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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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Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and from the center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the online TripAdvisor site over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: When is enough, enough?

This week two Newton County young people lost their lives and another took a life, leaving a cloud of sadness over an otherwise sunny time.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Christian youth softball league boasts 25 years of safe sports

From June 27 to July 2, several kids across Newton County will participate in the Newton Christian Youth Softball League (NCYSL) summer softball tournament.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

Tax-free exchanges

One of the provisions of the Revenue Code that is very attractive to life and annuity policyholders is Section 1035. This provision of the Code allows you to transfer the values from a life policy or an annuity to a new contract and defer taxes on your gain. Life policy values may be transferred to a new life policy or a non-qualified annuity. A non-qualified annuity may also be transferred to another non-qualified annuity, but annuity values may not be transferred to a life policy.

June 26, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Alcovy FFA to host Aggie Academy in the summer

Alcovy Future Farmers of America (FFA) is offering a day camp at the Newton College & Career Academy center this summer.

June 26, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | Agriculture

Historic Georgia state park gets a makeover

The historic Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia will reopen to the public on July 1, boasting several new renovations.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay attention.

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

A community is a composite of the efforts of many people who came before us. We are indebted to those who laid the foundations of who we are as a community. Like the old parable of the seeing a turtle on top of a fence post, you know it didn't get there on it's on.

June 26, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Georgia can learn something from Louisiana

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

This Sebastian is the real deal and that’s no joke

I don't know how schoolteachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag. They sure don't do it for the financial reward. That, we save for semi-articulate professional athletes and Hollywood liberals who earn obscene amounts of money pretending to be someone else.

June 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

When our habits become spiritual

We moved to Oxford eight years ago so that I could be the college chaplain at Oxford College of Emory University. We left behind family and friends that made the move difficult. Of course, now, eight years later, we've made some long-lasting friendships.

June 26, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion

James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006. He retired from Ginn Motor Company after 20 years of service. A true car lover, he was especially fond of muscle cars. Mr. Allgood was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Sr., and Roberta (Cook) Allgood.

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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