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The truth in Tony Dungy's comments

For the past few days or so, there has been a lot of criticism and scrutiny for Tony Dungy's comments stating that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because he would have been a distraction.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season

New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Keepin’ it all in the family

He was laughed at by his peers in high school, bad-mouthed by another a coach when he tried to start his own team, but that hasn't stopped Benjamin Kennedy Sr. and his family from making track and field the core of their bond as a family.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

State releases Student Growth Model

For those parents, students and teachers who want to see a different form of explanation regarding students' test scores and what they mean, other than lists of numbers throughout the years, they may want to check out a new tool.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Rasmussen: Opposition to Hobby Lobby decision highlights problem with mandates

Following the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, one of the key talking points that emerged from enraged opponents of the ruling was: "My boss shouldn't be involved in my health care decisions." California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke says on her official website that such a perspective is "common sense."

July 26, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Williams: Do blacks need favors?

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act's legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, "I'll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas." I don't know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here's my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a "yes" answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a "no ...

July 26, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

’20 acres’ dominate 2050 discussion

Thursday's public hearing on the 2050 Plan began as did the two before it – with an in-depth discussion of a particular part of the document, in Thursday's case the "compact communities" and higher-density zoning areas planned for the western part of the county.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | 2050 PLAN

Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Words from the county chairman Keith Ellis

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis answered four questions about the 2050 Plan as part of an ongoing series of general questions with county and city leaders. These were so pertinent to Thursday's 2050 Plan public hearing they are included here:

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | 2050 PLAN

City employees join wellness challenge to walk around the world

Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

4H Forever: State 4H Congress

Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.

July 26, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

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Appalling disregard for black life by other blacks

Late one night last week I was channel surfing when I happened upon a station that was running a marathon of a reality show. Each hour-long program took the viewers through the real-time aftermath of two violent murders. Sometimes each murder was solved, with the perpetrator being arrested and imprisoned. Other times, the crimes went unsolved by the conclusion of the program.

May 29, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists

‘Irreplaceable’ Chief Davenport retires

Newton County Fire Service Battalion Chief Terry Davenport asked his fellow firefighters to join him as his final shift ended Thursday, a way to say goodbye to those around him and his career of over 30 years.

May 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Students to learn to grow, prepare food

A pastor, farmer and chef got together one day and decided they were going to revolutionize how local residents think about and consume food. They also want to transform communities while they're at it.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Deep roots

The roots run deep under the white church house that sits at Hub Junction.

May 29, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION

Cooperstown Comes Calling

The 11-12-year old Elite Aces of Covington are truly what their name says they are - elite.

May 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Newton to host summer b-ball camp

Still months away from the beginning of the regular season, Newton High School seems to have adopted the mantra "basketball never stops."

May 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

School system, SAFARI Montage partnership wins techn award

If you're looking for a globally leading technology partnership, your search doesn't need to go farther than Newton County limits.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Another car title loan approved on Salem Road

Another car title loan business is coming to the Salem Road corridor.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Nationwide phone scam reaches Social Circle

When a Social Circle resident received a phone call from a police officer threatening to arrest him unless he paid a fine to void a warrant, he sensed something was fishy.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Jazz by the River concert returns June 6

For the fourth straight year, locals are invited to sit by the river and enjoy a picnic with friends and family while listening to the sounds of a local jazz artist. And the proceeds go to a good cause.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Southeastern Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Summer fun and friendship

For those of us with school-age children, May Madness is almost over. No longer simply a time for tests, projects and wrapping up work before the end of the school year, May has become a time for year-end celebrations, ceremonies and get-togethers. May is the new December in terms of over-scheduled activities and events.

May 29, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Just a thought: Following Jesus’ growth pattern

While we don't know much of the details of Jesus's young life, we do have enough information to help us form a healthy personal growth pattern for ourselves. Luke's gospel account shows a natural progression. 2:40 Jesus is called "the child" v.43 "the boy" v.48 "Son" and v.52 "Jesus." Each of these titles shows a specific growth pattern. Luke says, "the child continued to grow…" Growth is natural, the desire to grow is a part of us. The lack of desire to grow, mature and learn shows there is a problem. If an ...

May 29, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

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