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Cavanaugh: Disappointment, distrust, hope

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August 02, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

Our thoughts: Recognize improvements

Students and teachers returned to the classroom Friday, hopefully taking note of last year's improvements in many testing areas to do even more positive work this school year.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as president of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Russell Fields

Russell Fields, age 77, of Covington, passed away August 1, 2014. Mr. Fields was employed by Dart Containers, formerly known as Sweetheart Plastics, for 28 years. He was a member of County Line Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting coins and reading. Mr. Fields was a family man, as his family always came first. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Fields was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Martin Fields; and parents, William David and Sara (Ellis) Fields.

August 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Ellis: Crowell Road/SR 81 work to begin in September

Work at the intersection of State Road 81 and Crowell Road should be finished about a year after it begins in September, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis said Friday.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.

August 02, 2014 | RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE

Longtime Braves broadcaster dies

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves say longtime broadcaster Pete Van Wieren has died after a battle with cancer.

August 02, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

2 Ebola victims arrive in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - The first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa was safely escorted into a specialized isolation unit Saturday at one of the nation's best hospitals, where doctors said they are confident the deadly virus won't escape.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as President of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Low cost carrier to begin flying between Ga., Va.

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Henderson, Hunte vie for Commissioners seat

The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Official: TDRs could preserve eastern Newton

One of the integral and most controversial parts of the 200-page 2050 Plan to zone the county to keep up with the growth officials expect is its section on "transferrable development rights." It's designed to help residents of the eastern side of Newton County financially benefit from the possible down-zoning of their rural properties.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | 2050 PLAN

Not 'til he dies

Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame? No.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | Sports Columnists

Let. Him. In.

It's been 25 years since Pete Rose's lifetime ban came down from Major League Baseball. Now is the time to lift Rose's ban and let him into the Hall of Fame.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Newton County’s elite

Three local standouts, senior Aubree Thacker (Alcovy), Eastside juniors McKensi "Taz" Powell and Catlin Ray were selected to the 2014 GADC Elite 80 by the Georgia Dugout Club coaches as Georgia Elite High School softball players. College coaches from all over the state packed the stands to watch as players showcased their talent.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters

Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

July 19, 2014 | Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

Mrs. Mae Hardman

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | OBITS

Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Wheeler Funeral Home

July 19, 2014 | | OBITS

One clip at a time

"You just want to teach a little lesson," said retired principal Linda Hooper, and then you wake up one day and there is a movie about your school on Netflix.

July 19, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4H forever | LOCAL

Eastside student wins rare scholarship

Jabari Bennett, a graduated senior from Eastside High School, is one of three recipients of the statewide Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia's $1,500 scholarships. He received his award at Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.Bennett, of Social Circle, plans to attend Valdosta State and major in business.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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