GOP elitists look down on tea party

I'm tired of the arrogant elitism by so-called conservatives, conservatives of expedience and the misguided who are conservative, but who sometimes embrace populace idiocy.

April 22, 2014 | Michal Massie | Columnists

Mr. Jerry Odean McLeroy

Jerry Odean McLeroy passed away April 20, 2014, at his home in Covington. He was 84 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. McLeroy loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, and especially enjoyed vacationing with them. He had 35 years of service with Lithonia Lighting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaRue McLeroy; granddaughter, Tava Martin; and parents, Dick and Eva McLeroy.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

New principal appointed to Newton High

Newton High School officially has a new head honcho, and everyone wanted their turn to tell John Ellenberg congratulations.

April 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

ATLANTA (AP) - A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia offender arrested in Denver-area sex sting

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a convicted child molester from Georgia has been arrested in suburban Denver for trying to lure a teenage girl to have sex with him.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Chamber still seeking Main Street head

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is on its second search this year to try and find the next director for Main Street Covington – after its first two finalists backed out for personal reasons in late February/early March – and chamber president Hunter Hall is confident one of the remaining two finalists will work out.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

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Lady Tigers fall in tournament opener

The Alcovy girls varsity basketball team fell 84-45 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament to Hillgrove on the road.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Explosive Hawks knock off Rams

An explosive second half helped the visiting Hillgrove Hawks knock off host Newton 56-44 Friday night in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Free throw woes end Newton’s season

After completing a perfect run through region competition, the Newton girls varsity basketball team ran into a buzz saw Friday night against visiting North Cobb in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament, dropping a 59-50 decision to the Lady Warriors.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

NCSO seeks missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Chamber's eco. dev. office in transition

(Covington, GA), February 20, 2014 – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Dave Bernd has been named as Vice President of Economic Development.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ga. House Republicans condemn colleague's bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of the House GOP leadership are speaking out in opposition to a bill sponsored by a fellow Republican, condemning it as a move that would loosen sex offender restrictions in Georgia.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. Department of Labor to host career expo

CUMMING, GA. (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say 75 employers are slated to participate in a career expo next week.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Storms bring down trees in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - There were several reports of trees down across north Georgia after a fast-moving line of thunderstorms brought high winds to the region.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Makeup days approved for students

School will be in session a little longer before summer break this school year, that's if you're not a graduating high school senior.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION

Grace notes: What's the point

We go through a lot to do "church". Think of the time and money and effort and energy put into making sure we've got a place to meet on Sundays, all the work that goes into the various events and traditions. People give up so much in the name of church, so today I ask you, "Why?" What's the point?"

February 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Just A Thought: Lust can spread like wildfire

Just a Thought: LUST! I'm not a psychic, but I bet your first thought was "SEX." But, lust isn't just about sex. To lust means to have an intense desire or need. Therefore one could lust after wealth, power and prestige, to name a few.

February 20, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

A look at some House bills

Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.

February 20, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL

County BOC could return power to chairman

County commissioners could decide to return ultimate authority to the county chairman, a move that would reverse, or least alter, the decision by a previous board in November 2011 to create a county manager form of government.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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