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Schools earn C’s, D's on GA report card

It's the school's turn to get graded.

April 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Police seek suspect in unauthorized party shooting

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County authorities say two teenage girls were shot in the chaos following an unauthorized party in a park.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia releases 2 years of school scores

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials say Georgia's elementary and middle schools improved overall during the last two years. But high schools on average are struggling to boost their students' performance.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Mother Levancy Maxey Turner

Celebratinf The Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Mother Ida Mae Ruth

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Mother Christine Thorpe Wilson

Celebration of Life

April 21, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL

Deal’s panel saves BOE thousands

Teachers, students and faculty in Newton County schools will soon be safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks at a cost of thousands of dollars cheaper than originally expected.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Alternative education program contract up for renewal

Officials with Ombudsman Education Services, the Newton County School System's alternative education provider for at-risk students, made their pitch to get their contract renewed for the next year, and potentially next three years.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Rams take second at region meet

The Rockdale County High School boys track and field team captured the 2014 Region 2-AAAAAA title Wednesday afternoon, besting second place Newton High for top honors in the league.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

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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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