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NCSS to be recognized for improving student behavoir

Five schools in the Newton County School System are being recognized by the state superintendent's office for their work using the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program, or PBIS.

November 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County prepares for winter

As some northern states struggle to cope with record snowfall, Newton County is slated to receive more than $22,000 of plow and sanding equipment that should improve services and help avoid costly and dangerous accidents.

November 22, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

A bigger, better place to care for pets

It's just around the corner, less than half a mile away, but when the building is finished in January it will almost double Well Spring Animal Hospital's existing space. That means, veterinarian Dr. Laura Thomas and her staff will be able to care for more dog and cat patients.

November 22, 2014 | Sandra Brands | Business

The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Citizens comments

Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won't hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn't care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Suffer not the little children

"Then were there brought unto him little children; that he should put his hands on them and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus, said, 'Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.'"

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

Four elements

Do you often find yourself in situations where you are asking God to "get you out" instead of asking God, "What do you want me to get out of this?" The disciples were constantly watching Jesus do miracles. Every day was new. There were healings going on, the dead were rising, the blind were seeing, the deaf hearing, the cripples walking, storms were calmed. One day after another they saw Jesus doing these things and more in their midst.

November 22, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Mrs. Willie Pearl Foster

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

November 22, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Rams stifle Black Knights

Before last week, Newton never won a state playoff game. Now, they've won two. The Rams scored 15 unanswered points to beat Central Gwinnett 15-14 and advance to the third round where they will hit the road to face Etowah next Friday.

November 21, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

WASHINGTON (AP) - A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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3 and out

Midway through the season, Eastside football sits at a comfortable 2-2. One fumble in overtime might have propelled them to 3-1, but that's something we'll never know. What we do know is, the Eagles have five games left, all against region opponents with a combined record of 12-7.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Alcovy remains undefeated in region

In softball and baseball in the box score 'K' stands for strikeout, in the Alcovy vs. Rockdale game it stood for Kalia Johnson. Standing strong at 13-2, and an undefeated 7-0 in region play, the Alcovy softball team showed no mercy against Rockdale (4-11, 1-5 Region 2-AAAAAA) run-ruling them 9-0 after five innings as Johnson threw seven K's.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Ciara Bryan: Newton Athlete of the week

The Covington News has chosen Ciara Bryan as Newton High School's athlete of the week. Bryan plays shortstop for the Lady Rams. For the week of September 15, the Lady Rams went 2-0 in the region and Bryan helped by accumulating seven hits and two home runs.

September 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

It's fall (pumpkin) season

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to break out the costumes and spider webs and rake up those colorful leaves. But what is any season without its annual themed drinks and desserts?

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

National Farm week applies to you too

The weather is changing… finally.

September 23, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

Porterdale PD adds new officer

A small-town police department just got a little bigger.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

Flying with Laughter

Arranging an interview quickly turns into something even more exciting when the veteran suggests, "Let's just fire up the old Stearman and fly down to Peach State Aerodrome for lunch at Barnstormer's Grill. Then we can fly back for an interview at my house." Needless to say, nobody had to twist my arm.

September 23, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Thinning out the alternatives for Jekyll Islander

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 23, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

A policy developed in spurts

Of all the experts I have read or consulted lately about the situation in the Middle East, the one who made the most sense was quoted recently in The New York Times. She's Jennifer Shelton-Armstrong, identified as a 45-year-old Democrat in Mission Viejo, California, who participated in a poll about President Obama's handling of foreign policy and terrorism. This is what she said: "He is ambivalent, and I think it shows. There is no clear plan."

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Beauty

In spite of all the recent political upheaval in the county and the back-channel threats of more to come, Newton County is still a beautiful place to live.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Let's go thrifting

A local ministry that spreads its helping wings throughout the county has set up shop in Social Circle.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Miracle League opener likely in April

There's no reason a kid in a wheelchair shouldn't feel like Jason Heyward for a day.

September 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

More than 1,000 local teens considered suicide

September is designated Suicide Prevention Month, but it's a year-round effort.

September 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Rep. Johnson announces grants

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the Department of Health & Human Services is awarding $3.3 million in grants for health care navigators in Georgia and more than $460,000 for two local community health care centers. The Rockdale County Treatment Court Collaborative also will receive more than $234,000 in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grants.

September 23, 2014 | | LOCAL

Social Circle school targeted again

For the second weekend in a row, Social Circle Primary School was broken into.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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