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High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

NEW YORK (AP) - Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks slip in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is down slightly in early trading, extending the small losses from the day before.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House panel OKs governor's school takeover amendment

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" appears headed for a vote in the Georgia House of Representatives after securing a key committee's approval on Monday.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

'Good Morning America' anchor to speak at UGA commencement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - "Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach is set to give a commencement speech to University of Georgia undergraduates.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Utah to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

LONDON (AP) - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

PARIS (AP) - A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the region, France's president warned that no survivors were expected.

March 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NFL suspending TV blackouts for 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The NFL will not block any games from local television during the 2015 season.

March 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Cruz kicks off presidential campaign

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Lest there be any doubts that Sen. Ted Cruz will be aggressively courting cultural conservatives, look at where the Republican chose to begin his 2016 presidential campaign Monday: the flagship campus of the nation's largest Christian university.

March 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the belly of the flying time capsule that is the Liberty Foundation's B-17 Memphis Belle at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Eagle baseball is flying high up the standings

To say Eastside baseball (10-2, 6-0 Region 4-AAAA) – led by first-year head coach Bruce Evans – is on a roll would be an understatement. After losing their first two games of the season, the Eagles have won 10 in a row and they're booming on offense.

March 22, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Newton adds 3 to 2015 signing class

We all know the saying "the rich get richer," and that seems to apply to the Newton Rams football program. After an historic Elite Eight run, Newton was able to celebrate all the hard work that was put in this entire season. On top of that, National Signing Day, back in February, was a busy day for the Rams as nine players signed their letter of intent to play football at the next level. Within the last few weeks, that number has risen to 12 as three more players signed for the Rams.

March 22, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Newton soccer falls to Tucker

The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.

March 22, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

The Oaks is offering special packages during The Masters

The Masters tournament is the first week of April. The tournament, along with warm, spring weather, likely has you very excited for the 2015 golf season. The professional golfers should not be the only ones who get to have fun during the famous tournament; The Oaks is offering special golf packages for the entire week (April 4th, 2015 through April 12th, 2015) that The Masters tournament takes place.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation

Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn't worried about much these days.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school's 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Former mayor, others show support of White

The St. Patrick's Day holiday didn't keep people from attending a called meeting in Social Circle Tuesday, as city hall's community room was filled with concerned citizens.

March 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A common sense education

You can obtain a degree in just about anything you want, here in America. And if you don't want to spend a lot of money and time in college, you can get a certificate in your area of interest. And if that's too hard, you can go after continuing education credits. Medicine, electronics, law, horticulture, advertising, accounting - you name it; someone will hand you a piece of paper with your name in fancy ink surrounded by Latin phrases. We are living in a land of education, but answer me this: Why can't you find any training in ...

March 22, 2015 | | LIVING

How the community can help solve the issue of parent accountability?

There is an ancient legend that has given us the expression "cutting the Gordian knot". This means to find a bold solution to a complex problem. The legend is that Gordius, an ancient king of Phrygia, (that was located in what is now Turkey) tied a knot that said whoever undid the knot would rule Asia. The legend says that Alexander the Great when he was confronted with the knot did not try to untie it but rather cut it. Thus he found a bold answer to what seemed to others an impossible problem.

March 22, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

THE MAN FROM ENGLISH GAP part II

March, 1966 - Amended excerpts from 'Vietnam Sky Soldiers' by Wayne English. "The Huey crashed nose first into the earth and you could see the door gunner bracing for impact. The engine was still running while the chopper seemed to wallow around before the rotor blades snapped off. Pieces of rotor blades were flying through the air. Then we started receiving small arms fire along with artillery and mortars all around 2nd Battalion's perimeter. The noise was thunderous, the loudest of any battle we had fought so far. Lead was flying everywhere. I took cover behind the massive root system ...

March 22, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Our thoughts: Election smearing

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election, we know this because already there is already a sense of mud being mixed in order to smear folks.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

‘A great week for the children’

It was a great week for the children of Georgia. Not only did my bill to protect teenage girls from having their phone number put on a pornographic website ("Kelsey's Law") pass unanimously, but a Cyber Bullying measure by my fellow Newton delegate Rep. Pam Dickerson also passed. Overall, there were many bills to protect children including the "Hidden Predator Act" which lengthens the amount of time a victim may bring a sexual abuse perpetrator to civil court. This bill moves Georgia from the fourth worst in the nation to where most states are now. There was also a ...

March 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists

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