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On Friday evening a little after 6 p.m. Newton students, parents and fans came out to watch the Rams hold their blue and white game, which is more of a glorified practice for people to come and watch than anything.

May 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Lady Eagles shoot their way to state

With a combined score of 290 Eastside girls' golf placed third at sectionals a little over one week ago, just seven strokes behind second place. The Lady Eagles will now try for a state championship on Monday when they travel to Applewood Golf Course in Keysville.

May 17, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING

Learning the ancient lands

All around are stones. The buildings are mason-crafted from sandstone. Many of the street walks are cobbled in smooth rock. And the land of Edinburgh is itself a mass of stone, a fortress of a city spied upon by the castle at the heights. This is Scotland's capital, and it's been my temporary home for a week after an overnight sleeper train from London. E dinburgh is Scotland, and Scotland has been a mystery all my life, until now. It's not that I have decoded all of Scotland's mysteries; it's just that the land and ...

May 17, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

Ride for the fallen

Their military uniforms are packed away in a storage bin somewhere in a dusty attic, or perhaps hanging in the back room closet protected by a sheet of plastic, yet still discolored from years of disuse. Row upon row of multi-hued service ribbons are still pinned over the left breast pocket. Few, if any, of the veterans attempt to squeeze into their old threads of service since age and one too many chocolate donuts have taken a toll, yet these senior warriors continue to serve most honorably in so many different ways.

May 17, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Some Odds and Ends

Occasionally, I wonder whether I'm alone in some of my wonderings. Look at the claim that conservatives or Republicans have launched a war on women as a part of their overall mean-spirited agenda. In the case of mistreatment of women - or of anyone else - assault, rape and murder are about as horrible as it gets. But I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers. Most crime, except perhaps white-collar crime, is ...

May 17, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

To Georgia’s public school teachers: thank you

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Gathering in Atlanta

A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.

May 17, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

Endings and Beginnings

It's mid-May and time for celebrating graduations. It's a time to look back on accomplishments and, more importantly, to look forward to new phases and opportunities in life.

May 17, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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US stocks extend losses to a fourth day, oil price gains

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing lower after a see-saw day, extending the market's losses to a fourth day.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

A Veteran's Story: Our Boys are Coming Home

Eleven heroes from Rockdale County and twelve of their brothers from Newton County are coming home. Befitting the 40th Anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, the Moving Wall – a traveling half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – will be on display at the Walk of Heroes War Memorial in Rockdale County, May 6-12. And thanks to one man, Bud Sosebee, our heroes will have a noble venue for their homecoming.

March 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks recover most of an early loss, oil gains on Yemen

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were slightly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, having recovered most of their losses from earlier in the day. Investors continued to watch the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia has launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. The price of oil rose.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton County Jail Log; Mar.26

Vision Marie Archuleta, 24, Norcross, Mar 20, Driving While License Suspended

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

The Latest: Experts say crash raises need for 3rd pilot

6:45 p.m. (1745GMT, 1:45 p.m. EDT)

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US market open lower, pushing losing streak to a 4th day

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are opening modestly lower as the market extends a losing streak to a fourth day.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Payday lenders to face new federal regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

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