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Hawks trade for Tim Hardaway Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Two team officials familiar with the deal say The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | SPORTS

City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 race

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fire at black Georgia church was arson, officials say

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a fire that damaged a predominantly black church in middle Georgia has been ruled arson.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

BOE sets public hearings for budget

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2015-16 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.00 mills.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Education

Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Sam Grant

Mr. Sam E. Grant, 89 of Covington, passed away June 23, 2015 at Riverside Nursing Home. Mr. Grant was born in Porterdale to the late George W. and Mae Tuggle Grant and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. He proudly served his country during WWII and the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force from 1943 to 1951.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

White House hopefuls react to health ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Court upholds insurance subsidies for thousands of Georgians

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 412,000 Georgians can receive tax subsidies designed to make health insurance affordable after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the nationwide assistance on Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ex Lowndes deputy sentenced in traffic fine scam

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A former south Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton, metro Atlanta's jobless rate up

The jobless rate in Newton County and across the metro Atlanta area rose from April 2015 to May 2015.

June 25, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE

BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Hobbled Lady Tigers fall in first round

Anna Hebert and her Lady Tigers entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, but they also entered the game with a number of injuries and it showed in the 4-2 loss to Lee County.

April 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Walk Among the Heroes, May 2

If you're looking for some entertainment this weekend for kids and adults of all ages, look no further than Parker Road in Conyers.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Gov. Deal signs duel enrollment bills to boost workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills into law Thursday that remove barriers to dual enrollment participation both for students with dim hopes or plans of attending college and also for high school youngsters who want to earn college credits before being handed their diplomas.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Indexes recover some of a late afternoon swoon, end lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower after recouping some of an afternoon swoon.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Police charge woman hit by train with public intoxication

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman is facing three charges after being hit by a freight train in southwest Atlanta.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sentences cut for 3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the city's standardized test cheating trial.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US stocks drop as investors assess corporate earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - A sell-off in stocks worsened in Thursday afternoon trading as investors assessed the latest corporate earnings. Harman International, which makes audio systems for cars, and Yelp, an online listings company, fell sharply after posting weak earnings.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Helping Baltimore (video)

People coming together to help Baltimore. Holly Cripps cofounder of "We Ride to Provide" has spearheaded an effort to raise money for supplies for Baltimore police and their K9 units. These officers along with their K9 companions are on the front lines of the recent unrest in the Baltimore Streets.

April 30, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Welcome to your weekend (May 1)

The other evening, my younger children asked me to read them a book of nursery rhymes before bed. I naturally obliged because not only did I know how much fun and laughter they would bring my children, but also I knew those rhymes brought back sweet memories from my childhood. It matters not how old you are or in what generation you grew up… everyone is familiar with nursery rhymes. Most of us can still recite at least one or two from our youth. Just like the ability to ride a bicycle, those silly stanzas have stayed with us. As ...

April 30, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Former SEC football player charged in death of Georgia boy

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police have charged a former Southeastern Conference football player with killing a 4-year-old boy.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Army soldier found dead after standoff with SWAT, police

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A soldier was found dead after a standoff with police at a Savannah apartment complex.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Baltimore officials: No immediate decision in Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Kroger to host racing theme Fan Fest

The Kroger on Salem Road is celebrating racing and its customers today during Fan Fest from 3-7 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No vote from BOC after executive session

The Newton County Board of Commissioners did not conduct a vote or public business following an executive session to discuss personnel Wednesday.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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