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Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

ATLANTA (AP) - When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on ...

May 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Chair candidates speak out on attorney, SWA

Newton County Chair candidates took to the horseshoe table at the Newton County Historic Courthouse Thursday, explaining their views on the special purpose local-option sales ...

April 30, 2016 | Brandon DeCosse | ELECTION 2016

The Covington News hosts Next Generation Forum

Candidates from all open Newton County offices in the 2016 election season sat in the horseshoe of the Historic Courthouse Sunday and faced a packed ...

April 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

Photos: Citizens meet candidates, enjoy ice cream at Farm Bureau event

Citizens had a chance to meet candidates running for election in all the seats coming open in 2016 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's ...

April 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

The News hosts forum with a look at our future

The decisions made by Newton County voters during the primary election, May 24 and general election, Nov. 8 will affect residents for decades to come ...

April 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

Syphoe’s residency cleared by BOE

The Newton County Board of Elections declared Michael Syphoe eligible to run for Newton County chair in the 2016 election. The decision was made during ...

April 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

Parents complaints about yoga prompt changes at Kennesaw school

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia elementary school is changing the way it conducts yoga activities in classrooms after parents complained.

March 23, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Savannah parade on St. Patrick's Day a tradition since 1824

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of revelers are gathering in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day, the coastal city's largest celebration of the year.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia's unemployment rate holds steady

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate is holding steady.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

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Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

The possibility of a mosque coming to Newton County had citizens taking to social media and scrambling for answers, politicians looking into the county's zoning ordinances and Atlanta media descending on the Newton County Historic Courthouse last week.

August 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class than the late Gov. Carl Sanders. He was and remains my political hero. As has been stated many times by me and others who grew up during the period, it was through the leadership of Gov. Sanders that Georgia was spared much of the racial strife that engulfed our neighboring states in the late '60s. He didn't stand in the schoolhouse door and proclaim, "No, not one." He didn't close our public schools ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one's income.

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

Throughout the last several years, Jack and Lisa Philips have had a very successful business on the Covington Square, the Cork. At the wine, beer, cigar and specialty foods store, you can find a great selection.

August 21, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a 2016 Parents' Choice Awards after his performance at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, earlier this year.

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 21, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION

Cultivating a culture of respect

As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown respect as a child, and I feel a certain sense of duty to model this now in my life. As a practitioner of Christianity, I understand my faith to teach respect as an essential element to being human and humane. Respect is central to my work, because of who I am but also because of who I am called to be.

August 21, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION

Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders, recruits, hires, and on-boards new teachers, administrators, and classified employees (the System's name for non-teaching staff members).

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm keeping things lush and green most of the year.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eastside shuts out Luella in first game

The Eastside High School football team is 1-0 overall and in Region 4-AAAA after taking on Luella High School Friday night. The Eagles shut out the competition for a 23-0 win on the road.

August 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside

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